Health News Headlines

Senegal extends travel curbs over Ebola fears

Dakar , Aug 22

Senegal has decided to tighten restrictions on travelling from Ebola-hit West African countries as the newly appointed UN coordinator on the epidemic began his visit to countries affected by the deadly disease.

Indian-American educator to help India with hospital management

Kharagpur (West Bengal) , Aug 22 Indian American scientist Pradeep K. Khosla, who heads one of the world's largest public research universities, plans to strengthen ties with India in the area of hospital management and hopes the Indian government will bring in policies to ease the commercialisation of research.

Insulin seems potent of treating acute pancreatitis

Manchester , Aug 22

A recent research by scientists at the University of Manchester, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, reveals that insulin which is normally released from the beta cells of the pancreas can protect the pancreatic cells from acute pancreatitis, a disease currently incurable. The disease condition involves the pancreas digesting itself, resulting in severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation.

Indo-Canadian doctor teaches about obesity through comedy

Ottawa , Aug 22

An Indo-Canadian doctor has turned himself into a comedian to teach people about obesity.

Gambia on high alert for Ebola outbreak

Banjul , Aug 22

Gambia's ministry of health and social welfare said Thursday that it is on high alert for a possible Ebola outbreak in the country and are taking preventive measures to tackle the disease.

Soon, laser device to measure blood sugar levels

Washington , Aug 22

Diabetics may soon monitor their blood glucose levels without pricking themselves to draw blood as researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar.

Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of postnatal depression

London , Aug 22

A new study involving 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not.

Smartphone app to detect underlying heart condition

New York , Aug 22

How about an app that can detect in a jiffy if you are suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), a serious type of heart arrhythmia that is often a precursor to stroke?

Laser may replace pin pricks: Novel way to monitor diabetes

Princeton , Aug 22

Researchers at the Princeton University have discovered that laser can be used to measure human blood sugar level and this could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood.

Young Europeans less informed about 'legal highs': Survey

Brussels , Aug 22

Young Europeans are less informed about "legal highs" and the effects of drugs compared to a few years ago, a survey said.