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Artificial womb for premature babies? This baby sheep is growing inside a plastic bag

Premature babies

Artificial womb for premature babies? This baby sheep is growing inside a plastic bag

The approach might one day help nurture and protect premature babies outside the uterus, providing a better chance for survival and eliminating the health risk of pregnancy.

12 out of 13 doctors treating world's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed quit – This is what they have to say

Weight loss

12 out of 13 doctors treating world's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed quit – This is what they have to say

The resignation came amid allegations made by Shaimaa Salim, who claimed that doctors were lying about Eman's weight loss and not giving factual updates on her health and recovery.

Diet products are just junk food in disguise, can make you fat

Weight gain

Diet products are just junk food in disguise, can make you fat

As per a new research, high-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden "diet" foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.

Spat between world's heaviest woman Eman's kin & doctors gets murkier, mother releases new video

Weight loss

Spat between world's heaviest woman Eman's kin & doctors gets murkier, mother releases new video

A day after her sister Shaimaa Salim leveled shocking allegations against bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and Saifee Hospital in a video uploaded online that has gone viral, now her mother, Thanaa Ahmed, too, released a scathing footage on Eman's health.

Tiny silica 'cages' to keep vaccines safe at high temperatures

Vaccines

Tiny silica 'cages' to keep vaccines safe at high temperatures

The team, working with colleagues at the University of Newcastle in the UK, created a technique which can keep proteins intact at high temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius, by encasing them in silica cages.

Kids can't safely cross road before 14: Study

Children's health

Kids can't safely cross road before 14: Study

Children contend with two main variables when deciding whether it is safe to cross a street researchers said.

Placebo effect can mend broken hearts too: Study

medication

Placebo effect can mend broken hearts too: Study

The study is the first to measure placebos' impact on emotional pain from romantic rejection.

Scientists successfully test artificial womb in animals; say it could help increase survival chances in human preemies!

Pregnancy

Scientists successfully test artificial womb in animals; say it could help increase survival chances in human preemies!

The plastic 'womb' consists of a mixture of warm water and added salts, similar to amniotic fluid, to support and protect the foetus.

Jackfruit seeds could potentially replace cocoa beans to make chocolates!

Chocolates

Jackfruit seeds could potentially replace cocoa beans to make chocolates!

Scientists are investigating alternative sources that can mimic chocolate's distinct aroma and flavour.

Malaria detection now a new '20 cent' device away!

Malaria

Malaria detection now a new '20 cent' device away!

Researchers were inspired by toys such as a yoyo and whirlygig that is made using a spherical object suspended on threads which are then pulled to make it spin.

Study suggests regular, moderate exercise for those over 50 years to 'keep the mind sharp'

exercise

Study suggests regular, moderate exercise for those over 50 years to 'keep the mind sharp'

In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.

Beware, parents! Offering kids their favourite snack to soothe them may be your worst decision – Know why

Healthy eating

Beware, parents! Offering kids their favourite snack to soothe them may be your worst decision – Know why

When children eat to soothe their negative feelings, their food tends to be high in calories (eg, sweets) so they consume more calories.

Immunisation: How it greatly reduces disease, disability and death worldwide

immunisation

Immunisation: How it greatly reduces disease, disability and death worldwide

Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age.

Monkey fever claims woman's life in Goa - What you need to know about this condition

Monkey fever

Monkey fever claims woman's life in Goa - What you need to know about this condition

Monkey fever, also known as Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD), is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic fever endemic to South Asia.

World's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed's sister calls Dr Muffazal Lakdawala a 'liar', denies her weight loss

Weight loss

World's heaviest woman Eman Ahmed's sister calls Dr Muffazal Lakdawala a 'liar', denies her weight loss

In a video uploaded online, Shaimaa called bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who has been treating Eman, a 'liar' adding that he is not giving right/factual updates about her sister's recovery.

 

World Malaria Day 2017: WHO calls for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria, save lives

Malaria

World Malaria Day 2017: WHO calls for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria, save lives

Insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for an estimated 69% of cases prevented through control tools.

New, quick test to identify superbug infection

Superbugs

New, quick test to identify superbug infection

Researchers found that it was possible to distinguish not only between those bacteria that are colistin resistant, and those that are not, but also which bacteria have the more dangerous plasmid-encoded resistance.

Going to university may help prevent dementia: Study

Dementia

Going to university may help prevent dementia: Study

The research team analysed whether a healthy lifestyle was associated with better performance on a mental ability test.

Go natural! Engage with nature to improve your well-being, says study

Well-being

Go natural! Engage with nature to improve your well-being, says study

Researchers found that 11 of the 13 had a positive correlation to overall life satisfaction.

Medical breakthrough! Mystery behind multiple sclerosis revealed, as scientists discover cause of disease

Multiple sclerosis

Medical breakthrough! Mystery behind multiple sclerosis revealed, as scientists discover cause of disease

Affecting more women than men, multiple sclerosis victimizes around 2.5 million people around the world. Typically, people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

Punjabi, Hindi-speaking communities in Canada may be practicing sex selective abortions: Report

Female foeticide

Punjabi, Hindi-speaking communities in Canada may be practicing sex selective abortions: Report

The research also found that the ratios did not diminish with longer duration in Canada.

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.