Food-borne bacteria up miscarriage risk early in pregnancy (18 minutes ago)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than previously thought, says a study.

Same-sex marriage legalisation cut US teenage suicide rates (14:32)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Legalising same-sex marriage at state level in the US reduced an estimated 134,000 suicide attempts per year in high school students as well as among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents, suggesting that social policies can affect behaviour, researchers claim.

How delayed pregnancies beat sterilisation as a family-planning tool (Special to IANS) (14:24)
By Charu Bahri
Although India spends 85 per cent of its family planning budget on sterilisation and 1.5 per cent on distributing condoms and other non-terminal contraceptives, one Maharashtra districts brief experience with a conditional cash transfer programme shows that rewarding couples for delaying children could work better to temper Indias population growth. And it could bring numerous health, social and economic benefits besides.

China discovers new mutation of bird flu virus (13:36)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China has discovered a new mutation of the H7N9 bird flu virus, which is being considered the deadliest till now, a media report said on Tuesday.

Novel substance promises effective nerve pain treatment (13:20)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) Offering a glimmer of hope for people suffering from chronic nerve pains, researchers have found that a novel substance inhibits the pain effectively and is well tolerated.

Eating mercury rich fish may up neurological disease risk (13:04)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Love to eat fish and other seafood? Be careful, as eating mercury-rich fish such as shark and swordfish may increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- that takes away the ability of nerve cells to interact with the body's muscles -- a study has warned.

Heavy drinking may cause arterial stiffness in men (12:16)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) Men with heavy alcohol intake over the years may be at higher risk of developing arterial stiffness, premature ageing of arteries, increasing their risk for heart disease, says a study.

2016 El Nino led to enormous coral death in Maldives (12:08)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) Increased surface ocean temperatures during the strong 2016 El Nino led to a major coral die-off in the Maldives, and this has caused reef growth rates to collapse, says a study.

Clear Tuesday morning in Delhi (10:30)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) It was a clear Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for 2nd consecutive day (09:36)
Jammu, Feb 21 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the second consecutive day Tuesday stranding scores of vehicles and passengers on the over 300 km long road, an official said.

Australian state to push for legal medical cannabis (08:36)
Sydney, Feb 21 (IANS) The state opposition government in Australia's New South Wales on Tuesday said it will push for medical cannabis to be legal for patients suffering from terminal and other long term illnesses.

Delhi Metro creates park from waste material (21:32)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) unveiled a "one of a kind" park here on Monday which is adorned with artistic installations built with waste material from Metro construction sites and is mostly powered by the solar energy.

Bengal minor's arm amputated, kin calls it 'medical negligence' (20:58)
Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) The family of a minor whose arm had to be amputated following an infection, on Monday protested at a primary healthcare centre in West Bengal, accusing the authorities of medical negligence.

Haryana FDA raids hospitals to check stent prices (20:08)
Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) The Haryana Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Monday raided leading private hospitals at Panchkula, Sonipat and Gurugram where cardiac stent implants are carried out to ensure that no hospital violates the directions of the central government regarding price of stents.

'Saathiya Kits' launched in Delhi for better adolescent health (20:06)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Aiming to improve knowledge on adolescent health issues among teenagers, Health Secretary C.K. Mishra on Monday launched "Saathiya Resource Kits" through which 1.6 lakh selected communicators across the country will impart information on adolescent related issues such as puberty and mental health, among others.

AAP slams civic body for Mall at health centre (19:58)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The AAP on Monday slammed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for proposing to develop a shopping complex on the premises of a maternity and child healthcare centre in the capital.

Losing smartphones may up PTSD symptoms in youngsters (18:48)
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Three of four young adults are likely to exhibit symptoms such as fidgeting and scratching of stress similar to those seen in people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), upon being separated from their smartphones, researchers say.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed (18:30)
Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Heavy rains hampered landslide clearance operations on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Monday, leading to its closure.

Himachal gets snow, rain (18:28)
Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) The hills of picturesque tourist resorts Manali and Shimla on Monday saw rainfall, while high hills in Himachal Pradesh received a fresh spell of snowfall.

SC summons Bengal Environment Secretary on Wednesday (Lead) (18:06)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday directed the West Bengal Environment Secretary to appear before it on Wednesday along with a status report on the critically and severely polluted areas in the state.

Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Odisha (16:28)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) The endangered Olive Ridley turtles have laid a record 3.55 lakh eggs on Odisha coast within a span of one week, an official said on Monday.

Manipal, CDC join hands to invest in home healthcare services (15:44)
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) India's Manipal Education and Medical Group on Monday announced a partnership with CDC Group Plc, a development finance institution owned by the British government, to invest an initial Rs 500 crore in diagnostic, home healthcare and other out-of-hospital care services.

Just one-third parents confident of feeding kids healthy food (15:32)
New York, Feb 20 (IANS) Although a majority of parents agree with the importance of healthy diets during childhood, only a third are confident that they are doing a good job shaping their child's eating habits, a survey on children's health in the US has said.

Horse kicks man off motorbike to death in Hyderabad (15:04)
Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A horse being ridden by a youth went berserk and kicked two motorcyclists passing by it, killing one of them and severely injuring the other, here early Monday, the police said.

Saving an endangered bird -- with tricks, tactics and love (14:40)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Guwahati, Feb 20 (IANS) Its not a typically pretty bird to ‘ooh and ‘aah over. Far from it, the Greater Adjutant Stork is a big bird with a dull-orange bill and grey, black and white feathers. An endangered species, its numbers were plummeting until wildlife biologist Purnima Devi Barman intervened and, nine years later, has led a village here to become the worlds largest breeding colony for this bird.

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