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Hostility can hurt your heart

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that people who tend to get angry showed an increase in the levels of homocysteine - which is a chemical found in blood and strongly associated with coronary heart disease. ..Catherine Stoney, associate professor in the department of psychology and co-author of this study// states that it is one possible reason that people with high hostility and an...

A new study surpasses Gene Therapy Hurdle

According to researchers at Hopkins University, they have found a way to use blood stem cells to make genetic changes in the immune system, surpassing an obstacle to certain forms of gene therapy. The implications, biologist Lingho Chengh range from improving the body's immune response to developing cancer vaccines to reducing the danger of rejecting transplanted organs. Blood stem cells form th...

Depression hurts the heart

Experts have long thought depression could be bad for your heart. A new study demonstrates just how dangerous it can be. Brenda Penninx, a US gerentologist, and colleagues followed 2847 people over the age of 55//- both with and without heart disease- for four years to trace the effects of depression. ....They then found that people with major depression were at least three times as likelyto die...

Elevated Ozone Levels Hurt Sperm Count

According to a new research, done one a huge men population, which evaluated more than 14,000 sperm samples, found that ozone can adversely affect a man's sperm, reducing their numbers as well as their crucial ability to move or "swim,". ...."Our most significant finding was that as the ozone level went up, the sperm concentration went down," said Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, a professor of medicine and...

Hormone-replacement therapy could hurt heart

Hormone-replacement therapy could increase the risks of coronary heart disease in healthy women, and it has no effect on patients suffering from atherosclerosis, according to two studies released yesterday. ....The studies, published in the Aug. 7 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, expand on the discouraging results of previous studies on the use of estrogen-and-progestin-based hormone...

Need For Social Churning Emphasized In CMC Meet On ‘Leadership In Healthcare

The Secretary of the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, K Sujatha Rao, emphasized the need for the Union Government to make mandatory a comprehensive Universal Health Insurance System for the people//. ..She advocates the utilization of 9 % of the GDP on health and adopt a cross-sectoral approach which should include education, socio-economic growth and provision of basic infrastr...

India's Hospitals Among The Best, Says Renuka Chowdhury

India's growing attraction as a medical tourism destination was the highlight of presentations made at the ongoing World Travel Mart in London. ..India's Minister for Tourism Renuka Chowdhury, who // inaugurated the India pavilion of the annual global tourism event, said: "Not only is India known for its hospitality, but also our hospitals, which are among the best. The Indians know how to do the...

Watching Violent, Churning Movie Scenes Affect Problem-Solving Ability

Watching graphically violent or emotional scenes in a movie may induce enough stress to interfere with your problem solving ability, says a study... ..David Beversdorf, a neurologist at the State University Medical Center, studied six men and six women and asked them to combine movie viewing with problem-solving tasks to assess the effects of stress on cognitive flexibility... ..The researchers j...

Charlotte Church Warns kiss n tell girls not to flirt with Henson

London: Welsh singer Charlotte Church is one jealous kitten, when it comes to protecting her handsome lover Gavin Henson from the admiring glances of young ladies who drape themselves all over the rugby ace. // ....The singer, who recently confessed that she would rather quit singing forever than lose Henson, has reportedly admitted that she gets really annoyed when girls flirt with her boyfriend...

Medical Tourism To India Hurts US Hospitals

That medical tourism is widely prevalent is yesterday's news. Today's news is that many US insurers and hospitals have taken note of the fact that India is fast// emerging as a most wanted destination for elective surgeries. To stem the tide as it were, they are embarking on aggressive marketing strategies to make sure that the average American gets his surgeries done in-house. ..It is reported...

Medical College Construction At Raichur Makes Slow Progress

Slow progress in the construction of the proposed medical college at Raichur has raised doubts about completion of the project in time. // Members of the Medical Council of India would visit the site in February, and analyze if would be possible to recruit students in the forthcoming academic year. ..The State Government had proposed the launch of six new medical colleges in six different regio...

Renuka Chowdhury Stresses Importance of Bridging Gender Gap

Newly appointed minister of state for women and child development, Ms Renuka Chowdhury is enthusiastic about her new post and said that she would be urging the government// to declare the next decade as the "Girl Child" decade. .."Decrease in the population of females is a truly alarming situation. I have raised the red flag over the issue and want the government to declare a decade for the gi...

A Protein In Yoghurt Has The Potential To Fight E. coli

A protein in yoghurt has been found to be a potential tool to fight against the E. coli, which is the leading cause of diarrhoea in the world. // ....A high school student in the US has discovered a protein in yoghurt that has the potential to fight E.coli, the leading cause of diarrhoea in the world. ....The yet to be named protein was discovered by 16-year-old Serena Fasano, a junior at Gle...

