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Tart cherry juice best bet for cyclists' health

Tart cherry juice best bet for cyclists' healthWashington, June 3 - Researchers have said that cyclists who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate before a three-day simulated race experienced less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who drank another beverage.


Yoga may not be of much help to asthma sufferers

Yoga may not be of much help to asthma sufferersWashington, June 3 - Researchers have said that even though yoga is often suggested to asthma sufferers to help alleviate symptoms, a new study has found little evidence that yoga will improve symptoms.

Researchers of the report examined 14 previously published studies to determine the effectiveness of yoga in the treatment of asthma.


Pregnant women's wine intake could cause pancreatic problems in yet-to-be born kids

Pregnant women's wine intake could cause pancreatic problems in yet-to-be born kidsWashington, June 4 - A study has warned against use of Resveratrol supplements, which is a plant compound found in the skin of red grapes and in peanuts and berries, among other plants by pregnant women.


New study reveals technique to erase and reactivate memory

New study reveals technique to erase and reactivate memoryWashington, June 2 - A new study has revealed the procedure that allows the scientists to erase and then restore memory.

Roberto Malinow, PhD, said that they can form a memory, erase that memory and then they can also reactivate it according to their requirement by affecting a stimulus that selectively strengthens or weakens synaptic connections and re-stimulating the same nerves with a memory-forming, high-frequency train of optical pulses.


'Revolutionary' immune therapy holds key to treatment of advanced bladder cancer

immune therapyWashington, June 2 : A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report.

Yale Cancer Center played a key role in the study, the results of which will be presented Saturday, May 31 at the 2014 annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.


'Revolutionary' immune therapy holds key to treatment of advanced bladder cancer

immune therapyWashington, June 2 - New Haven, Conn. - A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report.

Yale Cancer Center played a key role in the study, the results of which will be presented Saturday, May 31 at the 2014 annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.


New genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects revealed

New genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects revealedWashington, June 2 - Researchers have defined a previously unrecognized genetic cause for two types of birth defects found in newborn boys.

Lead author Dr. Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor, professor and vice chair for research of urology and molecular and cellular biology at Baylor, asid cryptorchidism and hypospadias are among the most common birth defects but the causes are usually unknown.


Subtle changes in DNA determine our hair colour

Subtle changes in DNA determine our hair colourWashington, June 2 - Researchers have claimed that a molecule critical to stem cell function plays a major role in determining human hair color.

The study describes for the first time the molecular basis for one of our most noticeable traits. It also outlines how tiny DNA changes can reverberate through our genome in ways that may affect evolution, migration and even human history.


Patients admitted to hospital during weekends have higher mortality risk

patientsWashington, June 1 : A systematic worldwide data reviewed of hospitals has revealed that patients admitted in hospitals over weekends tend to have 15 to 17 percent increased mortality rate.

The analysis included 72 studies from various world regions and it concluded that patients admitted during the weekend were at a higher risk of death than weekday admission in patients in almost all categories.


Study reveals stress degrades sperm quality

Men stressWashington, June 1 : A new study has revealed that psychological stress is harmful to sperm and semen quality, affecting its concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize an egg.


New hope for treating osteoporosis

New hope for treating osteoporosisWashington, May 31 : Researchers have discovered a new target that may be critical for the treatment of osteoporosis.

The group of researchers in The Netherlands and in Germany have found in their studies in zebrafish and mice that injection of human plastin 3 (PLS3) or related proteins in zebrafish where PLS3 action has been suppressed can replace its loss and repair the bone development anomalies associated with this deficiency.


How green tea helps cure pancreatic cancer

How green tea helps cure pancreatic cancerWashington, May 29 : A new study has revealed how green tea and its extracts might be able to help fight the cancer risks as well as some other diseases.

The study has found that EGCG, the active biologic constituent in green tea, changed the metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells by suppressing the expression of an enzyme associated with cancer, LDHA.


New insight may treat depression better

depression betterWashington, May 31 : Do you know why some people find it difficult to cope with stress and, as a result, develop depression and other mood disorders? That could be due to the mechanism of a small group of neurons, reveals a new study.

Researchers have previously been able to identify the part of the brain that controls our response to stress, but did not exactly know how it does so.

Now, a study in mice identifies a small group of neurons that could be responsible.


Watching porn could lead to less grey matter in brain

Watching pornWashington, May 30 : Researchers have claimed that men who watch copious amounts of porn have less gray matter in brain.

The study was not able to determine if the adult films caused the brain to shrink.

For the study, the researchers recruited 64 male subjects in the age group of 21-45 "with a broad range of pornography consumption."

The men's brains were scanned with MRI technology while they were watching porn websites, along with non-sexual images.


Toxins in environment may make you look older

Toxins in environment may make you look olderWashington, May 29 : Ask your friends to guess your age and if they come up with numbers that are far higher than what your birth certificate says, you may be one of those who is more exposed to harmful substances in the environment.

Exposure to cigarette smoke and other toxins in the environment may make you older than your actual years, a study said.


What influences women's contraceptive use revealed

pregnancyWashington, May 29 : Researchers have claimed that levels of prior sex education and moral attitudes toward contraception influence whether women use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.


A third of world's population obese or overweight: Lancet

A third of world's population obese or overweight: LancetWashington, May 29 - Revealing how the obesity epidemic has spread globally, an alarming study has said that 2.1 billion - nearly 30 percent of the world's population - people are either obese or overweight.

India comes a shocking third in the top-10 country club that has over 50 percent of the world's 671 million obese.


Mutations behind risk of developing schizophrenia identified

schizophreniaWashington, May 29 : Researchers have said that the overall number and nature of mutations - rather than the presence of any single mutation - influences an individual's risk of developing schizophrenia, as well as its severity.


Tai Chi may help slow aging process

Tai Chi may help slow aging processWashington, May 29 - Researchers have claimed that Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese martial art and sport, was found to be beneficial in increasing the numbers of an important type of cell when three groups of young people were tested to discover the benefits of Tai Chi, brisk walking or no exercise.


Indoor tanning even sans burns could up skin cancer risk

indoor tanningWashington, May 29 : Researchers have said that indoor tanning raises the risk of developing melanoma even if a person has never had burns from either indoor or outdoor tanning.


Obesity rates climbing worldwide: The Lancet

Obesity rates climbing worldwide: The LancetWashington, May 29 - Researchers have claimed that there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28 per cent increase) and children (up by 47 per cent) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.


High BP drugs linked to increased risk of vision-threatening disease

High BP drugs linked to increased risk of vision-threatening diseaseWashington, May 29 - Researchers have claimed to have found a connection between taking vasodilators and developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD is the deterioration of the eye's macula, which is responsible for the ability to see fine details clearly.


Negative social interactions up risk of hypertension in older adults

Negative social interactions up risk of hypertension in older adultsWashington, May 29 - Researchers have shown that unpleasant or demanding interpersonal encounters increase hypertension risk among older adults.

The study provides some of the first concrete evidence that negative social interactions not only influence psychological well-being but also physical health - in this case, blood pressure levels.


Older people can enhance quality of life with just 20 mins walk every day

walkWashington, May 28 : A new study has revealed that older people can increase their quality of life with just little mobility, that could include 20 minutes walk per day.

The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study found that capability to walk without help is a key to functioning independently, as reduced mobility is a major risk factor for illness, hospitalization, disability, and death.


Diet beverages actually do help people lose weight

Diet beveragesWashington, May 28 : A new study has revealed that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight.

According to the study, diet beverages can in fact help people lose weight, directly countering myths in recent years that suggest the opposite effect - weight gain.


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