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  • Lifting weights can improve your memory: Study 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    Washington: Here's another reason why you should hit the gym - it can boost your memory. An intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 per cent in healthy young adults, a new study has...
  • Ebola vaccine will not be ready until March: WHO 3 hours 3 minutes ago

    Geneva: Two vaccines that give preliminary indications of providing effective and reliable immunization against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging West Africa will not be ready for testing until next March, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Developing a vaccine usually takes time and is expensive, the WHO said. "Even in best conditions...
  • India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS programme 4 hours 12 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs programme in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients' drug resistance and...
  • Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted: WHO 5 hours 8 minutes ago

    Geneva: The death toll from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people out of 7,178 cases in West Africa as of September 28, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. It said the total number of new cases had fallen for a second week, but warned against reading...
  • Unregulated diagnostic centres of TB a challenge: Experts 5 hours 39 minutes ago

    Mumbai: "Unregulated" diagnostic centres mushrooming in private sector and non-qualified doctors prescribing drugs pose a big challenge to check tuberculosis in Mumbai, according to experts. According to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai's TB consultant Arun Bamne, the disease is a major public health concern for Mumbai due to an...
  • US Government confirms first case of Ebola Yesterday

    Dallas: The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US was confirmed on Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas - a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa. The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at...
  • China battles worst dengue outbreak in 20 years Yesterday

    Beijing: Battling the worst outbreak of dengue fever in 20 years which has affected thousands of people, China has launched a massive campaign to deal with the mosquito-borne disease. The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on Tuesday said that 13,965 dengue fever cases have been reported this year,...
  • Vaccine for cervical cancer to cost about Rs 100, says Abdul Kalam Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Work is on to develop a vaccine to contain prevalence of cervical cancer among women, especially in rural and tribal areas, former President APJ Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday. "The vaccine will cost around Rs 100," he said at a conference organised here by the Institute of Microbial Technology...
  • Olive oil may revive a failing heart: Study Yesterday

    Washington: A potent ingredient in olive oil may hold the key to beating heart failure, a new research suggests. Oleate, a common dietary fat found in olive oil, restored proper metabolism of fuel in heart cells in an animal model of heart failure, researchers have found. Heart failure is not...
  • Thyroid cancer patients may get low dose of radioactive iodine 2 days ago

    Mumbai: People with thyroid cancer are often given radioactive iodine treatment following surgery to kill cancer cells that may have been left behind, a treatment that comes with its own health risks, but this is likely to change in terms of quantity now, according to a study. New recommendations by...
  • Thai hospital claims to have developed treatment against Ebola 2 days ago

    Bangkok: A Thai hospital on Monday claimed to have successfully developed an "antibody treatment" against the dreaded Ebola virus that has killed over 3,000 people in West Africa in 2014. In a brief announcement, Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University said doctors have developed "the successful production of an antibody treatment against...
  • UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana 2 days ago

    Dakar: The UN mission to combat Ebola is opening its headquarters in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the West African crisis. The head of the mission, Anthony Banbury, and his team are expected to arrive on Monday in Ghana's capital, Accra. The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency...
  • Harsh Vardhan wants medical, dental councils transformed 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday promised a "radical" transformation in regulatory bodies like the medical and the dental councils of India. Addressing a press conference on the 100 days' working of the health ministry, he said: "We want to take transparency to the highest level. About medical and...
  • Dengue cases in Delhi, NCR rise to 98 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The number of dengue cases in the national capital and its adjoining areas have climbed to 98, civic officials said on Monday. According to figures from the municipal corporations, 85 cases of dengue have been reported from the capital till September 27. The remaining 13 cases have been reported from...
  • Malnutrition, related diseases a major issue in India: Harsh Vardhan 2 days ago

    Jaipur: Malnutrition and related diseases is a very serious issue in 184 deprived districts across the country and the Centre will launch a campaign to check it, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said. "The government is very serious and sensitive on pre-mature deaths due to malnutrition, especially in 184...
  • Government to launch health drive to eliminate measles, other diseases 2 days ago

