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Economic growth does not necessarily end undernutrition among kids: Lancet

LancetWashington, March 27 : Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Gottingen, Germany, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, found not much association between economic growth and signs of undernutrition.


Novel way to treat retinal blindness soon

Novel way to treat retinal blindness soonWashington, March 27 - In a ray of hope for people at the risk of retinal blindness, identifying ways to leverage our immune system to clean out abnormal blood vessels in the retina may lead to treatments that could prevent or delay blindness or even restore sight.

Scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens.


Are e-cigarettes a cause of concern?

Are e-cigarettes a cause of concern?Washington, March 27 - With sales of electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigarettes," going up and expected to hit 1.5 billion dollars this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout.


Excess weight at 1 year postpartum ups diabetes, heart problem risk

Excess weight at 1 year postpartum ups diabetes, heart problem riskWashington, March 26 - A new study has revealed that women who don't lose their baby weight and even gain more weight within a year of giving birth are at an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.


Peach extract could help restrict breast cancer metastasis

breast cancerWashington, March 26 : Researchers have shown that treatment with peach extract inhibit breast cancer metastasis in mice.

Texas A and M AgriLife Research Research scientists say that the mixture of phenolic compounds present in the peach extract are responsible for the inhibition of metastasis.


HIV and hepatitis C vaccines come closer to reality

HIV and hepatitis C vaccines come closer to realityWashington, March 26 - Researchers have claimed to have made a breakthrough in HIV and hepatitis C.

Professor Eric Gowans from the University's Discipline of Surgery, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has submitted a patent application for what he describes as a relatively simple but effective technique to stimulate the body's immune system response, thereby helping to deliver the vaccine.


Mathematical model predicts blood glucose levels 30 minutes in advance

blood glucoseWashington, March 26 : Scientists have developed a mathematical model that can predict, with more than 90 percent accuracy, the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels.

Peter Molenaar, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and of psychology, said that many people with type 1 diabetes use continuous glucose monitors, which examine the fluid underneath the skin.


New drug could help revolutionize cancer treatment

New drug could help revolutionize cancer treatmentWashington, March 26 - Researchers have developed a new drug which can manipulate the body's natural signalling and energy systems, allowing the body to attack and shut down cancerous cells.


Diabetes drug may help reduce Alzheimer's spread: Study

Diabetes drug may help reduce Alzheimer's spreadWashington, March 25 - While conducting an experimental model, researchers found that pramlintide, a diabetic drug, helps in reducing amyloid-beta peptides, a major element of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the brain.

Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) also found that pramlintide improves learning and memory and AD patients have a lower level of amylin in blood compared to those without this disease.


Cholesterol-lowering drug statins could ease coughing in lung disease patients

Cholesterol-lowering drug statins could ease coughing in lung disease patientsWashington, Mar 25 - Common cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a new study suggests.

The drugs were found to help alleviate the chronic coughing associated with the disease for some patients.


Low back pain single largest factor behind work disability

Low back pain single largest factor behind work disabilityWashington, March 25 : A new study has revealed that low back pain causes more work disability around the globe than any other condition.

The researchers have found that the problem will get worse as the world population growth gathers pace and the proportion of elderly rises and the governments and health services need to take the issue far more seriously.


Stress reduces pregnancy chances by 30 pc: Study

Stress reduces pregnancy chances by 30 pc: StudyWashington, March 25 - A new study has found that stressed-out women are at an increased risk of infertility, which reduces their chances of getting pregnant by around 30 percent.


Tiny wireless pacemaker a game changer

Tiny wireless pacemaker a game changerWashington, March 25 - In a significant news for patients who are on pacemakers, a new small, wireless pacemaker appears safe and feasible, a study by an Indian-American researcher shows.

This wireless pacemaker is self-contained, lies within the heart and is smaller than a triple-A battery.

Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are still vulnerable to some short- or long-term complications.


Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen cancer symptoms among teens

Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen cancer symptoms among teensWashington, Mar 24 : Researchers at the University of Montreal, has suggested that mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens.

Catherine Malboeuf-Hurtubise of the university's Department of Psychology and her team asked 13 adolescents with cancer to complete questionnaires covering mood (positive and negative emotions, anxiety and depression), sleep and quality of life.


Genetic cause behind rare type of ovarian cancer revealed

Genetic cause behind rare type of ovarian cancer revealedWashington, March 24 - Researchers have uncovered the reason behind rare type of ovarian cancer that most often strikes girls and young women.

The findings revealed a "genetic superhighway" mutation in a gene found in the overwhelming majority of patients with small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type, also known as SCCOHT.


Researchers create first man-made 'living materials'

Researchers create first man-made 'living materials'Washington, March 24 - Inspired by natural materials like bone, engineers from MIT were able to coax bacterial cells to produce biofilms, which can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.


New website launched to help prevent diabetes spread in Asia

New website launched to help prevent diabetes spread in AsiaWashington, March 23 - A new diabetes prevention website - the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative - has been launched in Asia in an attempt to put a stop to the growing epidemic by providing science-based information about type 2 diabetes.


Bariatric surgery reduces risk of uterine cancer by 71 percent

Bariatric surgery reduces risk of uterine cancer by 71 percentWashington. March 23 - A new research has found that dramatic weight loss in formerly obese women resulting from bariatric surgery decreases the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 71 percent.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, also found that the risk of cancer reduces by as much as 81 percent if normal weight is maintained after surgery.


Diabetes linked to pancreatic cancer

Diabetes linked to pancreatic cancerWashington, Mar 23 - Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found a link between pancreatic cancer and diabetes.

In the new study, clinicians worked with mathematicians to review data from 1973 to 2013 to conclude there was a time-dependent link between being diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

A review of 88 international studies to date, is the largest analysis on the topic published.


Genetic link to forgetfulness found

Genetic link to forgetfulness foundWashington, Mar 22 - Psychologists from the University of Bonn have found a connection between everyday cognitive lapses and the DRD2 gene.

Those who have a certain variant of this gene are more easily distracted and experience a significantly higher incidence of lapses due to a lack of attention.


Regular physical activity lowers breast cancer risk

Regular physical activity lowers breast cancer riskWashington, March 21 - A new study has revealed that practicing sport for more than an hour day reduces the risk of contracting breast cancer in women of all ages.

According to a research presented to the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow, women who have the highest level of daily exercise can significantly reduce their risk of contracting breast cancer.


Body clock can be reset to eliminate jet lag, say scientists

Washington, Mar 21 : Researchers from the University of Manchester have discovered a new mechanism that governs how body clocks react to changes in the environment, which could provide a solution for alleviating the detrimental effects of chronic shift work and jet-lag.

The team's findings reveal that the enzyme casein kinase 1epsilon (CK1epsilon) controls how easily the body's clockwork can be adjusted or reset by environmental cues such as light and temperature.


Kids inherit drug, alcohol habits from parents

Kids inherit drug, alcohol habits from parentsWashington, March 21 - A new study has revealed that kids can inherit drug and alcohol abuse habits from their parents.

According to a study by Sam Houston State University, when compared to parents who did not use substances, parents who used alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs were significantly more likely to have children who used those same drugs.


How genes influence parenting

GenesWashington, March 21 : Researchers have presented the most conclusive proof yet that genes play a significant role in parenting.

A study by two Michigan State University psychologists refutes the popular theory that how adults parent their children is strictly a function of the way they were themselves parented when they were children.


Fat mass in cells expands with disuse

Fat mass in cellsWashington, March 21 : Researchers have claimed that nutrition is not the only factor driving obesity, asserting that the mechanics of "cellular expansion" plays a primary role in fat production.


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