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Liberia steps up measures to control Ebola virus

Ebola virusMonrovia, April 16 - The government of Liberia has announced that measures have been stepped up to contain the Ebola outbreak in the West African country.

Some of the measures include the establishment of a laboratory at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR) in Margibi county to test for Ebola and Lassa Fever, the ministry of health said in a statement, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The ministry said it has set up case management treatment centres in Foyah, Lofa county where the disease was first reported from Guinea and the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia.


Junk food makes people lazy

Junk food makes people lazyLos Angeles, April 15 : A new research reveals that junk food, which lacks nutrition, can actually make one lazy.

According to the study, the energy-draining effects of junk food can persist even when someone is switched to a healthy eating plan.

The study, conducted on two groups of female rats, found that those who ate junk food, high in sugar and low in nutrients, gained more weight than the other group who stuck to a diet of unprocessed foods like corn and fish, reports femalefirst. co. uk.


Forget moms, young dads face depression too

Forget moms, young dads face depression tooNew York, April 15 - Are you a young dad? Watch out for depression especially in the first year of fatherhood.

Depression can hit young fathers hard with symptoms increasing dramatically during some of the most important years of their children’s lives, a study finds.

Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 percent over the first five years of fatherhood for young men around 25-year-old when they became fathers and lived with their children.


Potential hepatitis C cure found in Chinese herb

Hepatitis-CLondon, April 14 : In what could revolutionise treatment of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), scientists have isolated a new compound from Chinese herbal medicines that can inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90 percent.

The new compound, SBEL1, was extracted from a herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China.

In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat sore throats and inflammations. The function of SBEL1 within the plant is unknown and its role and origins are currently being investigated.


Organ donation attitude is able to guess the number of people who will sign up

Organ donation attitude is able to guess the number of people who will sign upA recent report says that almost all Americans support organ donation but less than half actually go up there and sign up for the same.

An American Psychological Association (APA) news release reported that scientists doing the study found that the reason for such less people registering for organ donation could be because supporting something may not mean that they will be a part of the same.


Lawyer says doctor's billing to Medicare suggests high drug expense

Lawyer says doctor's billing to Medicare suggests high drug expenseRecently is very affluent doctor based in Florida has been raided by the FBI. He had just recently allowed a U. S. senator to fly in his privately owned jet plane too. He is now being scrutinised for accepting money from the Medicare program, which is a taxpayer-funded health scheme, more than any other practicing doctor around.


Eating out frequently increases food poisoning risks

Eating out frequently increases food poisoning risksIf you are the kind of family who enjoy eating restaurant food more often than usual then you may be at a higher risk of getting food poisoning.

As per the findings of a new study people who eat out regularly have a higher chance of getting food poisoning as compared to those who eat at home.

The study was based on observing about 10,408 food poisoning cases recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The research was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).


Pop music videos may be held responsible for making teens get into drinking

Pop music videos may be held responsible for making teens get into drinkingThe latest allegation faced by the music industry is that it is not only showing gender inequality but also converting young teens into alcoholics.

These findings are based on a study done by the University of Pittsburgh and Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The results of the study show that teens drinking heavily is due to liking, owing and then precisely pointing out songs which name alcoholic drinks by their brands.


Bird flu back in Japan after 2011

Bird flu back in Japan after 2011Japanese Agricultural Ministry confirmed this Sunday that there have been two cases of chickens testing positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan.

There have been over 1,000 chicken deaths due to the same in this farm and this is the first recorded case of bird flu since the year 2011.

The ministry also added that this H5 virus which is highly pathogenic tested positive when chicken from a farm based Kumamoto prefecture in the south were genetically tested.

Another report by the media confirms that till now over 1,100 chickens have become deceased and another 112,000 will be culled.


Scarlet fever hits a record high in 32 years

Scarlet fever hits a record high in 32 yearsA record high number of scarlet fever cases since 1982 has led to parents of little kids get very worried about the fever affecting their wards. Parents of children who fall into the age group of the most affected ones are trying hard to protect their kids from getting affected by the Victorian illness.

Scarlet fever is a condition which is brought about by a bacterium therefore the best way is to protect your vulnerable kids and be very careful about their basic hygiene and making sure that they wash hands as and when they get home and before eating.


