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Hundred million dollar gift for malaria institute

An anonymous donor has gifted 100 million dollars to Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America to set up a malaria institute. This would be the world’s foremost center for malaria research in the world. Public health experts say the Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute will put the university at the forefront of efforts to find an effective vaccine and new treatments for the mo...

ATG useful in transplant patients as substitute for steroids

Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG), a compound made from rabbit antibodies appears to be as effective as routine steroids in reducing rejection of transplanted organs without any of the side effects, according to Dr. James Eason of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center in New Orleans. In the largest study on steroid-free treatment of liver transplants, Dr. Eason found patients treated with...

Stuttering and brain anatomy

Stuttering has been long thought to be caused by emotional factors, but researchers who studied adults with persistent stuttering found that these individuals had anatomical irregularities in the areas of the brain that control language and speech. The study results, reported in Neurology provides the first evidence that anatomic abnormalities within the areas of the brain that...

Weizmann Institute of Science says Immune Cells Could Help Maintain Brain Function

New research from the Weizmann Institute of Science throws light on cells that could prevent deterioration of cognition in old age. These findings appear in the February issue of Nature Neuroscience. Professor Michal Schwartz of the Neurobiology Department at Weizmann led the study, //which might have important implication in delaying the onset of cognitive deterioration in the elderly....

Georgia Institute of Technology develops doppler Vein finder

Michael Gray and his research team from Georgia Institute of Technology as developed a new doppler ultrasound which detects veins accurately. The researchers feels that locating veins accurately would avoid unnecessary punctures during injections which causes inflammation and infection. // The new technology gives a 3-D dimensional structure using doppler effect which uses an alternating...

Fat Substitutes

Although fat is no longer the dirty word for consumers that it was just five years ago, there is still plenty of interest in eating lower fat foods. There are more than 5,000 reduced fat food products available, with the most popular being fat-free or low-fat milk// products and salad dressings. But processed foods can contain a variety of fat replacers made from starch, protein, or fat...

Reconstituted Blood Better For Young Hearts

Young children who undergo heart surgery fare better if they receive reconstituted blood rather than fresh whole blood say researchers.// Investigators say that children who received reconstituted blood -- which is made from stored red blood cells and plasma -- tended to accumulate less fluid, which leads to lower rates of inflammation. For the study, researchers compared resul...

Magsaysay Award for Dr.Shanta from Chennai Cancer Institute

Chennai | August 01, 2005 Chennai's Adyar Cancer Institute director Dr.V. Shanta is among this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay awards. Dr.Shanta was awarded the prize for public service and her "untiring leadership of the Cancer Institute as a centre of excellence and compassion for the study and treatment of cancer// in India." She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1986. She h...

Constitution of memory

Using modern brain imaging techniques, scientists have indicated the patterns in activity that change depending on whether memories are going to be stored or deleted. The study was done by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and reported to the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this year.// The researchers coupled a number of d...

Early treatment of stuttering can help children

New investigations suggest that treating the problem of stuttering early in life, like before the children join school, can go a long way in curing the condition. The research report on the said topic came out in the latest // edition of BMJ. About 5% of children begin to stutter, usually in the third and fourth years of life. The consensus is that early intervention in the preschool y...

Russian Miss HIV Positive Says Victims Are Treated Like Prostitutes

In a unique way to spread awareness of the dreaded HIV virus, Russia marked the World AIDS Day by crowning 24-year-old Svetlana Izambayeva from southern Siberia as Miss HIV Positive.// The result of the contest, which was conducted over the Internet, was announced today. Russian health officials say that the event was to showcase the fact that people with HIV are normal human beings and...

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research is funded $142 million

Canada to fund $142 million for cancer research facility in Toronto in Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, which was informed by its Premier Dalton McGuinty. The new research facility will act as a network for various cancer research activities in Ontario. The network will consist of // researchers from various Universities in Ontario, where they would discuss and work as a team in pr...

Students wants to extent Tution waiver in Ontario

Ontario College and University will be stopping the Tution waiver which they were giving to their school students for the past two years. The Minister Chris Bentley announced that from next year the students have to pay their tution fees and he said that// the quality of education would be increased in all the schools. The students in protest to this announcement has posted thousands of p...

Canadian Street Prostitutes Requests Protection

Though sex trade has been legalized in Canada the sex workers feel that the Canadian Law which does not allow the prostitutes to communicate in public for negotiating with their customers in public and does not allow to do sex business in their residence or on an rented flat.// The sex workers organization feels that the law will not help the sex workers as it makes them more vulnerable t...

