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    High blood pressure? It could be in the air!

    Did you know that the leading cause of death in the world is not wars or famines but cardiovascular diseases? Yes, and worse still, we haven't fully understood what causes these ailments. Researchers believe it to be a mix of genetic factors, lifestyle changes, diet and environmental factors like air pollution, noise and our neighbourhood. In recent years, cases of high blood pressure and...

    • 8 hrs ago
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    Bacterial remedy for the toxic pesticide Carbaryl

    The memories of the Bhopal gas tragedy that claimed thousands of lives and injured a few lakhs of people, haunts us even after three decades. The culprit was a toxic gas used to produce a pesticide called 'Carbaryl', in the Union Carbide India Limited Factory. Sadly, the use of Carbaryl continued amid growing concerns about its side effects. The need to completely remove it from the...

    • 2 days ago
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    Children from disadvantaged backgrounds may not perceive visual changes in their surroundings, finds study

    A two-year-old child looks at the four colourful squares blinking on the displays in front of her. The squares on the left side are blue and orange, and on the right, they are red and green. She looks at them for half a second before the screen goes blank for a while, and the squares reappear. Only this time, the red square on the right has...

    • 3 days ago
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    India now part of a global effort in research on antimicrobial resistance

    In a press announcement released yesterday, India has now joined 16 other countries as a Member of the Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research and Development (R&D) Hub. For a country that ranks the highest in antibacterial resistance, this move expands global partnership opportunities to address challenges and improve collaboration in addressing the growing...

    • 6 days ago
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    Study finds monkeys use gestures to communicate, just like apes.

    "We admit that we are like apes, but we seldom realise that we are apes," said Richard Dawkins, an English evolutionary biologist. We often don't realise that we share more similarities with our primate cousins than the differences. Communication is one such trait. Although humans have evolved a complex system of communication as expressed through language, primates...

    • 6 days ago
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    Researchers design a synthetic nucleic acid to detect Indian krait bite

    In India, approximately 50,000 deaths are due to snake bites. The Indian krait is undoubtedly the deadliest of all venomous snakes in the country. The shiny, black, meter-long snake with white stripes on its body possesses the most lethal concoction of poisons. A few drops of it can kill a person in a few hours. For treating a snake-bite victim, it is vital to identify which...

    • 7 days ago
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    Indians managing diabetes poorly, and many remain undiagnosed, finds study

    India, the world's capital of diabetes, has an escalating diabetes epidemic. Diabetes, a non-communicable disease, affects about 8.7% Indians today, and this number is predicted to hit 70 million by 2025 and 80 million by 2030. Although the exact reasons for this rapid rise in diabetes in the country are not yet clear, experts blame it on multiple factors. Population...

    • a week ago
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    India tops the list of countries with highest antibiotic resistance, finds study

    Antibiotics, drugs used to treat bacterial infections, have been pivotal in curing many bacterial diseases since its discovery in 1928. However, an emerging threat to using them is the rise of bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics. In recent years, antibiotic-resistant bacteria have started to cause havoc on human health-they take longer to heal, and...

    • a week ago
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    Seeing climate change through the eyes of the Pikas

    It's getting tougher for the Royle's pikas to survive in the Himalayas. But, these tiny, herbivores wouldn't move as they are particular about where they live. Restricted to rocky, mountainous terrains, they are now facing the wrath of rising temperatures and fluctuating environments. What would become of them in a few more decades? Can these fussy relatives of the rabbit find...

    • a week ago
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    Where did we Indians come from?

    We have all heard of the Indus Valley Civilisation, an ancient Bronze Age civilisation that thrived in the northwestern regions of South Asia in the third millennium BCE. It is well known for its granaries, drainage systems and systematically planned cities like Harappa and Mohenjodaro. However, not much is known about its rise and fall; although there are various theories. Historians have not reached consensus on...

    • 2 weeks ago

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