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Dogs can sniff out cancer in blood with 97% accuracy

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Your canine friend can use its highly evolved sense of smell to pick out blood samples from people with cancer with almost 97 per cent accuracy, a finding that can lead to new low-cost and non-invasive screening approaches for the disease, finds a study.

Dogs have smell receptors 10,000 times more accurate than humans’, making them highly sensitive to odours we can not perceive.

“Although there is no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope,” said lead researcher Heather Junqueira, at BioScentDx, a US-based healthcare company. “A highly sensitive test for detecting cancer could save thousands of lives and change the way the disease is treated,” he said.

For the study, the team used a form of clicker training to teach four beagles to distinguish between normal blood serum and samples from patients with malignant lung cancer.
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Although one beagle — aptly named Snuggles — was unmotivated to perform, the other three correctly identified lung cancer samples 96.7 per cent times and normal samples 97.5 per cent times.

“This work is very exciting because it paves the way for further research along two paths, both of which could lead to new cancer-detection tools,” said Junqueira.

“One is using canine scent detection as a screening method for cancers, and the other would be to determine the biologic compounds the dogs detect and then design cancer-screening tests based on those compounds,” he said.

The results will be presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in Florida. The team plans to use canine scent detection to develop a non-invasive way of screening for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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Remove fear from these two yogas and complete every task with confidence

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During the run-up time, there is the stress of completing the target in the office or the fear of being in competition

All these tension and fear somewhere reduces the confidence in you. Because of this, there comes a time when you feel that you will not be able to face the difficulties in life.

At such a time, there are two special yogasanas that can help you.

These asanas, which remove the fear by increasing self-confidence, are named Virabhadrasana and Vriksasana. Performing Virabhadrasana keeps the mind calm and infuses courage.

It promotes digestion as well as removes fear and anxiety from the mind, while Vriksasana is done to increase concentration and focus.

How to do Virabhadrasana

To perform Virabhadrasana, first of all stand upright. After this, while moving your right leg forward, bend your right knee slightly.

While doing this, an angle of about 90 degrees should be made between the knee and the ground. Keep in mind that while doing this your left leg should be straight.

With this, the soles of the feet should be attached to the ground. After that, take a deep breath and raise both your hands upwards.

While doing this, keep your shoulders in a comfortable position. Do not let both ears come near your shoulder.

How to do Vriksasana Yoga

To do this asana, first of all stand upright. Raise your hands up, keeping both of your feet at some distance from each other.

While doing this, straighten your hands and mix the palms together. While bending the knee of the right foot, keep its sole on the left thigh.

During this condition, the heel of the right foot will rest under the anal gate, ie the genitals.

Keep the palms, head and shoulders in the same line while balancing on the left leg.

Take a deep breath here and it is better to focus on a point or thing. Also hold the earth with its claws. Doing so will not upset the balance.

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