Sydney, Dec 5 - Bugs can convert traces of drugs, present in sewage, into deadly toxins, especially during the water treatment process. The process mimics a similar transformation in the human gut, where drugs believed to be safe can be converted into toxic forms during metabolism.
Washington, Dec 2 - You always knew that dressing up greens was the way to get finicky kids to eat healthy. Now a study quantifies just how much it helps. A study has found that offering 2.5 ounces of ranch dressing as a dip sauce increases broccoli consumption by 80 percent among children.
Ranch dressing is a mix of buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, minced green onion, garlic powder, and other seasonings.
Toronto, Dec 1 - Eating protein-rich foods, especially dairy products, protect bones when overweight or obese young women try to shed weight through dieting, suggests a new study.
The study found bone health improvements were particularly evident due to the high density of bone-supporting nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and dairy-based protein.
London, Oct 20 : A new research has claimed that IVF increases the chances of a potentially fatal pregnancy condition by almost 41 percent.
According to experts from US universities and research centres including the National Institutes of Health, data from six studies has found that the risk of pre-eclampsia was much higher in IVF pregnancies than among those conceived naturally, the Daily Express reported.
London, Oct 10 : Scientists have uncovered three new genetic faults, which increase the risk of developing deadly skin cancer by 30 per cent.
It has long been known that people with fair skin, blue or green eyes, blond or red hair, a high number of moles, who burn easily and who have a family history of the disease are all at a significantly higher risk of contracting melanoma.
Washington, Sep 16 : That playing video games makes the brain smarter and improves concentration might be a myth fostered by a host of studies.
"Despite the hype, in reality, there is little solid evidence that games enhance cognition at all," said Walter Boot, assistant professor in psychology at Florida State University who led the study.
London, Sept 6 : A new study has revealed that the effect of radiation therapy to treat cancer differs from one individual to another.
Vivian Cheung from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia along with his colleagues exposed the cells of 99 healthy individuals to a session of radiation, which starts a cellular response akin to that taking place during cancer therapy.
Washington, Sept 6 : A team of researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine has identified a promising therapeutic target in the brain that could lead to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Alexander Neumeister, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and colleagues collaborated with the Yale Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center to evaluate 96 patients.
Washington, August 17: Moderate social drinking - a maximum of two drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women - significantly reduces the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, according to a new study.
Washington, June 30 : An unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage's caffeine which seemingly offers protection against Alzheimer's.
A new mouse study by University of South Florida has found that this interaction boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to counteract Alzheimer's disease process.
Washington, June 10: Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both emphysema and lung cancer, but now a new study has uncovered the genetic link between both the diseases.
Washington, June 10: Scientists have developed a promising new strategy for treating human type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 200 million people worldwide.
In a mouse study, scientists at Mayo Clinic Florida showed that a different approach could also be effective for treating diabetes — namely, blocking the breakdown of insulin, after it is secreted from the pancreas.
London, June 10: Researchers have suggested in the Lancet that there is high possibility of developing 20 new or improved vaccines in the next decade.
Although they have identified AIDS and malaria vaccines as the most important areas for the research, they also felt that neglected tropical diseases, such as leprosy, should also be investigated.
Washington, June 10: Scientists have found that a nutrient present in broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables can selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected.
Washington, June 10: Scientists at Lund University in Sweden have developed a new technique that converts mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage.
With the direct conversion technique, the Swedish research group has for the first time succeeded in creating specific types of nerve cells from human skin.
Tokyo, June 10: Japanese green tea, which is widely known across the world for its purity and health-enhancing properties, has reportedly been contaminated with radiation following the accident in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant caused by the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami.
London, June 10: Scientists from the Nottingham University are on the way to making a drug that may put an end to all the miseries caused by feline allergies, ranging from a fit of sneezes to a dangerous asthma attack.
London, June 10: A new study has found that donning killer heels and ill-fitting footwear could end up giving you arthritis.
According to experts, a staggering 60 per cent of arthritis affects the feet and is often caused by wearing badly fitting shoes such as stilettos.
London, May 27 : Don't stress yourself too much, else an increased release of stress hormones could trigger Alzheimer's disease, to go by new research based on mice. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany, have discovered that increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to production of excess tau protein in the brain and ultimately, memory loss.
Washington, May 24 : A new study has dismissed previous claims that caffeine in the fruity alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, is responsible for the spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations.
"Four Loko didn't have the extraordinary intoxicating effect because of caffeine, but rather because of the phenomenon of situational specificity of tolerance", said Shepard Siegel of McMaster University.
Washington, Apr 12: A new research suggests that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could help detect Alzheimer''s disease (AD) at an early stage, before irreversible damage has occurred.
With no known treatment to alter its course, AD exacts an enormous toll on society. The Alzheimer''s Association estimates that 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease today.
Washington, Mar 12: Scientists have identified a potential therapeutic target to slow changes that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson''s and Alzheimer''s diseases.
Cell biologists pondering the death of neurons - brain cells - said that by eliminating one ingredient from the cellular machinery, they prolonged the life of neurons stressed by a pesticide chemical.
Santiago de Cuba, March 1 : A Cuban medication for diabetic feet ulcers is fast becoming popular in a number of countries and has been used to treat more than 22,000 patients worldwide, according to a senior official.
London, Jan 27 - Scientists have identified a key chemical that boosts memory, potentially opening the way to newer treatments for Alzheimer's.
In a series of experiments, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers in the US showed that IGF-II plays a key role in memory.
The chemical is found in relatively high levels in the hippocampus, the brain's memory hub. However, levels decline with age, the journal Nature reports.
New Delhi, Jan 1 - Stem cell transplant in India costs a fraction of what it does abroad but the country has very few centres where the procedure can be done and not enough dedicated medical staff, says an expert.
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