Food-borne bacteria up miscarriage risk early in pregnancy (16 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.

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.

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.

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.

Singing to babies benefits mothers too (14:16)
New York, Feb 20 (IANS) Unlike other forms of caregiving, mothers singing to their babies is a universal behaviour, and new research shows that the act could be mutually beneficial for both the mother and the child.

Chewing gum may adversely affect digestive system (13:16)
New York, Feb 20 (IANS) Chronic exposure to a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread can decrease the ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens, warns a study.

Your child is 40% likely to inherit your obesity (12:38)
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Worried about your kid's ever increasing waistline? Blame your level of obesity, as according to a new study, kids are nearly 35-40 per cent likely to inherit the body mass index (BMI) -- how fat or thin they are -- from their parents.

Technique developed to carry protein instructions into cell (08:00)
San Francisco, Feb 20 (IANS) Researchers at Stanford University have been refining compounds that would carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and deliver them into the cells of an anesthetised mouse.

‘People suffering mini-strokes more likely to suffer major strokes' (23:40)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) People who suffer a mini-stroke -- a brief stroke-like attack -- are at a higher risk of suffering a stroke within the next few days and if not provided immediate medical care, the patient loses 1.9 million neurons, also called nerve cells, doctors said on Sunday.

China to promote smartphone breath monitoring for asthma suffering kids (21:20)
Beijing, Feb 19 (IANS) A Chinese health alliance on Sunday agreed to promote the use of peak flow charts on both physical paper and smartphone apps to monitor the breath for children suffering from asthma.

Infants need 5 times more nutrition during first 1,000 days: Doctors (19:10)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Infants need five times more nutrition than adults during the first 1,000 days after birth which, if lacking, may lead to impaired cognition which is irreversible in nature, doctors here said on Sunday.

Your paunch may well hide cardiac risks (18:32)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A typical young Indian male marries, and a few months later he develops a noticeable paunch. His mother and mother-in-law are pleased as punch, perceiving the paunch as a sign of his wellbeing of his being "looked after well" by his wife.

Kangana roots for '30-minute daily walk'  (17:12)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut believes that walking is a great way to achieve holistic health and people must enforce the '30-minute daily walk' rule into their lives.

Stem cells from fat show promise for anti-ageing treatment (16:30)
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells -- such as fibroblasts from the skin -- and have the potential for use in anti-ageing treatment, says a study.

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