Breakthrough in chikungunya may come from IIT-Roorkee

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:34

Roorkee, Oct 5 (IANS) In a move that could lead to a breakthrough in combating chikungunya, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee has claimed to have discovered the anti-viral potential of a drug piperazine -- used for worm infections.


Eight newborns die in Assam in 24 hours

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 20:26

Guwahati, Oct 5 (IANS) At least eight newborns died in a medical college in Assam's Barpeta district in 24 hours -- five on Wednesday night and three on Thursday, a hospital official said.


Five newborn die in Assam medical college in 24 hours

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:18

Guwahati, Oct 5 (IANS) At least five newborns died in a medical college in Assam's Barpeta district in last 24 hours while two more are in a critical condition, a hospital official said.


Why do women develop heart disease later than men?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:06

Toronto, Oct 5 (IANS) Investigating why heart disease generally develops later in women than men, researchers have found that the interplay between female ovarian hormones and a circadian "clock" molecule protects the heart health of women as they age.


US woman jailed for refusing to vaccinate son

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:26

Washington, Oct 5 (IANS) A US woman was on Wednesday sentenced to seven days in jail for refusing to bring her child's vaccinations up to date, a media report said.


Anti-vaccine sentiment surging on Twitter: Study

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:38

New York, Oct 4 (IANS) People living in the US who believe that vaccines cause autism or other developmental disorders are increasingly using Twitter to spread anti-vaccine sentiment in the country, researchers have found.


Measles outbreak spreads to Sydney

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:56

Sydney, Oct 4 (IANS) Health departments here in Australia on Wednesday are on high alert over the possible spread of measles.


India averted deaths of 1 mn under-5 children: Journal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:40

New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Days after the government announced a decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) to 34 per 1,000 live births in 2016 from 37 per 1,000 live births in 2015, scientific journal Lancet on Tuesday in a study supported it, though it said India has avoided about 1 million deaths of children under the age of five since 2005.


Gene therapy may help reverse blindness

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:36

London, Oct 3 (IANS) Researchers have shown that gene therapy might help reverse blindness by reprogramming cells at the back of the eye to become light sensitive.


Will ask LG to approve hiring of pharmacists: Kejriwal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:18

New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said he will request Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to approve appointment of pharmacists in the city hospitals to avoid long queues for medicines, said an official.


Researchers use CRISPR to prevent glaucoma

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:48

New York, Oct 3 (IANS) Raising hope of preventing glaucoma, one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness, researchers have used the gene editing method CRISPR-Cas9 to disrupt a mutant gene that is responsible for some forms of the disease.