Category: SciTech

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in chicken, sprouts

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: A study in Mumbai has detected antibiotic resistant bacteria in commonly consumed food items like raw chicken and sprouted beans. Scientists have isolated bacteria resistant to antibiotics from food products available in the market. Consumption of such items could make people resistant to drugs and make treatment of infections with antibiotics

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Recycling is the answer to India’s water woes

Dr T.V. Venkateshwaran and Jyoti Singh New Delhi: The per capita availability of water in India is going down progressively and the situation may become precarious unless the country takes measures like recycling of water in an organized manner, a leading water expert has warned. The average annual per capita availability of water which stood

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Indian scientists develop new approach to combat TB

Dr Swati Subodh New Delhi: A group of Indian scientists have identified molecules which are effective in inhibiting the growth of tuberculosis-causing bacteria – Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The molecules target an important gene, IdeR, which is essential for the survival of the bacteria. This development could lead to new drugs against TB in future. “We have

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Awareness alone not enough to address lifestyle diseases

Dr. Shikha T Malik New Delhi: Indian kids have reasonable knowledge about lifestyle diseases and their risk factors, but this knowledge does not translate into preventive action, a new study has revealed. For instance, adolescent children know that unhealthy food is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) yet they indulge in eating junk food

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It will be possible to diagnose liver fibrosis from blood samples

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: Doctors have long been using biopsy to diagnose liver fibrosis. A new study says it may be possible to diagnose the liver disease with a blood test in future. Researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, working in collaboration with Justus Liebig University, Giessen in Germany,

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Indian astronomers discover supermega river of galaxies, name it Saraswati

T V Venkateswaran New Delh: A team of Indian astronomers has identified a cosmic behemoth – a supercluster of galaxies – about 4 billion light-years away from us. The new discovery has been named Saraswati – which in Sanskrit literally means ‘ever-flowing stream with many pools’. The supercluster spans over 650 million light years in

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Here’s why some cancer cells can survive radiation

Dr Swati Subodh New Delhi: A major concern in cancer treatment is the tendency of some cancer cells becoming resistant to radiation therapy. Indian scientists have now deciphered how such resistance develops in cervical cancer cells, and claim that these cells can be made sensitive to radiation if treated with curcumin – a compound found

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New add-on therapy found effective in clearing TB bacteria

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: Indian scientists have found a new way to improve efficacy of existing TB treatment in patients reporting relapse of the disease after treatment. The new add-on therapy consists of injecting ‘heat-killed’ bacteria of a species called Mycobacterium indicuspranii (MIP) into patients along with standard TB drugs. The approach has been tested

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CSIR labs to connect with school kids

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan New Delhi: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement a student-scientist connect programme that will extend classroom learning with a well planned research laboratory-based learning. Called “JIGYASA”, the programme would seek to inculcate a culture of inquisitiveness on the one hand and scientific

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Indian astronomers make surprise discovery of 25 ‘giant radio galaxies’

T V Venkateswaran New Delhi: Indian astronomers have made a sensational discovery of a bunch of large cosmic objects known as ‘giant radio galaxies’. Astronomers led by Pratik Dabhade at Pune-based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) have surprised astronomical community with their discovery of twenty five new ‘giant radio galaxies’ (GRGs). These galaxies

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Home care for stroke patients ineffective, reveals new study

Dinesh C Sharma New Delhi: For years, doctors in Indian hospitals have been recommending home-based care for rehabilitation of stroke patients. But a new study – largest of its kind – has revealed that this does not work. Stroke patients require continuous care including physiotherapy to recover and minimize life-long disability. In the absence of

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Government of India launches scheme to attract distinguished scientists from abroad

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan New Delhi: Brain drain is passé. The new mantra is brain gain. The Ministry of Science and Technology has launched a new scheme to get distinguished scientists from abroad to work in India. Called Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme, it aims to utilise the specialised knowledge and technical skills of overseas

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Cinnamon may help address metabolic disorders

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: A spice commonly used in Indian kitchens may have health benefits, a new study has indicated. A clinical trial conducted in New Delhi has found that consumption of cinnamon (dalchini) powder helps address obesity and symptoms of metabolic disorder. The study, done at the Fortis Diabetes Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation, involved

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PSLV-C38 Successfully launches 31 satellites in a single flight

Newsroom24x7 Staff Sriharikota: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR here. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV. PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs (9:29 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch

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