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World's heaviest man weighing 595 kilos to undergo surgery

Surgery

World's heaviest man weighing 595 kilos to undergo surgery

Patient Juan Pedro Franco, who once weighed more than half a ton at 595 kilos, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9

Breast cancer surgeon Dr Raghu Ram conferred with India's highest honour for medicine

Cancer

Breast cancer surgeon Dr Raghu Ram conferred with India's highest honour for medicine

Dr Raghu Ram, who is also the President of the Association of Breast Surgeons of India, became the youngest surgeon ever from the Telugu states to have been conferred with the Padma Shri.

Maternity bill will impact hiring of women: Survey

Maternity Bill

Maternity bill will impact hiring of women: Survey

Over 40 percent of those surveyed said they will consider the maternity bill clauses during the hiring process, while 26 percent said that they will prefer hiring male employees instead.

Heartburn drugs elevate risk of colon inflammation, diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

Heartburn drugs elevate risk of colon inflammation, diarrhoea

The researchers suggest that suppressing stomach acid might have an effect on the bacteria living in the gut, which could make people more susceptible to the infection.C.difficile is a bacterium that causes inflammation of the colon, a condition called colitis and its symptoms include - diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain.

Gearing up for a marathon? You many be at risk of kidney injury!

Kidney

Gearing up for a marathon? You many be at risk of kidney injury!

For the study, the team analysed participants who took part in the 2015 Hartford Marathon.

Coca-Cola calls for police probe after discovering human faeces in drink cans

contamination

Coca-Cola calls for police probe after discovering human faeces in drink cans

No on-sale products were affected, the soft drinks giant said. Furthermore, all the defiled cans were impounded with immediate effect, the company added.

Exposing children to lead may impact cognitive development: Researchers

Children health

Exposing children to lead may impact cognitive development: Researchers

The findings, published by JAMA, showed that children with more than 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood at age 11 had 4.25 points lower intelligence quotients (IQ) at age 38.

Tiny, ingestible 3D snake-robot will help visualize digestive system in real time!

Digestive health

Tiny, ingestible 3D snake-robot will help visualize digestive system in real time!

The snake-like robot is made from a set of interlocking 3D-printed "plastic" pieces that look a bit like vertebrae.

Miniature female reproductive system, that fits in palm of hand, may help drug testing

Reproduction

Miniature female reproductive system, that fits in palm of hand, may help drug testing

The new 3D technology - called EVATAR - is made with human tissue and will enable scientists to conduct much-needed testing of new drugs for safety and effectiveness on the female reproductive system.

Paralysed man uses 'brain implants' to have mashed potatoes after eight years

Paralysis

Paralysed man uses 'brain implants' to have mashed potatoes after eight years

He was able to do this with the help of a computer-brain interface that reads his thoughts and send signals to move muscle in his arm, claim researchers.

Do ayurvedic drugs help treat cancer? AIIMS to validate efficacy

Cancer

Do ayurvedic drugs help treat cancer? AIIMS to validate efficacy

AIIMS will come together with All India Institute of Ayurveda and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences to to study the efficacy of ayurvedic drugs in treating cancer.

Researchers crack structure of key protein in Zika virus

Zika virus

Researchers crack structure of key protein in Zika virus

A team of researchers have cracked the full structure of a key protein in Zika virus (ZIKV) which may help to understand how the deadly virus replicates itself as well as to potential treatments.

Gastric medications may increase risk of bacterial infection

Gastric

Gastric medications may increase risk of bacterial infection

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have revealed that common gastric medications may increase the risk of bacterial infection.

Scientists identify 12 new genes linked to ovarian cancer

Cancer

Scientists identify 12 new genes linked to ovarian cancer

A team of international scientists has identified a dozen new genetic variants that have the potential to increase the risk of women developing ovarian cancer.

'Medicinal diet' can cut diabetes risk: Study

Diabetes

'Medicinal diet' can cut diabetes risk: Study

The starches in diet resist digestion and pass through to the colon or large bowel where they are broken down by microbiota or gut bacteria.

