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Many challenges remain to treat childhood cancer

Many challenges remain to treat childhood cancer

In a most comprehensive study to date, scientists have found that despite advances in the treatment of childhood cancer, there has been less progress made in understanding the causes and prevention of childhood and adolescent cancers. The diagnosis of cancer in children and adolescents is ‘a life-altering event for children and adolescents as well as their families’, says a detailed ...

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Palliative care – helping bring meaning back to lives of cancer patients

Palliative care – helping bring meaning back to lives of cancer patients

Rajinder Singh, 17, was last year detected with acute lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer at its terminal stage. On the advice of oncologists at AIIMS he started undergoing sessions of chemotherapy, which brought changes in his eating habits and also in his physical appearance. The high level of medication pushed him to the brink of desolation and kept ...

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Smoking rooms health hazard for kids, spouses

Smoking rooms health hazard for kids, spouses

Non smokers beware! Frequently visiting smoking areas in houses, apartments, offices and hotels is just as deadly as first-hand or second-hand smoke, shows research. Third-hand smoke is a potential health threat to children, spouses of smokers and workers in environments where smoking is allowed, it warned. “We studied on mice the effects of third-hand smoke on several organ systems under ...

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Biocon releases drug to treat breast cancer

Biocon releases drug to treat breast cancer

Bangalore: India’s leading biotechnology firm Biocon Ltd. has released a new drug to treat metastatic breast cancer it developed jointly with US-based pharma major Mylan. Claimed to be the world’s first bio-similar version of Herceptin, a monoclonal antibody used to treat certain breast cancers, the Biocon drug (Canmab) offers an affordable option to patients in India. “Breast cancer is the most ...

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Simple blood test can detect cervical cancer

Simple blood test can detect cervical cancer

New York: In a ground-breaking research, scientists have confirmed a more convenient, non-invasive test for detecting and staging cervical cancer. Researchers at University of Louisville in Kentucky, US, found that using the heat profile from a person’s blood – called a plasma thermogram – can serve as an indicator for the presence or absence of cervical cancer, including the stage of ...

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Heart attacks hit poor the hardest

Heart attacks hit poor the hardest

London: Even a heart attack can discriminate between the poor and the wealthy. In a first-ever study linking socio-economic status to frailty after a heart attack, researchers have established that poor people are more than twice as likely as the wealthy to become frail after a heart attack. “By defining frailty, which combines many areas of medicine, we can predict which ...

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‘Smoking among Indian men on the decline’

‘Smoking among Indian men on the decline’

New Dehli: India has progressed in reducing the prevalence of smoking among men, according to a new research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The reduction is attributed to education and regulation. Smoking (cigarettes and beedis) is the third top risk for health loss in India, leading to nearly one million deaths ...

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Smoking affects good night’s sleep too

Smoking affects good night’s sleep too

New York: Here is a wake-up call. Smoking ruins productive sleep, leading to cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, depression and anxiety. “This study has found a common pathway whereby cigarette smoke impacts both pulmonary and neurophysiological function. Further, the results suggest the possible therapeutic value of targeting this pathway with compounds that could improve both lung and brain functions in smokers,” said ...

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‘Made in China’ plant can fight chronic pain

‘Made in China’ plant can fight chronic pain

New York: Suffering from chronic pain? Well, a plant used in Chinese medicine may be of help. A plant used for centuries as a pain reliever in Chinese medicine may also help relieve chronic pain, said a study. “We have found a key pain-relieving compound known as dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) in the roots of the flowering plant Corydalis, a member of the poppy family,” ...

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National Cancer Centre to be set up: Manmohan Singh

National Cancer Centre to be set up: Manmohan Singh

Mullanpur Gribdas: Expressing concern that while 11 lakh patients were added, cancer killed about nine lakh persons every year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that as part of its strategy to counter the spread of the disease, the Union government had decided to set up a National Cancer Centre, which would be linked to all regional and State level ...

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An Indian doctor who devoted her lifetime to Ghana

An Indian doctor who devoted her lifetime to Ghana

Accra: Hope is at hand for an Indian gynaecologist who has worked for 45 years in Ghana without a permanent residency permit and is currently being sheltered in the ward of a local hospital. Uma Sen, 80, popularly called “Mama”, who has spent over half her life working as a specialist all over Ghana, is now being looked after by the ...

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Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solution

Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solution

New York: Are your knees troubling you? Physical therapy may be a better solution than undergoing surgery, especially an unnecessary one, according to a new study. Arthroscopic surgery on the torn meniscus — the crescent-shaped cartilage that helps cushion and stabilise knees — is quite common, but if we are to believe the study conducted in Finland, thousands of people ...

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Antibiotics use in farms creating public health crisis

Antibiotics use in farms creating public health crisis

New York: The over-use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries is posing a threat to public health, and the way out is to impose a fee on their “non-human use”, says a new paper. A good 80 percent of the antibiotics in the US, for instance, is used in agriculture and aquaculture to increase food production, says the paper, ...

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Study unlocks mysteries about Alzheimer’s

Study unlocks mysteries about Alzheimer’s

Washington: Scientists have shed light on the three essential puzzles regarding Alzheimer’s, a science journal reported. Using high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer’s: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads. The findings could improve early detection of the disease, ...

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