New smartphone app offers non-invasive test for diabetics

British scientists have developed a new smartphone app that can help measure and monitor blood glucose levels without using a drop of blood, a finding that can transform lives of millions of people with diabetes. The app — called as Epic Health — replaces the need for diabetics to prick their fingers several times a day. The app, suitable for both Type 1 and 2 diabetics, works by placing a fingertip over the camera lens of a smartphone and capturing a series of close-up images that convey information about the…

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New biomarkers may help detect brain injury faster

Researchers have identified inflammatory biomarkers which can be used to develop a test that can help detect whether the brain has suffered injury in the first hour of accident. The test can be used on the side of a sports pitch or by paramedics to detect traumatic brain injury — which leads to very early alterations in inflammatory proteins — at the scene of an accident, as well as improve clinical interventions, the researchers said. “Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among young adults and,…

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New York eatery tops world’s best restaurants 2017; India fails to make the list

At the annual World’s 50 Best awards held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, the list of the top 50 restaurants in the world was revealed. According to the list, Eleven Madison Park, New York triumphed as a foodie’s heaven beating last year’s number one, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. The Italian delicacy dropped down to second place. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, took the third spot. According to Bloomberg, Chef Daniel Humm said, “I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could find myself…

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MSBSHSE new evaluation pattern: Class IX students will not have oral tests in languages

Class IX students will no longer have to take oral examinations in languages and write internal assessments in social sciences, according to the new evaluation pattern announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). In a circular issued on Thursday, the MSBSHSE announced the new evaluation pattern for Class IX students as per the new curriculum. The circular states that students will have to attempt a theory examination for all three languages and social sciences for 100 marks. Currently, the subjects have 20 marks allotted…

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New highlights of school education in Pune: Going beyond rote learning, including those left behind & using technology

If the number of schools is any indication, then the education sector in the city has seen nearly 100 per cent growth in the last two decades. From 2,626 schools affiliated to the state board of education in 2004, to 3,405 schools in 2017, the number has seen a sharp rise. Add to that, over 95 CBSE schools and 36 ICSE and ISC schools today — there were less than 30 schools earlier — and the establishment of about 10 IB board affiliated schools after 1997. Educationists say that the…

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Drinking Coffee Helps You Live Longer, Pair Of New Studies Confirm

There’s another scientific evidence for you to enjoy your regular cup of joe in the morning. Two new large studies published Monday, July 10, in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that coffee could extend one’s life through reducing the risk of death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or even cancer. This link between coffee and reduced death risk held up even if one is having a decaffeinated drink. The studies involved more than 700,000 participants from across a number of races, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. 1st Study: Across 10 Leading Causes Of Death…

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Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

The Zika virus has got a lot of people worried. Many efforts are being made by researchers tominimise the transmission and effects of the virus. Pregnant women need to be especially careful as their healths and habits affect the child. Now, researchers have found that immunising women with a Zika vaccine during pregnancy can protect the transmission of virus from mother to her baby in utero. Researchers from the University of Texas’s medical branch at Galveston in the US found that the Zika vaccine can protect unborn child against infection and birth…

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New way of predicting kidney function may improve cancer therapy

A team of researchers has come up with a new statistical model that estimates kidney function in patients with cancer. According to the University of Cambridge researchers, this is the most accurate model for estimating kidney function yet developed and should help cancer specialists treat their patients more safely and improve the accuracy of chemotherapy dosing. Kidneys perform a number of vital functions, including filtering waste and toxins out of the blood, producing vitamin D, and regulating blood pressure. The filtration function of the kidneys is measured by the glomerular…

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Researchers reveal new insights into rare chronic pain condition

People suffering from chronic pain can now heave a sigh of relief as findings from a new study can help researchers develop new treatments for those affected by the condition. The findings by researchers at the universities of Bath and Oxford (UK) suggest that a rare chronic pain condition might involve changes in the way that the brain processes visual information, which in turn could provide new insights into how to treat the condition. Approximately 16,000 people in the UK are affected by a poorly understood condition called Complex Regional…

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Researchers reveal new insights into rare chronic pain condition

People suffering from chronic pain can now heave a sigh of relief as findings from a new study can help researchers develop new treatments for those affected by the condition. The findings by researchers at the universities of Bath and Oxford (UK) suggest that a rare chronic pain condition might involve changes in the way that the brain processes visual information, which in turn could provide new insights into how to treat the condition. Approximately 16,000 people in the UK are affected by a poorly understood condition called Complex Regional…

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