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 In a first, scientists use life-like virtual humans to help doctors learn empathy

Doctors

In a first, scientists use life-like virtual humans to help doctors learn empathy

Researchers created two virtual humans - Robin and Delmy - that are intelligent and conversational, and have the capacity to interact using a wide range of communication behaviours shared in typical face-to-face dialogue.

Following a routine bed time could help lower obesity risk for your children!

Children's health

Following a routine bed time could help lower obesity risk for your children!

Those children with greater emotional dysregulation were more likely to be obese later, researchers said.

Persistent dandruff - Could it be a sign of these health conditions? Steps to prevent it

dandruff

Persistent dandruff - Could it be a sign of these health conditions? Steps to prevent it

The exact cause of dandruff is still unclear. However, a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, or seborrhea, is believed to be a common cause of it.

Malaria: 3 African nations to get world's first vaccine by next year

Malaria

Malaria: 3 African nations to get world's first vaccine by next year

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi were chosen because they already run large programmes to tackle malaria, including the use of bed nets, yet still have high numbers of cases.

Carvedilol – Drug used to help lower blood pressure could treat skin cancer

skin cancer

Carvedilol – Drug used to help lower blood pressure could treat skin cancer

Researchers from the Western University of Health Sciences in California found that carvedilol drug can protect against the sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer.

Breast cancer: Warning signs, risk factors every woman should know

Breast cancer

Breast cancer: Warning signs, risk factors every woman should know

Breast cancer occurs most frequently in women, although it can also affect men. 

Despite shortage, 6 lakh litres of blood wasted in five years across India: Report

Blood

Despite shortage, 6 lakh litres of blood wasted in five years across India: Report

Lack of coordination between blood banks and hospitals has resulted in wastage of blood, including red blood cells and plasma as the life-saving components could not be used before their expiry date, says the report.

Know your olive oil – Which one is best for Indian cooking?

Healthy eating

Know your olive oil – Which one is best for Indian cooking?

With exposure to international cuisines, Olive Oil has made a special entry in the Indian household. 

Oral health: Watch out for the mercury in your mouth

dental health

Oral health: Watch out for the mercury in your mouth

The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers mercury as one of the top 10 chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.

People in colder, less sunny regions more susceptible to alcoholic cirrhosis

Liver

People in colder, less sunny regions more susceptible to alcoholic cirrhosis

Heavy alcohol intake causes a perception of warmth, while fewer sunlight hours have been linked to depression, which, in turn, may lead to alcohol abuse.

Obesity not smoking responsible for shortening your life, says study

Obesity

Obesity not smoking responsible for shortening your life, says study

The researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine found that obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.

Breast milk helpful in early detection of cancer

Cancer

Breast milk helpful in early detection of cancer

One of the potential options for detection of BC is biochemical monitoring of protein markers in different types of bodily fluids such as serum, nipple aspirate fluid and ductal lavage fluid, tear, urine, saliva and breast milk.

AIIMS to become country's first public hospital for eye tumours

Eyes

AIIMS to become country's first public hospital for eye tumours

The facility is a form of local radiation delivered to the eye through a radioactive device which is attached to the eye for a temporary period of time.

Chocoholics, take note! Dark chocolate may protect your brain from ageing

Brain

Chocoholics, take note! Dark chocolate may protect your brain from ageing

The findings may help explain the beneficial effects on memory seen in people who consume dark chocolate, researchers said.

Does your diet consist of animal protein? Study suggests you avoid it! - This is why

Liver disease

Does your diet consist of animal protein? Study suggests you avoid it! - This is why

 These findings presented at The International Liver Congress 2017 in Amsterdam also showed that fructose consumption per se might not be as harmful as previously assumed.

New smart glove to make physical exams more accurate

Medical check-up

New smart glove to make physical exams more accurate

The device is built on a regular sports glove that a doctor can wear while holding and moving a patient's limb back and forth.

