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Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists (08:18)
Sydney, Oct 19 (IANS) Climate change and warmer oceans are likely to change reef ecosystems worldwide, reducing the diversity of invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters and sea urchins, Australian scientists have revealed.

Trump suggests he won't back bipartisan healthcare measure (05:54)
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump raised doubts on Wednesday about his support for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare subsidies he suspended last week in exchange for states' getting greater flexibility regulating health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

European volunteers celebrate Diwali with plantation drive near Hyderabad (21:40)
Hyderabad, Oct 18 (IANS) European volunteers of the not-for-profit Heartfulness Institute on Wednesday planted more than 500 saplings at Kanha Shantivanam near here to celebrate Diwali.

31 dead, over 14,500 dengue cases reported in Bengal (21:40)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Wednesday said as many as 31 people have died of dengue in the state while more than 14,500 have tested positive this year.

Now, a mobile phone-mounted device for quick malaria detection (21:06)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A mobile phone mounted with a super-cheap paper microscope can detect presence of malarial parasites in the blood in 10 seconds, says an Indian researchers' team, which has developed a system that archives data and maps real-time distribution of the disease in a particular locality.

UAE warns citizens against travel to Madagascar (20:02)
Dubai, Oct 18 (IANS/WAM) The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned its citizens against travel to Madagascar after the reported outbreak of pneumonic plague in the African country.

Minister orders central probe into Jharkhand girl's starvation death (19:08) IANS Photo Service
Ranchi/Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) A central probe has been ordered into the starvation death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand, official sources said on Wednesday even as the opposition flayed the Raghubar Das government on the matter.

Delhi gears up for less noisy, less toxic Diwali (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It is expected to be a less noisy and less toxic Diwali this year after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR. While some people claim to have found different ways to get firecrackers through door step deliveries by traders and also online purchases, some seem to have got the message to celebrate the festival without adding to the already alarming air pollution levels in the capital.

South Indian, NE fermented foods can address mineral deficiency (18:14)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) South Indian foods based on fermentation and as well recipes from northeast India are excellent for absorption of minerals like zinc and iron and can address mineral deficiency, experts say.

Avoid make-up products, anti-acne creams during pregnancy (18:06)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Expectant mothers in their first trimester must not use any sort of cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines to protect the fetal brain development from chemicals that can trigger autism and health of the baby. Stay away from make-up products like lipsticks, lipbalms and anti-acne creams, say experts.

Previously pregnant donor may up death risk in men (17:50)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Men receiving blood transfusions may be at an increased risk of death if the donor is a woman who had been pregnant in the past, according to a study.

Novel compound found to suppress HIV effectively (17:28)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Scientists have shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of HIV in chronically infected cells and prevents viral rebound.

Heavy rain to hit Odisha on Diwali (17:26)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) Several parts of Odisha are likely to experience heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours dampening Diwali celebrations in the state, the Met department said on Wednesday.

Piped natural gas to reach Bhubaneswar, Cuttack by 2019 (17:24)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) A total of 25,000 households in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities will be provided Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connection by the end of 2019, said an official on Wednesday.

India urges pricing flexibility, review clause in LNG contracts (16:42) IANS Photo Service
Tokyo, Oct 18 (IANS) Given the transformation in the global LNG market into a situation of oversupply, India on Wednesday called for flexible terms for gas purchases, including the provision of a pricing review, "take or pay" terms and abolition of destination restriction clause in contracts.

Antiretroviral therapy for HIV may damage kids' brains (16:42)
Johannesburg, Oct 18 (IANS) HIV infection alters brain development in young children even when they adhere to antiretroviral treatment early in life, researchers say.

95% of plastic feeding the seas comes from 10 rivers (16:12)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Up to 95 per cent of the plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Ganges, new research has found.

This exercise can boost brain power (Lead) (15:26)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that practicing what is known as a "dual n-back" exercise can lead to improvement in working memory, which is what people rely on to temporarily hold details in their mind like phone numbers and directions.

Girl dies at Patna AIIMS for lack of treatment, RJD demands probe (14:56)
Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) As a 9-year-old girl died at Patna AIIMS while her poor father completed the formalities for her treatment and an official posted at the counter refused to help him, the opposition RJD on Wednesday demanded a high-level probe into the matter.

Hypertension may up heart valve disorder risk (14:40)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) People with high blood pressure may be at an increased risk of developing common heart valve disorder, researchers said.

Source of world's largest mud eruption traced to volcano (13:54)
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) Lusi, the world's largest mud eruption that began on the Indonesian island of Java in 2006, is not stopping any time soon as deep underground it is connected to a nearby volcanic system, scientists have determined.

Apple Watch app notification saves US man's life (13:30) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 18 (IANS) A man in US has claimed an Apple Watch app notification saved his life after it detected signs of a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs and alerted him to get medical attention.

Widespread use of unapproved GM cotton shows official tolerance of illegality (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:28)
By Vivian Fernandes
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Andhra governments flip-flop on extensive cultivation of unapproved genetically-modified (GM) herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton seems to be symptomatic of the complacency which has infected even regulatory bodies and research institutions.

Researchers turn to crowdfunding to save endangered parrot (13:10)
Canberra, Oct 18 (IANS) Australian researchers have turned to crowdfunding to help bankroll a new technology to save the critically endangered swift parrot from extinction in the island state of Tasmania.

This exercise can boost brain power (12:58)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that practicing what is known as a "dual n-back" exercise can lead to improvement in working memory, which is what people rely on to temporarily hold details in their mind like phone numbers and directions.

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