Know your Dog better with Science

Know your dog better with science

 

Dogs are man’s best friend. They have not become our close friend by accident, but science has a lot to tell on why we love them and why they love us back. If you are a person who has dog as pet you would be aware of many of its behavioral patterns like, what they want to convey by wagging their tail or going round and round before sleeping.

But did you know that most of these behaviors are not just instinctive or related to only your dog, but science have explained it through experiments the reason behind their behavior.

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Chikungunya ‘bit’ India in 2016: over 58,000 cases across country

Chikungunya is caused by Alphavirus and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

Chikangunya continued its menace across states in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.  2016, June – September months reported maximum number of cases across India, especially in Delhi and Karnataka.  As per data from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, as of 31st Dec 2016, across country there have been a total of 58136 cases (actual numbers should be way more) .

Key findings:

  • Karnataka topped the chart with 13,506 cases
  • Delhi recorded a total of 12,221 cases. This definitely is a matter of concern keeping in mind the size of the state

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Can you bell Depression

 

  • Beat Depression

    WHO on Depression

    • Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected
    • Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
    • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
    • More women are affected by depression than men.

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Dosa, Idli and Science

L. mesenteroides is the microorganism essential for leavening of the batter and, along with S. faecalis is also responsible for acid production

Dosa and Idli – Two common breakfast or snack options. Though it originated in south India, now you can find these two even in US and European restaurants. Chefs have been continuously reinventing these two by adding new flavors and altering the ingredients. At restaurants we get Plain dosa to Chicken tikka masala dosa.

Have you ever thought on how the batter of idli, dosa gets fermented as you are not adding any inoculate or microbe culture as in making curd or baking bread. All credit goes to microbes L. mesenteroides and S. faecalis.

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Approach Breast cancer with active surveillance

High time we move from disease care to preventive care

 

Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer detected in Indian women.  This cancer topped the chart in 2016 with 1,50,000 new cases ( Indian Council of Medical Research). According to the ICMR, 1 out of 22 women in India is diagnosed with breast cancer. While majority of breast cancer patients in western countries are postmenopausal and in their 60s and 70s, in India the average age is around 40-45.

 

High time we move from disease care to preventive care. This can be done by increasing disease awareness, initiating population-based breast cancer screening programs and making  breast screening available at more hospitals and healthcare centers at less cost. Through breast surveillance, cancers can be detected early when they are small and have not spread to lymph nodes making breast conservation possible as well causing reduction in mortality from breast cancer.

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MOOC can accelerate Indian Life science students career

 

Imagine you could attend from the comfort of your house classes offered by elite colleges like Stanford, Oxford, and that also for free….. that’s MOOC explained in a line. MOOC was introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.

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Pigeons are not that dumb !

Pigeons can read

Study suggests that pigeons can recognize words. Pigeons also known as “rats with wings” just might be literate.

“Although their brains are only the size of a thimble, pigeons apparently have similar levels of intelligence as those found in toddlers. Earlier studies have shown they can tell the difference between live video images of themselves and previously recorded images. This ability is higher than the average human three-year-old.”

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Can I choose my Baby’s Gender

Gender selection clinic

 If you want to be certain your next child will be the gender you are hoping for then no other method comes close to PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis)

With the use of PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis), also known as embryo screening, gender selection is possible with 100% accuracy

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