What you munch is not your wish, your genes play pivotal role

Healthy eating

What you munch is not your wish, your genes play pivotal role

Researchers from Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain analysed the genetics of about 818 men and women of European ancestry and gathered information about their diet using a questionnaire.

The human immune system now has new types of blood cells!

Immune system

The human immune system now has new types of blood cells!

By using a technique called single-cell genomics, the researchers were able to analyse gene expression patterns in individual human blood cells.

Mindfulness meditation good for women, may help uplift mood

Meditation

Mindfulness meditation good for women, may help uplift mood

The findings show that the classes were effective in teaching the techniques, though women made greater gains than men on four of five areas of mindfulness.

Antibiotic resistance enters our bloodstream through the urine, says study

Antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance enters our bloodstream through the urine, says study

The researchers say their finding could help doctors diagnose drug-resistant sepsis and inform treatment choices.

Thin women most likely to become victims to depression: Study

Mental health

Thin women most likely to become victims to depression: Study

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, pointed out that depressed people may be more likely to lose weight, or it could be that being thin makes people depressed.

Sunflower seeds contaminated with potent liver carcinogen, warns study

Cancer

Sunflower seeds contaminated with potent liver carcinogen, warns study

Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) in the US documented frequent occurrence of aflatoxin - a toxin produced by Aspergillus molds that commonly infect corn, peanuts, pistachios and almonds - in sunflower seeds and their products.

Oncologists urge PM Narendra Modi to include bidi in demerit goods

Smoking

Oncologists urge PM Narendra Modi to include bidi in demerit goods

The demand from leading oncologists and 108 cancer hospitals under the aegis of the state-funded National Cancer Grid (NCG), comes ahead of the GST Council meeting on Monday in the national capital that is likely to fix GST rates, including those on demerit goods.

Doctors at Coimbatore hospital perform robotic whipples surgery on 14-year-old girl

Surgery

Doctors at Coimbatore hospital perform robotic whipples surgery on 14-year-old girl

Hospital Chairman and Chief Surgeon Dr C Palanivelu told reporters here today that the girl was referred to the hospital after being evaluated outside, with pancreatic tumour called solid pseudo papillary tumor of pancreas, which is common in young women in their early 20's.

Hypertension can increase your tension – Here comes another cause for it

Hypertension

Hypertension can increase your tension – Here comes another cause for it

In a study published in the journal JCI Insight, the researchers named the new cause as Connshing syndrome which is linked to the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol.

Experts urge everyone to make kidney health a priority

Kidney

Experts urge everyone to make kidney health a priority

Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of the kidneys` abilities to perform these essential functions, and can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking and other risk factors. 

Brain stimulation in early age may help you stay mentally fit in older years

Mental health

Brain stimulation in early age may help you stay mentally fit in older years

People with higher levels of reserve are more likely to stay mentally fit for longer.

Oral cancer: Early detection can help boost chances of survival

Cancer

Oral cancer: Early detection can help boost chances of survival

 The problem in India is that people ignore the early signs of cancer and they only consult a doctor when the cancer has reached the third or the fourth stage.

MCI directs hospitals, doctors across India to prescribe generic medicines to patients

generic medicines

MCI directs hospitals, doctors across India to prescribe generic medicines to patients

This move comes few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged at bringing a legal framework under which generic medicines should be given by the doctors and the healthcare system in India should have an extensive reach so that drugs are made available to all the people.

Miraculous: Woman gives birth in coma; meets son after 4 months!

Coma

Miraculous: Woman gives birth in coma; meets son after 4 months!

On regaining consciousness, when Bannan saw her son, she thought he was her nephew. Then her family explained the reality to her.

60 medicines declared 'substandard' by drug regulator – Check out the entire list!

medications

60 medicines declared 'substandard' by drug regulator – Check out the entire list!

This year’s list includes painkillers, medicines for anti-allergy, fever, cold, loose motion, constipation, as well as calcium and iron supplements, among others.