Alcohol images on greeting cards promote harmful drinking, say experts

Alcohol images on birthday and Christmas cards reflect and reinforce a social attitudethat excess drinking is acceptable and associated with celebration, say public health experts. While themes of drunkenness on greeting cards are popular and considered normal, it undermines public health messages about harmful drinking, according to an article published in the journal, The BMJ. These cards “influence […]

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AI system learns to diagnose, classify intracranial haemorrhage, say researchers

Researchers have developed a system using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to quickly diagnose and classify brain haemorrhages and to provide the basis of its decisions from relatively small image datasets. According to the researchers, such a system could become an indispensable tool for hospital emergency departments evaluating patients with symptoms of a potentially life-threatening stroke, allowing rapid application of the correct […]

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Here’s what helps people live well with dementia

Psychological aspects such as optimism, self-esteem, loneliness and depression are closely linked to the ability to optimise the quality of life and well-being in both people with dementia and caregivers, a new study suggests. According to the researchers, the study seeks to inform support services and guide policy on where resources should be spent to support the […]

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Antibiotic overuse is high in common urology procedures, finds study

Antibiotics are being overused in patients undergoing common urological procedures, which exposes them to potential harm including an increased risk of infection by C. difficile bacteria, researchers warned. Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhoea to potentially fatal inflammation of the colon. The study showed that […]

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Delhi’s Safdurjang Hospital is all set to start surgeries using robotic technology from January 2019

Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital is all set to start surgeries using robotic technology in the Urology Department from January 2019 onwards, with the aim to increase the number of treatments in OTs. “Currently we conduct two-three surgeries in a day. But with the introduction of robotic surgery, we will be able to finish four-five surgeries. […]

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New genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders identified

Researchers uncover genetic causes of eye disease. “This is extremely valuable for people with hereditary eye disease,” said co-author Ala Moshiri, Associate Professor at the UC, Davis, School of Medicine and Eye Center. “The whole ophthalmic community is going to start using these data,” Moshiri added. For the study, published in the journal, ‘Nature Communications Biology’, the […]

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