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Male infertility: Why are sperm counts around the world falling drastically?

They can make test-tube babies, grow human eggs in a lab and reproduce mice from frozen testicle tissue, but when it comes to knowing how a man’s sperm can swim to, find and fertilize an egg, scientists are still floundering. Enormous advances in treating infertility in recent decades have helped couples conceive longed-for offspring they previously would not have had. Yet this progress has also been a work-around for a major part of the problem: Sperm counts are falling drastically worldwide – and have been doing so for decades –…

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Health Benefits Of 38 Important Spices From Around The World

Spices play a significant role in the way we cook and consume food around the world. Every spice has its own flavoring and essence, and its addition or omission can literally make or break a dish. There are many spices we use in our day to day cooking, these include popular ones like cumin, black pepper, turmeric and coriander seeds. Spices are known to have several health benefits; in fact it’s the addition of a bouquet of spices, that make traditional indian home-cooked food one of the healthiest meals eaten around the…

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Indian Angel Network plans investment in around 150 startups

NEW DELHI: Venture capital consortium Indian Angel Network (IAN) is looking to invest in about 150 start-up firms in coming 4-5 years, a co-founder of the investment group said. “We have made six commitments as of now. In next 4-5 years, we have plans to invest in 100-150 firms,” said IAN co- founder Saurabh Srivastava. He said there is no shortage of funds at IAN and investors are looking at right opportunities. “We have funded in range of half a million to a million. Some has been to the tune of 3…

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Dancers from around the world show off at Irish Dancing Championships

Dancers from around the world will stomp the floorboards and leap into the air as they show off their best moves at Dublin’s World Irish Dancing Championships this week. The April 9-16 event draws some 5,000 performers from Ireland and overseas, including from both the Irish diaspora in places like the United States and Australia as well as less likely countries such as Russia and Japan. Contestants range in age from eight to 30, according to the organizers. Excitement was palpable backstage on Tuesday as performers warmed up for the…

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Blood Pressure Spike Around Doctors Might Point to Heart Problem

Some older people who get what’s known as white coat hypertension – a spike in blood pressure at the doctors’ office – may have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, a study suggests. White coat hypertension is pretty common – lots of people get stressed out around doctors and it’s not unusual for this to result in high blood pressure readings for patients who have normal blood pressure outside the exam room, researchers note in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. When researchers examined data on…

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On The Oscars Red Carpet, A Trip Around the World

Jennifer Lawrence photographed at the Academy Awards on February 29. (Image Courtesy: AFP) Brie Larson wore Gucci, the label revivified by Alessandro Michele: a billowy, bold, blue ruffled frock whose lightness was bisected and somewhat weighed down by a large jeweled belt. Cate Blanchett returned to one of her regular sponsors, Armani, who made over red-carpet dressing in the 1990s with beige and subtle sequins (Fashion Review) Turns out the Oscar outfits were also white, #SoWhite…#SewWhite. Not merely the fabrics – though the nominee Rooney Mara looked like a medieval-castle…

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