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Gluten-free diets don’t slash risk of heart disease: Research

Gluten-free diets don’t slash risk of heart disease

While some health experts have been recommending gluten-free diets, a new study has suggested that avoiding gluten doesn’t lower the risk of heart disease. After making adjustments for risk factors, researchers found that those in the highest 5th of estimated gluten intake showed a multiple-variable hazard ratio of 0.95 (95 per cent CI 0.88 to 1.02; P=0.29) for coronary heart disease. Additional adjustment for whole grains showed a multivariate hazard ratio of 1.00 (95 per cent CI 0.92 to 1.09; P=0.77) for the same condition.

Tick-borne Powassan virus on the rise: experts warn

Tick-borne Powassan virus on the rise: experts warn

Newborn babies, the elderly and people with weak immune system are at a higher risk of contracting a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan, health experts have warned.

The potentially life-threatening virus in question is carried and transmitted by multiple kinds of ticks, including the deer tick which is also responsible for transmitting Lyme disease.

Low dose of Aspirin Could Lower Breast Cancer Risk: Research

Low dose of Aspirin Could Lower Breast Cancer Risk: Research

Low intensity dosage of aspirin (81 mg) on a regular basis can lower the risk of the most common type of breast cancer among women, according to a City of Hope-led study. The study is the first to find a link between low dose of aspirin and breast cancer risk. Detailed study results have been published in journal Breast Cancer Research. The study was proposed by City of Hope's Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Biomarkers of Early Detection and Prevention. Dr.

Slender faced individuals 25% more likely to be left-handed: Study

Slender faced individuals 25% more likely to be left-handed: Study

A new study by a dentistry researcher from the University of Washington has suggested that people who have a slender lower face are nearly 25 per cent more likely to be left-handed.

The researchers reached the conclusion after analyzing data collected through three surveys comprising a total of 13,536 people across the United States.
Approximately 2,000 years ago a Greek physician had identified slender jaws as a marker for susceptibility of TB, and he supposedly turned out to be right. The new study also confirmed that.

Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

Cassini re-establishes contact after ‘dive’ between Saturn and its rings

U.S. space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft re-established contact with project managers on Earth after ‘diving’ between Saturn and its rings.

Cassini was out of contact as scientists oriented its dish antenna to use it as a shield to protect the spacecraft from potential damage from ring particles. As scientists had remotely oriented the antenna away from Earth, the spacecraft remained out of contact for nearly 22 hours.

It re-established contact shortly before 3 a.m. ET after crossing through the gap between the gaseous planet and its rings.

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SpaceX all set to launch first military satellite

SpaceX all set to launch first military satellite

Elon Musk-led SpaceX is all set to launch a classified spacecraft for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) into Earth’s orbit this Sunday (April 30), officials confirmed.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the spacecraft is scheduled to lift off sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. EDT or 1100 to 1300 GMT from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The planned launch will mark the fifth of nearly two dozen launched scheduled to fly this year.

The launch will also break United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) ten-year monopoly on launching military and national security satellites.

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Supply of Yellow Fever vaccine is dwindling: CDC

Supply of Yellow Fever vaccine is dwindling: CDC

The supply of yellow fever vaccine is dwindling in the United States and it will likely run out by the end of this summer, federal health authorities warned on Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also made it clear that it has no way to produce more of the vaccine due to a manufacturing issue.

The shortage of the yellow fever vaccine comes at a really troubling time as the nation has witnessed multiple outbreaks of the disease, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

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U.S. Postal Service to release special stamp to commemorate rare total solar eclipse

U.S. Postal Service to release special stamp to commemorate rare total solar eclipse

The U.S. Postal Service will reportedly soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp in commemoration of the rare total solar eclipse that is going to take place on 21st of August this year.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp will transform into an image of the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, from the heat of a finger when a person will touch it.

Members of the public are being urged to share the news of the upcoming release of the Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp on social media with the help of the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

Brineura Wins FDA Approval for Type of Batten Disease

Brineura Wins FDA Approval for Type of Batten Disease

The U.S. FDA has approved Brineura for treatment of a rare type of Batten Disease. One type of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (collectively termed as Batten Disease), primarily affects the nervous system at an early age. The symptoms include language delays, ataxia and epilepsy. The symptoms usually show up between age 2 and 4 years and in certain cases, the disease even leads to vision loss.

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China & Europe’s ‘Moon village’ could boost lunar mining, space tourism

China & Europe’s ‘Moon village’ could boost lunar mining, space tourism

As Chinese authorities recently confirmed their ongoing talks with the European Space Agency (ESA) about collaborating on a human settlement on the Moon, some experts have predicted that it could boost lunar mining and space tourism sometime in the future.

Chinese space agency’s secretary general Tian Yulong told reporters that they were discussing the possibility of launching a combined effort with ESA to establish a “Moon Village” to use it as a potential launching pad for deeper space missions.

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