Don’t waste time by faking it in bed

Don’t waste time by faking it in bedIf you happen to be one of those who fake it in bed then drop it because it is easy for your partner to tell when you are not satisfied sexually. A recent study says that there is no point in faking it as it is evident to the partner when he or she is not able to satisfy you.


Wanna detox? : Have fresh juice

Wanna detox? : Have fresh juiceMost health experts have promoted and advised consuming fresh juices to detoxify the body and stay healthy for a longer period of time. The reason to this is that all crucial vitamins and key supplements in fresh vegetables and fruits remain in place in most juices. However one recent report screened on CNN has addressed the effectiveness of juicing and its profits in detoxifying the body.


Drinking milk could be the solution for women

Drinking milk could be the solution for womenAs per the results of a new study the more milk that the women had the lesser the disintegration they encountered in their knees which there was arthritis. Specialists said that it's not sure that milk was the preventing factor behind the slower joint inflammation movement and the impact was not seen in men.

The study was led by Bing Lu, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, distributed in Arthritis Care and Research. Lu added that they accordingly conjectured that drain utilization may counteract osteoarthritis movement.


Bio-engineered vaginas developed using the patients’ own cells

Bio-engineered vaginas developed using the patients’ own cellsMayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a condition caused by genetic disorder in which young ladies are conceived either without a vagina or with one that is still immature. It is not that there weren't any ways to do so earlier but those had their own drawbacks. But now four young ladies have indicated incredible success with vaginal organ implants that were developed from their very own cells.


An App which aids in getting over Jet lag

An App which aids in getting over Jet lagA recent application which claims to reduce jet lag by as much as half and hour at each side of the journey has been developed by math analysts at the University of Michigan.

NPR Health blog "Shots" and Quartz have announced the release of an application that should help frequent travellers world-over recuperate from jet lag all the more effortlessly.


Another reason to switch to Green Tea, have a brilliant memory

Another reason to switch to Green Tea, have a brilliant memoryIn the recent times the benefits of Green Tea have made many a people switch from their regular tea to this healthy alternative. One of the most recent studies on the subject, distributed in the diary Psychopharmacology, confirms the advantages of Green Tea stating that it enhances working memory and cognitive execution.

Several researches have affirmed that Green Tea, which is high on anti-oxidants, may help in keeping perfect body weight and battling terrible cholesterol, notwithstanding enhancing memory and counteracting cognitive decay.


Nursing mothers on antidepressants have more advantages than risks

Nursing mothers on antidepressants have more advantages than risksNursing mothers have always been warned of taking any added medications as it may affect their baby by entering the breast milk.  This is the reason why some new mothers delay their antidepressants prescription.

However, as per the recommendation of a new study women on antidepressants are more effective at breastfeeding in the event that they keep taking the medicine. The study was released at the eighteenth Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference held in Perth.


3-D printed tumor cells will imitate cancer cells to aid research

3-D printed tumor cells will imitate cancer cells to aid research In a recent development scientists have effectively developed a 3D model of a carcinogenic tumour with the help of a 3D printer. This new technique can now be employed to test the viability and safety of new cancer medications and treatments.

The model comprises of a network structure, 10 mm in width and length, composed of gelatin, alginate and fibrin, reproducing the fibrous proteins which the extracellular grid of a tumours are made up of.


China and India stricken by the growing cancer numbers

China and India stricken by the growing cancer numbersExperts have warned that two Asian giants, China and India are facing a deadly threat from the increasing number of cancer patients.

The reasons to this could be increasing consumption of tobacco, delayed diagnosis and insufficient access to social insurance medications. The details of this have been stated in a report published in The Lancet Oncology.


Get a good night's sleep for fresh look

good-night-sleepLondon, April 12 : A good night's sleep is the best treat you can give your skin so that it looks fresh and glowing, says a make-up artist.

Jenni Shaw, who has worked with celebrities featured in some of the world most glamorous magazines including Cosmopolitan, More, GQ and Teen Vogue, agrees that cosmetics can spruce up a person's looks.  But there's nothing better than a sound sleep, reports femalefirst. co. uk.

"While make-up can create a range of illusions that modify a person's appearance, nothing compares with the benefits of a good night's sleep," Shaw said.


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