In many Indian households you will find that people sit on the floor and eat their meals. While most of us have embraced the table and chair as a place to eat, there are those of us who prefer to sit in front of the TV and/or sit on the bed and eat. While this might be very comfortable, it might not necessarily be the best thing for your health. Our ancestors definitely had a plan when they made …
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It's not a pleasant experience for a parent when their baby is in distress, even when she suffers from a cold or a cough. So imagine a parent's plight when they see their baby suffer from a condition like hemophila - a rare bleeding disorder that prevents blood from clotting. This means that even a small cut can be life-threatening to your baby. Now if your baby is diagnosed with this condition …
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Anemia is a serious condition in India that mainly affects women and children. According to statistics, one in every two women suffers from anemia. Anemia is a silent killer, contributing to about 20 percent of maternal deaths. It is also common in children under the age of 5 years. Anemia occurs when your body does not have enough red blood cells (RBCs) or if you are deficient in hemoglobin, a …
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April 17 is the World Hemophilia Day  Hemophilia is a life-threatening disorder that affects the blood clotting mechanism of the body. It is a genetic condition carried by the X chromosome, which makes men more likely to suffer from it. Living with hemophilia can be a challenge for people suffering from it. They need to be extra careful about getting hurt because even a minor injury can …
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The Saudi Arabian government has assured citizens that measures were in place to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that has so far claimed 69 lives in the country. After a cabinet meeting Monday, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said: 'The Cabinet was reassured about the health situation in general and in Jeddah after the minister's (health …
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A strain of flesh-eating group may affect you in various ways - some of them fatally - and scientists have now discovered how this bacteria exploded into a worldwide epidemic. Only four tiny modifications to group A Streptococcus bacteria caused it to explode into a worldwide epidemic, the study said. 'The first two events were the acquisition of two bacterial viruses,' said infectious disease …
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Gut bacteria have co-evolved with humans over millions of years and helped them adapt to new environments and foods. For the first time, an international team of researchers has deciphered the intestinal bacteria of present-day hunter-gatherers. The Hadza community of Tanzania harbours a unique microbial profile with features yet unseen in any other human group. The findings show that the Hadza …
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Damage to the central nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, is currently irreparable. But this may change soon as researchers have now discovered that genetic and chemical treatment could help regenerate damaged nerves. Future therapies could help repair nerve damage after people suffer spinal cord injury or brain trauma, said the study. 'Due to the complexity of the structure of the central …
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Researchers have said that the size and shape of two brain regions involved in emotion and motivation may differ in young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week.The findings suggest that recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes, and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the …
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Researchers have made a world breakthrough in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with a find that may have already saved one life. A University of Adelaide study of medical data collected from deceased children could now help spare countless families the heartbreak of SIDS, which kills dozens of babies without warning every year. Chemical clues in the brains of SIDS victims now …
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The word edema is taken from the Greek verb ‘oidein’ which means ‘to swell’. Medically, edema describes swelling caused due to accumulation of fluids in tissues of the body. Build up of fluid can occur in any part of the body but is more commonly associated with the feet and arms. Edema can be caused due to physical injury or inflammation of the tissue. In fact, swelling is a natural …
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Sageer Ahmad, a tailor by profession, got to know about hemophiliawhen his year-old son hurt himself and started bleeding profusely. But Ahmad still didn't learn his lesson. His second son born after a gap of three years was also detected with the blood disorder. Similar is the story of Bimlesh Sharma. Despite knowing that she is a carrier of the lifelong disorder, she did not get a detection …
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Researchers have suggested that antibiotics are able to improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries. Their results suggest that the youngest children from the most vulnerable populations benefit most and show significant improvements toward expected growth for their age and sex, particularly for weight.  A team of researchers from McGill, the …
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Researchers have developed a faster, cheaper and more accurate tool for diagnosing even mild cases of asthma using just a single drop of blood. The researchers used neutrophil cell function in a clinical study to show accurate asthma diagnosis. To directly diagnose asthma, David Beebe, a UW-Madison professor of biomedical engineering and co-author on the paper, and his team focused on the cell …
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