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Under pressure Pak to shift 6,000 troops from border with India to Afghan side

 Lal Masjid chief defiantly calls for imposition of Islamic law in PakNew York, Apr. 30 : Under immense pressure from the United States and the international community, Pakistan has decided to shift around 6000 troops from its eastern border with India to the western Afghan border, The New York Times reports.

The newspaper, quoted a Pakistani official as confirming the movement of forces to a pre-Mumbai attack position.

Cancer-stricken Farah Fawcett’s condition remains unchanged

Farrah FawcettWashington, Apr 30 : Actress Farah Fawcett, who is battling anal cancer, has quelled rumours stating that her health is deteriorating.

The Charlie''s Angels actress is resting at partner Ryan O''Neal''s Malibu pad following her recent hospitalization for internal bleeding, which was not directly related to her battle with anal cancer.

Rumors about rapid deterioration of her health began circulating when her incarcerated son Redmond O’Neal made a special visit to meet her in California, reports Contactmusic.

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White House, Congress at loggerheads over unrestricted aid to Pak

White House may scrap Health Czar’s postWashington, Apr. 30 : The Obama administration is attempting to head off efforts in Congress to place tough conditions on the multi-billion dollar assistance package it is seeking for Pakistan.

According to Politico, senior Pentagon officials told lawmakers yesterday that conditions being proposed by both Democrats and Republican in Congress could “severely constrain” the U. S. strategy for Pakistan.

Novel animal model provides sciatica insights

Washington, Apr 30 : Duke University bioengineers and surgeons have developed a new animal model for the painful nerve condition, known as sciatica, which could offer insights to help researchers diagnose and treat it.

Sciatica is characterised by numbness or pain from the lower back to the feet, radiating leg pain or difficulty in controlling the leg.

It is often caused by compression, or pinching, of any of the five nerve roots that combine to make up the sciatic nerve. These roots are the parts of the nerve that pass through openings in the spine to the spinal cord.

Preventative therapy for Type 1 diabetes found

Bristol could be new hope for diabetics  Washington, Apr 30 : In a major breakthrough, scientists have found a preventative therapy for Type 1 diabetes— by making the body''s killer immune cells tolerate the insulin-producing cells they would normally attack and destroy, prior to disease onset.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune condition, in which the body attacks its own insulin producing cells and is characterised by a sudden and dramatic onset, usually in youth.