Common antibiotic linked to cardiac death

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Drug increases the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythm problems

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Clarithromycin belongs to the class of drugs called macrolide antibiotics, which prolong the duration of electrical activity of the heart muscleClarithromycin, a common antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, can increase the risk of cardiac death,

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Digital maps created with satelllite data show the combined volume of ice loss in Greenland and west Antarctic is 500 km3

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New digital maps created by scientists in Germany on the current state of ice sheets in the Antarctic and Greenland show unprecedented thinning of ice.

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Carbon tetrachloride, banned under Montreal Protocol, still lingering in atmosphere

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imageSomeone somewhere is wrecking the Earth’s ozone layer. Carbon tetrachloride, or CC14, that was used as dry cleaning and fire-extinguishing agent, was banned worldwide in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol. It destroys the ozone and contributes to the ozone hole over Antarctica.

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Indian doctors warn it may be a move to bring in more expensive IPV

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Citing new evidence, scientists claim that giving inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) to individuals who have already been administered oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) may improve their immunity to the poliovirus.

A research paper published in the journal, Science, on Friday claims that its finding can help to resolve the controversy over vaccine choice. 

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The Sikkim government’s irregular allocation of hydropower projects to a New Delhi-based power producer and the eventual turn of events have cost the state more than Rs 2400 crore, according to a CAG report. Soumik Dutta reports on the details of the case and other related discrepancies that have surfaced since.

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Panel headed by former consumer affairs minister, Shanta Kumar, expected to recommend ways to bring in operational efficiency and improved financial management

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Procured foodgrains are often dumped in the open and allowed to rot, leading huge quantities of food getting wasted (Photo by Rakesh Kumar Malaviya)

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Spine-related problems are on the rise in India as elsewhere in the world. H S Chhabra, secretary of Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) and medical director of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in New Delhi, responds to queries from Kundan Pandey through an email to explain the reasons for this increase and ways to deal with it

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imageWhat are the reasons for rising spinal problems among Indians? Is the trend linked to lifestyle?

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Cycle or walk to work to reduce weight

Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:26 pm

Botox may be used to treat stomach cancer

Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:38 pm
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Study shows nerves help cancer cells grow; Botox used to block the connection

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Botox injections are commonly used in the field of cosmetics to treat frown lines and wrinkles; it works by paralyzing certain muscles or blocking certain nerves (Photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr)Botox, or Botulinum toxin, commonly used to get rid of wrinkles on faces,

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Compared to cancer, cardio treatments have improved much more, say experts

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imageMore people are dying of cancer than of heart diseases in 10 European countries, says a study.

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