Ebola: flawed protocols left U.S. nurses vulnerable

Obama administration under fire for refusal to implement travel bans.

An Obama administration health official said Sunday that U.S. protocols on Ebola failed because they originally were intended for African field hospitals, while the White House came under another round of attacks for its refusal to restrict travel from nations suffering epidemic outbreaks.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instructions for dealing with the virus were taken from the World Health Organization’s protocol for Africa, where conditions are much different from those in U.S. hospitals.

Key Facts: What is Cord Blood?

What is Cord Blood?

After a baby is born and the umbilical cord is cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and the portion of the umbilical cord that remains attached to it. After birth, the baby no longer needs this extra blood. This blood is called placental blood or umbilical cord blood: "cord blood" for short.

Cord blood contains all the normal elements of blood - red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. But it is also rich in hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow. This is why cord blood can be used for transplantation as an alternative to bone marrow.

Effective diet changes to reduce fats

The most powerful thing you can do to lose weight is to eat better.The principle behind losing weight through changing what you eat is still cutting calories, but this doesn't have to involve drastic portion control or a whole lot of calorie counting. The trick is to cut down on foods that have a lot of calories while giving your body little in return.

How to reduce fats?

Swap half your butter
Instead of cooking with butter, choose oils that are low in saturated fat like sunflower and olive oils, which will help keep your cholesterol levels down at healthy levels and are lower in calories, too. If you want the taste of butter, try swapping half and see if you notice the difference.

Boost Your Platelet Count Naturally

What is a healthy platelet count?

A normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Having more than 450,000 platelets is a condition called thrombocytosis; having less than 150,000 is known as thrombocytopenia. You get your platelet number from a routine blood test called a complete blood count (CBC).

How to increase platelet count naturally?

Zinc: what does it do to your body?

Zinc is a silvery-blue metal used to galvanize iron and as a component in torch batteries. It is essential for human health. About 2 grams of zinc are found in the body at anytime.

Zinc is considered one of the most important of the many nutrients needed for proper immune function, People who are zinc deficient are much more likely to develop infections, and many researchers believe the decline in immune function in older people is due, at least in part, to deficiencies of zinc and other nutrients Muscle pain and wasting, heart problems important for proper immunity. In one study, zinc supplementation (220 mg twice a day for one month) increased the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in healthy people over the age of 70. There was no such improvement in a group that received no supplementation.

Gentian is robust herb full of health benefits

Gentian is robust annual herb, known as Chirayata in India which grows up to about 1.5 meters in height. It has leaves in opposite pairs about 10 cm long, without stalks, pointed at the tip. The plant has numerous flowers, pale green in color, tinged with purple, with long white or pink hairs and minute sharp pointed fruits. The whole plant, collected in its flowering stage and dried, constitutes the drug. The trade name chirayata is based on the local name of the plant. It has long been used by the ayurvedic physicians as a bitter tonic.

The plant contains a bitter glycoside chiratin, which yield on hydrolysis, two bitter principle, ophelic acid and chiratin. The latter is soluble in water. The ophelic acid is a brown hydroscopic substance which is soluble in water and alcohol. It also contains reins, tannin and 4 to 8 per cent of ash.

PM Narendra Modi on hot water fast

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been subsisting only on hot water since 25th Sep14, not even lemon juice he was initially reported to be drinking during his fasting days.

Washington: It was only warm water for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who turned out to be the most unusual guest in the history of White House, he walks into the White House for a planned "private dinner" with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, he would have abstained from food for last one week, with 2 more days of fasting to follow in keeping with his annual practice during Navratri. In keeping with their guest's needs, he will only be offered hot water.

A plate in front of the Indian leader remained empty as some of the most powerful men and women in the world seated around the table ate compressed avocados, crisped halibut, saffron Basmati rice and salmon.

Lata Mangeshkar Was Slow Poisoned at the Age of 33

Did you know Lata Mangeshkar was slow poisoned at the age of 33? Shocked? Well, sadly we have to tell you that it was a fact.

Novelist Padma Sachdeva had mentioned about this incident in her book titled Lata Mangeshkar: Aisa Kahan Se Lauen. Let us tell you how the whole incident happened.

According to what Lataji revealed to Sachdeva, this happened in 1962. One morning, Lataji experienced severe pain in her stomach and vomited green liquid many times.

How neurons make up your mind

Neuroscientists use morphed images of Hollywood celebrities to reveal how neurons make up your mind

Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry were morphed for the study.

UbliAn international team of scientists, involving Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester, has shown how individual neurons in the human brain react to ambiguous morphed faces.

For this, the researchers used images of celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry, morphed together to create an ambiguous face which test subjects were asked to identify.

Celebrate Navratri with some delicious recipe

Melt-in-your-mouth rose boondi ladoos

Navratri is a Hindu festival of worship and dance in India. The word Navratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit; Nava meaning Nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi i.e. female divinity are worshiped.

The nine night’s festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight. The festival comes to an end on the tenth day of Vjay Dashmi or Dussehra, when the idols of the Goddess Shakti are immersed in the river.

Here are some delicious recipes on this occasion: