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The Firmer You Grip, The Longer You Live!

The Firmer You Grip, The Longer You Live!

A study that was published online in the medical journal, The Lancet, this Wednesday, established an uncanny link between a firm handshake and good health.

The study was conducted by researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and spawned a period of four long years, between 2003 and 2009. Data was collected from 139,691 people from 17 high and low income countries, including Canada.

‘Multiple Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid is Here to Stay’, Confirms Study

‘Multiple Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid is Here to Stay’, Confirms Study

An international study, published on 11 May in Nature Genetics1, has brought to the fore interesting results, which confirm the global presence of antibiotic-resistant strains of typhoid.

TV Food Ads: Stuck Between a Tug of War of Standards and Reality

TV Food Ads: Stuck Between a Tug of War of Standards and Reality

In a study that was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers evaluated the standards followed by marketers of food ads for children vis-a-vis the nutritional guidelines proposed by industry experts.

The researchers studied 103 shows aimed at children under 12 years of age, on two cable channels and five broadcast networks, which comprised a total of 354 food ads. The period of the study was between February and April 2013.

FDA planning to hold Public Meeting to Discuss Off-Label Drug Use

FDA planning to hold Public Meeting to Discuss Off-Label Drug Use

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration made an announcement that it will be holding a meeting to discuss off-label drug use with the public. FDA said that it will address concerns from pharmaceutical companies that their First Amendment right invoking free speech is being violated.

Drug companies have been asking the FDA to ease restrictions of off-label drug use. Their efforts gained steam after a court decision in 2012 overturned the conviction of a drug sales representative who was promoting off-label use for Xyrem, a narcolepsy drug.

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Random Raman laser could help in high-speed wide-field microscopy

Random Raman laser could help in high-speed wide-field microscopy

A ‘random Raman laser’ has been created by scientists, which could have applications in high-speed wide-field microscopy and could help reveal a wide range of new species of bacteria and viruses.

According to the Optical Society, in current microscopic imaging techniques, lasers are employed as light sources as a result of their capability to send pulses of intense radiation to a target, leading to ultra-fast image acquisition. However, this technique has some negative points also, since it produces images blurred by speckled patterns.

Brain monitoring technique helps track tinnitus, phantom ear ringing

Brain monitoring technique helps track tinnitus, phantom ear ringing

In a study, researchers at the University of Iowa made use of specialized invasive brain monitoring technology in an attempt to locate and observe the brain networks accountable for phantom ear ringing (tinnitus) in real time.

Study co-author Will Sedley, a researcher at Newcastle University in England, said in a press release that probably the most significant finding was that activity directly associated with tinnitus was very extensive and extended across a large proportion of a part of the brain.

Scientists figure out Cause of Knuckle-Cracking Sound

Scientists figure out Cause of Knuckle-Cracking Sound

Scientists have been long trying to understand what causes the sound when somebody cracks their joints. Many experts said in the 1970s that the sound was associated with the collapse of air bubbles in the synovial fluid that provide lubrication to joints.

Powassan (POW) virus becoming more common across the country

Powassan (POW) virus becoming more common across the country

The Center for Disease Control has released a data as per which, the new Powassan (POW) virus is making its entry across the United States. The CDC, which is monitoring the virus in the nation said that it is becoming more and more common and especially in the Northeast.

"Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur", affirmed the CDC.

Dietary Guidelines for Cholesterol receive Mixed Reviews

Dietary Guidelines for Cholesterol receive Mixed Reviews

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, in February, stated that cholesterol doesn't come as a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.

It brought smiles on the faces of a lot of people as they are expecting once again to fill their bellies with unlimited amounts of butter, cheese, sausage and steak. But at the same time many notable doctors and scientists have balked and protested against it.

Children exposed to bleach at higher risk of having infections, says study

Children exposed to bleach at higher risk of having infections, says study

According to a new study, regular use of bleach for cleaning home could lead to increased risk of infections among children. According to the study published by 'Occupational and Environmental Medicine', there was a 20% increased risk of children having the flu, which was found in homes where bleach products were used on a regular basis for cleaning.

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