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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In India and other oriental countries, belching is considered a sign of being satisfied after a filling meal.  However, if you find yourself belching too often, it is quite likely that you suffer from flatulence – the scientific name for accumulation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).  When this happens in public, it can be quite embarrassing; but more importantly, some people also …
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The arrival of summer is an invitation to a lot of health issues, mainly kidney stones. During summer, the overall increase in humidity makes you sweat more, adding to your risk of dehydration which eventually leads to formation of stones. Kidney stone problem is medically called nephrolithiasis. The stones are small lumps of waste products (minerals and salts) in the blood that get accumulated …
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Women born with a special gene are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men with the same disease, a study reveals. While women with ApoE4 gene were 81 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease when compared to women who did not have the gene, in men, the gene increases the risk only by 27 percent compared with men without the gene, the study said. (Read: Indian …
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Aimed at creating better awareness and knowledge among the haemophilic community and the public, an awareness walk cum event HAEMOutsav 2014 was organised here Tuesday. An initiative of the Haemophilia Centre of the Delhi government at the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and the Lok Nayak hospital, the walk from Rajghat till MAMC brought together members of the community, with the aim of …
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Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Tuesday urged people to become aware of diseases like haemophilia and realise the value of blood donation. 'There should be greater awareness generated about haemophilia so that people are aware of bleeding disorders and realise the value of blood banks and particularly of blood donation,' Jung said during his visit to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital …
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