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Childhood leukemia and air pollution linked, say scientists

Childhood leukemia and air pollution linked, say scientistsWashington, Nov 2 - Researchers have suggested a theory in which a previously reported risk of leukemia among children born close to overhead power lines could be caused by an alteration to surrounding air pollution.

Researchers have found little evidence to support the 'corona-ion hypothesis' which has explained the excess of childhood leukemia cases close to high-voltage overhead power lines in the UK prior to the 1980s.


New drug to generate self-destruct process in lung cancer cells

New drug to generate self-destruct process in lung cancer cellsWashington, Nov 1 - A drug combination has been discovered which can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells.

Using lung cancer cells and mice the Cancer Research UK team, based at the UCL Cancer Institute scientists, showed that the combination of two drugs, called TRAIL and a CDK9 inhibitor, altered the molecular switches in the cell suicide process, hence forcing the cancer cells to self-destruct.


Scientists highlight culture's crucial role in achieving better health

Scientists highlight culture's crucial role in achieving better health London, Oct 29 - Scientists have claimed that neglecting culture has been the "single biggest barrier" to achieving good health worldwide.


WHO says millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses will be made available by 2015

WHO says millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses will be made available by 2015Washington, Oct 25 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that millions of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine will be made available by next year- the trial for which is expected to begin in selected countries of West Africa this December.


Twin study offers clues to development of Type 2 diabetes

Twin study offers clues to development of Type 2 diabetes Washington, Oct 7 - Scientists have identified mechanisms that lead to development of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers of Lund University in Sweden studied 14 pairs of identical twins were studied in Sweden and Denmark, where one twin had type 2 diabetes and the other was healthy.


Ebola virus may mutate to become airborne: UN

EbolaLondon, Oct 03 - The United Nations (U. N.) has warned that the Ebola virus may mutate to become airborne if the authorities fail to control the outbreak soon.

Anthony Banbury, the Secretary General's Special Representative, said that the situation may be a nightmare but it cannot be ruled out. He said that the longer the virus has to mutate, the greater the chance it may become airborne, reported Metro-co. uk.


World's largest Ebola outbreak may lead to West Africa's 'collapse': ICG

EbolaLondon, Sep 25 - An international think tank has warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may unravel years of efforts to stabilize the region and turn into a political chaos.

The International Crisis Group ( ICG) said that the worst-hit countries now face the risk of widespread chaos and potentially, "collapse," reported the BBC.

The world's largest outbreak of Ebola has claimed 2,811 lives so far, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone . (ANI)


Breast milk protects newborns from 'lethal' intestinal disorder

Breast milk protects newborns from 'lethal' intestinal disorderWashington, Sept 10 - A new research has revealed that proteins found in breast milk protect newborn infants from devastating intestinal disorder.

The study of Children's Hospital Los Angeles demonstrated that a protein called neuregulin-4 (NRG4) present in breast milk, but absent from formula, might be protective against the intestinal destruction caused in necrotizing enterocolitis


Shortage of sleep can shrink your brain

Shortage of sleep can shrink your brainWashington, Sep 04 - A new study has revealed that shortage of sleep can rapidly reduce the size of people's brains.

Sleep has been proposed to be "the brain's housekeeper", serving to repair and restore the brain.


Reducing sitting hours can boost lifespan

Reducing sitting hours can boost lifespanWashington, Sep 04 - A new study has revealed that reducing the sitting hours can help people in protecting the aging of DNA and possibly extend their lifespan.

It was found that reducing sedentary activity appeared to lengthen telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosomes, the DNA storage units in each cell.


Simple thanks can help making new friends

Simple thanks can help making new friendsWashington, Aug 29 - A new study has suggested that thanking a new acquaintance for their assistance can help one to make new friends.

The study conducted by UNSW Australia was designed to test a theory proposed two years ago to explain the benefits to individuals and society of the emotion of gratitude.


Common cold may temporarily increase stroke risk in kids

Common cold may temporarily increase stroke risk in kidsWashington, Aug 21 - A new research has suggested that common cold infections are temporarily linked to increased stroke risk in vulnerable children.

Researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco found that the risk of stroke was increased only within a three-day period between a child's visit to the doctor for signs of infection and having the stroke.


How most vital TB drug attacks its target revealed

How most vital TB drug attacks its target revealedWashington, Aug 14 - A new study has provided a better insight into the mechanism behind the key medication of tuberculosis (TB) attacking the dormant TB bacteria in order to shorten treatment.


'Trojan horse' technique could sound death knell for brain tumors

'Trojan horse' technique could sound death knell for brain tumorsWashington, Aug 13 - Scientists have come up with a technology called 'Trojan horse', which involves inserting nano-particles into brain in order to beat the tumour cells.

The ground-breaking technique, which had been successfully tested, could eventually be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme, which is the most common and aggressive brain tumour in adults, and notoriously difficult to treat.


Frequent marijuana use leads to memory problems, low IQ in teens

Frequent marijuana use leads to memory problems, low IQ in teensWashington, Aug 10 - A new study has revealed that frequent marijuana use can lead to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ in teenagers and young adults.


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.


Walking speed, memory problems can help predict dementia: Study

Walking speed, memory problems can help predict dementia: StudyWashington, July 26 - A new study has revealed that slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict if a person is at risk for dementia.

The scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center, who put 27,000 older adults on five continents to a simple test measuring walking speed and cognitive problems, found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia.


Keep your lifestyle healthy to have longer life: Study

Keep your lifestyle healthy to have longer life: StudyWashington, July 9 - A new study had claimed that maintaining a healthy lifestyle could help in increasing people's lifespan.

With the rise in the number of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is working towards developing a national prevention strategy with a view to improving the population's health competence and encouraging healthier behaviour.


Keep yourself stress-free with 25 min of meditation

Keep yourself stress-free with 25 min of meditationWashington, July 3 - A new study has revealed that 25 minutes of focused meditation for three consecutive days affects people's ability to be resilient under stress.


New hope for malaria treatment

New hope for malaria treatmentWashington, July 2 - Researchers have developed a compound that blocks the action of a key ' gatekeeper' enzyme essential for malaria parasite survival.

The researchers have revealed that the compound, called WEHI-916, is the first step toward a new class of antimalarial drugs that could cure and prevent malaria infections caused by all species of the parasite, including those resistant to existing drugs.


Noroviruses leading cause of diarrhoea and vomiting: Lancet

Noroviruses leading cause of diarrhoea and vomiting: LancetWashington, June 27 - New estimates have suggested that noroviruses cause around a fifth of all cases of acute gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) across all age groups.

Noroviruses are responsible for almost a fifth (18 per cent) of all cases worldwide.

According to the authors, new estimates highlight the importance of developing norovirus vaccines.


Chronic brain damage not as prevalent in NFL players as believed

Chronic brain damage not as prevalent in NFL players as believedWashington, June 26 - Researchers have said that chronic brain damage may not be as prevalent in NFL players as thought.


Researchers use hit music to unlock secrets of how memory works

Researchers use hit music to unlock secrets of how memory worksLondon, June 21 - Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have attempted to use hit music tunes including those by Elvis Presley, Abba and the Spice Girls in order to unlock the secrets of how memory works.

Researchers have created a fun online game, where fans must identify song clips and compare them by their catchiness, to shed light on why some tunes get stuck in people's head, the BBC reported.


Female hormones blamed for obesity in western men

Female hormones blamed for obesity in western menWashington, June 14 - Obesity among Western men could be linked with exposure to substances containing the female sex hormone estrogen according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Medical student James Grantham, who conducted the research compared the obesity rates among men and women from around the world with measures such as Gross Domestic Product to determine the impact of affluence on obesity.


White bread helps develop 'good' gut bacteria

White bread helps develop 'good' gut bacteriaLondon, June 12 : Researchers have now discovered that white bread might not be bad at all, as it helps the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, the deficiency of which makes one vulnerable to diseases.

Sonia Gonzalez and colleagues noted that the bacteria in our guts, or our microbiome, play an important role in our health, and one of the most effective ways to maintain a good balance of the microbes living in our guts is through our diets.


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