VAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS FOR URINARY INCONTINENCE TEMPORARILY BANNED

The government has accepted a recommendation to temporarily ban vaginal mesh implants for women with urinary incontinence. The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review concluded there must be an immediate pause in the use of surgical mesh to treat stress-urinary incontinence (SUI) – a condition where urine leaks out when the bladder is under […]

DRONES ARE BEING USED TO FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA

The drone makes a conspicuous racket as it lifts off on a mission to capture images of the reservoir below. The sight and sound of this strange device stirs interest among locals as they make their way to and from the town of Kasungu in central Malawi. It takes a matter of minutes for a […]

INDIA BECOMES WORLD’S SIXTH LARGEST ECONOMY

Indian economy had slowed down last year due to transitory shocks like demonetization and the chaotic implementation of the national goods and services tax (GST), but has since bounced back. As per the World Bank’s updated data for 2017, India has edged past France and snatched the tag of the world’s sixth-largest economy from it, […]

TRUMP MOST FOLLOWED LEADER ON TWITTER, PM MODI BAGS THE THIRD PLACE

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday. The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said. With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts […]

ELECTRONIC TOYS IMPEDE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN : NEW STUDY

There are few sounds parents dislike more than the constant chirping, beeping, singing, or buzzing of children’s electronic toys. These sounds, often on repeat for hours of the day, are like the proverbial nails on a chalkboard and quickly become an irritation to already stressed parents. Purchased by well-meaning parents or relatives, electronic toys are […]

ANIMALS BECOME NOCTURNAL TO AVOID HUMAN INTERACTIONS

Ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, released a study published in Science Magazine that indicates animals are adjusting their habits to avoid the stresses of human encroachment on their habitat. According to the research from Kaitlyn M. Gaynor, Cheryl E. Hojnowski, Neil H. Carter, and Justin S. Brashares, human population growth is having a […]

MICROBES IN THE FRACKING WELLS MAY HOLD CLUES TO EXTRA TERRESTRIAL LIFE

Energy companies using hydraulic fracturing – fracking – to extract natural gas and petroleum from rock and shale formations have inadvertently revealed and, in some cases, created, communities of microbial life thousands of metres below Earth’s surface, according to new research. Discoveries from the United States could have implications for improved energy production from fracking […]

ZAPPING THE BRAIN APPEARS TO DECREASE AGGRESSIVE INTENTIONS, NEW STUDY

The possibility of using brain stimulation to help prevent future violence just passed a proof of concept stage, according to new research published Monday in the Journal of Neuroscience. In a double-blind, randomized controlled study, a group of volunteers who received a charge to their dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that […]

WIKIPEDIA DOWN IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN EU LAW PROTEST

Wikipedia went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users. In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote came up when […]

GOOGLE SAYS YOUR GMAIL MESSAGES ARE SOMETIMES READ BY THIRD PARTIES

Private emails sent and received by Gmail users are sometimes read by third-party developers, Google admitted, despite promises to stop the practice. Users whose accounts are linked to third-party apps may have unwittingly given developers access to their emails, a report by the Wall Street Journal published Monday said. Allowing third-parties to access user data […]