Hope for Alzheimer's cure as scientists develop protein

Washington D. C, Jul 25 : A newly-developed protein, which will help scientists to understand why nerve cells die in people with Alzheimer's disease, could pave way for new treatment strategies.

In Alzheimer's patients, Amyloid-beta (Abeta) proteins stick together to make amyloid fibrils that form clumps between neurons in the brain. It's believed that the build-up of these clumps causes brain cells to die, leading to the cognitive decline in patients suffering from the disease.

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This herbal combo packs powerful punch against colon cancer

Washington D. C, Jul 23 : A team of researchers may have found a herbal way to fight off colon cancer.

The Saint Louis University scientists showed that a combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties - curcumin and silymarin - holds promise in treating the disease.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which is present in spicy curry dishes, and silymarin is a component of milk thistle, which has been used to treat liver disease.

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Simple 'talk therapy' can help cut cost of curing the blues

Washington D. C, Jul 23 : A new study has suggested that a simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy, known as behavioural activation (BA), treats depression in adults just as well as the gold-standard cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

With long waiting lists and limited access to services, many people who need CBT for depression cannot get treatment. The study suggests that behavioural activation therapy could be delivered by junior mental health workers, leading to considerable savings for the NHS and other health services.

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With menopause reversal, women can get more fertile years

London, Jul 22 : For those who thought their childbearing years were over, there's a good news - a team of researchers has found a way to keep you going even after menopause.

The team claimed that the technique, wherein periods are restarted by rejuvenating ovaries to release fertile eggs, even worked on a woman who had not menstruated in five years, the Mirror reported.

Scientists were successful in fertilising her two eggs using her husband's sperm. Now, the embryos are on ice before they are implanted in her uterus.

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How kicking that cigarette butt can be good for your liver

Washington D. C, Jul 22 : People, who are trying to kick their smoking habits, tend to drink less alcohol, a recent research has found.

In England, people who attempted to stop smoking within the last week reported lower levels of alcohol consumption, were less likely to binge drink, and were more likely to be classified as 'light drinkers' (having a low alcohol risk) compared with those who did not attempt to stop smoking.

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Screenings may help oldies ward off cervical cancer

Washington D. C, Jul 21 : Pap smear screenings may sound terrifying, but it turns out, the brief discomfort of lying back and baring all for a stranger can actually be worth a life.

A new study from the University of Illinois confirmed a link between Pap smear screenings and a lower risk of developing cervical cancer in women over age 65. However, most American health guidelines discourage women in that age range from receiving screenings unless they have pre-existing risk factors.

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Twitter can help spread the word on healthcare

Washington D.C, Jul 21 : A new study has shown the power of Twitter for sharing the physician-generated medical news.

Over a 1-year period, academic cardiovascular physicians at the Mayo Clinic used a new Twitter account to share medical news and gained more than 1,200 followers, with tweets of original journal content garnering the greatest response.

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Soon, a 'needle-free' vaccine for STI Chlamydia

Washington D.C, Jul 20 : World's first vaccine for an insidious sexual transmitted infection (STI) has come closer to reality in the form of a nose spray.

Researchers at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster have developed the first widely protective vaccine against chlamydia, a common STI that is mostly asymptomatic but impacts 113 million people around the world each year and can result in infertility.

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New HIV infections stagnating globally at 2.5 million per year

Washington D. C, Jul 20 : Deaths from HIV/AIDS may have been steadily declining from a peak in 2005, but that doesn't mean the disease rates are going down.

A major new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 (GBD 2015) study, 2.5 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015, a number that hasn't changed substantially in the past 10 years.

The new GBD estimates show a slow pace of decline in new HIV infections worldwide, with a drop of just 0.7 percent a year between 2005 and 2015 compared to the fall of 2.7 percent a year between 1997 and 2005.

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Order your meal before it's time to eat to cut calories

Washington D.C, Jul 20 : Turns out, cutting your daily intake of calories is as simple as ordering your food just an hour before it's time to eat.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University shows that people choose higher-calorie meals when ordering immediately before eating and lower-calorie meals when ordering an hour or more in advance.

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