Health Ministry study finds over a fifth of India’s population suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure

The one-of-its-kind survey on diabetes and high blood pressure found that prevelance of diabetes in men was 11.7% and 8.6% in women. While India has 20.3% diabetes cases, Maharashtra has 26% cases

Health Ministry study finds over a fifth of India’s population suffering from diabetes, high blood pressureOver a fifth of India’s population is suffering from diabetes and hypertension In this one-of-its-kind survey, 6 lakh households were covered, of which 7 lakh were women and 1.3 lakh were men In India, diabetes cases are at 20.3% In Maharashtra, diabetes cases are at 26% Prevalence of diabetes in men was 11.7% and in women, […]

Cancer: Novel way to track rare T cells can improve immunotherapy

While the idea of using T cells looked promising in theory, scientists now face a number of hurdles before turning it into practice. One such challenge - the focus of the new study - is how to identify a readily accessible pool of tumor-specific T cells

Cancer: Novel way to track rare T cells can improve immunotherapyThe study – published in the journal Science Immunology – is the work of a team led by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) in Seattle, WA. Immunotherapy is an exciting new field in the fight against cancer that uses cells from the patient’s own immune system to tackle the disease. […]

New study finds 12 genetic variants that raise ovarian cancer risk

The researchers located 12 new genetic variants associated with EOC risk. Additionally, the new study confirmed 18 previously identified variants that had been linked to the risk of developing EOC

New study finds 12 genetic variants that raise ovarian cancer riskOvarian cancer is a common form of cancer and a leading cause of cancer death among women. The genes we inherit affect our chances of developing ovarian cancer, and a new genomic study identifies 12 genetic variants associated with the risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that almost 21,000 women in […]

At-home genetic test for 10 diseases gets first FDA approval

On April 6, the US Food and Drug Administration gave 23andMe permission to market its Personal Genome Service genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases. It is the first direct-to-consumer genetic test the FDA has allowed to provide that information

At-home genetic test for 10 diseases gets first FDA approvalYou will be able to test yourself at home for a genetic predisposition for certain diseases, thanks to a new ruling from the US Food and Drug Administration. On April 6, the FDA gave 23andMe permission to market its Personal Genome Service genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases. It is the first direct-to-consumer genetic […]

Researchers identify 79 rare genetic syndromes where obesity is a key factor

The results will help scientists better understand the genes and molecules important to obesity among members of the general population

Researchers identify 79 rare genetic syndromes where obesity is a key factorWhile scientists have been aware of about two dozen genetic conditions that can cause obesity, a new study published Monday in the journal Obesity Reviews finds there are many more. The Canadian researchers have identified and cataloged 79 rare genetic syndromes where obesity is a key factor. A body mass index of 30 or higher […]

Brain structure that helps us to understand what others think, discovered by researchers

The maturation of fibres of a brain structure called the arcuate fascicle between the ages of three and four years establishes a connection between two critical brain regions that supports adults thinking about others and their thoughts and a region in the frontal lobe that is involved in keeping things at different levels of abstraction

Brain structure that helps us to understand what others think, discovered by researchersBy the age of four years we suddenly start to understand what other people think and that their beliefs about the world might differ from our own. We then manage to do what 3-year-olds are not yet capable of – we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for […]

In the nick of time, doctors save an American man from rare and ‘universally lethal’ African disease

Baltimore software engineer got sick after he got home from a safari in Botswana. Read how doctors discovered he had African trypanosomiasis — a deadly disease spread by tsetse fly — and saved him

In the nick of time, doctors save an American man from rare and ‘universally lethal’ African diseaseThe problems started after Erich Burger returned from an unforgettable safari in Botswana and Zambia last month. The Baltimore software engineer got sick the day after he got home. He headed to a community hospital after about a week of fever and chills, thinking he might have malaria given his recent travel to Africa. Clinicians […]

Medanta surgeons successfully implant 3D printed vertebrae in a 32-year old woman, third such surgery in the world

Doctors used intricate computer software to plan every detail of the operation. The titanium cage was customised according to the patient’s original spine

Medanta surgeons successfully implant 3D printed vertebrae in a 32-year old woman, third such surgery in the worldIndia’s first 3D printed artificial vertebrae gives a new life to a 32-year-old Spinal Tuberculosis (TB) patient. The Complex Spinal Reconstruction was recently conducted by Spine surgeons that helped her walk once again. The team of surgeons led by Dr V Anand Naik, Senior Consultant Spine Surgery, Bone & Joint Institute from Medanta The Medicity, […]

50 per cent air pollution deaths globally attributed to China & India

Research by US-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death

50 per cent air pollution deaths globally attributed to China & IndiaChina and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, a study published on Tuesday said. Research by the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause […]

Learn the art of aging healthy from a 105-year-old cyclist

At 105, the French amateur cyclist and world-record holder Robert Marchand is more aerobically fit than most 50-year-olds — and appears to be getting even fitter as he ages, says a new study on his physiology

Learn the art of aging healthy from a 105-year-old cyclistAt the age of 105, the French amateur cyclist and world-record holder Robert Marchand is more aerobically fit than most 50-year-olds — and appears to be getting even fitter as he ages, according to a revelatory new study of his physiology. The study, which appeared in December in The Journal of Applied Physiology, may help […]