Excess iron in body may cause liver damage: Doctors (22:14)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Excess build-up of iron in the body -- Hemochromatosis --can damage the liver. This action is genetic and the excess iron, if left untreated, can damage joints, organs, and eventually be fatal, said doctors on Friday.

Area-specific strategy needed for disadvantaged states: President (21:44)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) Disadvantaged regions like Bihar and Jharkhand require a strategy for development that can harness productive forces of the economy and not just blindly follow path of industrialisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

Scorpene submarine makers contribute to Clean Ganga Fund (21:32)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) DCNS India, the Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS, on Friday said it has contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund.

Man with 45% burns healed with stem cell treatment (20:34)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) A 45-year-old man -- suffering from 45 per cent burns due to a chemical spill at work -- has been healed with stem cell treatment, said the authorities at a hospital here on Friday.

SC may slap additional cost on registration of BS III vehicles (20:08)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it may allow the sale of vehicles with BS III emission norms after imposing a charge to reimburse Rs 18,000 crore that the government spent for upgrading the refineries to produce BS IV-compliant fuel.

Bengal health panel to start functioning within week (19:48)
Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The West Bengal Health Regulatory Commission, set up to monitor private hospitals, will start functioning within a week and a website will be in place for lodging online complaints, one of its members said on Friday.

Randeep Guleria is new AIIMS Director (18:34)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Leading pulmonologist Randeep Guleria was on Friday appointed as the new Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, said an official statement.

Trump authorises construction of controversial Keystone Pipeline (18:34)
Washington, March 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Friday authorised the construction of controversial Keystone XL pipeline across the US border, reversing one of the most controversial environmental policies of his predecessor Barack Obama, officials said.

Maharashtra doctors end agitation, 135 patients die (17:56)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Following a stern warning by the Bombay High Court on Friday, doctors in government and private hospitals across Maharashtra agreed to withdraw their agitation amid revelations that at least 135 patients died in Mumbai in the past five days.

Mental Healthcare Bill taken up by Lok Sabha (17:50)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Friday took up the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which makes provision to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of persons during delivery of mental healthcare and services.

Trump demands vote on healthcare plan (Second Lead) (17:14)
Washington, March 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump issued an ultimatum to House Republicans to fall in line behind a broad health insurance overhaul or see their opportunity to repeal Obamacare vanish, demanding a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass.

Poor sleep impairs ability to interpret facial expressions (16:30)
New York, March 24 (IANS) Your ability to recognise whether those around you are happy or sad could suffer due to poor sleep, says a study.

Flexible glass for tiny medical devices developed (16:30)
New York, March 24 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to make the normally brittle material of glass bend and flex, adding a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices.

New vitamin may help DNA repair, reverse ageing process (15:40)
Sydney, March 24 (IANS) Scientists have identified a vitamin that plays a key role in repairing damaged DNA and may lead to the development of a drug that can reverse ageing, fight cancer as well as help in space travel.

Facial recognition tech helps diagnose rare genetic disease (15:30)
New York, March 24 (IANS) Researchers have successfully used a facial recognition software to diagnose a rare, genetic disease that mainly affects children of African, Asian and Latin American descent, paving the way for physicians to diagnose the disease by snapping a photo.

BJP demands anti-Romeo squads in Bihar (14:56)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded the setting up of anti-Romeo squads in Bihar for women's safety in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Enough is enough, Maharashtra CM to medicos (14:44)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday appealed to the agitating medicos to return to duty as his government had accepted their demands.

With increasing urbanisation, new nutrition challenges (14:26)
By Karthik Madhavapeddi
The world has vowed to eliminate poverty and hunger by 2030 as part of 169 sustainable development goals adopted in 2015. Yet, increasing urbanisation is posing new challenges to progress, according to a new report, and India is particularly vulnerable because it faces the twin burden of under- and over-nutrition.

Drug-resistant TB cases rising in India: Lancet (14:20)
Mumbai, March 24 (IANS) Incidences of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) -- associated with high mortality rate -- is on the rise in India, while threatening to derail the progress achieved in controlling the disease, researchers say.

How Alzheimer's protein breaches cell membranes (13:00)
New York, March 24 (IANS) New research led by an Indian-origin scientist has found how protein that collects in the brain of persons with Alzheimer's disease penetrates the cell membranes.

Exercising 2.5 hours a week may slow Parkinson's (12:58)
New York, March 24 (IANS) At least 150 minutes of weekly exercise may help people suffering from Parkinson's disease by improving mobility impairment and health-related quality of life, a study has showed.

China reports 900,000 new TB cases every year (12:56)
Beijing, March 24 (IANS) China registers around 900,000 new cases of tuberculosis every year and remains among the 30 countries with the highest incidence of the disease, despite a decline in cases since 2011, health authorities said here on Friday.

Video shows rapid deterioration of Great Barrier Reef (12:38)
sydney, March 24 (IANS) Environmental organisation Greenpeace on Friday released a video showing the "silent and high-speed destruction" of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by coral bleaching that has occurred for two years in a row.

Redouble efforts to eliminate TB: President (11:46)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday asked all stakeholders to redouble their efforts in eliminating tuberculosis.

220,000 more birds culled in Japan (09:38)
Tokyo, March 24 (IANS) Japanese authorities announced on Friday that some 220,000 more poultry were culled due to an outbreak of bird flu that has reappeared since the end of 2016.

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