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Health Spending Not Enough to Make Bharat ‘Ayushman’

Ministry of Health and Family Affairs has received a push in money allocation in the last five budgets; presented by the Narendra Modi government. With 63298.12 crore allocated to the sector this year; the government has once again hiked India’s health spending to win favour with the poor ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections…

Astronauts

Astronauts Use Smart Shirt And Ultrasounds To Monitor Health

Fans of “Star Trek” know of the iconic tricorder that could take the measure of just about any vital sign for the spacefarers. Although astronauts on the International Space Station do not have access to this futuristic technology (yet); they are testing out devices like a shirt that measures heartbeat; temperature and blood pressure, according…

Leukemia

Blood Clots In Cancer Patients: CASSINI Trial Publishes Data

The first clinical study investigating the use of the direct oral anticoagulant, rivaroxaban, to prevent blood clots in patients with cancer at high-risk published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found no significant reduction in venous thromboembolism or death in the overall 180-day trial period; however, the researchers did observe a lower…

Spinal cord

Spinal Cord Turns Out To Smarter Than Thought

It is well known that the circuits in this part of our nervous system; which travel down the length of our spine; control seemingly simple things like the pain reflex in humans; and some motor control functions in animals. Now, new research from Western University has shown that the spinal cord is also able to…

Children

Child Conflicts Predict Trouble Charting Life Path

Children who have more conflict in relationships with their mothers during early years of elementary school may find it more difficult to find a sense of purpose in life as they reach adulthood; suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. “One of the biggest takeaway messages from these findings is that the path…

Mitochondrial disorders

Drug May Have Therapeutic Potential In Mitochondrial Disease

New preclinical findings from the extensive cell and animal studies suggest that a drug already used for rare kidney disease; could benefit patients with some mitochondrial disorders complex conditions with severe energy deficiency for which no proven effective treatments exist. Future clinical research is needed to explore whether the drug; cysteamine bitartrate; will meaningfully benefit…

Ankylosing spondylitis

TNF Inhibitor Therapy in Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis in which there is long term inflammation of the joints of the spine. Typically the joints where the spine joins the pelvis are also affected. Occasionally other joints such as the shoulders or hips are involved. Eye and bowel problems may also occur. Back pain is a characteristic symptom of AS, and it often comes and goes. The stiffness of the affected joints…

Heart Failure

Heart Failure Raise Risk for Death After Noncardiac Surgery

Although the risk for death after noncardiac surgery is certainly elevated in patients with heart failure (HF) and a low left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), the same applies when LVEF is only mildly reduced and even in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Also, postoperative mortality is raised significantly in HF patients who are stable without symptoms, although…

Imaging

Damage-free Isotope Tracking In Amino Acids: By Electron Microscopy

A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale; while keeping the sample intact; could open a new pathway for deeper; more comprehensive studies of the basic building blocks of life. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory described in the journal Science the first…

Asthma care

New eHealth Tool Shows To Improve Of Asthma Care

A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma has the potential to improve the quality of asthma care; in primary care settings, suggests a study led by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto Canada. The research; aimed to determine whether the Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS) could help close existing gaps in asthma care. The…

Intensity exercise

High Intensity Exercise Might Improve Gut Microbiota Diversity

Bacteria, often synonymous with infection and disease, may have an unfair reputation. Research indicates there are as many, if not more, bacterial cells in our bodies as human cells, meaning they play an important role in our physiology. In fact, a growing body of evidence shows that greater gut microbiota diversity (the number of different…

Depression

Cannabis Use As A Teenager Linked To Depression

A new study has shown that at least 400,000 cases of adults with depression in the US could have been avoided if greater measures were in place to discourage teenage use of cannabis. The results of this new study were published this week in the latest issue of the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study from researchers…