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Fruit flies can help unlock mysteries of human diabetes

Fruit flies can help unlock mysteries of human diabetesWashington: Researchers have developed a new technique to measure insulin levels in fruit flies, an advance that allows for the use of this insect in diabetes research.

For the first time, the tiny fruit fly can be used to study how mutations associated with the development of diabetes affect the production and secretion of the vital hormone insulin.


Sleep in cool room to 'boost' your metabolism

Sleep in cool room to 'boost' your metabolismWashington, Aug 09 - A new study has revealed that sleeping in a cool environment can help people boost their metabolism.

Researchers have found that cool temperatures could stimulate the growth of brown fat, a special kind of fat that burns energy, in people's body, which might boost their metabolic health and might protect against obesity and diabetes, the Huffington Post reported.


You may get 'old' but part of your brain will always remain 'young'

You may get 'old' but part of your brain will always remain 'young'Washington, Aug 08 : A new study has revealed that people might get old but one part of their brain would still function the same way as it did in the young age.


New study claims physically fit adolescents' are less depressed

New study claims physically fit adolescents' are less depressed Washington, Aug 8 - A new study has shown that physically fit sixth graders especially girls are less depressed when they reach in seventh grade.


It's official: Eating at fast food joints does send caloric intake soaring

It's official: Eating at fast food joints does send caloric intake soaringWashington, Aug 8 - A new study has demonstrated that adults who eat at both fast food and full-service restaurants have a increased chance of calories, sugar, saturated fat, and sodium intake.


Brain tumors morph into 'stealth fighter jets' to evade body's best defense forces

Brain tumors morph into 'stealth fighter jets' to evade body's best defense forcesWashington, Aug 07 : A new study has revealed that extra amounts of a specific protein helps brain tumors to hide from the immune system's best defense fighters.

Like a stealth fighter jet, the coating means the cells evade detection by the early-warning immune system that should detect and kill them. The stealth approach lets the tumors hide until it's too late for the body to defeat them.


Aggressive not depressed adolescents likelier to become alcoholics

Aggressive not depressed adolescents likelier to become alcoholicsWashington, Aug 7 - A new study has demonstrated that adolescents who are aggressive in nature are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers whereas depression and anxiety are not connected to increased alcohol drinking.

The study conducted in Finland showed that smoking and attention problems also increased the probability of alcohol use.


Vitamin D deficiency doubles the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia

Vitamin D deficiency doubles the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementiaWashington, August 7 - A new study ahs shown that vitamin D deficiency substantially increases risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people.

According to the study, people with severe Vitamin D deficiency are more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


Older adults' brains perform better during daytime

Older adults' brains perform better during daytimeWashington, Aug 7 - A new study has shown that older adults perform better on demanding mental tasks at daytime which also turn on the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults.

The study conducted by Canadian researchers demonstrated that there were evident differences in brain function across the day for older adults.


Drinks with high acidity content can damage teeth within 30 sec

Drinks with high acidity content can damage teeth within 30 secWashington, Aug 06 - Dental researchers have revealed that drinks with high acidity content like soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks can damage young people's teeth within first 30 seconds of acid attack.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide found that drinks high in acidity combined with night-time tooth grinding and reflux could cause major, irreversible damage to kid's teeth.


Monthly treatment slashes malaria risk in young kids

MalariaWashington, Aug 6 - A new study has found that a year-round preventive drug treatment substantially reduces young children's risk of contracting malaria and poses no serious risk of adverse events.

According to the study, prolonged treatment given from 6 to 24 months of age is safe and effective for young children and a monthly dose of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) was the most effective of three anti-malaria drugs.


Why eating Pistachio is good for type 2 diabetic patients revealed

Why eating Pistachio is good for type 2 diabetic patients revealedWashington, Aug 06 - Researchers have recently revealed that eating Pistachios may help type 2 diabetic patients in curbing vascular response to everyday life stress.

Sheila G. West, professor of biobehavioral health and nutritional sciences, said that in adults with diabetes, two servings of pistachios per day lowered body's response during stress and improved neural control of the heart.


