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Pet Rat bite leads to life-threatening infection

Pet Rat bite leads to life-threatening infection

Have you ever thought that being bitten by a rat or rodent could prove life-threatening? Yes, about 13% of rat-bite fever caused by a bacterium found in rat saliva could prove life-threatening. Fever, joint pain and rash are some of the symptoms associated with rat-bite fever. Rat-bite fever, dating back to 2,300 years ago, is rare disease known with only 200 cases have been reported in past 150 years. Dr. Carina Brown, a resident physician at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, said that teens are more likely to suffer with rat-bite fever. The study published today (Dec.

UK couple flies to South Korea to witness birth of two identical puppies cloned from their dead dog

UK couple flies to South Korea to witness birth of two identical puppies cloned from their dead dog

What a gift this British couple is going to get on Christmas who has travelled to South Korea to witness the birth of two puppies cloned from their dead dog. Laura Jaques and Richard Remde have become the first couple in the UK to use the dog cloning services offered by the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, South Korea.

Brazilian Health Officials: Don’t Get Pregnant Spreading Zika Virus

Brazilian Health Officials: Don’t Get Pregnant Spreading Zika Virus

Though, it seems really weird message when heard from health officials in Brazil: Don’t Get Pregnant, but, the message seems beneficial for the would-be parents living in Northeast region in Brazil. The area has been linked with an outbreak of mosquito-borne virus called Zika that is increasingly causing microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain, in newborn babies. Angela Rocha, the pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Brazil's hardest-hit state, said that being pregnant is a personal decision.

Electronic toys may slow language development in toddlers

Electronic toys may slow language development in toddlers

If you have been looking for perfect gift for your children this Christmas then do not even think for electronic toys that light up, talk or play music as a new research has found them to slow language development in toddlers.

These toys attract one’s attention, but as per researchers, they should not have any place in your house. These pricy toys are considered by many to be an idea present for developing minds, said researchers at Northern Arizona University, but in their research, they have found completely opposite to it.

Bariatric surgery safe, produces unrivaled health benefits, says Study

Bariatric surgery safe, produces unrivaled health benefits, says Study

According to a latest study, weight-loss surgery can cut the vulnerability to heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other health problems related to obesity. Study co-author and head of the Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery at University College London Hospital, Rachel Batterham said that bariatric surgery is risk free and gives unparalleled health advantages that are cost-saving and can alter the life of patients.

Batterham is also a professor at the Centre for Obesity Research at University College London in England.

Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been discovered in the UK. The doctors have already treated 12 patients, whose illness was related to strong strains of salmonella and E.coli containing resistant gene. The lethal superbug is being said to be resistant to the strongest antibiotic, colistin.

Furthermore, the superbugs containing the same gene have been detected in the chicken meat bought from Europe. It was also found by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate that pigs from three different farms in the UK were infected with E.coli bug carrying the resistant gene.

Dangerously thin fashion models should be banned, says Health Experts

Dangerously thin fashion models should be banned, says Health Experts

It seems that world is waking up to the need to stop the craze of ‘being skinny’ in the fashion industry. France is the latest nation to ban excessively thin models. Now, health experts have suggested that US health regulators should make sure that fashion models, who are ultra-thin are benched.

An editorial by two experts on eating disorder affiliated with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston have said that fashion models require protection in the same way as coal miners and garment factory workers.

Hunters and Farmers Maintained Same Population Growth

Hunters and Farmers Maintained Same Population Growth

Researchers from the University of Wyoming and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics carried out a new radiocarbon analysis to compare the population growth rate of the prehistoric hunter-gatherers societies and farming societies. The analysis revealed that surprisingly the population growth rate of both the societies was same. The results contradict the general opinion that the human population increased rapidly after the dawn of agriculture 10,000-12,000 years ago.

Surgeons Freeze Testicular Tissue for Future Reproduction

Surgeons Freeze Testicular Tissue for Future Reproduction

Surgeons have removed a wedge of testicular tissue from one of testes of Nathan, a nine year old boy suffering from brain tumor. Nathan’s sperm stem cells are present in the collected sample collected. It is expected that the cells will remain in viable condition if frozen slowly inside the small amount of testicular tissue.

Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has revealed that it has filed a court case against a government agency for seeking records related to a climate change research. The lawsuit announced Tuesday was filed in the US District Court on December 2.

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