Tiny Tidbits: Medical News

Tiny Tidbits: Medical News

by January 27, 2019 0 comments

Exercise to control drug use

Self-administered exercises can significantly boost in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, suggests a recent study. The study, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, examined whether positive psychology exercises increase happiness in people recovering from substance use. “Addiction scientists are increasingly moving beyond the traditional focus on reducing or eliminating substance use by advocating treatment protocols that encompass quality of life. Yet orchestrated positive experiences are rarely incorporated into treatment for those with substance use disorders,” said Bettina B Hoeppner, lead author of the study.

Novel  drive for swine flu relief

The Rajasthan Government recently launched a special screening drive for swine flu in the state where 49 people have died and 1,233 found positive this year. Responding to BJP MLA Kalicharan Saraf during the Zero Hour in the Assembly, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said that an intense campaign is being launched in the state between January 21 and 23 for the screening of the flu. “Of the total 5,367 samples collected this year, 1,233 were found positive and 49 deaths recorded so far,” he informed the House. He said it was a seasonal disease and the Government was taking all measures to contain the spread of the flu. Sharma also said that regular meetings of the task force were being held and that the department was monitoring the situation day-to-day. All the additional directors, Chief Medical and Health Officers and Block CMOs have also been instructed to regularly visit their respective areas for cross verification.

Pure water through bacteria?

Scientists have designed a novel filtration technology which they say purifies water using bacterial membranes and graphene oxide. More than one in 10 people in the world lack basic drinking water access, and by 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas, said researchers at the Washington University in the US. The new ultrafiltration membrane purifies water while preventing biofouling or buildup of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that reduce the flow of water, they said. If the technique is scaled up to a large size, it could benefit many developing countries where clean water is scarce, according to the study. Biofouling accounts for nearly half of all membrane fouling and is highly challenging to eradicate completely. The researchers previously developed other membranes using gold nanostars, but wanted to design one that used less expensive materials.

Writer and Courtesy: The Pioneer

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