Eliminating the Social Stigma is the First Step in the fight against HIV

The extended family of Pooja (identity changed) deserted her in an orphanage home in India when she was five years old as she is HIV infected by birth. Her family members don’t want to run the risk of becoming social outcasts as a result of the child hence they thought of getting rid of her forever. The child at present in her adolescent age is fighting it bravely as she has learned to live with it. She owes that she wants to demonstrate to the world that HIV affected are also great achievers by electing to civil services.  Although she could not win the family support, she was not the lone sufferer as many other children and adolescent in the home have also joined the fight against HIV collectively and they are determined to overcome it.

fight against HIV21 year old Niyomee of Nigeria inherited HIV from her parents who did not let her know about it until she was 12 years old.  On joining a youth supporting group in her community, she heard about it for the first time and she was told that HIV can be transmitted through sexual intercourse alone. On realizing her status, she blamed her mother for health condition. However, her mother and the entire youth group in the community stood by her and helped her to get out of the feeling that she is a loser. At a time when there is no complete cure for HIV et, these patients can be trained well to cope with the stress, trauma and emerge as winners against the social discrimination.

The world HIV awareness day was observed on 1st December globally to create awareness on this communicable, infectious disease, which can be prevented but cannot be cured completely. Despite the euphoric and hectic activity on HIV/AIDS certain thing remained unanswered for ages. No doubt, the HIV rates are declining globally. Having said this, the communities are not completely free from the HIV menace. According to the UNAIDS, 36.7 million individuals are living with HIV/AIDS, in which 2.1 million of them were children by 2016. An estimated 1.8 million new cases are added to the list every year is causing serious concern.  At least 5000 new cases are added every day is a matter of serious concern for the policy makers and healthcare providers.

Apart from seeking the medical care, families, communities, activist groups and NGOs should stand by the side of HIV infected to communicate strongly and clearly that mere socialization wouldn’t infect you with HIV. Lets us speak loud and clear that HIV affected deserves parental caring and descent living.

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 15/12/2017 at 06:46

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Promising Research could Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Early

alzheimers diseaseAround 50 million people globally have developed Alzheimer’s disease and with the aging of population, several parts of the globe are facing the threat of severe memory loss and the related behavioral symptoms, causing concerns of public health issues across societies. With a simple reading test that the scientists have developed recently, it is possible to detect whether or not a person is at Alzheimer’s risk. Delay in processing written words and sentences are a warning that they may develop Alzheimer’s within the next 3 years to come. A team of researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a device that could map the way the brain responds if the individuals are exposed to words on a computer screen. Those who are late in identifying the words may develop this problem. Although language will be affected only in the later stages of the onset of the disease, the scientists have accidentally noticed that the brain happen to lost the language comprehension abilities. The network of neurons connected with the brain is unable to process information and the individual cells that stop functioning would die eventually, leading to memory loss. It affects the human’s ability to think and analyze facts and figures and cues in the environment they live. A significant portion of the brain will shrink, reducing its volume, called as atrophy and researchers have identified the important proteins and the biomarkers that denote the onset of Alzheimers disease. Personalized medication and support should be identified with a separate strategy to overcome the issue on individual basis.

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 22/11/2017 at 06:03

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Playing too much video game? Here is a bit of important news for you!

Are you fond of playing action packed video games regularly? A must read item here for you. There are many studies that may be pro or against video gaming. However, this latest study Universities de Montreal provides scientific facts to believe.

The general perception towards video games is that they are interactive and hence they improve cognitive skills of the player by boosting their brain cells. For a habitual player, it is going to be more harmful than useful, as the action games erase the grey matter in the hippocampus, primarily responsible for the cognitive skills. Hippocampus retains the spatial as well as the past experiences and put them in sequence, also known as episodic memory.

Striatum that acts as a counter balance to hippocampus reminds people about what they should eat and drink and when should they do it? It’s an autopilot that constantly reminds us of our activities and keeps us happy. A study conducted among 100 video players that played it for 90 hours revealed that the players are relying heavily on Striatum to chase the barriers and to achieve their goals. This would weaken the hippocampus, killing its cells and atrophies leading to reduction in the grey matter.  The decreased grey matter induces the brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression or Schizophrenia.

Girls and guys! Beware of The video games. Take more vitamin c rich fruits, berries, nuts and egg to boost your brain power than playing video games.
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Posted by Sciences Blog - 12/08/2017 at 11:19

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Take a Coffee Break to Increase the Longevity of your Life!

Good News for the coffee lovers. This aromatic, traditionally roasted and brewed beverage has been boosting our life for ages without fail.

Studies across the geographies, genders, and races have repeatedly been confirming that coffee intake, at least thrice or even four times a day (Don’t exceed this limit and overdo it) is beneficial to health in general and increasing the longevity by reducing the death risk by 18% than non-coffee drinkers, in particular.

The current studies are based on larger population sample by including as many as 520000 from 10 European countries. Yet another study across Latinos, Afro-American, American Japanese, Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Whites has confirmed the same results. The second stu!dy included a diversified section of people that have different lifestyles, dietary habits, and racial background. For decades, the research on coffee has not been changing and ever before it showed any hazardous impact on our health.

Why delay? Let us start sipping it right away!

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 04/08/2017 at 07:48

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Can BCG be Used to Control Lupus?

Patients suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythromatus (SLE) are at increased risk of opportunistic infections, especially Tuberculosis. Both these diseases are known to be intricately linked. Interestingly, it has recently been observed that infecting SLE patients with Mycobacterium tuberculosis resulted in decreased expression of biomarkers for SLE, indicating that TB is able to control lupus. However, the inflammatory biomarkers are known to get elevated in SLE patients suffering from opportunistic TB infection. In order to verify whether TB can be used to treat lupus, mouse models of lupus were treated with BCG vaccine, which contains live, but weakened Mycobacterium bovis. It was observed that BCG treatment reduced the kidney damage in these mice and enhanced their lifespan. Therefore, BCG can be used to control lupus in mice models, but it needs to be verified in human. Read More

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 02/08/2017 at 10:18

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Journal of Marine Biology & Oceanography

Journal of Marine Biology & Oceanography is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in the form of original articles, full/mini reviews, commentaries, letter to editor, rapid/short communications, etc. in all areas pertaining to marine Biology and oceanography, making them available online freely without any restrictions or subscription to researchers worldwide. Read more

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Posted by Sciences Blog - 01/08/2017 at 10:24

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