A cancer survivor's tribute to Kolkata brave-hearts

By Anjali Madan

New Delhi : Continuity in treatment and the help offered by NGO-run homes for free stay during medication of children fighting cancer are the focus of a documentary film made by a cancer survivor here to spread awareness.

Kapil Chawla, who successfully fought off cancer a few years ago, has filmed the facilities at a Kolkata-based free-stay home run by Cankids ... Kidscan NGO, for the ailing kids to encourage the patients from rural areas not to quit and leave in the middle of their treatment.

Fresh estimates of Earth's liquid assets revealed

Washington : Using NASA's fleet of Earth-observing satellites, scientists have provided estimates for the global water cycle budget for the first decade of the 21st century, taking the pulse of the planet and setting a baseline for future comparisons.

The water cycle describes how water evaporates from the Earth's surface, rises into the atmosphere, cools, condenses to form clouds and falls again to the surface as precipitation.

About 75 percent of the energy (or heat) in the global atmosphere is transferred through the evaporation of water from the Earth's surface.

First MERS death in South Korea after eight days

Seoul : A death was reported due to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea after a span of eight days, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The spread of the MERS corona virus has, however, recently shown signs of abating, with the total number of MERS infection cases remaining unchanged at 186 for three consecutive days since Sunday, Xinhua reported, citing the ministry.

Patient 177 died on Tuesday, raising the toll to 34 and the fatality rate to 18.3 percent.

AIIMS to start helpline, form squads to curb ragging

New Delhi : India's premiere All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will start a new anti-ragging helpline at 9868397028 to help the students report harassment incidents in the medical college.

Also, four teams each with four members will be formed to keep an eye on the hostel premises during the night time.

Take steps to protect people against tobacco: WHO

New Delhi : Improved tax measures, stronger law enforcement and enhanced cessation efforts are crucial in the South-East Asian region to protect people against the ill-effects of tobacco, World Health Organisation (WHO) said here on Tuesday.

Multiple antibiotic courses harmful to children

New York: Multiple courses of commonly used antibiotics may have a significant impact on children's development, shows a study.

The study found that female mice treated with two classes of widely used childhood antibiotics gained more weight and developed larger bones than untreated mice.

However, at the same time both of the antibiotics also disrupted the gut microbiome, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the intestinal tract.

For the study, the mice were given three short courses of amoxicillin (a broad-spectrum antibiotic), tylosin or a mixture of both drugs.

Indian-American physcians launch research foundation

New York : The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic association of medical professionals in the US, has launched a Scientific, Academic Research Foundation (SARF) for supporting key academic research initiatives.

The pioneering initiative was launched during a solemn ceremony, attended by physicians, community leaders and international media personnel at the Indian Consulate in New York on Friday, according to an AAPI release.

Google Glass 2.0 coming soon?

New York: Google may be testing the next version of the Google Glass called GG1, media reports said.

Google has a new eye wearable device in the works under the latest US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing, which "might just be a new Google Glass", Droid Life reported.

The FFC tests electronic products to ensure that they are safe for human contact.

Sikkim opens crisis centre for suicide prevention

Gangtok : In its bid to address the high suicide rates in the state, the Sikkim government on Saturday launched a 24X7 crisis centre-cum-suicide prevention helpline at STNM Hospital here.

The facility is a collaborative effort of the departments of health, human services and family welfare under the District Mental Programme initiative.

The helpline -18003453225 - was inaugurated by Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Minister A.K. Ghatani.

Mumbai hospital performs 100 liver transplants in two years

Mumbai : Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital has notched a record of 100 liver transplants since the inception of its state-of-the-art Centre for Liver Transplant in 2013, hospital officials said here on Friday.

This was in sharp contrast to 90 liver transplants carried out in all Mumbai hospitals in the past 18 years, the officials said.