US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

Doctors in the US have successfully reversed brain damage in a two-year-old who became unresponsive to all stimuli after a drowning accident. The girl experienced cardiac arrest after a cold water drowning accident in a swimming pool. After resuscitation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the US, MRI revealed deep brain injury as well as grey and white matter loss. She had no speech, gait or responsiveness to commands, and was constantly squirming and shaking her head. Since hyperbaric oxygen therapy was not available in the patient’s location, doctors at Louisiana…

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Uncertainty over EU immigration, research could damage UK HE MPs say

Uncertainty over EU immigration, research could damage UK HE MPs say

Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education warns that if the government fails to address concerns within the higher education sector, “Brexit will damage the international competitiveness and long-term success of our universities.” There is significant uncertainty in the university sector in the run up to Brexit, the report notes, dominated by fears over residency rights for staff and fee status for students. “The government must act urgently to avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores” The government should “unilaterally agree the rights of EU…

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Believe it or Not, Taking Regular Showers May Damage Your Immunity

Believe it or Not, Taking Regular Showers May Damage Your Immunity

Growing up, we were always told to brush twice and also shower regularly for good hygiene. It turns out that there might be little truth in this advice. According to a new study conducted at the Genetic Science Centre at the University of Utah, over-cleaning can damage the human microbiome which can have a negative impact on our immune system, digestive functions and even our heart health. The human microbiome is a collection of good bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in your body and help in regulating day to day functions. They…

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Consuming more honey, fruit juice may damage your liver

Consuming more honey, fruit juice may damage your liver

The findings indicated that in addition to higher weight gain, the fructose group showed more markers of vascular disease and liver damage, than the glucose group. According to researchers, these type of sugar may also play a role in increasing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. The paper was published in the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Researchers compared the effects of two types of sugar on metabolic and vascular function. For the study, female rats were given a liquid solution of…

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Extra Dietary Zinc May Reduce DNA Damage: Study

Extra Dietary Zinc May Reduce DNA Damage: Study

A modest increase in dietary zinc – equivalent to four milligrammes per day – may reduce oxidative stress and ‘wear and tear’ to DNA, a new study has claimed. Researchers from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Research Institute (CHORI) in the US show that extra zinc in the diet can have a profound, positive impact on cellular health that helps fight infections and diseases. This amount of zinc is equivalent to what biofortified crops like zinc rice and zinc wheat can add to the diet of vulnerable, nutrient deficient populations,…

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​Why cancer treatments cause collateral damage in kids

​Why cancer treatments cause collateral damage in kids

When exposed to cancer treatment like chemotherapyand radiation, brain and heart tissues in very young children are more prone to apoptosis or programmed cell death, researchers said. Apoptosis, in which molecular signals order cells to self-destruct, plays an important role in deciding the “fate” of a developing cell. These toxic treatment stressors put young children at high risk for developing severe, long-lasting impairments in their brain, heart, the study said. But active apoptosis in the early brain “also sets the stage for extremely high sensitivity to any type of damage…

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Using the internet to self medicate could damage your health

Using the internet to self medicate could damage your health

When Purva Mehta started depending on painkillers to ease her chronic backache regularly, she didn’t realise that it could lead to long-term kidney damage. Similarly, when Rakesh Chhabria decided to treat his daughter’s viral fever using over-the-counter medication suggested by a random health website, he was unaware that it could cause further complications for his child. Purva and Rakesh are not alone. A recent study estimated that an increasing number of people (in India and around the globe) have no qualms about self-diagnosing and depending on the internet to answer…

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Red Wine Before Smoking Can Offset Damage to Blood Vessels

Red Wine Before Smoking Can Offset Damage to Blood Vessels

A glass or two of red wine before lighting up a cigarette can counteract some of the short-term negative effects of smoking on blood vessels, a study says. “The aim of our study was to investigate the acute vascular effects of red wine consumption prior to ‘occasional lifestyle smoking’ in healthy individuals,” explained lead investigator Viktoria Schwarz from University of Saarland, Homburg. “We found evidence that preconsumption of red wine prevented most of the vascular injury caused by smoking,” Schwarz noted. Drinking red wine is widely regarded as protective against…

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Smoke From Fire Crackers Can Damage Respiratory System: Doctors

Smoke From Fire Crackers Can Damage Respiratory System: Doctors

With numerous cases of burns and irritation reported every year during Diwali, health experts on Wednesday cautioned people to avoid fire crackers as their smoke can cause damage to the respiratory tract, especially among children suffering from asthma. Health experts here said people having a healthy respiratory system can suffer from lung-related problems after getting exposed to the smoke of crackers, which mostly includes aluminium powder, sulphur and barium nitrate. “During Diwali, children prefer crackers prepared from aluminium powder, sulphur and barium nitrate. When they are burnt, they release pollutants…

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Five in Six Infants Undernourished, Risk Irreversible Mental and Physical Damage: U.N.

Five in Six Infants Undernourished, Risk Irreversible Mental and Physical Damage: U.N.

Five in six children under two years old in developing countries are not getting enough of the right kinds of food, putting them at risk of irreversible mental and physical damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday. Half of children aged between six and 23 months are not being fed frequently enough, UNICEF said. And a widespread lack of solid foods and variety of ingredients are depriving the same age group of essential nutrients when their growing brains, bones and bodies need them the most, the agency said….

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