Health & Environment

Mizoram takes preventive steps for Japanese encephalitis

Aizawl: The Mizoram government has taken preventive measures to thwart the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis following reports of the disease in neighbouring Manipur, officials said here on Tuesday.   "Senior....

Toxic mercury found in Antarctic sea ice: Study

Melbourne: Australian scientists have discovered a toxic form of mercury in Antarctic's atmosphere and sea ice.   The study, led by a team from the University of Melbourne, found significant....

Lab-grown ‘mini human brains’ to fight Parkinson’s Disease

Singapore: In a first, a team of scientists successfully grew “mini-brains” in the lab which will help develop treatments and conduct other studies into Parkinson's Disease (PD) and ageing-related brain....

NASA set to unravel giant asteroid that can hit Earth

Washington: A near-Earth asteroid that is coming towards our planet after being dislodged by a gravitational pull can indeed strike us and and cause massive destruction but according to experts,....

Genetic link between rare heart disease, seizures identified

New York: Researchers have identified a genetic link between a rare heart rhythm disease and an increased risk for seizures proving a clear association between the heart and the brain....

First three months most crucial after one quits smoking

New York: Smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical released by neurons to send signals to other nerve cells, return to normal levels three months after quitting, according to a....

Meet ‘Graham’, he can survive all kinds of car crashes

New Delhi: Surviving a car crash is a big deal, especially when the accident is a big one. So when a Melbourne artist, Patricia Piccinini, sculpted the human-like statue named....

Deep space radiation put Apollo astronauts at high death risk

Washington: Astronauts who were part of the successful Apollo space mission are going through higher rates of cardiovascular problems likely caused by their exposure to deep space radiation, says a....

South Korea confirms 9th Zika infection

Seoul: South Korea on Friday confirmed a woman who returned from a trip to Vietnam has been infected with the Zika virus, the country's ninth case.   The 40-year-old woman....

Researchers discovered new rare form of hereditary colon cancer

London: Researchers have discovered that mutation in a gene can led to a form of hereditary colon cancer which was not identified earlier.   The researchers discovered genetic changes in....

World Hepatitis Day: Amitabh Bachchan calls for educating Aanganwadis

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan attended the World Hepatitis Day 2016 Symposium organised by the WHO and Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Thursday in Mumbai. The....

Women with late menstruation and menopause may live longer

New York: Late onset of puberty as well as a late arrival of menopause is likely to increase the chances of women surviving upto 90 years, says a study.  ....

Secondhand weed smoke not less harmful than tobacco smoke

New York: Inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke is not as safe as it may seem. The weed itself may not be dangerous but smoke is likely to cause damage to the....

Great news! Earth’s Ozone layer is on mend

New Delhi: For years, the ozone layer has been bearing the brunt of technological innovations created by the human beings.  The destruction of ozone by the presence of molecules containing....

Placenta-on-a-chip to shed light on causes of preterm birth

New York: To better understand the causes of premature birth and devise ways to prevent it, researchers at University of Pennsylvania have developed a placenta-on-a-chip that can fully model the transport....

NASA digitising Viking mission data to unfold Mars’ mystery

Washington: Forty years ago, NASA's Viking mission made history when it became the first to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars.   As engineers and scientists planned for....

Physical strength begins to decline as we turn 50

New York: Physical strength begins to decline sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a study. It suggested that efforts to....

Why obese women have uncontrollable urge to eat

New York: Women with severe obesity often report an underlying drive to eat continually because their brain's reward centres continue to respond to food cues even after they have eaten....

Another Zika-transmitting mosquito discovered by Brazilian scientists

Brasilia: Brazilian scientists have identified another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito, responsible for over 1,700 cases of microcephaly in newborns in the South American country since October 2015.   The public Brazilian....

Shaking baby could be deadly, say physicians

New York: Majority of physicians in the US accept that shaking a young child is capable of producing a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain, severe retinal haemorrhage, coma....

Exercise as effective as surgery for knee injury

London: Exercise therapy is as effective as surgery for middle-aged patients with a common type of knee injury known as meniscal tear, a study has revealed.   Meniscal tear is....

Oceans may have abundant reserve of hydrogen

New York: Hydrogen may not be as rare as once thought as a new study says that rocks beneath the ocean floor by fast-spreading tectonic plates may be a large....

A study reveals that home-made foods for infants not always a healthy choice

London: Home-cooked meals specifically made for infants and young children, are not always healthier than commercially available baby foods, new research suggests.   The findings indicated that home cooked meals,....

NASA exploring our solar system like never before

Washington: As we wait for Juno's first close-up images of Jupiter on August 27, NASA continues to explore our solar system to help answer fundamental questions about how we came....

Happy cows give you more nutritious milk

New York: When cows are happy, they produce more nutritious milk with higher levels of calcium, new research suggests.   The researchers found that daily infusions with a naturally-occurring chemical....

Cleansing, exfoliation important for skin during monsoon

New Delhi: During the rains, sweat and oil deposits make the skin really dull so adjust your skin routine according to the season. Cleansing is really important during the rainy....

Protein that may ‘shock and kill’ HIV virus identified

New York: Researchers have identified a protein that can potently force the latent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viruses out of hiding and poison them on their way out, leading to....

Coffee impedes hearing recovery from noise: Study

Ottawa: Coffee lovers who like to attend rock music concerts or work at airports should be cautious as a recent study indicates that caffeine has a serious impact on hearing.....

Heart attack risk goes up with amount of traffic noise exposed

London: Living near the highway could cost your heart dear as researchers have found that risk of heart attack goes up with the amount of traffic noise to which you....

Scientists develop a health hotline that can forecast dengue outbreak

New York: A team of scientists, including one of Indian-origin, has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever as much as three weeks in advance by....