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Preeclampsia: Early detection and treatment for safe delivery

Preeclampsia: Early detection and treatment for safe delivery

Preeclampsia is a medical condition in which hypertension arises in pregnancy along with significant amounts of protein in the urine and accumulation of excess fluid beneath the skin. If not treated in time, preeclampsia may turn into eclampsia, resulting in tonic clonic seizures which can possibly result in maternal and infant death. While blood pressure elevation is the most visible sign...
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The EmbryoScope – An IVF incubator with built-in camera launched

The EmbryoScope – An IVF incubator with built-in camera launched

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process by which eggcells are fertilized  by sperm  cells outside the body of the women. IVF is a major treatment in infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. The process involves hormonally controlling the ovulatory process, removing ova (eggs) from the woman’s  ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a...
Obese girls prone to high blood pressure more than boys

Obese girls prone to high blood pressure more than boys

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Body mass index (BMI) compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) if their BMI is between 25 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2. A study reveals...
SGK1 protein found to be a “fertility switch” for women

SGK1 protein found to be a “fertility switch” for women

Infertility is a worldwide problem that affects >7% of women of child-bearing age. More than half of those affected seek medical advice in the hope of eventually being able to become a mother. Causes of female infertility can be broadly classified regarding as acquired or genetic, or strictly by location. Around 1% women trying to conceive have recurrent miscarriages, defined as the loss of three...
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Automation of cell cultivation by machine

Automation of cell cultivation by machine

Cell cultivation is a complex process by which cells are grown under controlled conditions i.e. culturing of cells derived from single cellular eukaryotes, especially animal cells. However, there are also cultures including viruses, bacteria and protists. Cells are grown and maintained at an appropriate temperature and gas mixture (typically, 37°C, 5% CO2 for mammalian cells) in a cell...
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Reduction in risk of colorectal cancer by ginger

Reduction in risk of colorectal cancer by ginger

Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. The characteristic odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of  zingerone,   shogaols and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger. The gingerrols present in ginger increase the motility of the gastrointestinal tract and have analgesic,...
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Vitamin E supplements escalates prostate cancer risk, finds study

Vitamin E supplements escalates prostate cancer risk, finds study

Prostate cancer has been in news recently and a recent study reported increased risk of prostate cancer by consumption of eggs. A study out of Cleveland Clinic, which came as a surprise to researchers, establishes link between Vitamin E and prostate cancer. A recommendation was put forth to be cautious of consuming vitamin E supplements. What is Vitamin E and its sources? Vitamin E are fat-soluble...
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Obese mothers probable to deliver asthmatic babies

Obese mothers probable to deliver asthmatic babies

Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. Maternal obesity refers to obesity of a woman during pregnancy. Maternal obesity has a significant impact on maternal metabolism and hence on offspring development. Insulin resistance, glucose homeostasis, fat oxidation and amino acid synthesis are all disrupted by maternal obesity. Defects/ impairments About 25%...
Secret messages through genetically engineered microbes

Secret messages through genetically engineered microbes

A microorganism or microbe is an organism that is unicellular or lives in a colony of cellular organisms. The study of microorganisms is called microbiology. Microorganisms are very diverse; they include bacteria, fungi, archaea, and protists; microscopic plants (green algae); and animals such as plankton and the planarian. Some microbiologists also include viruses. Most microorganisms...
Steve Jobs – Medical science failed to save a computer novel

Steve Jobs – Medical science failed to save a computer novel

Steven Paul Jobs, 56, died Wednesday at his home with his family. The co-founder and, until last August, CEO of Apple Inc was the most celebrated person in technology and business on the planet. No one will take issue with the official Apple statement that “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.” It was known that Mr. Jobs suffered from pancreatic cancer more than seven years ago...
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