Hurricane Hangover: Katrina Still Haunts

Months after the destructive visit off Hurricane Katrina, the survivors are still facing the after effects of the fury unleashed on the survivors scattered across the nation // , with the destruction so large the loss so dear that the people are now facing problems, and sufferings off such severe psychological distress that the federal government has launched the biggest & a very expensive counse...

Catholic Church and Abortion.

Under General Medical Council code of practice, which all UK doctors must observe, the doctors must provide information to patients// who request abortions or contraceptives. ....The ethics and code of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, says that a Catholic hospital cannot refer people for abortions - they can't say you can't have it here but there's a place just round...

TB: Hurdle To Indian Economy

Indian economy is deeply affected by tuberculosis, which claims more than 500,000 lives every year thereby taking away the productive years// of infected people, according to an official statistics. ....According to documents available with the health ministry, TB is killing more adults than any other infectious disease and affects the lives of people in the age group of 15 to 54. ...."An adult...

Genetic Experts of Hopkins Assists In Identifying Hurricane Katrina Victims

Genetic experts of Johns Hopkins joined the aid efforts by identifying more than 70 bodies that were recovered after the Hurricane Katrina. // The devastating natural disaster, which hit Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29, took more than 1,200 lives. Even though most of victims were identified by their families and buried, the remaining was identified using DNA analysis. ....Using experience...

After the hurricane it is the turmoil caused by health problems for victims

Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and The Children's Health Fund had jointly conducted a study and the results say that thousands of sufferers of hurricanes Katrina and Rita are now in turmoil. // They have been inflicted by a host of serious medical and mental health problems, but receiving little or no treatment. An accompanying analysis has called for immediate action from...

Anticipation Of Pain Hurts Just As Bad As Experiencing It

The researchers used brain scans to try and study the biology of dread. They tried to study as to how much attention the brain pays to the expected pain // determines and whether someone is an extreme dreader, they are trying to suggesting that simple diversions could alleviate the misery. ....The research, published in the journal Science, is part of a new field called neuroeconomics that uses...

Govt In A Hurry To Vaccinate For Encephalitis

Japanese Encephalitis immunisation which was initially scheduled to take place on June 18 has been advanced to May 15. //The Uttar Pradesh government is responsible for the advancement but the centre is against the advancement of dates. Japanese Encephalitis is the main reason for the death of about 1,000 to 2,000 lives every year. Statistics show that in UP alone about 600-700 children in Muslim...

Head Of The Church Of England Asks NHS To Respect Patient Needs

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that National Health Service cuts brought about by the competitive system could compromise the quality and centrality of patient care. // ....R Williams who is the head of the Church of England suggested that "short-term economics" threatens to undermine the service delivery, and this could put vulnerable people at particular risk. Whil...

Profound Scars Lay Siege On the Mental Health Of Hurricane Survivors, A study

Hurricanes leave a trail of devastation and a study that has delved into the mental psyche of hurricane survivors has shown the prevalence of deep scars that take very long to heal. // ....A team of students from the Florida State University led by sociology graduate student David Russell, analyzed the mental state of 975 adolescents who had survived the1992’ Hurricane Andrew. These youth took t...

Take it if you can - Tough Times in Life Churn out Greenhorns

If you thought that, people who actually face tough times in life, are better equipped to steer through the pathways in life, a startling study has revealed exactly// the contrary. A finding from the University of Leicester has revealed that such people are the ones who are vulnerable to deception rather than those who have grown up protected. ..A six-month study in the University's School of Ps...

Attending Church Has a Positive Effect on the Elderly

According to the study conducted by researchers it is found that social relationships that are developed due to attending the church regularly have a positive affect on older adults //. The patients show increased longevity, reduced stress and the results of the study are published in the Journal of Gerontology. Previous research has suggested that greater involvement in religion is associated w...

Church Supports HIV Test Before Marriage

The Roman Catholic Church in Goa has supported HIV test before marriage saying such a step would promote a healthy society. // ....'Respecting the conscience and the freedom that every person has, the Church in Goa advocates the principle of informed consent and voluntary testing with counselling support, while it rejects any form of unethical testing practices that offend the dignity of the con...

Incompatible Blood Groups Not A Hurdle For Kidney Transplant

Doctors in Melbourne Australia have performed the first incompatible blood group kidney transplant.// ....The doctors from the Royal Melbourne hospital have performed a kidney transplant despite the donor and recipient having incompatible blood groups. It was explained that Davorin Gelemanovic, 24, who is of the blood type O, is now carrying a kidney from his father, who has type A blood. Mr Gel...

Church to Have an Active Role in the Prevention of AIDS

The world conference on AIDS in Toronto will begin on Sunday, bringing together over 20,000 community leaders, researchers and advocates. Religious groups are expected// to play a more active role in the battle with this scourge. ..Several Christian churches are already working hard around the world especially in sub-Saharan Africa which is still the most badly affected region. It has been esti...

