A possible new pathway for treating epileptic seizures in patients with autism

Autism affects about 2% of children in the United States, and about 30% of these children have seizures. Recent large-scale genetic studies revealed that genetic variants in a sodium channel, called voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, is a leading cause of autism. Overactive sodium channels in the neuron cause seizures. Doctors often treat seizures by giving […]

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Pakistan following China to achieve 100 percent vaccination target against the Covid-19: Planning Minister

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has said that Pakistan was following Iron Brother China to achieve 100 percent vaccination target against the Covid-19. Speaking to Gwadar Pro here, he said that China had been helpful in both providing the vaccines and guidelines.“We are following China. The way they […]

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Politicizing COVID-19 origins is unreliable: Putin

Moscow: Politicizing the origins of COVID-19 will only lead to untrustworthy conclusions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week during the plenary session of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).“Those who choose to politicize this issue are making colossal, catastrophic mistakes in the fight against the pandemic,” Putin said. “When politicization occurs, this immediately decreases […]

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China has set an example for the whole world to defeat Covid-19: Punjab Health Minister

Gwadar Pro Lahore: Punjab Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid said this week that China has set an example for the whole world to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic. Chairing a meeting here on Covid-19, the Provincial Health Minister said Pakistan had also done well to cope with the Covid-19. Punjab Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique also […]

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Lab analysis finds near-meat and meat not nutritionally equivalent

Plant-based meat substitutes taste and chew remarkably similar to real beef, and the 13 items listed on their nutrition labels — vitamins, fats and protein — make them seem essentially equivalent. But a Duke University research team’s deeper examination of the nutritional content of plant-based meat alternatives, using a sophisticated tool of the science known […]

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How a racing heart may alter decision-making brain circuits

Anxiety, addiction, and other psychiatric disorders are often characterized by intense states of what scientists call arousal: The heart races, blood pressure readings rise, breaths shorten, and “bad” decisions are made. In an effort to understand how these states influence the brain’s decision-making processes, scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai analyzed […]

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Eating more plant foods may lower heart disease risk in young adults, older women

Eating more nutritious, plant-based foods is heart-healthy at any age, according to two research studies published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.In two separate studies analyzing different measures of healthy plant food consumption, researchers found that both young adults and postmenopausal women had […]

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COVID-19 lab leak theory doesn’t hold up to scientific scrutiny

Xinhua Beijing: There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, was created in a lab, and none of the lab leak claims “hold up to scientific scrutiny,” a virologist with the University of Glasgow has said.The lab leak theory “offers no evidence other than the circumstantial location of the Wuhan […]

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Muharram gatherings to be held under strict COVID-19 SOPs: NCOC

Islamabad: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) this week issued special instructions for managing Muharram-ul-Harram activities with proper COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain disease spread.The Forum issued these instructions keeping in view the recommendations of the ulema (scholars) concerned regarding Muharram. The NCOC guidelines underlined that all gatherings and processions would be […]

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‘Feel good’ brain messenger can be willfully controlled, new study reveals

From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain’s “feel good” chemical related to reward and pleasure. A ubiquitous neurotransmitter that carries signals between brain cells, dopamine, among its many functions, […]

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Australia supports Pakistan to strengthen covid-19 surveillance

Newswire Islamabad: The Australian High Commission has launched an initiative with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to help double COVID-19 testing capacity across Islamabad and the four provincial capitals of Pakistan. The Australian grant will be administered by the Asian Development Bank through the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF).Australia’s assistance aims to enhance […]

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Hidden epidemic the world cannot ignore

Sara Al-Mulla Infectious diseases have garnered much attention lately as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). While the pandemic lingers on, another sinister set of noncommunicable diseases is rampant in epidemic proportions, making populations more susceptible to complications and death from the virus. Research reveals that people living with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic […]

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Auditory hallucinations rooted in aberrant brain connectivity

Auditory hallucinations, a phenomenon in which people hear voices or other sounds in the absence of external stimuli, are a feature of schizophrenia and some other neuropsychiatric disorders. How they arise in the brain has been unclear, but new research indicates that altered brain connectivity between sensory and cognitive processing areas may be responsible.The study […]

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Pakistan receives 4.2 million Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in a single day

Newswire Islamabad: Pakistan has received 4.2 million COVID-19 Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines from China in a single day to boost the country’s fight against the deadly virus. A special plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) airlifted the batch of 1.2 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine after three million doses of Sinovac landed here earlier in […]

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England, Scotland and Wales exempt some countries from travel quarantine — but Canada isn’t one of them

Newswire London: The governments of the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales announced today that travellers to the three countries who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival — but fully vaccinated travellers from Canada will still have to undergo quarantine.The change goes […]

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UK donates 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Malaysia

Mazwin Nik Anis Putrajaya: Malaysia has received another vaccine contribution, this time from the United Kingdom donating 415,000 doses of the UK-manufactured AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia welcomes the announcement made by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Secretary of State Dominic Raab on the matter.The contribution, he […]

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Chinese vaccines key to world’s fight against COVID-19

Newswire Beijing: As of this week, China has provided 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and concentrates used for production to more than 100 countries and international organizations, accounting for one-sixth of global COVID-19 vaccine production, a Foreign Ministry official said. Guo Xuejun, deputy director of the ministry’s Department of International Economic Affairs, said that […]

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Nutrition and heart health: The latest review

A new literature review suggests refined dietary guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The paper emphasizes pleasure, education, and sustainability as key factors in long-term dietary success.It is worth noting that funding sources and author affiliations present conflicts of interest.In a recent article, researchers explored the findings of past studies into heart-healthy eating. […]

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