Amar B. Shrestha

Hello Eye Drops, Goodbye Glasses

Beginning around the age of 40, most adults have difficulty with near vision, and many find the need to use reading glasses. In October 2021, the US FDA granted approval for the use of Allergan’s eye drop, Vuity (pilocarpine HCl ophthalmic solution) 1.25%, which could eliminate the need for reading …

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Sleep Better with a Weighted Blanket

Made of heavier materials or layers of fabric filled with minute glass or plastic pellets, weighted blankets are heavier than normal ones and can weigh anywhere from 3 lb (1.36 kg) to more than 20 lb (9.07 kg). The pressure applied evenly throughout the body (deep pressure stimulation) can have …

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2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will be awarded to Svante Pääbo for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins (the group consisting of modern humans, extinct human species, and all our immediate ancestors) and human evolution, as per the decision of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska …

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World’s Largest Sperm Bank

With over 800 sperm donors listed on its website as of August 2022, and offering delivery to over 100 countries, Denmark’s Cryos International is the largest sperm and egg bank in the world. Its establishment originated from an unusual dream its founder Olas Schou had back in 1981, which drove …

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Red Alert: Decreasing Testosterone Levels in Men

“Why are men’s testosterone levels decreasing?” This was the stark headline in an online site in 2021. It was followed by the statement, “Testosterone levels are decreasing in men on a global scale. Whilst there are often lifestyle factors that impact both testosterone levels and sperm health, research shows that …

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Semaglutide and Obesity

A research to be presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting in Stockholm from September 19-23, 2022, states that weekly injections of semaglutide (a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist) more than halved the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) and induced weight loss of …

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Pesticide Use Results in Male Sterility

More than 1,100 former banana workers in Panama say that a pesticide used by a leading fruit company on the plantations made them sterile. The pesticide, Di-bromochloropropane (1, 2-dibromo-3-chloropropane) or DBCP, targets microscopic worms that damage banana plants. Tens of thousands of former banana workers in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, …

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A City Alive with Culture & Heritage

The vitality of Kathmandu’s inner city, such as Thamel, Jyatha, Kamalakhsi, Ason, Bangemudha, and Bhedasingh, in the decade of 2030 B.S. and the enthusiasm and optimism with which locals conducted their businesses and provided services to tourists has now withered down and become stale. Now, these places look like they …

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The Case for Cannabis Legalization

As far as its medical use is concerned, cannabis is legalized in about 45 countries around the world, including many states and territories in the United States. The word “cannabis” refers to all products derived from the plant Cannabis sativa L, which is native to central and south Asia. Marijuana, …

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