New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) Despite infectious diseases claiming over 20 million lives a year, India has just a handful of specialists in the field for its 1.2 billion population, says an Indian American expert pushing for this country to set up a specialist training programme to tackle this grave issue.
Ghaziabad, Dec 15 (IANS) Gynaecologists from across the country met here Saturday to address the urgent need to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR), an organiser said. "Maternal mortality is unacceptably high and about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth related complications around the world every day. It is upsetting to know that India tops in rate of maternal deaths worldwide, as it stands on third position according to UN figures," said Ragini Agarwal, one of the oragnisers.
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) Several trains were halted and road traffic hit in Bihar Saturday as the Left parties called a statewide strike protesting the death of nearly 50 people, mostly the state's poorest, after consuming spurious liquor, police said.
London, Dec 14 (IANS) A kebab, pizza and burger takeaway in Britain's Greater Manchester, owned by three people of Indian origin, was shut down by a judge for serving mouldy onion bhajis and foul-smelling meat. The Nile eatery in Bolton had failed to comply with hygiene standards for many years, the Daily Mail reported
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) More than 25 percent of urban Indian males have low testosterone hormones due to unhealthy lifestyles. However, lack of awareness means that many patients go undiagnosed, doctors say.
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Outdoor air pollution has been listed as one of the top ten killers in the world, with 65 percent of the air pollution deaths occurring in Asia and close to quarter of this in India, according to a study released Friday. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) count, a global initiative involving the WHO, tracks deaths and illnesses from all causes across the world. According to the study, in south Asia, outdoor air pollution is ranked as the sixth-most dangerous killer.
London, Dec 14 (IANS) Cliff, a two-year-old Beagle, can instantly sniff out Clostridium difficile, a superbug that infects the gut, causing diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss. Cliff's sniffing prowess was first put to the test on bug infested stool samples, which give off a distinct odour. When experienced nurses can detect it, researchers reasoned dogs could do it better, because of a sharper sense of smell
Auckland, Dec 14 (IANS) The physical benefits of regular exercise are well documented. Now researchers in a New Zealand university say that people who routinely perform aerobic exercises are also smarter than those who do not.
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) A computer model predicted the risk of irregular heartbeats and sudden cardiac death, making possible more complex cardiac models to calculate the consequences of genetic, lifestyle and other changes to the heart. "This is a strong proof-of-principle study showing that computer simulation can be used to predict risk of cardiac arrhythmias (erratic beats)," said Coeli M. Lopes, assistant professor at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester Medical Centre, who led the study.
Jaipur, Dec 14 (IANS) A family of five has been socially ostracised in a Rajasthan village after the identity of an HIV-infected member was disclosed in a letter sent by the state government, a social activist said.