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Mental Health: Council Plans Survey in Nepal

The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) is preparing to launch the National Mental Health Survey for the first time in Nepal. According to the council, they will be following the ‘Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) Adult and MINI-Kid version 7.0.2’ tool created by Dr. David Vincent Sheehan, a famous physiatrist and a professor emeritus at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Monitoring Anticoagulant Treatments to Deliver Personalized Therapies, New Device Developed

Researchers of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and CIBER Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have developed a biosensor device to monitor anticoagulants such as Sintrom (acenocoumarol) and deliver a personalized therapy in which the patient or doctor can adjust the drug dose to achieve the optimal effect.

Health-security Interface in Geneva: Sri Lanka Highlights the Priorities

"Preventing the threat of use of biological agents is a key priority for Sri Lanka," stressed Sri Lanka Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador Azeez, addressing the International Seminar convened by the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) ) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) on 'The importance of disease surveillance and alert mechanisms: Lessons for the BWC' held on 20 November.

Use of Mobile App to Effectively Self-Assess Back Pain, New Study

Patients can assess their own back pain using an app on their phone or tablet as effectively as current paper methods, a new study from the University of Warwick has shown. The study, published in the open access journal Journal of Medical Internet Researchdemonstrates that digital versions of established measurements for assessing back pain are just as reliable and responsive, opening the possibility for their use by patients for routine measurements and clinical trials.

Cancer-Related Discoveries: AI System Accelerates the Search

Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system. The system, called LION LBD and developed by computer scientists and cancer researchers at the University of Cambridge, has been designed to assist scientists in the search for cancer-related discoveries. It is the first literature-based discovery system aimed at supporting cancer research. The results are reported in the journal Bioinformatics.

OCD Sufferers Benefit with Use of Simple Smartphone App

Imagine feeling anxious every time you touched a doorknob or dirty surface – maybe even spending hours washing and scrubbing your hands afterward, sometimes until they bleed. For sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), especially those with contamination fears, managing the disorder in daily life can be difficult.

Undiagnosed Diabetes: Threat in Bangladesh

Diabetes is not only a health crisis but also a burden on the health sector and the economy as it causes devastating personal suffering and drives families into poverty. The developed countries with hefty health expenditure of gross domestic product are struggling to meet the cost of diabetes care. The reality is the financial burden will continue to increase, thanks to the growing number of people developing diabetes.