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Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos

A NOVEL research-cum-manufacturing agreement between Chiron Corp, the US-based vaccine major, and an Indian company for the development of a potential AIDS vaccine to halt the spread of the deadly disease in the country is in an advanced stage of finalisation. ....Two Hyderabad-based biotechnology/pharma companies -- Shanta Biotechnics and Biological E -- are reportedly the front-runners for the...

Cipla holds talks with mining giant to supply AIDS drugs for South African workers

Indian pharmaceutical giant Cipla is holding talks with London based mining giant, Anglo American for supplying AIDS drugs to South African workers. About 11% of South African population is HIV positive, totaling around 4.7 million people, giving it the dubious distinction of being the country with the maximum number of HIV positive people in the world. ..The HIV scourge is sure to have a devasta...

Brisk Walking lowers memory loss in women

According to a research presented during the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia, brisk walking may help women keep their brains young. Women who walk regularly are less likely to experience the memory loss and other cognitive declines in mental function that can come with aging.// ..In the study, they concluded that the least active women walked an average of about a half mile per wee...

Baby Talk Better Than Adult Speech

The way you talk to your baby may be more than just cute -- scientists say it could be helping the youngster master the language.There has been some controversy swirling around about whether baby talk is good for your little one.// Some have suggested that normal grownup talk is actually better for infants' speech development.So, University of Washington in Seattle researchers took one step towar...

The way you talk matters a lot

People who have the habit of talking over the telephone with the receiver cradling between their head and shoulder could be put into problems like that of a temporary stroke.//Scientists say a 43-year old psychiatrist in France spent an hour on the telephone talking to a patient, cradling the receiver between his left ear and shoulder so he could keep his hands free. ....Soon after that he expe...

Sleepwalking has genetic roots

Adults who sleepwalk are more likely to have a specific genetic variant of part of their immune system than those who do not. Sleepwalking in adults is quite different from childhood sleepwalking.// It's more likely to lead to injury or violent behaviour, and those affected often have other health problems, like sleep apnoea. A study of 60 adult sleepwalkers in Bern, Switzerland, shows an interes...

Change in walking might indicate Dementia

According to new research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, they have observed that doctors have a new tool that may help them predict who will develop a form of dementia later in life.// The research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine finds the presence of an abnormal gait in elderly people without dementia predicts the risk of developing dementia. The form of dementia is non-Alzh...

Sleepwalking linked to a gene

A new study published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry suggested that scientists have discovered a genetic marker which may make people susceptible to sleepwalking. Sleepwalking is a complex disorder and affects around half of young children and up to 3 per cent of adults. Though the condition is harmless, it may sometimes cause injuries to the person with the disorder or to others. Scientist...

Spinal Cord Patients Walk Again

Paralysis clearly means learning to give up many of the activities to which you are accustomed to doing. In many cases, that can mean not being able to go places that aren’t wheelchair accessible or even standing to get something off a shelf. Now, new research in Philadelphia brings paralyzed people a little closer to a normal life. ....With the push of a button, something amazing happens to Les...

Baby Talking Is Good For Your Child

For ages mothers have been using baby talk with their children. And yet many a times they have been advised by //ople not to use baby talk as it may lead to delay in learning how to speak a language. Now research shows that mothers have been right all along! ..In an article in the journal Infancy, researchers Erik D. Thiessen and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff had said that baby talk and the body la...

Leisure walks with low cardiovascular exercises work best for weight loss

Walking at a leisurely pace for a good distance along with some cardiovascular exercises work best// for losing weight in obese people. ....Researchers of Colorado University had found that slow paced walks can help obese people burn more calories than past faced walks they do to get into shape and lose some weight. The amounts of calories that get burned per pound of body weights remain same for...

Cobblestone Walking May Be The Key For Healthy Living.

A recent pilot study showed that walking on a cobblestone mat surface resulted in significant reduction in blood // pressure, improves balance and physical performance among the age groups of 60 and adults. ....John Fisher,Ph.D., from the Oregan Research Institute said that Compared to conventional walking, the experience of walking on the river rock-like surface of manufactured cobblestone mat...

Detecting DNA Damage With In-Vivo Alkaline Comet Assay

The comet assay has gained rapid importance in detecting various forms of DNA damage and repair.// The conventional methods have numerous disadvantages and are time consuming, resource intensive and require a large proliferating cell population. ....The comet assay attracts adherents by it’s simplicity, speed, versatility and economy and is an ideal alternative supplementary in-vivo study. The C...

Kidney transplant donor and recipients need to talk it out

Before a kidney transplant surgical procedure, it helps if the donors// and the recipients sit in front of each other and talk out their queries. ....In a research by the Cardiff University investigators it had come to light that recipients of kidney often prefer to have a talk with their donors as they feel they would personally like to ensure that donating kidney might not be in any way harmful...

