Thursday, 23 October 2014

Defying Taboos to Celebrate Diwali: India's Forgotten Widows

On the eve of Diwali, hundreds of Indian women swathed in white and carrying traditional earthenware lamps file through winding streets to the edge of the Yamuna river. The women, chanting as they walk through the streets of Vrindavan to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, are widows who have left their families or have been abandoned by them. Until recently, they were kept hidden from society and virtually forbidden to celebrate. But that is now changing. ...

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Doctors Seek to Help More Paralyzed Persons Walk Again

A revolutionary treatment by Polish doctors has helped a paralyzed man walk again. The doctors said on Wednesday that they were looking for new candidates for the treatment. Their patient described how the medical procedure has changed his life. Darek Fidyka, 40, was paralyzed from the chest down by a knife attack but can now walk using a frame after nerve cells were transplanted into his severed spinal column in Poland. "I hope to recover further," ...

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Thermosponges to Sop Up Proteins

A novel nanoparticle platform that can efficiently deliver clinically important proteins in vivo in initial proof-of-concept tests has been successfully developed by a research team led by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Nanoparticles, which are particles measuring nanometers in size, hold promise for a range of applications, including human therapeutics. The key advantage of the new platform, known as a thermosponge nanoparticle, is that it eliminates the need ...

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Aphthous Ulcers: Mucosal Inflammation With Unclear Causes

Aphthous ulcer has occurred in every third individual, at some point of time. It is a painful inflamed lesion on the oral mucosa that often seems to be burning at the periphery. Often they resolve after a brief period of time. In 2% to 10% of patients these lesions are recurrent and require medical treatment. Unfortunately, as Andreas Altenberg and co-authors point out in a current review on the therapy of aphthous ulcers (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2014; 111: 665-73), the ...

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Honey and Lemon are Good for Cough

The NHS has recommended a home remedy made of honey and lemon for short-term cough on their website. Before you drive to the pharmacy for your cough medication, think twice! Experts think that cough medications may be nothing more than a waste of money. a href="http:www.medindia.net/symptoms/cough.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"Cough/a is a protective mechanism that helps to remove any irritant, foreign body or secretion ...

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