US scientists discover cholesterol-removing gene

Scientists have identified a gene which might be helpful to prevent a heart disease by removing excess cholesterol from blood vessels. The gene called MeXis was discovered in a study, done on mice. Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that MeXis controls the expression of a protein that removes cholesterol out…

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Primary health centres at 7,000 railway stations soon

Indian Railways may soon unveil primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country as part of efforts to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in Budget 2018-19. The railways ministry has proposed that its infrastructure be used for providing primary healthcare services at affordable prices. “We have got a…

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The Healthy Eating Pyramid

The Harvard Healthy Eating Pyramid represents the latest nutritional science. The widest part at the bottom is for things that are most important. The foods at the narrow top are those that should be eaten sparingly, if at all. This Healthy Eating Pyramid shows daily exercise and weight control in the widest, most important category….

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Capping on coronary stents bears no benefit on patient’s pockets

A delegation of Alliance of Doctors on Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) comprising Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Abhay Shukla, Dr Monica Chandy and Dr Anil Pathak met chairman of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) Bhupendra Singh in connection with the review of the price of coronary stents. Giving more information about the meeting, Dr. Mitra said, “During our meeting, we…

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Head Transplantation : Is it Possible ?

The noise level in the transplant community has reached a crescendo with the proposed head or whole body transplant venture called ‘HEAVEN’ (Head Anastamosis Venture). The technical feasibility and ethics of ‘Head’ and ‘Whole body’ transplantation are being questioned The success of organ transplantation has been called one of the least expected events in the…

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Chinese scientists clone monkeys, break barrier to human cloning

Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates — the order of mammals…

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For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Last year, the board allowed insulin-dependent students taking classes X and XII board exams to carry sugar tablets, chocolate, candies and water bottles inside the centre. NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clubbed students suffering from Type-1 diabetes with persons with disabilities (PwD) this year, asking them to fill up the forms for classes X and XII exams under this category. Last…

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Paras Healthcare, HEC to set up multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi

Paras Healthcare and Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) are planning to jointly set up a 300-bedded multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi. This will be Paras Healthcare’s eighth hospital and will take its overall bed capacity to 1,305 beds across the country, Paras Healthcare said in a statement. “The new facility in Ranchi will help us further pursue our goal of…

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India Health Industry Sector Report

Healthcare has become one of India’s largest sectors both in terms of revenue & employment. The industry is growing at a tremendous pace owing to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players During 2008-20, the market is expected to record a CAGR of 16.5 per cent The total industry…

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This silent killer is hiding under your pillow!

A darkroom, right temperature and cosy linen, isn’t this a perfect room for a sound and deep sleep? But what if you realize that despite sleeping in such a relaxing atmosphere, there is something under your pillow which is silently killing you? Scary, right? You cannot imagine how using that one thing over and again…

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India, Sri Lanka to ink MoU for cooperation in traditional medicine

India and Sri Lanka Government are considering to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy between the two countries. The proposed MoU will be inked between India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous…

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Innovative Trends that Will Transform Healthcare Industry In 2018

The Indian healthcare industry in recent years has significantly transformed with the help of several technological innovations.  Many new players in this sector are redesigning old techniques and treatments to bringing healthcare facilities in the country’s most distant corners. Recently, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India predicted that with increased digital adoption, the Indian healthcare market, which is worth…

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Mental disorders brought on by internet and technology

Technological advancements have been nothing short of a boon for people of the past few generations, but along with the positives, come the cons. And these aren’t ones that we can take lightly. Researchers have found multiple mental disorders that have been caused by the rise in humans’ use of internet and technology. Here are…

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Medical advisory to doctors soon on when to pull plug on life support

India’s apex medical research organisation will notify next month the conditions under which doctors can withdraw life-sustaining treatment for terminally ill patients. Once notified, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) new glossary will become a reference point for doctors in determining limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life. “The draft…

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Are Waffles a Healthy Food?

Decadent Belgian waffles covered with syrup, berries and whipped cream are the foods that dreams are made of; but are they healthy? People often convince themselves that certain foods are good for them then their nutritional content is at best dubious. But waffles, when prepared correctly, might actually make the cut. Considerations According to the…

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Cancer risk may be increased by sleeping with this next to your head

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that sleeping with your phone in your bed, or near to your head, could increase the risk of brain cancer. Phones emit radio frequency energy, which some scientists believe could increase the risk of brain cancer, and tumours of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, reports Express.co.uk. Radio…

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Our Sense of Smell Provides a New Way to Battle Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could help regenerate nerves and potentially improve patients’ quality of life. The new therapy involves the transplantation of cells that have been modified to secrete a molecule that helps to remove scarring caused by spinal cord…

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Health benefits of black coffee?

Black coffee can heal if consumed the right way. Yes, you heard it right. Drinking black coffee has numerous health benefits as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. Let’s have a look at some of the most important health benefits of drinking black coffee. It boosts memory Increasing age leads to decreased cognitive skills…

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FDA Gives Nod to Apple Watch EKG Reader Accessory

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the KardiaBand its stamp of approval, AliveCor announced Thursday. The device is the first FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) accessory designed for use with an Apple Watch. The KardiaBand allows users to take EKG readings in order to distinguish between normal sinus heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation (A-fib), the…

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Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reports

In the first study, scientists transplanted fecal material from exercised and sedentary mice into the colons of sedentary germ-free mice, which had been raised in a sterile facility and had no microbiota of their own. In the second study, the team tracked changes in the composition of gut microbiota in human participants as they transitioned…

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Why you should avoid consuming vegetable oil at all costs?

I, like billions around the world, got trapped in the con of vegetable oil. There was competition among oils, “oh canola is better than sunflower”, “no safflower ismuch better than corn” etc. The best part is that none of these “vegetable” oils is vegetables and all, with the exception of coconut oil, are extremely dangerous…

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How To Hack Your Metabolism To Lose More Weight

The formula for weight loss is simple: Burn more calories than you consume. Or at least, it sounds simple. In reality, weight loss is like a jigsaw puzzle—there are many different pieces, from the foods you eat to the activities you do. And the more pieces you have, the greater their effect on the ultimate…

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Researchers Say New Species Are Evolving at an Unbelievable Rate

NEW SPECIES IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS On a remote island in the Galapagos archipelago, a bird, nicknamed “Big Bird” by researchers, has clued scientists into the incredible possibilities of evolution. In a report published in the journal Science, researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University have shown how Big Bird emerged as a new species in only two generations….

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AHA’s New Guidelines for High BP Levels

The American Heart Association (AHA) has revised its guideline for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This new standard is based largely on the findings of the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) study. The trial included data from over 9,000 participants and focused on determining if a BP target of 120 or less…

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Best Anti-Aging Food

Best for Softening Skin: Pomegranates Why they work: This fruit is packed with vitamin C, which helps guard against the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Plus, says Debra Jaliman, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, the juice in pomegranate seeds contains both ellagic acid and punicalagin….

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For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam

IN BRIEF Chinese AI-powered robot Xiaoyi took the country’s medical licensing examinations and passed, according to local reports. Xiaoyi is just one example of how much China is keen on using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.  ROBOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to…

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