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Folic acid supplementation should start before conception
The prevalence of neural birth defects in children born in Chennai has been found to be 2.7 per 1000 births. This translates to nearly 300 defective births of which about 200 could be prevented through folic acid supplements.
Breast cancer-folic acid link?
A PAPER published in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal found that women taking high doses of folic acid throughout pregnancy might be more likely to die from breast cancer later in life compared with those who did not take the ...
Vital organs gave snakes their venom
Scientists speculate that snake venoms originate from proteins produced in different organs throughout the body.
Air pollution damages foetal chromosomes
THE IMMEDIATE need to reduce vehicular emission levels has been brought out by a recent study which found that exposure of expectant mothers to combustion-related urban air pollution has the potential to alter the structure of foetus' ...
Lobsters feel no pain
IT IS the ethical dilemma that for decades has troubled the rich and aspiring the world over: when you place a live lobster in a pot of boiling water, does it feel pain? Norwegian scientists were asked to investigate pain, discomfort and stress ...
Black headed caterpillar in coconut
The caterpillars feed on the chlorophyll containing tissues.
Controlling citrus mealy bug
CITRUS MEALY bug (Pseudococcus filamentous) is a common pest in South India. The female is wingless with a flat body. Male is winged, and without a mouth. The bugs usually ovipost eggs in clusters with a protective waxy covering on the ...
Controlling floral disease in mango
IMPORTANT FLOWER damaging fungal diseases which infest mango are anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and powdery mildew caused by Oidium mangiferae. Anthracnose infection appears as small black spots on flower ...
Why IT's all happening in health-care
Disease is a global concern. So why is health care one of the last to computerise? Anand Parthasarathy looks for the few bright spots in a generally dismal scenario.
High yielding and bold-seeded chickpea variety
SCIENTISTS AT the Division of Genetics at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have developed a high-yielding and bold-seeded `Kabuli' chickpea (Cicer arietinum) variety. The improved variety with semi-erect ...
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