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Australia scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

SYDNEY Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a “world first” breakthrough that could save many lives. The scientists, from Edith Cowan University, said the new test could help doctors detect the skin cancer before it spreads through a …

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India heading for comprehensive healthcare crisis: Amartya Sen

NEW DELHI India spends just a little over one per cent of its GDP on healthcare and this is leading the country into “a comprehensive healthcare crisis”, according to Nobel laureate and noted economist Amartya Sen, who has called for greater allocation on healthcare in India and highlighted what he calls “three general failures” in the country’s healthcare segment. “The fact that India allocates …

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SC asks Centre, states make people aware about leprosy

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court today asked the Centre, states and union territories to undertake a campaign to make people aware about the curability of leprosy so that those suffering from it do not face discrimination. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra recommended to the Centre and the states to repeal archaic provisions from 119 statutes …

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NIPER-Hyderabad scientists claim Neem compound may help in curing breast cancer

HYDERABAD Scientists of city-based NIPER have claimed to have found that Nimbolide, a chemical compound derived from Neem leaves and flowers, may efficiently work towards curing breast cancer. They are approaching various agencies such as the departments of biotechnology, AYUSH and, science and technology for funding to carry out further …

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Air pollution linked to diabetes, India at greater risk: Lancet

NEW YORK Outdoor air pollution even at levels deemed safe may be associated with an increased risk of diabetes globally, with India being at a greater risk due to lack of air cleaning policies, scientists said in a report in Lancet. The findings showed that air pollution contributes to development of diabetes by reducing insulin production and triggering inflammation, which prevents the …

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AI ambulances and robot doctors: China seeks digital salve to ease hospital strain

HANGZHOU (CHINA) In the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, an ambulance speeds through traffic on a wave of green lights, helped along by an artificial intelligence (AI) system and big data. The system, which involves sending information to a centralized computer linked to the city’s transport networks, is part of …

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