    New Delhi: An ambitious drive to eliminate or control a host of diseases, including measles, which affects lakhs of people and leave many killed every year will be launched, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said. Vardhan said the government was already working towards eliminating measles by 2015 and Rubella, also...
  • Liberia's top doctor under Ebola quarantine 3 days ago

    Monrovia: Liberia's chief medical authority has placed herself in quarantine following the Ebola death of her deputy, health officials and humanitarian sources said on Sunday. Dr Bernice Dahn, who is also a deputy health minister, opted to put herself in isolation after her assistant died of the infectious disease on Thursday. Dahn...
  • Living it Up: Mental illness is critically linked with diabetes 4 days ago

    One of the banes of urban life, is the accompanying stress and anxiety resulting from various triggers. Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses is predicted to affict 20 per cent of the Indian population by 2020. ...
  • UNGA summit: PM Modi calls for adoption of an 'International Yoga Day' 4 days ago

    Speaking about the benefits of yoga at the UNGA summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said, "Yoga is an invaluable gift that our civilization has given the world. Let us adopt an International Yoga Day." ...
  • Four foods to help increase muscle tone 4 days ago

    London: Most of the population think that a combination of cardio, strength and resistance training is essential for your toned physique, but so are good nutritious meals. When working toward better muscle tone, it's very important to get the right nutrients into your diet. If you haven't given your body the...
  • Risk of oesophageal cancer decreases with height 4 days ago

    Washington: Taller individuals are less likely to develop oesophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett's oesophagus, according to a new study. "Individuals in the lowest quartile of height (under 5 feet 7 inches for men and 5 feet 2 inches for women) were roughly twice as likely as individuals in the...
  • Indian-origin engineer develops a mechanised human hand 4 days ago

    New York: An Indian-origin engineer has developed a mechanised human hand to improve its function for those who have suffered nerve damage and have undergone surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted...
  • Modified vitamin D may treat pancreatic cancer 4 days ago

    Washington: A synthetic derivative of vitamin D can collapse the barrier of cells shielding pancreatic tumours, making the seemingly impenetrable cancer susceptible to therapeutic drugs, scientists say. "While the success of this drug in humans with pancreatic cancer is still unclear, the findings in animal studies were strong, raising hope...
  • WHO sees small-scale use of experimental Ebola vaccines in January 4 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it expected to begin small-scale use of two experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa early next year and in the meantime transfusions of survivors' blood may offer the best hope of treatment. WHO is working with pharmaceutical companies and regulators to...
  • Kids with autism more sedentary than normal peers 5 days ago

    New York: Children with autism are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting, a study says. The findings, however, also showed that autism does not make children less fit to engage in physical activities. Children with...
  • US pharmaceutical companies wary of the Indian market, says Rishabh Mishra 5 days ago

    Talking about his expectations from the Narendra Modi government and the ramifications of the PM's US visit, Dr Rishabh Mishra - a member of American Physical Association also discussed the reason US pharmaceutical companies are not that confident coming to the Indian market as they are worried about their patent...
  • IMF approves $130 million for Ebola-hit West African nations 5 days ago

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF)on Friday approved a total of 130 million dollars to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone nations to tackle the virus' outbreak. The IMF said the financing would be made available to the three countries immediately, in addition to the assistance provided for them under...
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine doses ready by 2015: WHO 5 days ago

    Geneva: Thousands of experimental Ebola vaccine doses from British GSK and US NewLink should be ready for use by early 2015 in countries affected by the epidemic, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. "If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some...
  • Ebola: Sierra Leone quarantines a million people 6 days ago

    Freetown: Sierra Leone has put three more districts under isolation in a bid to halt spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), taking the number of people quarantined in the African country to more than a million, media reports said on Thursday. President Ernest Bai Koroma in a nationwide radio and...
  • India has signed pact on Minamata disease, says Prakash Javadekar 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India has signed a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday. Javadekar, who returned from the US on Thursday after attending the UN Climate Summit, said India has signed the pact on Minamata to...