Serum Institute Launches New Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine

India's leading vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India has manufactured for the first time first indigenous Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) vaccines // . The vaccine is called Td-Vac and will combat the deadly diphtheria and tetanus among both adolescents and adults. The new vaccine will replace the existing TT (Tetanus) vaccine, which is normally administered after an injury. <br...

New tetanus-diphtheria combination vaccine launched by Serum Institute of India

A combination vaccine for immunization against tetanus and diphtheria, Td-Vac priced at Rs. 7.50 has been launched by Serum Institute of India // . The vaccine is aimed at combating the fatal tetanus and diphtheria (Td) in adolescents and adults. It is much different than the currently existing dual antigen vaccine used in children and would be used as an alternative to the TT (Tetanu...

Government Seeks To Wipe Out Prostitution

The health of UK's sex workers will be adversely affected by the government's plans to curtail street prostitution. The Government seeks to improve the quality of life of the people who are affected by street prostitution, reduce the// chances of commercial sex exploitation, and also challenge the opinion that street prostitution is unavoidable. The proposal will result in a higher degree...

Germany Institutes Tough Measures To Tackle Bird Flu

Germany is on high alert after it was confirmed that the dreaded bird flu had made an entry into neighboring Poland. Germans had panicked after it was confirmed that a cat had died of bird flu. Since then the country has instituted a series of measures to ward off the disease. // Federal Agriculture and Protection of Consumer Minister Horst Seehofer has said that cats in the region of the...

Rajasthan Plans To Run Christian Institutions

The Rajasthan government is planning to run all educational and charitable institutions operated in the state by the Emmanuel Society, a Christian mission whose head was // detained in connection with a controversial book. The society runs and maintains schools, hospitals and orphanages in the state. The state government earlier this month had cancelled the registration of the...

Substituting soymilk for lactose intolerant students n schools: a great option

According to a study in the April edition Journal of the American Dietetic Association, introducing soymilk in elementary school menus would boost the number of children// who select a calcium-rich beverage in the lunch line. This would also reduce the amount of saturated fat consumed from calcium-rich beverages. A four week study was conducted at three ethnically diverse elementary sch...

MoH Considering Hiking Fees, Private Institutes Are Worried

Private health institutions in the Emirates are concerned with the proposal of the Ministry of Health to hike the fees for various medical services in the country.// "A committee has been set up to review fees charged for different health services the ministry provides for the private medical sector. This includes the licensing and renewal of licenses for doctors and technical medical s...

Budhia Is Fine, Government-constituted Medical Board Reports False

A Cardiologist working for a private medical college described the Budhia’s medical board report as ‘quite premature’//. A panel of Government doctors who had examined the budding marathon runner, warned him against running such long distances. According to the report of the government-constituted medical board, the kid’s clinical parameters such as serum urea, serum ALKP (alkaline ph...

Business model for Liver Institute cleared by Delhi Cabinet

Delhi Cabinet today cleared the business model for the state-of-the-art Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) being set up in the capital. // The model approved by the Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would enable the institute to be self-sufficient in nine years' time, an official spokesman said. The capital cost and the finances for...

Private Unaided Institutions in Peril

The reservations are slowly thought to be extended to all the private unaided colleges offering professional courses. The decision taken by the Maharashtra government has worried the managements of these private institutions. // They say that reservations are already present in all private unaided colleges. Kamal Kishore Kadam president of the Association of Managements of Unaided Privat...

Government to Open More Pharma Institutes Across India

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers and Steel Ramvilas Paswan announced that central government has plans of opening more pharmaceutical institutes across India//, in order to promote and encourage studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences. Paswan told reporters on Friday that his ministry would set up four new institutes on the lines of the National Institute of Pharmace...

Amity Institutions To Launch Short-term Professional Courses In Oman

India's leading private sector educational group Amity Institutions have decided to launch short-term professional courses in Oman as part of its plans to set up academic and training infrastructure in the Gulf countries//. This is being undertaken by them in an effort to expand the educational facilities in the Gulf. Aseem K Chauhan, the Additional President, and board member of Ritn...

Studies Show Combination Drugs As A Poor Substitute For Anti-Coagulants In Stroke

A new study has broken the hopes that a combination of aspirin and another clot-preventing drug might be a better alternative for preventing strokes //in people with the abnormal heart rhythm called as ‘atrial fibrillation’ than the standard therapy, of warfarin. Canadian researchers have cut short their study after the preliminary results showed that there is a higher incidence of no...

