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IIT KGP researchers develop kit to help stop smoking (21:48) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Researchers at IIT Kharagpur (IIT KGP) have developed a prototype of a sensor-based tracking kit to monitor daily activities while a smartphone-based application is under development which will analyse the tracking kit data to recognise addictive and depressive behaviour, an official said on Tuesday.

Obese kids as smart as their leaner peers: Study (21:42)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Obese kids, or those with lesser aerobic fitness, are as smart as their leaner peers, finds a study, that analysed associations of fitness, motor competence and adiposity with cognition.

NHRC seeks reports from Maharashtra, Labour ministry over hospital blaze (19:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the death of eight people in a fire at a hospital in Mumbai, while not ruling out negligence by the hospital administration.

National Cancer Institute opens in Haryana (18:50)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Jhajjar, Haryana, which is also India's largest cancer hospital, opened for public service on Tuesday with the formal inauguration to be held in January.

Know why women tend to outlive men (18:42)
New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Scientists have long wondered why women outlive men globally. Now, they have found that the secret may lie in the second X chromosome, present in females.

Green leafy vegetables may prevent fatty liver disease (17:36)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Eating green leafy vegetables in larger portion daily may reduce the risk of developing fatty liver disease, suggests researchers in a mice study.

British doctors skeptical that AI could replace them: Study (16:08)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to make major disruption in health care, 80 per cent of doctors in the UK are skeptical of the technology replacing them, finds a survey.

Depression, anxiety affect health as much as smoking: Study (14:14)
New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Being anxious or depressed can increase risks for heart disease and stroke, the same as smoking and obesity, according to a new study, that underscores the importance of treating mental health conditions.

New Zealand to hold referendum on recreational marijuana use (09:00) IANS Photo Service
Wellington, Dec 18 (IANS) New Zealand will hold a referendum in 2020 to decide on the legalisation of recreational marijuana, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced on Tuesday, a week after Parliament gave the green light to its use for medicinal purposes.

Cabinet approves AIIMS for Tamil Nadu, Telangana (00:00) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Monday approved setting up of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Madurai, Tamil Nadu, at a cost of Rs 1,264 crore and at Bibinagar, Telangana, at a cost of Rs 1,028 crore.

Delhi sees more dengue cases this winter than last (23:16)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A new municipal report suggests that dengue cases have increased in the months of November and December this year compared to 2017.

Madras High Court bans online medicine sales (Lead) (22:06)
Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Monday banned the sale of medicines online till the central government notifies the regulations.

Initiate swift measures to ensure dignity of life in Swadhar Grehs: Centre to States (22:04)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on Monday directed all the state governments to initiate swift measures to ensure that the residents of Swadhar Grehs -- an institutional support for women who are victims of difficult circumstances, lead their life with dignity.

School-based nutritional programmes can help cut obesity in kids (19:16)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Schools with enhanced nutrition policies and programmes are more likely to promote healthier eating habits among students and help reduce the body mass index (BMI), a new study says.

Ailing Parrikar's inspection visit not a stunt: BJP (18:52) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Dec 17 (IANS) Rejecting criticism that ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to an under-construction bridge near Panaji was a stunt, state BJP leader Sadanand Shet Tanavde on Monday said that Congress leaders will not be allowed to meet Parrikar henceforth because of the "inhuman politics" played by it vis-a-vis his health.

Shoolini University to set up Yogananda Ville in Himachal Pradesh (18:48)
Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Shoolini University, a research based private university with a focus on biological sciences, will set up Yogananda Ville to carry out research in the fields of yoga and naturopathy.

Nicotine vaping on rise among US teenagers: Survey (18:48)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) While tobacco use has been effectively controlled among US teenagers, nicotine vaping has almost doubled among high school students from 11 per cent in 2017 to 20.9 in 2018 leading a large number back to nicotine use and addiction, a survey has found.

Madras High Court bans online sales of medicines (17:36)
Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Monday banned the sale of medicines online till the central government notifies the regulations.

Amarinder undergoes surgery for kidney stone removal (17:14) IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday underwent a minor surgery to remove a stone from his kidney.

Food labels promote healthier choices: Study (13:18)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Labels on packaged foods such as nutrition facts, "low-sodium" or "fat-free" as well as calorie counts on restaurant menus, have to some extent encouraged healthier eating choices, say researchers.

Magnesium helps maintain optimum vitamin D levels: Study (18:32)
New York, Dec 16 (IANS) Researchers have found that magnesium may optimise vitamin D status, raising it in people with deficient levels and lowering it in people with high levels.

New drug offers hope for bone marrow cancer patients (15:24)
London, Dec 16 (IANS) A therapeutic drug has been found to improve outcomes and survival rates for patients with a serious type of bone marrow cancer.

Australian researchers discover how a baby's sex is determined (14:26)
Sydney, Dec 16 (IANS) While it is known that the sex of a baby is determined by its chromosome make-up at conception, new research has identified a "regulator" that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female.

Machine Learning helps predict infection risk from hospital bug (11:16)
London, Dec 16 (IANS) Finnish researchers have used Machine Learning (ML) to predict the risk of developing a serious and possibly life-threatening infection from "hospital bug".

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