Controversial Vaccine Raises Fury of the Church

The controversial vaccine, Gardasil, against cervical cancer could be given to schoolgirls from the age of nine to protect them against the cervical cancer causing virus,// HPV, according to yesterday’s report. ..However Scots church leaders have condemned the move saying that the vaccine is giving the "green light" to under-age sex. It is because of such concerns that other countries; most no...

Major Hurdle towards Development of Bird Flu Vaccine in India.

Scientists at the High-Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal have finally helped to materialize India's dream of developing an effective poultry vaccine against// the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus last month. However, several obstacles lay in the path of finding a company to manufacture the vaccine. ....This is because there is not a single Indian vaccine manufacturer who deals with influenz...

Church Bells Toll Against Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

People in New Zealand have found a unique way of letting women know that drinking during pregnancy is a vice. Church bells rang in Nelson and Timaru on Saturday morning. // ....This ritual is followed worldwide on the ninth day of the ninth month to protest against raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Organizer Molly Aitchison said the disease could be simply avoided if women stopped drink...

White Blood Cells Can Both Hurt and Help Transplanted Kidneys

In an example of biological irony, the same white blood cell chemistry known to damage kidneys used for transplants may also help prevent such damage, according to a federally// funded study in genetically engineered mice at Johns Hopkins. ....Researchers have long known that when blood flow is cut off and then returned to transplanted kidneys or other organs, immune system cells called T lympho...

Under-Elevens Hurtle Towards Obesity, British MPs Call for Action

A group of powerful British MPs, members of the Committee of Public Accounts, has come out strongly against officials given the charge of tackling child obesity//. ..Levels of obesity in children aged two to 10 years have risen from 9.9 percent to 13.4 percent between 1995 and 2004, according to the Health Survey for England. .. At least one primary school child in seven is now classed as obese...

Authors Review Astrodome Medical Response to Hurricane Katrina

The experience of setting up the "Katrina Clinic" at the Astrodome/Reliant Center Complex in Houston provides important lessons to cities planning a medical response to disasters //and other large-scale emergencies, reports a paper in the September issue of the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ), official journal of the Southern Medical Association. ....Dr. Thomas F. Gavagan of Baylor College of Me...

Conjoined Twins Will be delivered by C-Section on Thursday

Felicia Simms, a pregnant woman aged 21 years, expecting twins joined at the head , will undergo by caesarean section at the BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre// on Thursday. Attending a pre-operation press conference, Ms Simms, speechless with emotion, said in-between tears,...

Hip hip hurry! Knee and hip replacement surgeries surge as obesity gets hip

There are increasing numbers of Canadians undergoing hip and knee replacements with the number of such surgeries having risen by 87% in the past decade. This increase in// replacement surgeries is due to the prevailing trend of obesity. The susceptible age groups were people between the ages of 45 to 54. ....Figures show that nearly nine out of ten patients in the year 2004-2005 who had knee rep...

Triumphs and Hurdles for the New HPV Vaccine

Significant progress in women’s health was made this summer when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer//. The vaccine was given the green light for use in younger women, as a way to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. ....“This is the first vaccine for a cancer ever develo...

Church’s View On Usage Of Condom

Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan conducted a novel study on condom use with help from ..scientists, theologians and other experts//. The study was done to explore the significance of condom use in curtailing spread of AIDS. ....The senior Cardinal and his office prepared the study on a request from Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal has highlighted the significance of fidelity in marriage and premar...

Feeling Tired? Don’t Worry - You May Be Less Likely To Get Hur

Sleepiness and Sleep Deprivation - long been associated with an increased risk of injury - this commonly accepted theory might not be true – says a recent study// by a University of Missouri, Columbia. ..In this research, more than 2,500 patients, Daniel Vinson, professor of community and family medicine, found that patients who reported feeling sleepy were, surprisingly, less likely to be inju...

Sony Apologises to Church of England Over Computer Game

Entertainment giant Sony has apologised to the Church of England for featuring a prominent British cathedral in a violent video game, a spokesman for the church said Friday. ......The Japanese firm had written to officials at Manchester Cathedral in north-west England, saying they had not intended to cause offence by using the building in the PlayStation 3 game "Resistance: Fall of Man," he add...

Indonesia Facing Massive Hurdles Against Bird Flu

Indonesia is among countries in the world facing the biggest difficulties in fighting deadly bird flu, a top United Nations official said Wednesday . Hassan El Bushra said it topped the 'acute outbreak' list of nations, alongside Egypt and Turkey, where avian influenza remains a big problem. Indonesia is the worst hit from the deadly H5N1 virus, recording 79 deaths from 99 human cases detected s...
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