Virtual reality to treat alcoholism: Study

Virtual reality to treat alcoholism: Study

New York, June 25 (IANS) There is new hope for heavy boozers who want to quit drinking. A ‘virtual-reality’ therapy may help people with alcohol-dependence reduce the craving for their favourite tipple, says a new study. [google_ad_728_90_text] The researchers said they are optimistic about the potential for virtual reality as a therapy for alcohol-use disorders. […]

Mars had flowing water in recent geological period: Study

London, June 24 (IANS/EFE) The slopes on Mars experienced frequent slides of waterlogged debris as a result of the “recent” presence of flowing water on the red planet’s surface, a study published by the British journal Nature said.   The study, conducted by a team of scientists from the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and Sweden, concluded […]

Marital rape is unacceptable: Maneka Gandhi

Marital rape is unacceptable: Maneka Gandhi

By Preetha Nair New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Marital rape is condemnable as is violence against women in any form, said Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Her view assumes significance as it runs contrary to the government’s position that charge of marital rape was untenable in India due to the nature […]

Inexpensive generic heart disease drugs may treat Ebola

New York, June 24 (IANS) Generic drugs used to treat heart diseases also have the potential to bolster the immune systems of patients with Ebola virus and some other life-threatening illnesses, research has found.   Unlike other medications in development for Ebola, which attack the virus, statins and angiotensin receptor blockers typically used for heart […]

Simple breath test to detect stomach cancer in a jiffy

Simple breath test to detect stomach cancer in a jiffy

London, June 24 (IANS) British researchers have developed a breath test that can detect oesophageal and gastric (stomach) cancer in minutes with 90 percent accuracy.   The test has produced encouraging results in a clinical study of 210 patients, and will now be tested in a larger trial involving three hospitals in London.   Oesophageal […]

Researchers find potential way to beat MERS virus

New York, June 23 (IANS) Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an enzyme essential to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus replication.   The virus is in the international spotlight again as South Korea faces the largest MERS outbreak outside the Middle East.   More than […]

The healthcare challenge in India

By Amit Kapoor India, since Independence, has achieved modest success when it comes to some aspects of public health, but much remains to be done for the future.   At the time of Independence, the life expectancy at birth for an individual in India was 32 years, it has more than doubled to 66 years […]

Stress during pregnancy impacts babies’ brain development

Stress during pregnancy impacts babies’ brain development

Washington, June 23 (IANS) Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina and impact the babies’ gut microbiome and brain development, a study shows.   During a vaginal birth, a newborn is exposed to its mother’s vaginal microbes, known as microbiota, which colonise the newborn’s gut, […]

Health tips for corporate employees

Health tips for corporate employees

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Taxing nine-to-five jobs, long hours in front of a computer screen, uneven sleeping patterns and diet issues sum up the lives of most corporate employees. To lead a healthy and fit life, they should keep water handy, carry home cooked food and more, says an expert.   Suvro Ghosh, founder […]

Ayurvedic science shows way for new diabetic drug

By K.S. Jayaraman Bengaluru, June 23 (IANS) Research inspired by the unique ayurvedic metallic preparations known as ‘bhasmas’ has led Indian researchers to propose a novel nano-particle-based drug for diabetes.   In a proof-of-concept study, researchers at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) in Pune claim to have successfully used this nano-medicine to treat both Type-1 […]

Diabetic? Smart insulin patch could replace injections

New York, June 23 (IANS) Managing diabetes could soon become a lot easier as researchers have developed the first “smart insulin patch” that can detect increases in blood sugar levels and secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever required.   The patch – a thin square no bigger than a penny – is covered […]

Man or woman! Clue hidden on lips

Toronto, June 23 (IANS) Our brain can quickly identify the gender of a person by looking at subtle variations in lip and skin colour, says a study.   “Contrast between the lips and skin is more pronounced in women than it is in men because their skin colour generally contains less red and therefore more […]