Adolescents Who Walk To School Are Fitter, More Active

Adolescent school-going children who regularly walk to school are more physically fit than their counterparts who travel to school in buses, cars or trains. // .. ..The study, published online by the BMJ today, suggests that how children travel to and from school seems to affect overall physical activity. Understanding these findings is important for promoting healthy school and transport strateg...

Pediatricians Need To Talk To Parents Of Overweight Kids

Researchers from Saint Louis University reported in the journal Pediatrics that pediatricians often miss the opportunity to talk to the parents of obese children and help them identify the problem and treat // it to bring the body weight of children back to normal. ....Researchers feel that it’s really important that pediatricians identify overweight children during well-child visits and use tha...

Doctors take part in walk: a step towards creating diabetes awareness

The World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14 in order to create awareness related to Diabetes, which is a group of diseases with one thing in common - a problem with insulin, and has reached epidemic proportions. // .... As a part of the World Diabetes Day, a walk is being organized in Madurai on November 14. The walk will begin at 7.30 am from IMA hall, Panagal road and end at th...

Miss Universe Walks The Ramp For AIDS Awareness

The evening chill was just starting to set in when the world's most beautiful women, headed by Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, sashayed down a ramp under a starry sky at a show of fashion, colour and some skin, all aimed at AIDS awareness.// ..Glebova was also joined by Miss Afghanistan 2005 Veda Samadzai and six other international models at the show here Wednesday night to promote awareness ab...

Khushboo Should ‘Talk about Safe Sex’ and not ‘ Premarital Sex’ Says Miniter

NEW DELHI: The PMK, Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss party was the first to raise the moral objection to actress Khusboo’s comment on premarital sex. // Now he is trying to do a balancing act to diffuse the controversy .. ..Ramadoss told an Indian newspaper: ‘‘We need many more Khushboos to talk about safe sex to the country’s youth. But you cannot propagate sex outside or prior to marriag...

Paralyzed Patients Can Be Trained To Walk With Robotic Treadmill

Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that brain activity of paralyzed patients can be improved by providing them training using robotic treadmill. This is believed to benefit // a majority of patients who exhibit partial paralysis following spinal cord injury. ..In the future, rehabilitation strategies could be individualized based on whether injured persons are capable o...

Roche confirms Tamiflu production talks in US

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche confirmed that it is in talks with 15 companies in the U.S. about stepping up the production of Tamiflu, the bird-flu drug//. .. ..The partnership would dramatically increase the world's supply of Tamiflu as countries are stockpiling the drug in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic. ....The Basel-based firm confirmed on Thursday that it was in talks with...

New device to help spinal cord injury cases walk

A new device developed at the University of Toronto stimulates the muscles of patients with spinal cord injuries, helping to increase the walking function in those with no hope of walking.// ..The university researchers have found that functional electrical stimulation (FES), a process that sends controlled bursts of electricity through the skin and into muscles, can help patients enhance their...

New Device To Help Patients Walk

A device called Compex Motion has been developed by University of Toronto scientists with the object of helping people with spinal cord injuries walk again. The device makes the muscles// work again by sending bursts of electricity through the skin. ..The bursts, called functional electrical stimulation or FES, is unlike similar therapies tried in the last 20 years as the patient's movement is n...

Peripheral Artery Disease Can Be Delayed By Walking

Peripheral artery disease can be delayed to a great extent by taking walks thrice a week. The disease is responsible for impaired blood flow // and leg pain, according to a recent research. The walking ability of a person can also be improved through the exercise. As a part of the study, researchers tested the physical ability of 417 men and women by measuring the distance they could walk in 6...

Gardening, Walking and moderate drinking reduce risk of dementia

Professor Leon Simons and colleagues from University of New South Wales have found that daily gardening, walking and moderate drink reduced the risk// of developing dementia. ..Dementia is a progressive brain disease which leads to gradual loss of memory and daily activities leading to loss of reasoning, memory and learning due to presence of irregular knots in brain cells, though dementia is mo...

Walk-In Health Centers Launched By The NHS For Commuters

Patients can now get treated on their way to office or back home, with the launch of unique walk-in-service centers at London Liverpool Street and Manchester Piccadilly train stations//. This patient friendly system eliminates the need for a prior appointment and can be availed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ......Such a specialized NHS service would not have been possible if not for the request of the...

Suffering From Depression? Walk It Out

A study conducted by researchers from University of Texas has revealed that moderate physical activity such as a brisk 30-minute walk can work wonders in easing depression. // Other measures adopted by depressed individuals such as consumption of alcohol, caffeine or smoking are associated with adverse health effects. ....The study has been conducted amongst a group of 40 individuals, diagnosed...

