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Nandita Venkatesan's story of recovery
Her hearing loss was 80 per cent in the left ear and 50-60 per cent in the right ear. Venkatesan's first tryst with tuberculosis (TB) was in August 2007 when she was diagnosed with intestinal tuberculosis just a month after starting college in Mumbai. As if once was not enough, TB came to haunt her again; she suffered a severe reinfection in 2013.
Here's how to keep joints healthy and strong this winter
Due to the cold temperature, the pain threshold of the body decreases as the nerve endings become sensitive, exceeding the pain tremendously. Another reason for joint pains is that the blood doesn't circulate properly in the body parts causing pain and stiffness in the joints. In winters, the physical activity of the body also decreases and hence, the joints start paining.
Love stories from Sonagachi
Among the counsellors at Sonagachi, these love affairs are known as the 'babu culture'. We counsel them and encourage the use of condoms despite a love affair, says the counsellor who works with the DMSC. At the heart of this success story is Dr Smarajit Jana who, in 1992, initiated a radical intervention programme to control STDs and HIV in Sonagachi. Another addition is customer care centres, located at positions of entry to Sonagachi.
Air pollution may impair function of blood vessels in lungs
The higher the heels, the more likely it was the knees were bent when shoes made contact with the ground - increasing the strain on the knee joint. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage starts to break down and as bones come into contact, the friction makes joints swollen and extremely painful. The research has historically implicated high heels as a probable risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knee, and can also cause back pain.
Cobra venom can help surgeons see boundaries of cancer
In collaboration with researchers from Assam's Tezpur University, Russian scientists have developed a substance-based cobra venom and quantum dots that can glow and help surgeons see the 'boundaries of cancerous tumour. ' Surgeons need to see the boundaries because the more precisely the boundary is marked, the more effective the operation would be.
Defective 'protein factory' behind aggressive form of leukemia
Scientists have identified a defect in the ribosome, the protein factory of the cell in 20 to 40 per cent of the patients with multiple myeloma - a type of leukemia. At the same time, they respond better to a drug that already exists, according to the new study by University of Leuven in Belgium. Multiple myeloma (MM), also known as Kahler's disease, is a blood cancer whereby the plasma cells in the bone marrow start proliferating malignantly.
Breast cancer mortality rate continue to decline: Study
The study was presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Overall, breast cancer mortality declined in 39 out of 47 countries, including the United States and most developed European nations. England and Wales had the sharpest drop in mortality, with a 46 percent decline. In this study, researchers extracted information on breast cancer deaths from the World Health Organization database and calculated mortality rates over the years 1987-2013, stratifying results according to age groups.
Astra, Lilly stick with Alzheimer's approach despite setback
AstraZeneca will expand its collaboration with Eli Lilly to develop an experimental Alzheimer's drug, sticking with an approach that has been a mainstay of research despite recent setbacks. Astra said it would team up with Lilly to develop a drug known as MEDI1814, currently being tested on humans in the first stage of development. It is designed to prevent a protein called beta amyloid from forming plaques in the brain, which is believed to play a pivotal role in Alzheimer's.
Staying fit for ever and ever
I am talking about those who work at construction sites or as fitness coaches and trainers, porters and others who do physical work to earn a living. You will notice that they too, like group 1, do not carry too much fat and are definitely strong. It does not matter if you are not a sports person or don't particularly enjoy any one type of training. Try as many activities, sports and programmes as you please and jump as often as you want to.
For Hot locks in the Cold
When Christmas bells are ringing in and the New Year is just round the corner, one wants to look bright and celebratory. The old-fashioned warm-oil head massage at least twice a week, can certainly help mitigate the problem of dandruff and an itchy scalp. She adds that one needs to drink plenty of water to keep the body and even your tresses hydrated. A healthy diet, she insists, leads to those healthy locks.
New research findings may help treat cancer more effectively
Breast cancer cells break away and spread to other parts of the body relatively late in breast tumour development, shows a new study that could help refine cancer therapy. The study's findings suggest there is a longer window than previously thought for cancer to be diagnosed and treated before it spreads. The majority of people who die from cancer lose their lives when it spreads throughout the body, a process called metastasis.
Study reveals this grooming habit puts women at higher risk of STD
According to the findings, people, who trim their public hairs, have 80 % higher chances of having sexually transmitted diseases. A team of US researchers found the link between grooming one's privates and harbouring an STD is stronger in those who groom more frequently or more intensively. The study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, sought to explore the ever-increasing trend of pubic grooming, a phenomena fuelled by changing perceptions of body hair.

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