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Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

Geneva, Sept 22: Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said.

The UN health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years.

In a new report Saturday, the WHO said that about...

Silicone breast implants up risk of stillbirth, cancer

Houston, Sept 18: Silicone breast implants may increase the likelihood of stillbirth by over four times, and put women at higher risk of developing cancer and several rare disorders, a study warns.

The elevated risks included three conditions classified as autoimmune or rheumatologic disorders: Sjogren's syndrome, with a risk about eight times higher than in the general population; scleroderma,...

SC revokes ban on sale of Saridon

New Delhi, Sep 18: The Supreme Court has temporarily revoked the ban imposed on the sale of Saridon, an analgesic for headaches.

Saridon was one among 328 drugs, which were banned by the Central government recently. These were Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) which were banned by the Centre to stop irrational use.

A bench of Justice Rohinton Nariman...

Health Ministry bans 328 fixed dose combination drugs

New Delhi, Sept 13: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has prohibited the manufacture for sale, sale or distribution for human use of 328 Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) with immediate effect.

It has also restricted the manufacture, sale or distribution of six FDCs subject to certain conditions.

'The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has, in exercise...

Big fillip to IVF treatment! Those undergoing process may become parents sooner via this novel device, say scientists

New York, Sept 12: Scientists have created a device that quickly traps strong and speedy sperm, improving the chances for couples trying for a baby via in-vitro-fertilisation (IVF). Conventional methods to separate vigorous, motile sperm is tedious and may take up to several hours to perform, according to the research published in the journal PNAS. “Trying to find the highly...

New therapy may help treat skin cancer, say scientists

Washington : Scientists say they have identified a molecule that can be added to a cancer vaccine to boost the immune system’s ability to fight skin cancer.

A study, published in the journal PNAS, found that adding the molecule called Diprovocim to an existing vaccine can draw cancer-fighting cells to tumour sites. Experiments in mice with melanoma...

Poor grades? Blame your genes, scientists say

Houston, Sept 6: Children's ability to score better grades may be encoded in their DNA, say scientists who found that around two-thirds of individual differences in academic achievement can be explained by comparing genes.

For many years, research has linked educational achievement to life trajectories, such as occupational status, health or happiness.

However, researchers from the University of...

Liver disease drug may help treat Alzheimer’s, says study

London, Sept 3: A drug which has been used to treat liver disease for decades could help restore cells damaged by Alzheimer’s, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK discovered the drug ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) improves mitochondrial dysfunction — which is known to be a causative factor for both sporadic and familial Alzheimer’s disease. Mitochondria...


Widely used diabetes drug can cause flesh-eating genital infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and patients that some widely used diabetes drugs may, in some rare cases, cause a flesh-eating bacterial infection of the genitals. The condition, known as Fournier’s gangrene, developed in a dozen patients shortly after they began taking the medicines between March 2013 and May 2018, the FDA said. The seven...

Smoking, drinking can damage arteries in teens: Study

London, Aug 29: The arteries of teenagers who drink alcohol and smoke -- even very occasionally -- begin to stiffen by the age of 17, increasing their risk of heart attacks and stroke in later life, a study has found.

The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, showed that a combination of high alcohol intake and smoking was...