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  • Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday

    September 23, 2017 11:00 AM 1

    Entry to the field of science When the doyenne of chemistry was growing up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the 1920s and 1930s, it was almost unheard of for a woman to study chemistry. But that did not stop Chatterjee and she not only completed her undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, but also went on to receive a Doctorate of Science in 1944 from the University

  • Study: HIV Prevention Could Need Cocktail Of Antibodies

    September 23, 2017 3:46 AM 1

    It takes a cocktail of drugs to treat HIV. It could take a cocktail of antibodies to prevent HIV as well, suggests a study by Boston-based researchers published this week in Science Translational Medicine. What we saw is that a cocktail of antibodies is required to protect monkeys against a mixed virus challenge, whereas single antibodies were unable

  • Botswana reports suspected foot-and-mouth outbreak

    September 22, 2017 1:04 PM 4

    On Tuesday (19 September), Botswanan veterinary services were asked to investigate cattle that demonstrated symptoms of the disease. The cattle were discovered in a communal grazing area near Sehithwa Village. Samples for testing were collected, but results were still pending. Thus far, five animals have shown symptoms of FMD, while another 343 head of cattle

  • Alarm as 'super malaria' spreads in South East Asia

    September 22, 2017 11:39 AM

    The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine

  • Prostate Cancer Cases on the Rise in Rural India, Eat Nuts Regularly to Cut the Risks

    September 22, 2017 11:39 AM 4

    Exercise regularly, eat healthy to stave off risks of cancer. An IANS report suggests prostate cancer cases in rural India to see a sharp rise. "Most of the metastatic prostate cancer cases are from rural areas. Therefore, it's a challenge to government and doctors to decrease the risk factors and take prostate cancer risk in the rural areas very seriously

  • Physical activity helps people worldwide

    September 21, 2017 10:30 PM 1

    Boosting physical activity a simple, low-cost global strategy to reduce deaths globally Each step we take reduces the overall risk of premature death, a global study reaffirms. Researchers estimate about one in 12 deaths worldwide would be prevented if everyone exercised at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. In Thursday's issue of The Lancet

  • Mental health during and after pregnancy

    September 21, 2017 9:47 AM 3

    Often, clinic/hospital check-ups during and after pregnancy focus mostly on the physical changes of the mother and child. The mental health of the mothers is rarely actively investigated. This neglect has dire consequences for the mother because pregnancy can trigger episodes of mental illness, and childbirth can lead to postnatal mental illnesses. Also, active

  • How Mental Health Issues Disproportionately Affect Minorities

    September 21, 2017 6:16 AM 1

    African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionally affect minorities. African Americans share the same mental health issues as the rest of the population, with arguably even greater

  • U.S. AIDS strategy to focus on 13 countries close to controlling epidemic

    September 19, 2017 4:24 AM 5

    (Reuters) - The United States will concentrate its resources on 13 countries with high levels of HIV that have the best chance of controlling the AIDS epidemic under a strategy unveiled on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined the priorities of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, a cornerstone of U.S. global health

  • Surviving AIDS: The Extraordinary Power of a Helping Hand

    September 18, 2017 5:01 PM 7

    With the news of Broadway composer Michael Friedman’s recent death from HIV/AIDS, we have an opportunity—if not a responsibility—to heighten awareness that the scourge of AIDS still exists in America. This week, as we recognize National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, it seems imperative that we not let complacency keep us from acknowledging the ever-present