A-rated video games increase bad behavior in teens

A-rated video games increase bad behavior in teensWashington, Aug 5 : A new study has claimed that teens who play adult-rated video games could develop bad behavior.

Researchers from Dartmouth found that teenagers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games are more likely subsequently to engage in a wide range of deviant behaviors beyond aggression, including alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, delinquency and risky sex.


Eating baked or broiled fish weekly boosts memory and cognition

Eating baked or broiled fish weekly boosts memory and cognitionWashington, Aug 5 - A new study has revealed that eating baked or broiled fish weekly is good for the brain, as it boosts memory and cognition.


New genetic risk markers identified for pancreatic cancer

Washington, Aug 4 : A new discovery has been made with help of large DNA analysis of humans, which says that there are several genetic markers to identify pancreatic cancer.

According to the scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the markers were variations in the inherited DNA code at particular locations along chromosomes, and many of them signaled the increased risk of developing the highly lethal disease.


Men more prone to brain tumors then women

brain tumorsWashington, Aug 3 : A new study has explained why brain tumors occurred more often in males and regularly are more damaging than similar tumors in females.

The new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recognized that retinoblastoma protein (RB), a protein known to lessen cancer risk, is significantly less active in male brain cells than in female brain cells.


Cosmetic eyelid surgery technique may help cure migraine

Cosmetic eyelid surgery technique may help cure migraineWashington - Cosmetic eyelid surgery technique could provide significant relief from migraine, scientists say.

Dr Oren Tessler, from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, is part of a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons who report a high success rate using a method to screen and select patients for a specific surgical migraine treatment technique.


Dieting young may lead to poor health outcomes later

Dieting young may lead to poor health outcomes laterWashington - The younger a woman is when she goes on her first diet, the more likely she is to experience several negative health outcomes later in life, a new study has warned.

A team led by Dr Pamela Keel from Florida State University asked college women in 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012 to report their dieting and weight history.


Women using birth control pills prone to breast cancer risk

Women using birth control pills prone to breast cancer riskWashington, Aug 2 - A new study has revealed that women, who recently used birth control pills with high-dose estrogen are prone to increased risk for breast cancer.


New progress in treatment for Dengue fever

New progress in treatment for Dengue feverWashington, Aug 1 - A new study has found that the seeds of the Moreton Bay Chestnut tree contain a medicine called Celgosivir, which is commonly considered safe for people suffering from dengue virus.


Scientists develop new technique to regenerate insulin in type 1 diabetics

Scientists develop new technique to regenerate insulin in type 1 diabeticsWashington, Aug 1 - Scientists have revealed that they have found a promising way for type 1 diabetics to restore the body's ability to produce insulin.

The by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has found that a peptide called caerulein can convert existing cells in the pancreas into those cells destroyed in type 1 diabetes-insulin-producing beta cells.


Traces of lead in teeth reveal person's origin

Traces of lead in teeth reveal person's originWashington, Aug 1 - A new study has revealed that trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where they came from.


Soy-rich diet helps women's heart stay healthy

Soy-rich diet helps women's heart stay healthyWashington, July 31 - A new study has found that a diet rich in soy helps in keeping women's heart healthy.

According to the study by Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, women who consume soy throughout their life, similar to the diet of women in Asia, have the least atherosclerosis.


Exposure to pesticide DDT leads to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol

pesticide DDTWashington, July 31 - A new study has revealed that exposure of pregnant mice to the pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and related conditions in female offspring later in life.

According to a study by University of California, Davis, developmental exposure to DDT increases the risk of females later developing metabolic syndrome-a cluster of conditions that include increased body fat, blood glucose, and cholesterol.


Scientists identify new malaria vaccine targets

Scientists identify new malaria vaccine targetsWashington, July 31 - A new research has revealed the discovery of previously untested antigens in Kenya, which could help fight malaria.

The researchers from Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) tested library of proteins from the Plasmodium falciparum parasite with antibodies produced by the immune systems of a group of infected children that measured the proteins the children's immune systems responded to.


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