Stem Cells May Be Secret to Regenerating Fingers and Toes

By: Dr. Pankaj Kumar Yadav, Asstt. Editor-ICN Mammals can regenerate the very tips of their fingers and toes after amputation, and now new research shows how stem cells in the nail play a role in that process. LUCKNOW: A study in mice, detailed online today (June 12) in the journal Nature, reveals the chemical signal that triggers stem cells to develop into new nail tissue, and also attracts nerves that promote nail and bone regeneration. The findings suggest nail stem cells could be used to develop new treatments for amputees, the…

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Antarctica Ice Shelf Cracks-Warning For The Global Sea-Level Rise?

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh (Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Executive Editor-ICN Group  Scientists believe that the entire West Antarctica Ice Sheet is likely to collapse within the next 100 years, sending a massive volume of water into the sea. The data collected by the researchers on Climate change and their forecasts based on General circulation model (GCM), Earth’s and ocean water temperature is increasing. This is not only affecting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem but human life also. Climate change is the challenge of our…

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ISRO Successfully Launches Military Communication Satellite GSAT-7

GSAT-7 will boost the communication capabilities of defence forces, especially the Indian Air Force (IAF).ISRO ends 2018 with seven successful space launches from India’s spaceport, tying a record set in 2016 for the most Indian space launches in a year. SRIHARIKOTA: India has successfully launched a military communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan space center on the eastern island of Sriharikota. The mission life of the GSAT-7A, built by the ISRO, is 8 years. It will provide communication capability to users in Ku-band over the Indian region, the space agency said. GSAT-7…

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Potassium Series: Part 4

By: Dr. Ameya Tripathi, Associate Editor-ICN LUCKNOW: In our previous articles we discussed in details about how potassium is important for our body functions and how its excess is dangerous for us. Now we want to look at the deficiency of potassium and its associated conditions. Hypokalemia As we have discussed in our previous article, the optimal amount of potassium in our blood serum is 3.5 to 5.0 mmol/L. whenever its level falls down below 3.5 mmol/L then the condition is known as Hypokalemia. Hypokalemia is also termed as hypokalemic syndrome,…

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World’s First Baby Born Via Womb Transplant From Dead Donor

The first baby has been born following a womb transplant from a deceased donor, a study published in The Lancet has revealed. The successful transplant, performed by surgeons in Brazil, could greatly broaden access for women with uterine infertility to the treatment, without the need for live donors. The procedure to transfer the uterus from donor to recipient lasted more than 10 hours.The surgery involved connecting the recipient’s veins and arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals with the donated uterus. The woman’s previously fertilized and frozen eggs were implanted after seven months and…

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India’s Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 Launched Successfully From French Guiana

GSAT-11, weighing 5,854 kg, is ISRO’s heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite.The next generation satellite is going to help ramp up internet speeds.  BENGALURU: India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 has been successfully launched into orbit a few minutes past 2 am IST on Wednesday. After a 30-minute flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. GSAT-11 is a large planned Indian geostationary communications satellite.GSAT-11 is India’s heaviest satellite.ISRO Chairman K Sivan said soon after the launch, describing the GSAT-11 as the “richest space asset”…

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ANUG-“TRENCH MOUTH”

By: Dr. Abhishek Kumar Pandey, Asstt. Editor-ICN This condition came to be called “Trench Mouth” because of its prevalence among soldiers fighting in the trenches during World War I.  LUCKNOW: ANUG stands for Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis. It is a common, non- contagious infection of the gums that occurs suddenly. It is also known as trench mouth, Vincent’s angina. It is characterized clinically by gingival erythema and pain, fetid odour, necrosis and sloughing of intrerdental papillae and marginal gingiva which give rise to a grey pseudomembrane formation, fever, regional lymphadenopathy…

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Potassium Series: Part 3

By: Dr. Ameya Tripathi, Asstt. Editor-ICN LUCKNOW: In our previous series we have discussed about potassium’s role and its dietary requirements. While deficiency of potassium causes various disorders, excess of potassium is also dangerous. The excess of potassium compared to optimum level, in our body is termed as “hyperkalemia”. What is hyperkalemia? When the level of potassium in body exceeds 5 mmol/ L in blood serum then the condition is known as hyperkalemia. Potassium level higher than 5.5 mmol/L is critically high, and a potassium level over 6 mmol/L can be…

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Potassium Series: Part 2

By: Dr. Ameya Tripathi, Associate Editor-ICN What does Potassium do in human body? LUCKNOW: What are functions of Potassium? In its various forms it regulates and controls a wide varieties of functions in our body and ensure its optimum working. Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It helps the body regulate fluid, send nerve signals and regulate muscle contractions. Roughly 98% of the potassium in your body is found in your cells. Of this, 80% is found in your muscle cells, while the other 20% can be…

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ISRO Launches The GSAT-29 From Sriharikota

SRIHARIKOTA: ISRO on Wednesday launched India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard the second developmental flight GSLV-MkII D2 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite was launched at 5.08 pm on November 14.The satellite launch is the second test flight for the GSLV Mark III rocket, which is also ISRO’s heaviest rocket. ISRO chairman Dr Sivan, in his congratulatory message to his fellow scientists, said, the GSLV Mark-Three has entered majestically into the list of operational launch vehicles today. The satellite, developed by ISRO, will be…

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