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Why cesarean births are on the rise
US researchers have pinpointed reasons as to why a rising number of women are delivering their babies by cesarean section. ANI

Cancer survivors less likely to be employed, work fewer hours
Cancer survivors, including those who were diagnosed with the disease two to six years back, are less likely to be employed, and they work fewer hours, according to a new study by Penn State researchers. ANI

New MRI machine eliminates claustrophobia
A powerful new MRI machine that can scan a leg or an arm without many of the usual inconveniences can also help patients with claustrophobia. ANI

Renaissance of 200-yr-old tech could ease 21st century sustainability challenges
A 200-year-old technology undergoing a renaissance could well emerge as a new 'green' substitute for traditional sources of energy and play other key roles in addressing some of society's most pressing sustainability issues, according to a new study. ANI

How exposure to pesticides ups Parkinson's disease risk
Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have provided new insight into the recent NIH findings that demonstrate the link between Parkinson's disease and two particular pesticides - rotenone and paraquat. ANI

Now, click your own 'perfect' photos with a wave of your hand!
Taking your own photo using a camera timer is fraught with problems - not least making sure you are all in shot before the timer runs out. But we have a solution now. ANI

New drug paves way for hepatitis C treatment
An international team of investigators has revealed that the drug telaprevir (Incivek) provides a dramatic improvement in the treatment of the most common form of hepatitis C infection. ANI

How compacted sediments made 2004 Sumatra earthquake deadliest in history
A team of international geoscientists has discovered how a thick plateau of hard, compacted sediments triggered an undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004 that caused the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. ANI

Molecular glue can make cancer therapy easier
A new study has found that a drug that functions like molecular glue can make cancer therapy easier. ANI

'Super sand' could pave way for pure drinking water in developing countries
Scientists have developed a way to transform ordinary sand, which is a mainstay filter material used to purify drinking water throughout the world, into a "super sand" with five times the filtering capacity of regular sand. ANI

Bird plumages exhibit only small fraction of possible colours
A study has found that bird plumages exhibit only a small fraction - less than a third - of the possible colours birds can observe. ANI

'Speech recognition pathway' in humans involves 3 stages
The human brain needs three different processing stages to identify sounds such as speech, quite similar to the pattern observed in non-human primates. ANI

Now, device that allows disabled to drive with one hand
A team of Spanish researchers has created a device that lets a driver steer, accelerate, change gears and brake with just one hand. ANI

Study uncovers reason for mystery pain among neuropathy patients
Those millions of people who are suffering from peripheral neuropathy - marked by the degeneration of nerves and in some cases severe pain - and are frustrated over the mystery associated with the disorder can finally smile. ANI

Breast cancer drug can prevent 65pc of tumors in post-menopausal women
Exemestane, a drug already used to treat breast cancer, can reduce the risk of tumors by 65 percent among post-menopausal women prone to develop breast cancer. ANI

Weaker brain 'sync' may be new biological marker of autism
A diminished ability of a young brain's hemispheres to 'sync' with one another could be a powerful, new biological marker of autism, according to scientists at the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence. ANI

Drinking 2 cans of soft drinks a day can damage your body in 3 weeks!
A new study has found that drinking two cans of ANI

Engineers design flying reptile pterosaur-inspired aircraft
An international team, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has taken inspiration from a flying reptile pterosaurs' head crest to design an aircraft. ANI

Neurobiologists find number of circuits needed to see movements
Wondering what exactly happens in the brain when we depend strongly on our eyesight for navigation and when the perception of motion is particularly well developed. ANI

Potatoes pile on pounds, while nuts, yoghurt help people stay slim
A study has found that potatoes can make people pile on the pounds while fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and yoghurt can help them stay slim. ANI

Including leucine in diet helps fight pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome
A new study has indicated that adding the amino acid 'leucine' to the diet may help people combat pre-diabetes condition and metabolic syndrome. ANI

Silicone breast implants neither harmful nor completely safe!
Amid controversies regarding the safety of silicon breast implants, the US drug regulators' report is sure to give some relief to women contemplating to go under the knife. ANI

Cause behind hereditary blindness in humans identified
Researchers from Bochum have found that a common ereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa is the cause of blindness in humans. ANI

Researchers clock the speed of brain signals
Two new studies have discovered surprising details about the complex process that leads to the flow of neurotransmitters between brain neurons-a dance of chemical messages so delicate that missteps often lead to neurological dysfunction. ANI

City dwellers suffer more stress than country folk
A new study has discovered that being born and raised in an urban area exposes an individual to a lifetime risk of anxiety and mood disorders. ANI

Now, finger-stimulating device to help wannabe musicians belt out tunes on guitar
A group of Japanese scientists have invented an electronic device that stimulates the muscles on the forearm to move the fingers in time with ones favourite guitar solo. ANI

More, better trained midwifes could save over 3m lives: UN
A major report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed that up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015. ANI

Pine bark extract can help improve heart health
A combination of pycnogenol, or pine bark, and Coenzyme Q10 can help stable heart failure patients become more physically energetic by naturally strengthening the heart, and increasing the blood volume ejected with each beat, according to a new study. ANI

London prejudice associated with menstrual cycle
A study by Michigan State University psychology researchers has indicated that women's bias against male strangers increases when women are fertile, suggesting prejudice may be partly fuelled by genetics. ANI

Gold nanoparticles show promise in earlier diagnosis of liver cancer
A research team led by Brown University has come up with promising results for earlier diagnosis of Hepatocellular carcinoma, which is the most common cancer to strike the liver. ANI

Icy Saturn's moon hiding saltwater ocean beneath its crust
Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a large-scale, subterranean saltwater ocean beneath the Saturn's moon Enceladus. ANI

NASA's LRO mission forever changes our view of the moon
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been declared a grand success by NASA, delivering more than promised and giving us a more comprehensive view of the moon than ever before. ANI

Ovulating women can accurately spot straight or gay men
A woman can more accurately identify a man's sexual orientation by looking at his face when she is closest to ovulation, according to a study by psychologists at the University of Toronto and Tufts University. ANI

Pandora's cluster 'is a result of 350-million-year-old crash'
With the help of telescopes in space and on the ground, a team of scientists studying the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 has pieced together the cluster's complex and violent history. ANI

Soon, your saliva could 'accurately' predict how old you are!
Be careful when you spit next time as UCLA geneticists can use your saliva to 'accurately' know how old you are. ANI

Viagra ingredient to be carried via new delivery system
Scientists have successfully developed a delivery system for the biological signaling agent nitric oxide (NO) to fortify the effects of Viagra in the body. ANI

Red wine, grapes may lessen illness of old age
Recent studies have long touted a compound known as resveratrol found in red wine, grapes and other fruits as a cure for various diseases and a preventative against aging. ANI

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