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Medicinal plant may harbour HIV cure

HIV/AIDSWashington, Nov 14: A new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found that a chemical from the Astragalus root, frequently used in Chinese herbal therapy, may help in the fight against HIV.

Like other kinds of cells, immune cells lose the ability to divide as they age because a part of their chromosomes known as a telomere becomes progressively shorter with cell division. As a result, the cell changes in many ways, and its disease fighting ability is compromised.

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Fat cell hormone can solely predict heart failure risk

Fat CellsWashington, Nov 13: Cardiologists at Emory University School of Medicine have found that blood levels of resistin, a hormone produced by fat cells, can solely predict a person’s risk of heart failure

The researchers in the Health ABC (Aging and Body Composition) study analysed 3000 elderly people in the Pittsburgh and Memphis areas over seven years starting in
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Hormone therapy shows promise in treating Alzheimer''s disease, stroke

Alzheimer''s diseaseWashington, Nov 13 : Researchers at Saint Louis University have identified a new way of getting a promising treatment for Alzheimer''s disease and stroke.

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Regular exercise improves quality of life in heart failure patients

ExerciseWashington, Nov 13: A regular exercise regime can significantly improve quality of life in heart failure patients, says new study.

The study led by Duke University Medical Center showed that exercise is not only safe for patients, but also helps to improve the quality of their lives. They fare better and feel good about their lives than similar patients who do not work out on a regular basis.

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Acupuncture ''does not boost women's chances of conceiving through IVF''

AcupunctureWashington, Nov 13: Acupuncture during IVF treatment does not increase women's chances of having successful pregnancies, a new research has shown.

The researchers from University of Hong Kong compared the effects of real and placebo acupuncture on pregnancy rates given on the day of embryo transfer in 370 patients.

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Gender matching in heart transplantation leads to long-term survival

HeartWashington, Nov 13: A new study has revealed that gender matching between donors and recipients is important to short- and long-term survival in heart transplantation,

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Large waistline can almost double premature death risk

Large waistlineWashington, Nov 13: Carrying too much flab around the middle can almost double your risk of dying prematurely, even if the overall weight is normal, a shocking new research has revealed.

The study, which included over 350,000 people across Europe, has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Stem cells with ability to regenerate injured liver tissue identified

Washington, Nov 13: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found a new protein marker that identifies rare adult liver stem cells, whose ability to regenerate injured liver tissue has the potential for cell-replacement therapy.

The research team, led by Linda Greenbaum, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, has shown that cells expressing the marker can differentiate into both liver cells and cells that line the bile duct.

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