A heart monitor the size of a paper clip!

It sounds like science fiction, but thankfully for many heart patients, it’s true! A device called “Reveal LINQ“, which has been on the market in the U.S. since February, is produced by Medtronic. The device is basically heart-beat monitor, which has a three-year battery life, is one-third the size of an AAA battery. Its sensors and circuitry record every beat of the heart. The information is stored on a memory chip and transmitted wirelessly (YAY!!) to a patient’s doctor in the middle of the night for review later. The data are also analyzed by a computer programmed to look for…

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Saving the life before reaching hospital

Many of us in India are not kind enough to give way for ambulances. I am not sure how many patients in India reach hospitals in time thru ambulances given the horrible traffic conditions and even more horrible attitude of drivers on the road. If ambulances in India are equipped with advanced medical equipments as described below, that could help to save at least some of the patients. University of Washington and other research institutions realized that treating patients within few minutes of cardiac arrest decides the life and death of the patients. Researchers recommend having mechanical CPR machines in…

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Breakfast cereal boxes are linked to cancer

Researchers in Switzerland claim to have found that mineral oils in printing ink from recycled newspapers used in cardboard can get into foods such as breakfast cereals. More alarming is the fact that the toxic oils can even pass through protective inner plastic bags. Everywhere governments and companies want us to recycle. We are getting the garbage back in our food, literally. Dr. Koni Grob from the Food Safety Laboratory in Zurich said toxicologists had linked the oils to inflammation of internal organs and even cancer, though he stressed that individual meals would contain a tiny dose of the chemicals.…

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How to improve the memory function of senior citizens?

Ask your grandparents to play video games to improve their memory function and to sharpen their brains. This is what a team of researchers in Washington say. A new study found that people in their 60s and 70s can improve a number of cognitive functions by playing “Rise of Nations“, a game that rewards nation-building and territorial expansion. “Rise of Nations gives gamers points for building cities and ‘wonders’, feeding and employing their people, maintaining an adequate military and expanding their territory. “You need merchants. You need an army to protect yourself and you have to make sure you’re spending…

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Cell phones cause damage to memory

Swedish researchers have found memory impairment in rats exposed to cell phone radiation for two hours every week for more than a year. Henrietta Nittby and her supervisor Leif Salford, of the neurosurgery division of Lund University, Sweden, believe that the findings may be related to the team’s earlier findings, that microwave radiation from cell phones can affect the so-called blood-brain barrier. Salford and his associates have previously found that albumin, a protein that functions as a transport molecule in the blood, leaks into brain tissue when lab animals are exposed to mobile phone radiation. The research team also found…

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Polio in India?

We forgot the polio long time ago. We think that it’s eradicated from the world. According to polioeradicatio.org, 518 polio cases were detected in this year alone. Google.org launched an initiative to prevent polio. As a part of their initiative, they made “Final Inch”, 38-minute film to spread the message and to highlight the effort to eradicate polio. See the trailer and clipping below. Whether you like Google’s dominance or Microsoft’s dominance, it’s hard not to appreciate the sincere efforts taken by these companies to help the world. There are so many good hearted volunteers that travel the world to…

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Awake During Surgery

It is one of the scariest things. What if you are awake when the doctor performs a heart surgery on you? What if you feel all the pain, but can’t even say a word? This is the theme of the Hollywood movie “Awake”. This kind of horror incident doesn’t happen just in movies. It happens in real life too. Kelly Haapala and her 3-year-old son, Zach, were involved in a violent car crash. The boy escaped injury, but Kelly had to undergo surgery to repair her hip. She woke up during surgery. I can feel the pain even when I…

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Seven Crore Indians Need Help

According to National Human Rights Commission, Seven crore Indians suffer from mental disorder in one or the other form. A report by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore says around 2 crore people need treatment for “serious mental disorder“. While 30-35 lakh of them need hospitalization, the number of beds available for such patients is only 29,000. “Morbidity on account of mental illness is set to overtake cardiovascular diseases as the single largest health risk in India by 2010,” wrote National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) secretary general Akhil Kumar Jain, quoting the NIMHANS study in the…

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Bill Gates Foundation and China to fight AIDS

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tomorrow will launch an AIDS-prevention partnership with the Chinese government, an unusual approach that underscores the philanthropic group’s concern about the risk the deadly virus poses to China. The Gates Foundation’s help in curbing the spread of AIDS could be crucial given Beijing’s official resistance to dealing with the marginalized populations most likely to contract it, and societal reluctance to confront the drug use and sexual promiscuity associated with HIV transmission. In addition, China needs technical assistance and other outside expertise to mount an effective awareness and prevention campaign. “A more widespread AIDS epidemic…

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Staph fatalities may exceed AIDS deaths

I just read this in Yahoo News. It’s scary. More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph “superbug,” the U.S. government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ. Deaths tied to these infections may exceed those caused by AIDS, said one public health expert commenting on the new study. The report shows just how far one form of the staph germ has spread beyond its traditional hospital setting. This staph infection sometimes first appears on the skin as a red, swollen pimple or boil that may be…

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