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Bangladeshi and US scientists have developed an innovative ‘thermal blanket’, designed to save the lives of premature babies in resource-poor countries. Made from locally available materials, the ‘portable incubator’ incorporates chemical warming pads to provide essential heat and is both user-friendly and safe. The exothermic pads are commercially available and commonly used for relieving joint and muscle pain. Exothermic pads ...

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Superbugs will ‘kill every three seconds’

Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine “being cast back into the dark ages” that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to ...

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Artificial sweeteners may harm your health

Are you turning to artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitute stolose weight? Although these swee teners may help obese individuals reduceand cutcalories, they may also have negative health effects, a study warns. Artificial sweete nersare not digested by the body. However, there cent study suggests that bacteria in the gut may be ableto break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health ...

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25pc of pregnancies end in abortion

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 ...

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WHO for addressing worsening urban air quality

WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh in a media statement urged the nations to address the worsening urban air quality as a priority. “Improving air quality must be a top health and development priority in countries of WHO South-East Asia Region as increasing air pollution levels are putting the health of billions of people at risk.” ...

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MDR TB :Hope for multidrug-resistant TB patients

Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment signal new hope for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients, according to a new recommendation of World Health Organisation (WHO). At less than US$ 1000 per patient, the new treatment regimen can be completed in 9–12 months. Not only is it less expensive than current regimens, but it is also expected to improve outcomes and ...

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Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika!

The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where. No experience is necessary for what the U.S. Department of Agriculture envisions as a nationwide experiment in citizen-science. Teenagers already have proven themselves up to the task in tryouts involving a small number of high school students and ...

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Scientists unlock how breast cancer cells spread

A team of researchers — including an Indian-origin scientist — has found that breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body by sliding around other cells, blocking their escape route out of the original tumour. Metastasis — the spreading of cancer cells from one part of the body to another — is the leading cause of death among ...

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Breast milk boosts brain growth of premature babies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk — irrespective of whether that came from the babies’ own mothers or donated by other women — during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth, compared with babies given little or no breast milk, says a study. “The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not ...

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