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Indian vegetarian diets 84% protein deficient: IDA

The Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) today claimed that vegetarian diets in the country are 84 per cent protein deficient, mainly due to lack of awareness among the public.

Citing a study by market research firm IMRB, IDA said, "93 per cent of Indians are unaware of their ideal protein requirement and Indian vegetarian diets are worst affected with 84...

Walking restored in paralysed mice with spinal injury

Boston, Jul 23: Scientists have successfully restored the ability to walk in mice that were paralysed after a spinal cord injury, an advance that may pave the way for similar treatments in humans.

Most people with spinal cord injury are paralysed from the injury site down, even when the cord is not completely severed.

Researchers at Boston Children's...

Coffee scent can boost performance in math

Washington D.C, Jul 19: Good news for coffee lovers!

Turns out, smelling a coffee-like scent, which has no caffeine in it, creates an expectation for students that they will perform better on tests.

Research at Stevens Institute of Technology revealed that the scent of coffee alone may help people perform better on the analytical portion of the Graduate...

Rising seas could put global internet at risk

Washington, Jul 18: Rising seas could significantly affect the global internet infrastructure, say scientists who found that thousands of miles of buried fibre optic cables in densely populated coastal regions of the US may soon be flooded.

The study portrays critical communications infrastructure that could be submerged by rising seas in as soon as 15 years, said Paul Barford,...

Gene-editing damages DNA more than thought: study

Paris, Jul 17: A revolutionary gene editing technique hailed as the future of disease eradication and mooted for a Nobel Prize may be less precise and cause more cell damage than previously thought, researchers said Monday.

Lab experiments using mouse and human cells revealed that the CRISPR-Cas9 technique "frequently" caused "extensive" gene mutations, a study team reported.


Car vibrations make drivers sleepy: Study

Melbourne, Jul 8: Natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel, a study has found.

With about 20 per cent of fatal road crashes involving driver fatigue, researchers hope that their findings can be used by manufacturers to improve car seat designs to help keep drivers...

Mobile apps sharing usernames, passwords, credit card details with third parties: Study

Washington, Jul 8: Some popular smartphone apps may be secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties, a study has found. This is particularly disturbing because these screenshots - and videos of your activity on the screen - could include usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other important personal information, researchers said.

"We found that...

Minor stroke needs quick medical attention, too

Jul 4: Minor strokes and “mini-strokes,” or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), need early medical attention, just like major strokes, but a public education campaign in the UK had little success convincing the public to act fast after these events.

“Although the campaign worked well for behavior after more major stroke, patients were still slow to act on, or ignored...

Oxytocin formulations ban to come into effect from July 1

New Delhi, Jun 30: From July 1, no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture Oxytocin for domestic use.

Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone that causes uterine contractions during labour and helps new mothers lactate.

But its misuse is widespread in the dairy industry where livestock are injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time...

The downside of normalisation of 'plus-size'

London, Jun 23: Normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes lead to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight - undermining efforts to tackle the problem of obesity.

While attempts to reduce stigmatisation of larger body sizes - for example with the launch of plus-size clothing ranges - help promote body positivity, the study highlights an unintentional negative consequence that...