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 […]

Yoga is a way of life — not just about postures

Yoga is a way of life — not just about postures

By M.R. Narayan Swamy RSS spokesman-turned-BJP leader Ram Madhav’s audacious outburst against Vice President Hamid Ansari is a good example of what all can go wrong if politicians try to usurp the ancient science of yoga.   Never mind that Ram Madhav ended up apologising for having publicly pulled up Ansari for not turning up […]

Essential skin care tips for men

New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Like women, men’s skin also requires proper nourishment and care to stay fresh. Skin care should be an important aspect of lifestyle, irrespective of age, but the technique should change as one grows old, says an expert.   Indu Ballani, dermatologist at Mantra Medi spa at Delhi, shares how men […]

Yoga Day: When world came together at India’s call

Yoga Day: When world came together at India’s call

By Arul Louis United Nations, June 22 (IANS) The International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations here sought to symbolize the unity of humanity as people from around the world gathered Sunday in unique observance of an Indian proposal sponsored by 177 nations and endorsed by all 193 UN members.   People of all races and […]