Scientists successfully culture beating human heart cells on spinach leaves!

Human heart

Scientists successfully culture beating human heart cells on spinach leaves!

When the plant cells are washed away what remains is a framework made primarily of cellulose, a natural substance that is not harmful to people.

Work dragging you down? A 20-minute power nap will help you rejuvenate!

napping

Work dragging you down? A 20-minute power nap will help you rejuvenate!

Bosses should consider allowing staff to take a short nap in the office. It can make a huge difference, suggests researchers, reports the Independent.

Learning cooking skills via bestselling cookbooks? It could make you sick

Food safety

Learning cooking skills via bestselling cookbooks? It could make you sick

Scientists say bestselling cookbooks give little useful advice about reducing the risk of foodborne illness, particularly in recipes involving meat products. 

Mental Healthcare Bill: Here's why JP Nadda said thanks to Shashi Tharoor

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill: Here's why JP Nadda said thanks to Shashi Tharoor

During the discussion on the Bill in Lok Sabha on March 24, Tharoor made an emotional speech revealing his experiences of living with a victim of mental illness while giving a host of suggestions.

 

Scientists develop new rapid blood test to accelerate TB diagnosis!

Tuberculosis

Scientists develop new rapid blood test to accelerate TB diagnosis!

Making matters worse, TB bacteria can lurk dormant in a person's lung tissue, often for decades, before spontaneously producing full-blown TB disease that can then spread to others.

Seasonal allergies: Tips to keep pollen at bay

Alletgies

Seasonal allergies: Tips to keep pollen at bay

While there's no cure, there are many things you can do to reduce or prevent springtime allergies – from medication to good household habits.

Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Why it is significant for India with high suicide rates

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Why it is significant for India with high suicide rates

The passage of the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, which was earlier passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016, is significant given India's current mental health status. 

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

brain health

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

The study is part of the nascent but growing field of "imaging genetics," which aims to relate genetic variation to variation in brain anatomy and function.

Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

Liver disease

Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

A single pill of the the drug, marketed as Sovaldi and other names, can cost up to $1,000 (920 euros). In France, a 12-week course of treatment costs 41,000 euros.

Want to reduce your risk of obesity? Cooking at home and avoiding TV during meals will help!

Obesity

Want to reduce your risk of obesity? Cooking at home and avoiding TV during meals will help!

Those whose family meals were all home-cooked also had lower odds of obesity than other adults who ate some or no home-cooked meals.

Grocery shopping? You're probably inviting more germs than you'll find in your toilet!

germs

Grocery shopping? You're probably inviting more germs than you'll find in your toilet!

Fresh produce section often doubles up as a hub of germs as an easy point of entry for germs into handles.

Diagnostic tests for nut allergy may be 'unreliable', say scientists

Allergy

Diagnostic tests for nut allergy may be 'unreliable', say scientists

At present, the most accurate way to diagnose a possible food allergy is an oral food challenge.

Mental Healthcare Bill 2016: Parliament gives assent, decriminalises suicide

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill 2016: Parliament gives assent, decriminalises suicide

An important clause in the bill decriminalises suicide, thereby deeming it unpunishable, while also stating that a person who attempts suicide should be presumed to be suffering from severe stress.

Video games a 'viable and effective' treatment for depression, say researchers!

Mental health

Video games a 'viable and effective' treatment for depression, say researchers!

The findings showed that playing the specifically designed video game helped people feel they had some control over their depression.

The power of a hug: A loving embrace is the secret to your baby's good health!

child health

The power of a hug: A loving embrace is the secret to your baby's good health!

There are emotional benefits that hugs have for your bundle of joy.

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

Premature babies

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

In an emotional post shared on social media, the filmmaker whose children were born almost 10 weeks before full-term, jotted down a heart-whelming note revealing that he was terrified initially on learning that there were complications with his babies' birth.