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Stray Kerala Dogs Face Keyhole Surgery to Control Birth Rate

...s even a year after its formal launch. The main aim of the programme is to give hands on training to local vets. The SPCA has been provided with a fund of rupees 445/- for each dog, which includes medicine, surgery equipment, vaccinations and other expenses. For the first phase, a financial assis...

South Africa Notes Signs of First-ever Decline in HIV Infection Rates

...uth Africa recently launched an AIDS plan with the aim of reducing by 50 percent the rate of new infections by 2011, focusing on the youth among whom most new infections occur. The country has the world's second heaviest caseload of HIV/AIDS, behind India, with about 5.5 million in a population of 48 m...

EU Aims to Shake Up Wine Industry With Root-and-branch Reform

...o uproot uncompetitive vineyards. "The proposals aim first of all to boost the competitiveness of the European wine producers, try to win back markets, drain the infamous wine lakes and of course make things more simple," she said. EU attempts to turn around souring wine market Although Europe rema...

Experts Propose New Criteria for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

...ility, and then specifying its cause. Rather, they aim to define the clinical, biochemical, structural, and metabolic presence of AD," they say. Dr Norman Foster, Center for Alzheimer's Care, Department of Neurology, University of Utah, US, feels that it is time that advanced technologies be involved...

Reduction in Drug Costs

...ent to impose the new reimbursement rule, with the aim of reducing public expenditure on antihypertensive drugs. Before the change, one in ten patients starting antihypertensive medication was prescribed a thiazide drug. This proportion gradually increased during the transition period, before stabilizin...

Eco-architecture Takes Root in Thailand, but Growth is Slow

...ouses start sprouting up like the mango trees they aim to copy. "Dr Soontorn's house is an experiment at best, that will be replicated by a few wealthy or alternative minded individuals," he says....

Millions Spent, but the Indian Capital's River Still Stinks

...is on us but I am now confident," said Mathur. "My aim is to put in systems that go on for 50 years no matter who is in the job." Costly plans are underway to repair old sewage lines and build new ones to take away and treat waste from the three largest drains as well as to hook up unauthorised colonie...

Psychiatric Patients Ill-treated in Emergency Rooms, US Officials Say

...yer said. "The ERs are in a production mode. Their aim is to process the patients as quickly as possible to get on to the next patient. These patients may not take well to being treated that way. They may act out." A number of hospitals said they have improved care after serious encounters. UMass Mem...

Human Membranes Crystal Structure may Help Tailor Asthma Drugs

...4 synthase. For this reason asthma medicines often aim at blocking the downstream effects of LTC4 synthase. However, there is a need for new pharmaceutical alternatives, as not all patients respond to the existing medicines. Now, scientists at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics hav...

New Technology Transforming Life for the Deaf

...mes to face-to-face appointment-making. The main aim of the congress, which is held every four years -- the last one was in Montreal, Canada -- is "to advance recognition of sign language in national legislations," says co-organiser Ana Maria Vazquez, a university sign language specialist. But at the...

Smokers may Be Motivated to Quit During Interventions in Hospital Stays

...essor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The aim of the systematic review was to evaluate how effective smoking cessation programs are when directed to patients admitted to a hospital. The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an...

School-based Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs

...uation a child could utilize this knowledge. The aim of the systematic review was to determine whether school-based sexual abuse prevention and education programs are effective, if they protect children and if they might cause unintentional harm. The review appears in the latest issue of The Cochrane ...

Group Therapy and Willpower can Help Smokers to Quit

... counsellor who guides the session. Initially, the aim is to analyse the smoking habits of those taking part. "The idea is to make it clear to people that they are actually addicted," said Karin Joder. In many cases this means destroying the illusions associated with the smoking habit. The counsellor...

Three Gene Variants Could Hold Key for HIV Vaccine: Study

...r for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology) researchers, we aim to discover even more polymorphisms that could provide additional clues how some patients are better able to control the virus than others," Goldstein said. "This should ultimately lead to novel targets for vaccines, the primary goal of CHAVI," a s...

Pregnant Women's Contest to Curb Infant Mortality

...have organised a pregnant women's contest with the aim of reducing infant mortality. Started almost a year ago, the competition evaluates mothers' weights during pregnancy, the kind of medication they are taking, food intake and hygiene standards at home. The criteria are evaluated by a couple of doc...

Experts Identify Vaccine Target for HIV

... future studies conducted by CHAVI researchers, we aim to discover even more polymorphisms that could provide additional clues how some patients are better able to control the virus than others. This should ultimately lead to novel targets for vaccines, the primary goal of CHAVI., Goldstein.said. Two o...

Effective Treatment for Malaria Control

...udies in children in vivo, and future studies that aim to determine the effect of sulfadoxine-pyrimethami...udies in children in vivo, and future studies that aim to determine the effect of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine resistance on the efficacy of IPT with sulfadox...

New Tumor Markers for Pancreatic Cancer

...to quickly divide and invade nearby tissues. The aim of this PhD was to intercept messages sent by cancerous pancreatic cells and compare them with those sent by healthy pancreatic cells. This comparison would indicate which orders (messages) are the ones that make the cancer grow and invade and which ...

A New Milestone in Stem Cell Research

...m embryonic or foetal tissue. Current treatments aim to keep the patient alive with a heart that is working less efficiently than before the heart attack. Cardiac stem cell therapy aims to repair the damaged heart as it has the potential to replace the damaged tissue. In this trial (known as TransACT...

Madhya Pradesh Bans Use of Vibrating Condoms

...ayaraj said they had launched the product with the aim to promote the use of condoms and arrest the spread of AIDS. BJP leaders had earlier banned sex education in the state, afraid that the graphics and pictorial descriptions in course material would corrupt innocent minds....

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