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Western societies may quit alcohol with alcosynth-laded drinks: Scientist (16:22)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) People living in western countries are likely to quit alcohol in around two decades after they switch to a synthetic substance that mimics alcohol but does not harm people or cause hangovers, a British scientist has revealed.

Insurance regulator calls for standardising city hospital costs (15:52)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Calling for standardisation of hospital healthcare costs within a city, the Indian insurance regulator on Monday suggested measures like introducing community group insurance products to bring down distribution costs and ensure companies are not burdened with fictitious claims.

Kovind pays last respects to friend in hospital (14:08)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday visited Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here to pay his last respects to one of his close friends who died at the hospital.

Reduce stress, anxiety by cycling regularly (17:34)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Cycling can be one of the easiest ways to stay fit. Besides controlling your weight, it can reduce depression, stress and anxiety, say experts.

Indian chefs go ga-ga over mustard oil (14:42)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Mustard oil has been used for centuries as a food additive and remains a staple in a majority of Indian homes. Incorporating mustard oil into your daily diet is known to protect against heart disease. The oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, both of which help lower bad cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol hence maintaining one's cholesterol balance, which in turn leads to healthy cardiac functioning.

Bipolar disorder has seven key characteristics: Study (11:02)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Every patient's experience with bipolar disorder can vary from that of others with the condition, but all of their experiences include features that fall into seven classes of phenotypes, or characteristics, researchers said.

Hundreds sick with stomach illness on Royal Caribbean cruise (09:54)
Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness, the media reported.

Health services hit in Rajasthan as doctors go on mass leave (Second Lead) (21:04)
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in state-run government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors went on mass casual leave on Saturday to press their demands, including raise in allowances and cancellation of cases against protesting doctors.

Health services derailed across Rajasthan as doctors begin indefinite strike (Lead) (19:50)
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors declared they were going on indefinite strike from Saturday, advancing their stir which was earlier scheduled to begin on Monday.

Health services derailed in Rajasthan as doctors go on indefinite strike (19:36)
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors declared they were going on indefinite strike from Saturday, advancing their stir which was earlier scheduled to begin on Monday.

Doctors were advised not to disclose Jayalalithaa's condition: Prathap Reddy (18:04)
Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) The doctors at Apollo Hospital were advised not to reveal the condition of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa was critical, said Apollo Hospitals Group founder and executive chairman Prathap C Reddy on Saturday.

Erectile dysfunction may signal heart disease risk (17:22)
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Young men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be at an increased risk of developing heart disease -- the leading cause of death among men worldwide, finds a study.

Canola oil study provides no evidence of ill-effect in humans: Stakeholders (15:26)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) After a US study that linked canola oil intake with worsened Alzheimer's symptoms and weight gain stirred a debate in India, industry stakeholders have said that the study was conducted on mice and provides no evidence of harmful effect in humans.

Manipur HC asks RIMS to respond to complaints about facilities (15:00)
Imphal, Dec 16 (IANS) The Manipur High Court has directed the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal to file an affidavit by December 20 after a post graduate student wrote to the Prime Minister complaining about malfunctioning of equipment and alleged denial of basic healthcare facilities, including medicines, to people.

AI may help identify bacteria quickly, accurately (14:38)
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Microscopes enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) could help in the quick and accurate diagnosis of the deadly blood infections, which may improve patients' odds of survival, according to a study.

Maternal blood sugar may affect baby's heart (13:14)
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Women with high blood sugar early in pregnancy may raise their baby's risk of developing a congenital heart defect, according to a study.

Nanoparticles may be solution against antibiotic resistance (12:10)
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Scientists have succeeded in developing an effective method to treat the often lethal airway infections with nanoparticles that transport the antibiotics more efficiently to their destination.

'Passive scrolling on Facebook can make you feel worse' (11:32)
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Facebook has said that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse -- while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect.

Gurugram Fortis charged Adya's parents over 1,208% more for medical devices: NPPA (Lead) (01:48)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Fortis Memorial hospital in Gurugram charged 1,208-1,737 per cent more than procurement price for much of the medical equipment, including disposable syringes and three way stop cocks, to the parents of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya who had died at the hospital despite undergoing treatment for two weeks, according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

Gurugram Fortis charged Adya's parents 1,208 % more for syringes :NPPA (00:06)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Fortis Memorial hospital in Gurugram charged 1,208 per cent more than procurement price for much of the medical equipment, including disposable syringes, to the parents of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya who had died at the hospital despite undergoing treatment for two weeks, according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

Sanofi India elevates Rajaram as Managing Director (20:50)
Bengaluru, Dec 15 (IANS) Drug maker Sanofi India Ltd on Friday appointed its wholetime Director N. Rajaram as Managing Director from January 1.

Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India (Lead) (20:22)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the bill setting up the National Medical Commission that seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Cabinet approves continuation of National Ayush Mission (19:44)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the continuation of the centrally-sponsored National AYUSH Mission (NAM) by three years with an outlay of Rs 2,400 crore.

Can a cup of hot tea every day keep glaucoma away? (18:24)
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Your morning cup of tea may have more power than you thought. Researchers have found that drinking a cup of hot tea at least once a day may lower the risk of developing glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide.

Cabinet approves bill to replace Medical Council of India (18:20)
New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) A bill to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a national medical commission was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

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