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Embrace technology-driven medical techniques to prevent health catastrophes: Expert
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Embrace technology-driven medical techniques to prevent health catastrophes: Expert

India will face a tsunami of chronic diseases such as cancer due to globalisation, growing economy, aging population and changing lifestyle, warns a leading oncologist, making it imperative for the country to embrace technology-driven medical techniques to prevent the health catastrophes in an effective and affordable manner. Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 18 : India will face a tsunami of chronic diseases such as cancer due to globalisation, growing economy, aging population and changing lifestyle, warns a leading oncologist, making it imperative for the country to embrace technology-driven medical techniques to prevent the health catastrophes in an effective and affordable manner. Cancer vaccines for prevention and treatment, expansion of Artificial Intelligence and data digital te...
This gel with QR code can accurately detect Covid in hundreds of people at one go
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This gel with QR code can accurately detect Covid in hundreds of people at one go

Researchers have developed a hydroalcoholic gel with a QR code that enables people to access a test that assesses their ability to identify the smell of the product and eight symptoms of Covid, instantly evaluating the risk of having the deadly respiratory disease. London, Dec 16 : Researchers have developed a hydroalcoholic gel with a QR code that enables people to access a test that assesses their ability to identify the smell of the product and eight symptoms of Covid, instantly evaluating the risk of having the deadly respiratory disease. The team from Spain's Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in conjunction with the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute, developed this method, which is based on artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. The AI model instantly determines whi...
Twitter stops enforcing Covid misleading information policy
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Twitter stops enforcing Covid misleading information policy

Twitter has paused support for enforcing Covid-19 misleading information policy on its platform. New Delhi, Nov 30 : Twitter has paused support for enforcing Covid-19 misleading information policy on its platform. As per an update on the company's blog, "Twitter is no longer enforcing the Covid-19 misleading information policy". Under its Covid misinformation policy, Twitter removed "demonstrably false or potentially misleading content that has the highest risk of causing harm." However, it is still not clear why Twitter has taken this action, as Covid is not gone yet and countries like China are reeling under its after effects. The move, according to reports, can lead to a surge in conspiracy theories around vaccines on the platform like "vaccines now kill more peopl...
Scientists discover harmful oral bacteria that cause other diseases
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Scientists discover harmful oral bacteria that cause other diseases

A team of researchers has identified the bacteria most commonly found in severe oral infections, a discovery that can provide deeper insight into the association between oral bacteria and other diseases. London, Nov 25 : A team of researchers has identified the bacteria most commonly found in severe oral infections, a discovery that can provide deeper insight into the association between oral bacteria and other diseases. The study showed that the most common bacteria were Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria, while the most common genera were Streptococcus spp, Prevotella spp, and Staphylococcus spp. Previous studies have demonstrated clear links between oral health and common diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's...
Flu vaccine that can protect against all 20 known influenza virus developed
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Flu vaccine that can protect against all 20 known influenza virus developed

Scientists have developed an mRNA-based vaccine against all 20 known subtypes of influenza virus, which provided broad protection from otherwise lethal flu strains in initial tests. New York, Nov 26 : Scientists have developed an mRNA-based vaccine against all 20 known subtypes of influenza virus, which provided broad protection from otherwise lethal flu strains in initial tests. This may serve as a general preventative measure against future flu pandemics in the near future, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. The "multivalent" vaccine, described in a paper published in Science, uses the same messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) technology employed in the Pfizer and Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. This mRN...
Health experts express concern over growing trend of uterus removal
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Health experts express concern over growing trend of uterus removal

Health experts from different verticals on Wednesday expressed concern over the growing trend of hysterectomy (uterus removal). New Delhi, Nov 23 : Health experts from different verticals on Wednesday expressed concern over the growing trend of hysterectomy (uterus removal). India sees a high number of uterus removal cases, even among much younger women, which may inflict a physical, social and mental health burden on them, experts said. "Families are major decision makers in our society when it comes to women's health, and hence families need to be made aware of such issues so that the women have their support in seeking best medical advice," said Amita Bali Vohra, DDG, Government of India. Speaking at an event held here to create awareness on unnecessary hysterectomies...
Video games may trigger potentially lethal heart rhythm problems in children
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Video games may trigger potentially lethal heart rhythm problems in children

Video games can precipitate life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible children whose predisposition may have been previously unrecognised, says a new study. Sydney, Oct 11 : Video games can precipitate life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible children whose predisposition may have been previously unrecognised, says a new study. The study authors, including lead author Claire M. Lawley from The Heart Centre for Children in Australia, documented an uncommon, but distinct pattern among children who lose consciousness while playing electronic (video) games. "Video games may represent a serious risk to some children with arrhythmic conditions; they might be lethal in patients with predisposing, but often previously unrecognized arrhythmic conditions," said Law...
Most women unaware of signs of aggressive breast cancer form
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Most women unaware of signs of aggressive breast cancer form

Most women are unaware of the unusual symptoms of a particularly aggressive and deadly form of the disease known as inflammatory breast cancer, says a new US-based survey. New York, Oct 12 : Most women are unaware of the unusual symptoms of a particularly aggressive and deadly form of the disease known as inflammatory breast cancer, says a new US-based survey. The survey, which was conducted online among 1,100 US women ages 18 and older, revealed that while 4 in 5 women (78 per cent) recognise a lump in the breast as a sign of breast cancer. Less than half of women would flag redness of the breast (44 per cent), pitting/thickening of the skin (44 per cent), or one breast feeling warmer or heavier than the other (34 per cent) as possible symptoms of breast cancer; specifically...
Daily multivitamin may be an unnecessary habit
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Daily multivitamin may be an unnecessary habit

Are you among those who gulps down a multivitamin every morning, probably with a sip of water? It may be of no use, finds a study. New York, Aug 10 : Are you among those who gulps down a multivitamin every morning, probably with a sip of water? It may be of no use, finds a study. While multivitamins aren't helpful, at least they're not harmful. But the money people spend on them could be better spent on purchasing healthy foods, according to Dr. Pieter Cohen, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Researchers analysed 84 studies involving nearly 700,000 people. Their review, published in JAMA, found little or no evidence that taking vitamin and mineral supplements helps prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease that can lead to heart attacks and st...
Can cholesterol levels raise risks to long Covid?
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Can cholesterol levels raise risks to long Covid?

People with higher levels of harmful fats or cholesterol commonly linked to heart diseases are more likely to experience ongoing symptoms from both Covid-19 and non-Covid disease, according to a study not peer-reviewed yet. London, Aug 11 : People with higher levels of harmful fats or cholesterol commonly linked to heart diseases are more likely to experience ongoing symptoms from both Covid-19 and non-Covid disease, according to a study not peer-reviewed yet. The findings are based on data from the ZOE Health Study app by King's College London. The scientists analysed blood markers from 4,787 people and compared them with those living in the community, where the majority of people with Covid have been treated. The blood markers in asymptomatic people had a healthier pattern ...