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Immigration plans on hold after ruling

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration put its new deportation-relief program on hold on the eve of its launch, complying reluctantly with a federal judge’s order that roiled immigrant communities nationwide and… Read more »

Navigator Dianelys Dominguez, left, assists Giovanny Vega, 18, of Miami, right, sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami. Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under

Florida has highest number of enrollees under health law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.: Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according… Read more »

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler

Tobacco firms fight over smoking effect claims

WASHINGTON: America’s biggest tobacco companies say they are ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they will not go along with being… Read more »

Union Health Minister J P Nadda

Avoid ‘wastages’ in health system, States told

NEW DELHI: The Government has cautioned states against “wastages” in public health system and asked them to increase their health spending “significantly”. Emphasizing that one of the key areas of… Read more »


Diets of people worldwide are worsening

LONDON: There may be more fruit, vegetables and healthy options available than ever before, but the world is mostly hungry for junk food, according to a study of eating habits… Read more »

A boy affected by dengue fever rests at a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

WHO urges billions to fight neglected tropical diseases

GENEVA: The World Health Organization has urged countries to invest billions of dollars to tackle 17 neglected tropical diseases – including dengue fever, leprosy and sleeping sickness – which kill… Read more »


Remove superstition, Modi tells doctors

BENGALURU: Citing lack of knowledge and awareness and superstition as the challenges in the field of mental health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked young professionals to treat patients with… Read more »


MNsure misses mark for health insurance signups

ST. PAUL, Minn.: MNsure fell short of its target for signups in its second round of open enrollment, the health insurance exchange announced – another setback for the beleaguered agency… Read more »

Lord Paul attacks Prime Minister Cameron over corruption in UK

Lord Paul attacks PM Cameron over corruption in UK

LONDON: Lord Swraj Paul, NRI industrialist based here, has sharply attacked Prime Minister David Cameron over corruption in Britain after he figured in an exchange in parliament over Swiss bank… Read more »


Breastfeeding prepares baby for solid food

WASHINGTON: Babies get microbes from breast milk that makes them ‘more ready’ for solid food, a new study has found. Researchers from University of North Carolina found that a baby’s… Read more »

At an enrollment event in Salt Lake City, Luis Rios, a certified navigator from the Utah Health Policy Project, helps Gui Ying Lee (bottom) and Shuo Chau Yang (top) enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Surgeon General’s appeal to AAPI groups to get enrolled

United States Surgeon General¬†With the deadline to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace right around the corner on February 15, it’s important that we make sure Asian Americans and Pacific… Read more »


India plans to provide ‘holistic’ healthcare

NEW DELHI: Advocating the need for innovation in healthcare practices for enhanced effectiveness, Union Minister JP Nadda has said the government was planning to provide “holistic” healthcare, which would involve… Read more »


Cow immune system inspires new therapies for humans

WASHINGTON: Indians have another reason to consider cows as sacred as a new study shows antibodies similar to theirs may help human beings grappling with hormone deficiencies. Scientists have developed… Read more »


E-cigarette vapors, flavorings damage lungs

WASHINGTON: Emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue, a new study has warned. Researchers from the University of… Read more »


Meditation can slow loss of brain’s gray matter

LOS ANGELES: Meditation can help preserve gray matter which processes information in the brain, scientists have found. Researchers from University of California – Los Angeles looked specifically at the association… Read more »


Red wine compound can prevent memory loss

WASHINGTON: A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to an Indian-origin researcher. Ashok K Shetty, a faculty… Read more »


Added fructose principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes

WASHINGTON: Added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates, a new study has warned. “At current levels, added-sugar… Read more »


Craigslist contributes to increase in HIV cases

WASHINGTON: More than 6,000 HIV cases annually in the US can be linked to the popular classified ad website Craigslist, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, claim. Craigslist’s entry into a… Read more »


Insulin-producing cells may help in diabetes

WASHINGTON: In a first, researchers have used human skin cells to create insulin-producing cells that respond to glucose and correct blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice. The findings may represent a… Read more »


DNA clock can predict lifespan

LONDON: Scientists have identified a biological clock that provides vital clues about how long a person is likely to live. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with scientists… Read more »