New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) A total of 37 people tested positive for swine flu Monday, taking the number of people infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the capital to 457, an official said. There were no further deaths. "A total of 37 people tested positive for swine flu but there have been no deaths today (Sunday)," a doctor at the Delhi Health Service (DHS) told IANS.
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Monday said that there was a "costly misunderstanding" that private healthcare can improve public health in India. "When the rest of the world has moved ahead, public health in India has remained stationery
Vegetables are one of those foods, people either love or hate. But if you minus the vegetables from your diet, you are missing upon the most health-promoting food group on the planet
London, Feb 18 (IANS) Formula milk should carry larger 'cigarette-style' statutory warnings that "breast feeding is the best" for the new-born child, according to a leading British charity. A report, Superfood for Babies, released by 'Save the Children' Monday, said the lives of 95 babies could be saved every hour worldwide, 830,000 a year, if mothers breastfed immediately after giving birth. The proposal would apply to the UK, European and the developing world world as well
Baltimore, Feb 18 (IANS) Children who are prone to obesity can be identified by the way they respond to stress-causing agents, says an American study. According to researchers at Penn State and Johns Hopkins University, children who overreact to stressors may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese.
London, Feb 18 (IANS) A new variety of rice from the UK is surprisingly low on calories - only 7.7 per 100 grams as compared to 350 for white basmati. Named Slim Rice, it helps you feel full while barely registering on your waistline. Regular boiled rice contains 64 percent water, while precooked Slim Rice is made up of 97 percent water and the Asian root konjac
London, Feb 18 (IANS) A cutting-edge technology called synchrotron light is enabling scientists to analyse lethal viruses behind AIDS, Hepatitis and flu at the atomic and molecular level, potentially opening the way to better therapies. A synchrotron light source produces very intense pulses of light/X-rays, permitting detailed studies of objects ranging in size from human cells, through viruses down to atoms with a precision that is not possible by other means
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Predicting how pandemics spread has become a huge challenge, as they no longer follow centuries-old patterns when town after town fell prey. Instead, diseases spread seemingly at random, and sometimes spread like wildfire, precipitated by the interactions of three billion air travellers per year
Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.
Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Air pollution and ozone levels may also play a role in precipitating heart attacks, warns fresh research from the US. Rice University (Houston) statisticians Katherine Ensor and Loren Raun analysed eight years worth of data drawn from Houston's extensive network of air-quality monitors and more than 11,000 concurrent out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) logged by Houston Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "The bottom-line goal is to save lives," Ensor said