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Finding holds potential for drug targeting to treat diabetes

Scientists from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have found that knocking out a gene in mice led to higher insulin production and better glucose tolerance. The finding holds the potential for drug targeting to treat diabetes. The team, led by Satish Kumar, serendipitously found that knocking out the WDR13 gene, resulted in […]

June 20th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Brain surgery with local anaesthesia gives teen new life

KOLKATA: Ever heard of a brain surgery where the patient has not been put under the effect of general anaesthesia. It may sound ridiculous or frightening, but this is exactly what 18-year-oldMoubani Karmakar went through. Medicos refer to the process as ‘awake craniotomy’ where the patient is given local anaesthesia to reduce post-operative complications. The wondrous feat was performed by […]

June 20th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Ban on inaccurate blood tests to diagnose TB

NEW DELHI: Blood tests, commonly used in India to detect tuberculosis (TB), have been banned. The Union health ministry has banned the import of sero-diagnostic kits, saying it is giving inconsistent and imprecise results leading to wrong diagnosis of the deadly air-borne disease. The official gazette notification says, “Their use is likely to involve risk to human […]

June 20th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

129 children die due to encephalitis strain in Bihar

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Eighteen more children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar since yesterday, taking the toll due to the disease since May to 129, an official said. 48 children have died in Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur, while PMCH hospital at Patna has recorded the death of 46 children till date, Additional Secretary in the Health […]

June 13th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Soon, super-specialty hospital at Amingaon

GUWAHATI: Assam government and the Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayalaya signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here on Monday for setting up a super-specialty hospital at Amingaon, on the outskirts of the city, with an investment of about Rs 150 crore. The MoU was formally signed at the secretariat complex in the presence of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, health minister […]

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Dengue outbreak contained: Health Minister

Informing that the impact of dengue outbreak in the southern districts had been contained up to 60 per cent, Minister for Health V.S. Vijay has said sustained efforts would be made across the State with the backing of the local bodies to make Tamil Nadu ‘mosquito-free’. “Our ultimate goal is to completely control the spreading […]

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

8 peacocks succumb to heat in Hasanpur

GURGAON: At least eight peacocks died on Monday due to heat stroke in Hasanpur village, in the Aravali hills, a wildlife official said. Two seriously ill peacocks have been taken for treatment to a veterinary hospital. Villagers informed the wildlife department about the dead peacocks. “We visited the spot and post-mortems were conducted on three peacocks, including a peahen,” […]

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Bihar ‘encephalitis-like disease’ toll at 23

The encephalitis toll in Bihar is now at 23 with four more children having succumbed to it in Muzzaffarpur and Gaya districts since Monday, officials said Tuesday. The mosquito-borne disease claimed nearly 150 lives last year in the state. This year, 15 children have died in Muzaffarpur and eight in Gaya. Over three dozen children, […]

June 6th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Watch out for rare celestial ballet tomorrow


The next Venus transit will happen only in 2117 If the subject of astronomy interests you, here is a unique celestial treat you may not want to miss. Astronomers worldwide are gearing up to view a rare event occurring in the solar system. There will a significant alignment of planets (Earth and Venus) with the […]

June 5th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

Study: Women who smoke give birth to lighter babies

Women who smoke during pregnancy give birth to lighter and smaller babies, says a Spanish study. The findings were borne out by research conducted by the University of Zaragoza in Spain on 1,216 newly born babies. Such babies were between 180 and 230 grams thinner than the offspring of non-smoking mothers, which averages 216 grams, […]

June 4th, 2012 | Posted in Science & Health | Read More »

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