World Health organization has raised concern over the high levels of H1N1 seasonal flu in India.As per today’s report 700 people have died and 11,000 cases are reported from India since January 2015.Though some Scientists assert that the situation is not panic, India’s vast and densely packed population, coupled with an overburdened health care system, has led to fears of epidemic .The strain of the H1N1 virus spread to India in 2009, and 2,700 people had died of the infection by the end of 2010. In the years that followed, the death toll fell steeply in India.The health officials can give no reason for the rise in numbers of infections and deaths this year. Again, the officials are hoping for a drop in the numbers of new infections and deaths as the winter weather abates in India.
Wilfred van der Wiel, professor of nanoelectronics at the University of Twente MESA research institute has developed a new portable device loaded with NanoGap sensor, that can read mutated DNA capable of developing bladder or kidney cancer.Van der Wiel's NanoGap sensor has a gap of about 100 nanometres wide with receptors that can produce alarm when it detects a mutated DNA. Urine is used as the sample to test for mutated DNA, which will indicate early-stage bladder, kidney and, cervical cancer in women.Currently, detection of cancer is possible only at an advanced stage, when the patient develops complications associated with a tumor. The device is specialised to detect hypermethylated DNA (hypermethylation of DNA is responsible for cancer).NanoGap Sensor works by binding the hypermethylated DNA to the receptors with metal particles, on both sides of the gap. A live wire of a nanosize, connected to it, results in a short-circuit and produce an alarm.
Herbal lassi contains many invaluable Indian herbs which consists of a many safe and useful medicinal properties to provide you with good health and long life.Lassi has some similar health benefits as yogurt as it helps reduce acidity in the stomach, colonizes the gut with healthy bacteria, helps improve immunity levels, improves digestion and also keeps your internal organs in a cool condition during hot summers.Lassi, prepared with curds made the traditional way, is probiotic, meaning it is full of friendly bacteria that help reduce cholesterol, improve metabolism and help your intestines absorb nutrients easily. Lassi is full of calcium, protein, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B and riboflavin. For those with lactose intolerance, lassi is perfect since lactose is converted to galactose and glucose by bacterial action. Lactobacillus, as you know, is one of the “good” bacteria you must have in your gut.Lassi helps you have stronger bones and teeth. Since lassi is highly rich in calcium it is an excellent way to make your bones strong and healthy.
Most people are fascinated with how the blood circulates through the body. It was this inquisitiveness and fascination of the circulatory system that led William Harvey to discover one of the greatest mysteries of the human/animal body—the blood and its vascular functions. William Harvey was a famous 17th century English physician, who dedicated his life in the anatomical study of the circulatory system. With a number of best-selling publications such as ‘An Anatomical Study of the Motion of the Heart and of the Blood in Animals’ and ‘Essays on the Generation of Animals’ to his credit, William Harvey was known as the father of the ‘vascular’ and ‘circulatory’ system. Though he had to confront a lot of criticism for his works, Harvey’s findings paved a new path in the fields of embryology and modern medicine. In order to prove that his works made sense, Harvey experimented on live animals and even on executed criminals. When people began to realize that his findings were in fact true, his fame spread through the world, making him one of the most widely recognized physicians. Read on to learn more about him. Towards the end of his life, Harvey decided to return to his brothers. After retiring, he spent most of his time reading literature. Harvey died in Roehampton on June 3, 1657. It is believed that he died due to the cerebral artery malfunction. He was buried in Hampstead, Essex. All of his works exist today, and he is considered to be one of the greatest gifts to the world of medicine.
Medical experts warn of diabetes time bomb
ABU DHABI : A consequence of the prevalence of overweight and obese people is the high incidence of the disease associated with the condition – type 2 diabetes.
Data from the International Diabetes Federation to mark World Diabetes Day in November last year showed that there were 803,900 diabetics in the UAE, about 19 per cent of the population.
“We didn’t have this disease in this part of the world three decades ago,” said Dr Habiba Al Safar, an Emirati researcher who has found a genetic link to diabetes among her compatriots.
Concern over Child Cancer
SHARJAH : Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, has called on the international community to stand up to the increasing number of children dying due to cancer around the world.February 15 marked International Childhood Cancer Day, and Sheikha Jawaher emphasised the need for the international community to shoulder its humanitarian responsibility towards these children, especially those who do not have access to specialised clinics or hospitals to provide them with the necessary treatment and medical care.
So-called organs-on-a-chip have become an important way to test the effects of chemicals or radiation on different kinds of cells. The military, in particular, has been interested to use them to study how poisonous agents like ricin, botulinum toxin, or anthrax attack different organs. Ideally, there would be a way to integrate individual sub-units into a single body-on-a-chip where all the different elements could interact in a more realistic way.Researchers in the field , got together last week at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in DC to discuss how this might best be done. Several concepts have previously been fleshed out for devices that mimic the biological particulars of everything from liver, gut, or lung, to more refined tissues like the brain. The key now is to integrate some of the other intangibles that make the body work as a whole.The plan for the integrated organ on a chip is to have working devices in researchers hands in five years. On the other diagnostic front, there are new gene or antigen array chips that can potentially sequence or otherwise capture any villian as fast as you can feel it. No doubt both approaches with by of value in keeping our military, and hopefully our civilians healthy.