Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteria

Yucky ducky: Bath time rubber ducks, a haven for harmful bacteria

Researchers have found that the cute little rubber ducks that float around in bath tubs and come in contact with potable water are homes to millions of bacteria and harmful microbes. They found that these toys contain water that’s seeped into them and when squeezed, they release this dirty water into the bath water. The […]

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Simple and effective tips to fight chronic inflammation

It’s true that scientists are uncovering new complexities and expanding their knowledge of factors that may contribute to inflammation or help counter it. But much of the heavily hyped guidance for an anti-inflammation lifestyle boils down to the same no-nonsense health advice your grandmother might have given you. Make healthy food choices Our diets play […]

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Can traditional soup and broths help tackle malaria?

The research appears in the BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, and professor Jake Baum, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, is the last and corresponding author of the paper. As Prof. Baum and his colleagues mention, almost half of the world’s population is at risk […]

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Repeated use of kitchen towels can cause food poisoning

Multi-use of kitchen towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning surfaces, as well as […]

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Women more likely to survive a heart attack when treated by female doctors

Here’s why your doctor’s white coat can be a potential health risk to you

A recent study of patients at 10 academic hospitals in the United States found that just over half care about what their doctors wear, most of them preferring the traditional white coat. Some doctors prefer the white coat, too, viewing it as a defining symbol of the profession. What many might not realize, though, is […]

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What is fried rice syndrome? Here’s what you need to know about it

An estimated 63,000 cases of food poisoning caused by B. cereus occur each year within the U.S., according to a 2019 article published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. However, the vast majority of cases go unreported, because the symptoms are generally mild and subside on their own with rest and hydration. Leftover fried rice […]

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Here’s how to protect yourself from pneumonia this winter

#WorldPneumoniaDay: Here’s how to protect yourself from this condition

Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems. What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection caused in one or both lungs, occurring due to an infection which causes inflammation in the […]

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Chemical found in toothpaste, soap may double women’s chances of osteoporosis

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds study

A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it’s been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular microbiologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. “It’s a World Health Organization and CDC-recognised superbug,” Stinear said. “In the hospital it is already […]

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Coffee drinkers might have healthier gut microbiotas, finds study

  New research suggests that heavy coffee drinkers have healthier compositions of bacteria in their guts. New research shines some light on the mechanisms behind coffee’s effects by looking at the links between coffee and the health of the gut microbiota. Dr Li Jiao, from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is the […]

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#EndTB: ICMR, central TB division initiates survey to find prevalence of the disease in Maharashtra

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in collaboration with, Central TB Division has initiated a nation-wide survey to find the prevalence of Pulmonary TB at the state level. On Wednesday, a dedicated state-of-the-art van is flagged off from Pune, to carry out the survey in Maharashtra. After many years such a survey for the […]

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