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Acetaminophen/Paracetamol Lowers testosterone Production in Pregnant Mothers

Acetaminophen/Paracetamol Lowers testosterone Production in Pregnant Mothers

In an informative study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists have attempted to focus attention on the harmful effects of acetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol or Panadol, the most common medicines administered for managing pain or fevers during pregnancy.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have found evidence of diminished testosterone levels in unborn boys, due to the continuous use of painkillers containing acetaminophen by pregnant mothers.

‘Metabolic Syndrome’ Affects Black Women More, confirms Study

‘Metabolic Syndrome’ Affects Black Women More, confirms Study

In a study published in the Journal of American Heart Association, on May 20, researchers have found black women to be more susceptible to contracting serious heart diseases, as compared to white women.

Amputees Can Now Control Their Bionic Prosthetic Limbs Using IMES

Amputees Can Now Control Their Bionic Prosthetic Limbs Using IMES

Ossur, an Icelandic orthopaedics company, has developed tiny implanted myoelectric sensors (IMES) that helped amputees to control their bionic prosthetic limbs with the commands sent from their brain.

Ossur's Orthopedic surgeon and director of research and development, Thorvaldur implanted the tiny sensors into the residual muscle tissue of two amputees that they said is responsible for triggering the movement in the prosthesis via a receiver.

Study reveals why Passengers like Tomato Juice on a Plane

Study reveals why Passengers like Tomato Juice on a Plane

According to reports, a number of passengers preferred to have tomato juice on planes. But, why people accept such food on planes? Researchers of a new study claimed that they have found why people are so inclined to the tomato juice even at 30,000 feet above the earth's surface.

Washington DC Fittest Among 50 Metros, Reports US Fitness Index

Washington DC Fittest Among 50 Metros, Reports US Fitness Index

According to the 2015 American Fitness Index data, released on Tuesday by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, Washington DC, for the second year in a row, has bagged the title of being the fittest of the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the country, followed by Minneapolis St. Paul and San Diego. The Indianapolis area has been tagged as the least fit major metro area this year.

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.

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