Supreet Maniktala

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How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.<p>I awoke in a bed for the first time in days. My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I …

The mobile phone – Rwanda’s key weapon in making maternal deaths history – Stories of UNICEF Innovation

September 12, 2013<p><b>Making the invisible visible</b><p>5 years ago, if you wanted to know the number of pregnant women in Musanze district (one of the …

Developing countries lose $1tn a year from 'illicit financial flows'

Developing countries are losing more than $1tn (£614bn) a year in "illicit financial flows", stemming from crime and corruption, according to estimates. This fast-rising figure is already 10 times the total amount of foreign aid these countries are receiving.<p>Between 2002 and 2011, governments in …

A Nasty Fever Called Chikungunya Hits Close To Home

Well, look what showed up on our doorstep.<p>The Western Hemisphere has an unwelcome visitor: a painful tropical illness called chikungunya fever.<p>And it doesn't look like the hard-to-say illness is leaving anytime soon. (You can hear how to pronounce it here.)<p>After being a problem in Africa and …

Senate OKs bill on undetectable guns

Congress approved an extension of a 25-year-old gun safety law on Monday, hours before it was slated to expire at midnight.<p>The Senate adopted a House-passed 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA), sending the law to President Barack Obama’s desk. The legislation is the most …

This man was just evicted from Beijing’s underground heating system—and there are many more like him

In a luxury residential neighborhood in northeastern Beijing, a 52-year-old man named Wang Xiuqing has been living in the underground pipelines (link in Chinese) of the city’s heating system for 10 years.<p>On Dec. 6, after seeing news reports (Chinese) of Wang and others’ underground abodes, …

China

The Massively Different Pricing Of 2 Identical Drugs Shows Something Deeply Wrong With The US Healthcare System

They have identical risks, but one costs 40 times as much as the other. Yet, doctors often prescribe the more expensive drug.<p>This costs Medicare more than a billion dollars a year, but the agency can do little to stop it. Unlike other health agencies, Medicare does not have the right to negotiate …

Ambitious Bill Targets HIV/AIDS Discrimination

"It's about trying to be fair to people who have a treatable chronic disease rather than being literally criminals armed with a deadly weapon," Sen. Chris Coons says. Advocates are hopeful.<p>WASHINGTON — Activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS are hopeful that a new piece of legislation being …

'Secret' Pakistani prisoners appear before Supreme Court

<b>Fourteen prisoners alleged to have been held in secret and without charge by the Pakistani army have appeared before the Supreme Court in Islamabad.</b><p>Six of the 14 men were identified by their relatives, who say they disappeared after being handed over to the military from a detention …

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract<p>• Lanre Bakare: Go home, David Simon. Without justice …

Brain Stimulation May Induce the Human Will to Persevere

One epilepsy patient reported a flushing in his chest and described a feeling of determinedness, like getting ready to drive through a storm. A …

Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Creativity

On the Red Couch with Author and Physician Deepak Chopra

Inside Flipboard / December 5, 2013<p>It’s not every day that red couch interviewees respond to our questions with quotes like, “Healing is the return …

Probiotics treat autism-like symptoms in mice

Mice with symptoms similar to autism improved after they were treated with probiotic therapy.<p>The results, reported in the journal <i>Cell</i>, offer the …

Neuroscience

Young, poor black and Hispanic men increasingly the face of HIV/AIDS in America

<b>( motorolka via Shutterstock)</b><p>“There wasn’t even an ad campaign aimed at young black men until last year,” says one sexual health advocate<p>Katie McDonough<p>December 5, 2013 5:55pm (UTC)<p>Despite significant progress in preventing and treating HIV in recent years, the number of people nationwide who …

Hiding in Plain Sight: Finding New Targets for Old Drugs | WIRED

In late 2011, mice with small-cell lung cancer had their tumors reduced by an anti­depressant called imipramine. The basis of the study was the idea …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

5 Maps That Could Help Solve Some of the World’s Most Daunting Problems

• Author: Wired Magazine. Wired Magazine Science<br>• Date of Publication: 11.14.13. 11.14.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Slum Infrastructure: A …

Menstrual cycle can make concussion worse

How well a woman recovers from a concussion may depend on when during her menstrual cycle the injury occurred.<p>Researchers found that women injured …

Women's Health

Dengue fever outbreaks in the US leave scientists looking for answers

Researchers struggle to explain why tropical disease appears in some cities, but not others<p>Aedes aegypti<i>, a mosquito species known for spreading dengue fever, feeds on a human (Image: James Gatheny</i><i>).</i><p>Dengue fever was eradicated from the US nearly 70 years ago, but the devastating tropical disease …

What's The Most Important Thing Food Labels Should Tell Us?

Food labels have become battlegrounds. Just last week, voters in Washington state narrowly defeated a measure that would have required food manufacturers to reveal whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients.<p>Supporters of the initiative — and similar proposals in other states — …

FDA approves skull implant that helps treat epileptic seizures

Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the US, making it the third most common neurological disorder in the country. In a move that may offer relief for some patients, the FDA has approved a skull implant that helps reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.<p>The device …

Lancet Nutrition Series Recommends Solutions That Can Save Millions From 'Hidden Hunger'

Experts assert that the international hidden hunger epidemic has not been adequately adressed by policymakers and health care leaders. Until now.<p>A leading medical publication, The Lancet, released a novel set of affordable solutions to address maternal and child hidden hunger, a dietary endemic …

Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists

Research on rats indicates that protein levels in the brain can be altered by consuming too many sugary soft drinks<p>Fans of fizzy pop have been urged to think before they drink after research suggested sugary beverages could “profoundly” change the brain.<p>Drinking a sweet drink over a long period can …