Middle-Aged Women with Headaches, Often Walk Out With Prescriptions

As if Headache Prescriptions have the prerogative of choice. They seem to be partial to middle aged women. Research in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry suggests that // Family doctors are twice likely to write-out prescriptions to middle aged women with headache as compared to men of the same age. ....Headaches normally spur the patients to a doctor and account for nearly 20%...

U.S. HSS Secretary Talks About Management of Bird Flu Pandemic

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said that the lethal avian flu is rapidly spreading around the world which will soon infect wild birds// and domesticated flocks in the United States. ....Leavitt at a congressional panel told the senators that it's just a matter of time that wild birds and possibly poultry flocks would contract the disease. ....Leavitt said that a public...

Blind Girl Students to Catwalk in Guwahati Fashion Show

Some of India's top models will sashay down the catwalk alongside eight blind girl students at a unique fashion show in this Assam city// . ....Preparations are on for the show 'Light Up the World' slated for July 17 at the ornate Pragjyoti cultural centre in Guwahati. Young fashion designer Himangshu Bora is busy training the eight excited models of the Guwahati Blind School who will have superm...

Parents Urged To Talk About Sex With Children

Media campaigns are an effective tool in encouraging parents to talk with their children about sex, said US scientists.// ....Researchers in North Carolina studied the impact of a nine-month public awareness campaign on billboards, radio and television in their state with the slogan "Talk to your kids about sex. Everyone else is." ....Results of a telephone survey of over 1,000 parents showed th...

5th European Breast Cancer Conference Talks about Everything from Patient to Oncologist

The 5th European breast cancer conference (EBCC-5) had doctors, nurses, patients and advocates to support breast cancer research and improve patient care//. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among European women. But as of now the survival rates are improving. ..The event was conducted by three organizations in collaboration with each other. The European Breast Cancer Coalition, The Europe...

Chicken takes a walk round the country side !

Chicken has always danced to the taste buds of many a watering mouth. Yet, by a quirk of fate, the lives of chicken have turned somber//. Cast away from star hotels and foreign trips, to land only at Cul de Sacs, their lives have been cathartic, to say the least! ....Taking a trip down memory lane, chicken has now found loyalty at the roots, from the very own sons of the soil-amongst people in s...

Hi-tech Walking Stick Developed For Visually Impaired

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has developed a high-tech stick to make walking and commuting easier for the country's nine million blind population. // ..Called "smart cane", the stick will help the visually impaired to easily commute in city buses, walk inside a room without knocking into things and take a safe passage in case of an emergency. ..The technology has been develope...

Doctors In Victoria Plan A Hour long Walkout For Pay Rise

Hundreds of doctors are expected to join the hour-long walkout next Thursday to attend a mass meeting to discuss their concerns on wages//, as talks with the state government has yielded no results. The doctors are also concerned that many are leaving to work interstate for higher rates. ....The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said that it would hold a stop work meeting on Thursday to discus...

Need for More Talking Therapies for Treating Depression

Mental health campaigners have claimed that there is a need for more talking therapies for people with depression//. ....The government has planned to announce the sites of two talking therapy pilot centers in Doncaster and Newham, aimed at cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in helping people return to work. If it succeeded other centers could also be opened around England. ....According to t...

Medicos Hold Talks With Prime Minister, Continue Strike

The anti-reservation medicos in India Friday held their first direct talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and decided to continue their strike. // ....Singh had an hour-long meeting with the medicos during which he told them that he foresees a massive expansion of the higher education system which would see a huge growth in the educational opportunities available to all classes and categorie...

Astronauts Spacewalk On The International Space Station – NASA Report

The first spacewalk was successfully by two crewmen in the early April. Followed by them two astronauts finished up their maintenance jobs on the international space station within 6.5 hours on Thursday. // ....In 2001, a spacewalk was scheduled by 8 hours and 56 minutes. Except for a video camera to be fixed for another was left undone which is placed on a transport platform. ....After Russians...

Loved Ones Could Be Helped To Talk On Prostate Cancer

Men's suffering from prostrate cancer can talk to doctor through their beloved ones, especially wife’s, children, and partners - a survey result shows //. ..The head of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Leslie D. Michelson said secret weapons for men in the family are daughters, wives and partners whom can realize their role in assisting to express them to doctors about the condition, prostrate ca...

Stalking Fast Becoming A Problem of Public Health

In a new study conducted nationally over the US, authors have explained that stalking is not only a criminal problem for justice but it is also a public health issue //. ..The authors explained that they surveyed over 10,000 adult, of whom about 4.5% of tem were found by them to have reported of having been stalked at some time in their lives, which would add up to roughly more than 7 million wom...
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