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'Screening HIV, syphilis can cut new HIV cases in India by 7%'

New York, July 20 (IANS) Combining testing and treatment of HIV with syphilis among sex workers and gay men could reduce the number of new HIV cases in India by seven per cent, and potentially avert over 50,000 new infections, in a decade, says a Lancet report. The research suggested that using HIV screening, antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat the infection, and antiviral drugs to pre...

2 days ago
How to take care of feet in monsoon

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Monsoon brings with it moisture, sweat and stickiness due to humidity and this increases manifold the chances of fungus and moulds. So you need to take special care of your feet in monsoon to guard against fungal infections and conditions such as Athletes feet. Pankaj Chansarkar, Wellness Manager at Six Senses Spa, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort Greater No...

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Your canine friend can help reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

New York, July 19 (IANS) Besides remaining loyal and man's best friend, dogs can also provide therapy that can effectively treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers. The results indicate that children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention (CAI) experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills. Whi...

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Living a good, full and long life - the Japanese way

Title: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life; Author: Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles; Publisher: Hutchinson/Penguin Random House; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499 A British businessman once recounted that while holidaying in Asia, he met a Japanese man in the swimming pool, and as soon they found they had common commercial interests, the latter took out a waterproof visiti...

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Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson go for couple's therapy

Los Angeles, July 18 (IANS) Khloe Kardashian, 34, and Tristan Thompson, 27, are putting in effort to make their relationship thrive, by going for couple's therapy. From sparking romance rumours, to getting pregnant a year later to emerging from an alleged infidelity scandal, the couple has been through a lot. Their romance even hit a rough patch in the days leading up to their daughter's...

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Can a magnetic wire help early detection of cancer

New York, July 17 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a magnetic device that could capture scarce and hard-to-capture tumour cells in the bloodstream, an advance that could lead to efficient and early detection of cancer. The study revealed that a magnetic wire, after being threaded into a vein, could attract special magnetic nanoparticles engineered to catc...

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CRISPR gene editing can cause genetic damage, says study

London, July 17 (IANS) The much celebrated CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought, scientists have warned. CRISPR/Cas9 is a type of molecular scissor technology that can alter sections of DNA in cells by cutting at specific points and introducing changes at that location. Besides extensive use in scientific resear...

4 days ago
Slew of events to help art lovers admire artist Raza's work

Mumbai, July 17 (IANS) The Piramal Museum of Art on Tuesday announced a slew of events to commemorate iconic Indian modernist painter Sayed Haider Raza's life and works and to familiarise more and more art lovers with the master's oeuvre. An ongoing exhibition S.H. Raza: Traversing Terrains is a retrospective insight into his works and personal life from 1940s to 1990s. It will end on Oc...

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Novel drug therapy may potentially help treat ALS

New York, July 17 (IANS) Administering a therapy using DNA-based compounds could extend survival and reverse signs of neuromuscular damage in animals of inherited amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), finds a study. ALS is a progressive fatal disease that kills the nerve cells that controls walking, eating and breathing, about one fifth of which are caused due to mutations in a gene calle...

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Nano bubbles filled with drug may kill cancer cells: Study

Sydney, July 16 (IANS) In a step further to identify range of cancer treatments available to patients, scientists have developed drug-filled nano bubbles triggered in the body by X-rays which may help kill the malignant cells. The tiny bubbles, known as liposomes, are commonly used in pharmacology to encapsulate drugs, making them more effective in the treatment of disease and researcher...

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Scientists identify molecule to treat fibrotic diseases

New York, July 16 (IANS) Scientists have identified a molecule that can act as a potential therapy for fibrotic diseases -- a progressive scarring and hardening of internal organs. According to estimates, fibrotic diseases including diabetic kidney fibrosis, alcoholic liver cirrhosis, hepatitis C, pulmonary fibrosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, contribute to almost 45 to 50 per ...

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Testosterone treatment can bring new hope for cancer patients

New York, July 15 (IANS) Treatment with hormone testosterone could be effective at combating a condition of loss of body mass in cancer patients and improving the quality of life, say researchers. Approximately 20 per cent of cancer related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterised by a rapid or loss of fat and skeletal muscle. ...

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Herpes virus linked to Alzheimer's, antivirals may help

London, July 15 (IANS) Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer's disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease. In the study, when people who suffered with severe herpes infection were treated aggressively with antiviral drugs, the relative risk of dementia was reduced by a factor of 10.

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FDA approves first drug with potential for smallpox treatment

Washington, July 14 (IANS) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday approved the first drug with an indication for treatment of smallpox. Smallpox, a contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease, was declared eradicated in 1980, by the World Health Organization. However, there have been longstanding concerns that smallpox could be used as a bioweapon. TPOXX (tec...

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Rosamund Pike, Chris O'Dowd to star in sitcom

London, July 14 (IANS) Actors Rosamund Pike and Chris O'Dowd have joined the cast of the upcoming sitcom State of the Union. The show, penned by Nick Hornby, will have 10 episodes. Each episode will run to 10 minutes, reports hollywoodreporter.com. State of the Union, produced for See-Saw Films for SundanceTV, follows a couple (played by Pike and O'Dowd) and their weekly meetings...

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Scientists use electric shocks to genetically reprogramme T cells

New York, July 13 (IANS) In a breakthrough, US scientists have genetically reprogrammed the human immune cells known as T cells with the help of electric shocks, instead of the traditional method of using viruses to insert DNA. The new method, using CRISPR gene-editing technology, described in the journal Nature, offers a robust molecular cut and paste system to rewrite genome sequences ...

9 days ago
Luxuriate your bathroom with statement

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Bathrooms are already transforming from a purely functional area into a self pampering zone almost like a private spa or a personal wellness space. The movement is towards sensory experiences and harmonic design concepts, which create a visual tranquility. So make sure you are following the trend. Chirag Parekh, Chairman & Managing Director, Sternhagen and M...

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VR therapy may reduce fear of heights: Study

London, July 12 (IANS) If you are acrophobic or are scared of heights, then taking automated virtual reality (VR) based psychological therapy may help reduce the phobia, say researchers. According to the study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, the participants took part in activities during the VR session that challenged their fears and helped them learn that they were saf...

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Tablet games may offer speech therapy to children: Study

Moscow, July 11 (IANS) If your child is unable to communicate effectively, then engaging him or her to tablet-based games is likely to act as a speech therapy and boost the kid's motivation and satisfaction, according to a study. According to researchers, games can also be used both in hospitals and in outpatient activities. Gadgets can be really helpful, and not merely entertain...

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Women must live with pride, not worry: Mallika Sherawat

Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) Actress Mallika Sherawat says she hopes to see a world where every woman is free from fear and lives unshackled. A day after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the death sentence in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, Mallika took to Twitter to share an emotional post about the ordeal women face in society. Referring to the victim, a 22-year-old physiot...

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