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Animals that live closely with humans carry more infectious pathogens, study finds

Study by researchers at University College London in UK also notes that changes in land-use by humans increase risk of zoonotic diseases.
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New microbe offers big malaria hope — it saves humans and doesn’t kill mosquitoes either

A study conducted by researchers from Kenya, UK and South Africa claims the microbe offers mosquitoes 100% immunity from getting infected with malaria.
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World Malaria Day: Why a disease thousands of years old continues to kill

Malaria, which kills around 5 lakh people every year, is caused by a parasite transmitted through mosquito bites.
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Delhi govt marks homes under COVID-19 quarantine — 4 times world saw such isolations before

Over the centuries, countries have used different strategies to isolate people suffering from contagious diseases to limit community transmissions.
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These are the two laws Modi govt has invoked to tackle coronavirus. But it’s not enough

The Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 are innovative, but they still fall short of comprehensibly dealing with outbreaks.
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How smart were our ancestors? Look at blood flow, not brain size

The human brain requires about 10 mL of blood every second. This changes remarkably little, whether a person is awake, asleep, or solving math problems.
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Vitamin E acetate in vaping liquid : What’s safe in your diet might not be in your lungs

Inhaling oils and other lipids can lead to deposition of oily droplets in lungs.
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Indians will be infected with malaria, cholera and flu as part of new vaccination trials

For all the strides India has made, it wields a heavy disease burden from afflictions such as cholera, malaria and dengue.  
Vaccinations

Measles cases down but India still ranks 4th on WHO list of countries reporting the disease

The number of children suffering from measles in India has come down from 69,391 in 2018 to 24,076 in 2019, till June.
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Facebook doesn’t know if you’re psychotic

The news that researchers can use our feeds to predict if we suffer from a medical condition is impressive but the less you share, the less they figure out.

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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

Defence

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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.