What about a simple blood test to diagnose many types of solid cancers? Or a blood test that monitors the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment? Researchers at Stanford University have designed a new technique that may soon make this a reality. Tumours are called ‘solid’ or ‘liquid’ based on where in the body they grow.  More than 80 percent of all cancers …
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The biggest concern, today, for parents is whether their child is receiving adequate nutrition needed for growth and development. To address this concern, Abbott Nutrition conducted a survey across four metros to observe fussy eating behaviour in children. And the findings are truly alarming. The survey suggests that seven out of 10 children in the 2 to 10 year age group have below-median growth …
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Use of medical jargon is one of the reasons why there is an increased gap between doctors and patients. Our section ‘Know your medical terms’ is an attempt to fill in this gap between by explaining complicated medical terms in a simple language. So here is today’s medical term- comorbid. The term ‘comorbid’ is derived from ‘co-occurrence’ and ‘morbid.’ Co-occurrence means …
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April 7 is World Health Day.  Malaria is a serious disease that can kill people if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, particularly pregnant women, babies, young children and the elderly. We spoke to our experts Dr Pradip Shah, consultant physician, and Dr Bela Sharma, senior consultant, internal medicine, FMRI about why malaria is a serious disease and what could be the resulting …
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The fast spreading e-cigarettes are undoing the anti-smoking efforts of the last three decades, health experts warn. Also, the number of people being poisoned by e-cigarettes in the US has gone up manifold in the last few years, according to official reports. The number of calls to poison centres in the US relating to e-cigarettes has risen from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month …
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In a breakthrough, scientists have found a gene key for the development of our brain. The study shows how mutations in the gene called USP9X are linked to intellectual disability. These mutations - inheritable from one generation to the next - are believed to cause disruptions to normal brain cell functioning. By looking at patients with severe learning and memory problems, scientists …
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Tobacco has been associated with and much maligned for causing cancers. Researchers have now found that the tobacco plant's defence mechanism could well work in humans to destroy invading cancer cells. A molecule called NaD1 is found in the flower of the tobacco plant that fights off fungi and bacteria. This compound also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer, the team discovered. …
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April 7 is World Health Day. The theme this year is 'Vector-borne diseases - small bite, big threat' and one of the most common vector-borne diseases is dengue fever.  The incidence of dengue has risen significantly in the past few decades. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 2.5 billion people in the world are now at risk of suffering from dengue. Dengue is a mosquito …
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Faced with a nine-month old who makes faces at anything green, or a toddler who throws a tantrum at the sight of a carrot, many parents are tempted to give up on getting their kids to enjoy veggies. But the findings of the HabEat project -- a multidisciplinary Pan-European study of how food behaviors are formed in infants and children -- give parents plenty of reasons to persevere. At the final …
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People who experience high levels of social stress and deprivation age faster as the cellular process involving DNA repair (or replication) may get affected by loneliness, a significant study shows. DNA has a 'tail' called a telomere. A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration. In order for the body to replace …
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A new study suggests that bike riders risk injury to the kidney or genitalia. The study also found that kids sustain about 10 times as many of these injuries as adults. Cyclists are often correctly encouraged to wear a helmet, but the study shows head injuries aren't the only ones they should be concerned about, researchers said. Co-author Dr. Benjamin Breyer, a urologist at the University of …
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We all know that antioxidants are supposed to prevent DNA damage. But employing antioxidants could backfire - at least in the case of omega 6 fatty acid that have been found to promotes cancer in animal studies. In their study, researchers found that vitamin E actually increased specific damage linked to omega 6 fatty acids. Know the risk of prostrate cancer linked with vitamin E.  The vitamin …
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Hooked to computer or television for long hours? It may put you at the risk of developing weaker bones leading to osteoporosis and fracture - especially if you are a teenaged boy - later in life. The findings for boys clearly show that sedentary lifestyle during adolescence can impact bone mineral density (BMD) negatively and thus compromise the acquisition of peak bone mass, a Norwegian …
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April 7 is World Health Day 2014 It's an annual affair in Assam's lush tea gardens. As sporadic showers from March build up to a full-blown monsoon a few months later, what looms is the threat of malaria and other vector-borne diseases that often cause death, with children the most vulnerable. As WHO focusses on vector-borne diseases this World Health Day April 7, experts say that serious steps …
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