Outcry Against Mental Health Institutions

The report of the Mental Health Council of Australia, last October, which revealed the pathetic state of the country’s mental health system, the Council //of Australian Governments (COAG) commissioned a taskforce to present a report with proposed solutions by July. However mental health experts now feel that the earlier momentum is being lost. The Mental Health Council of Australia la...

Health Minister Inaugurates Institute for Diarrhea Diseases

The state of art Research and Control Centre has come up in Kolkata to contain Diarrheal diseases in the country. The most modern facility is one of the best of its kind equipped with the modern equipment to do research and control the disease. //The Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, will inaugurate and dedicate to the nation the four storey building named...

Prostitutes Feared of Spreading Syphilis During World Cup

Tens of thousands of prostitutes catering to World Cup fans in Germany may widen a syphilis outbreak currently confined to a border area in the west, said a German disease professor. // In remarks reported Saturday by the weekly news magazine Focus, Norbert Brockmeyer said, it was 'realistic' to believe that 20,000 to 30,000 prostitutes had entered Germany because of the tournament. <...

Supporting children with stress key to improve stuttering

Researchers are studying ways to help children who stutter, cope with their stressors and emotions as this has a bearing on how the child improves with the speech difficulty //. "Our findings indicate that young children who stutter are more apt to be emotionally aroused, less able to settle down once aroused and less able to control their attention and emotion during everyday stress...

Salt Substitute Could Cut Heart Disease Risk

Use of potassium-enriched salt in place of regular salt in everyday diet could cut the risk of several diseases, including heart disease// , high blood pressure and diabetes, a study has found. Hsing-Yi Chang of the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan and fellow researchers studied nearly 2,000 elderly at a retirement home in northern Taiwan. The researchers asked...

India to Upgrade 13 Medical Institutions to Provide Quality Medical Education

In a bid to upgrade tertiary healthcare infrastructure and provide quality medical education, the government will upgrade 13 institutions in the country// at a cost of Rs.15.6 billion, it was announced Thursday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with an eye on underserved states like Jammu and Kash...

Jharkhand Government to Open More Medical Institutes: CM

Jharkhand will open more medical institutes and increase the number of seats in existing facilities to fill the lacuna of doctors in the state as well as accommodate// the central government's proposed quota policy, says Chief Minister Arjun Munda. "We will increase the number of seats in medical institutions and open more institutes in the state," said Munda, pointing out that the sta...

Joint Center for Molecular Modeling Instituted by Burnham Institute for Medical Research & UC San Diego

A group of researchers led by Dr. Adam Godzik at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research is creating tools to speed up the understanding of information gathered// from the human genome project. Rich with $2.1 million funding available to them over a three year period, this consortium, under the name Joint Center for Molecular Modeling, will seek to provide adequate support to scientist...

Center Launches New International Stem Cell Research Institute

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this week launched an International Stem Cell Research Institute that will conduct both adult and embryonic stem cell research. // The academic medical center also announced the arrival of renowned Israeli developmental geneticist Nissim Benvenisty, M.D., Ph.D., as the institute’s co-director along with David I. Meyer, Ph.D., vice president of Research and S...

Measures to Streamline Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes

A senior health official of the UAE government has revealed that government will enact a law to regulate marketing and promotion of breast-milk substitutes// in an effort encourage breast-feeding and reduce infant malnutrition. Dr Hajir Al Housani, Director of the Central Maternity and Child Care Department at the Ministry of Health told Khaleej times that a law to rationalize market...

Rajasthan Impose Ban on Soft Drinks in Educational Institutions

Rajasthan Friday banned the sale and consumption of soft drinks in educational institutions in the state.// "We have imposed a ban on soft drinks in all educational intuitions in the state from Friday," Rajasthan Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari told IANS here. The decision applies to 100,000 government and private institutes where over 15 million students study. <...

With an aim to cure stuttering

A medicine to cure stammering could be developed from the findings of a psychiatrist of University of California//. Stuttering afflicts an estimated 3 million Americans. Dr. Gerald Maguire of the UC-Irvine, who stuttered as a child, is supporting the Indevus Pharmaceuticals in the effort to find a cure. The largest clinical trial of a drug for stuttering gave hopeful results, accordin...

Prison or Mental Health Institution?

Senior psychiatry experts have urged the Government to channel some of the $1.8 billion recently marked for mental health services reform into improving and expanding prison mental health services.// In an editorial in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia, Dr Paul White, of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, and Dr Harvey Whiteford, of the University of Q...
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