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Hospital to Treat

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A teddy bear hospital has been launched in the UAE where children can check-in with their 'sick' teddies, the first of its kind facility in the UAE to help minors overcome anxiety while seeing a doctor. In the opening session, teddy bears underwent a 'CT scan', and were led into the surgery ward to get anesthetics before their operation. The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences houses the hospital which is a part of a program designed to teach school children hands-on about medical procedures and to decrease any preconceived fears of doctor visits. Upon admission, the children met the doctors to discuss their bear's medical situation. They awaited their respective teddy bear at the observation room where they were brought out with an intravenous drip and bandages.

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Lack of Sleep May Cause the Brain to ‘Eat’ Itself

According to a new research, the brain starts eating its own connections, worn-out cells and debris when it does not get enough sleep. Researchers from Marche Polytechnic University in Italy looked at a type of glial cells called astrocytes which prune unnecessary synapses in the brain to remodel its wiring. Sleep loss can trigger astrocytes to start breaking down more of the brain’s connections and their debris, reported New Scientist. Michele Bellesi of the Marche Polytechnic University said they show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss. “In the short term, this might be beneficial -- clearing potentially harmful debris and rebuilding worn circuitry might protect healthy brain connections,” she added.

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Where Women Consistently Earn More Than Men

In one occupation — one at the very tiptop of Corporate America — the median woman has consistently earned more than the median man. It is the corner office of the country’s largest public companies: chief executives of S&P 500 corporations. A new analysis of the largest public US companies by the Associated Press and Equilar, the executive pay and corporate governance research firm, found that the median female CEO made USD13.1 million in 2016, compared with USD11.4 million for the median male CEO. Whatever the reason, it has been happening repeatedly — and for a while. Among the 25 highest paid CEOs in 2016, according to the AP/Equilar study, five of them were women, an over-representation when women make up less than 6 percent of all CEOs in the S&P 500, according to the nonprofit group Catalyst.

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New Species of 'See-through' Frog Discovered

A new glass frog species with transparent skin through which its heart-beat is visible has been discovered by scientists who warn that the amphibian may already be at threat of extinction. The frog discovered in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador has unique physical and behavioral traits. The dark green spots on its back and its reproductive behavior mark it out as different from known frogs. Not all glass frogs have hearts that are visible through the chest. In some, the heart itself is white, so you don't see the red blood, said Paul Hamilton of US-based organization Biodiversity Group. Glass frogs need pristine streams to breed in, researchers said. If the stream dries up, or becomes polluted, the frogs can't survive, and other more resilient creatures may be next, said Hamilton

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Tobacco Kills 7 Million a Year, Wreaks Environmental Havoc

Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said on May 30, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution, and waste. In a report released ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, WHO warned that the annual death toll of seven million people had jumped from four million at the turn of the century. WHO estimates that it drains more than USD1.4 trillion from households and governments each year in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity. The industry emits nearly four million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually. And waste from the process contains over 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens, WHO said.

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