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Key genes behind high BP identified

 Key genes behind high BP identifiedWashington, Nov 10 : A new study has identified key genes that may contribute to high blood pressure.

The identified genes are messenger RNAs and micro RNAs present in the kidneys.

It also uncovered two microRNAs that contribute to the regulation of renin – a hormone long thought to play to part in controlling blood pressure.

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EEG scan offers new hope for communication with brain-damaged patients

EEG scan offers new hope for communication with brain-damaged patientsWashington, Nov 10 : Detectable brain signals can act as potent channels to communicate with patients in vegetative state, a new study has revealed.

New research using a portable electrode test has revealed that nearly 20 percent of those previously determined to be vegetative state may be consciously aware of their surroundings, ABC News reported.

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Students, psychiatric patients more prone to sleep paralysis

Students, psychiatric patients more prone to sleep paralysisWashington, Nov 9 : Students and psychiatric patients are more vulnerable to develop sleep paralysis, a new study has revealed.

Sleep paralysis is defined as `a discrete period of time during which voluntary muscle movement is inhibited, yet ocular and respiratory movements are intact," the report said.

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How to beat winter depression

How to beat winter depressionLondon, Nov 9 : Winter is almost here. While for some it's their favourite part of the year - for many others, shorter days and the reduction in natural daylight, is marked by the onset of dreaded winter blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects millions of people all over the world every single year.

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Your body posture affects how you make decisions

Your body posture affects how you make decisionsWashington, Nov 9 : Surreptitiously manipulating the tilt of the body influences people's estimates of quantities, such as sizes, numbers, or percentages, a new research has found.

When we think about numbers, we mentally represent smaller numbers to the left and larger numbers to the right.

The researchers surmised that leaning one way or the other-even imperceptibly-might therefore nudge people to estimate lower or higher.

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Lower cut points for defining obesity needed for migrant South Asians

 Lower cut points for defining obesity needed for migrant South AsiansWashington, Nov 9 : A new study including an Indian origin scientist has called for recalculation of obesity limit among South Asians.

South Asians around the world are at increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. They also get these chronic diseases at an earlier age.

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Cannabis, methamphetamine use ups risk of schizophrenia

Cannabis, methamphetamine use ups risk of schizophreniaWashington, Nov 9 : Cannabis and heavy methamphetamine users might have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia, according to Canadian scientists.

This finding by scientists from Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) was based on a large study comparing the risk among methamphetamine users not only to a group that did not use drugs, but also to heavy users of other drugs.

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Soon, ‘magnetic’ treatment to help body’s own cells fight off prostate cancer

Soon, ‘magnetic’ treatment to help body’s own cells fight off prostate cancerLondon, Nov 9 : Researchers at the University of Sheffield are using magnetic particles to develop a prostate cancer treatment that would help the body's own cells kill tumours.

They say it would be particularly effective for the most advanced forms of the disease for which there are few drugs available.

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Iron fortified infant formula linked to poorer development

 Iron fortified infant formula linked to poorer developmentWashington, Nov 9 : Infants with high haemoglobin levels who received iron fortified infant formula have poorer long-term developmental outcomes, a new study has revealed.

The finding is an outcome of the 10-year follow-up study, conducted in Santiago, Chile, examining iron-fortified vs. low-iron infant formula.

It raises questions about the optimal amount of iron in infant formula

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`Silent killer` carbon monoxide help urbanites cope with noise pollution

 `Silent killer` carbon monoxide help urbanites cope with noise pollutionWashington, Nov 9 : Carbon monoxide (CO) - a tasteless, colourless and odourless gas - found in the exhaust of vehicles and generators has been dubbed the "silent killer" because excessive inhalation is lethal, poisoning the nervous system and heart.

It is not only a danger to the environment but also highly toxic to human beings.

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Viagra may be used to combat skin cancer

Viagra may be used to combat skin cancerWashington, Nov 9 : Researchers have found that sildenafil, which is better known under its trade name, Viagra, may be used to treat malignant melanoma.

Professor Dr. Viktor Umansky, immunologist at DKFZ and University Medical Centre Mannheim and his team studied chronic inflammation caused by malignant melanoma.

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Why some people enjoy ‘Harry Potter’ more than others

 Why some people enjoy ‘Harry Potter’ more than othersWashington, Nov 9 : A new study has found that people experience fantasy differently, which explains why some people enjoy it more than others.

According to study by Russell Webster, Kansas State University doctoral student in psychology, Sherwood, Ill, people participate in fantasy at different levels of cognitive and emotional intensity, which helps determine how much they enjoy a fantasy book or movie.

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Brain forms ‘complementary’ afterimage after eyes stop seeing

Brain forms ‘complementary’ afterimage after eyes stop seeingWashington, Nov 9 : Our brain forms `complementary' afterimage after eyes stop looking at objects, Japanese researchers say.

When we gaze at a shape and then the shape disappears, a strange thing happens: We see an afterimage in the complementary colour.

Now, the Japanese study has observed for the first time an equally strange illusion: The afterimage appears in a "complementary" shape-circles as hexagons, and vice-versa.

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Combination drugs therapy for treating malaria shows promise

Combination drugs therapy for treating malaria shows promiseWashington, Nov 9 : Scientists have come up with a new combination therapy for the treatment of malaria and preventing the parasite from becoming resistant.

For some time now, artemisinin, derived from a Chinese herb, has been the most powerful treatment available against malaria and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has strongly recommended combining artemisinin with another anti-malarial drug.

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Magnets help fight prostate cancer

Magnets help fight prostate cancerLondon, Nov 9 - Magnetic force can help treat prostate cancer in men, say experts.

Unlike chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the treatment can kill cancerous cells without harming healthy tissue, Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield said it is effective for most advanced forms of the disease.

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Want to lose weight? Try eating slower

Want to lose weight? Try eating slowerWashington, Nov 9 : Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have found that eating faster increases the amount of food consumption.

Results of their two new studies revealed that men eat significantly faster than women, heavier people eat faster than slimmer people, and refined grains are consumed faster than whole grains, among other findings.

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Hirano bodies may play protective role in progression of Alzheimer’s

 Hirano bodies may play protective role in progression of Alzheimer’sLondon, Nov 8 : For decades, researchers have been baffled about Hirano bodies - extremely tiny objects found in nerve cells of people suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s, mad cow and Lou Gehrig’s diseases.

They weren’t sure if these structures helped cause the conditions or appeared after onset of the disease and had some other role.

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Poor see steeper declines in their health as they age

Washington, Nov 8 : Wealthier Americans and those with private health insurance have less trouble with five activities of daily living: walking across a room, bathing, eating, dressing and getting in and out of bed, a new study has found.

Especially troubling, though, was how the disadvantage for the poor snowballs over time, and determines when the elderly need to be institutionalised, said Virginia Richardson, co-author of the study and professor of social work at Ohio State University.

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Vaccine to stop progression of HIV virus comes closer to reality

Vaccine to stop progression of HIV virus comes closer to realityLondon, Nov 8 : Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding how one of our body’s own proteins helps stop the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in its tracks, paving the way for new therapeutic approaches to the disease and even vaccine development.

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Epigenetic signatures of autism in brain tissue identified

Epigenetic signatures of autism in brain tissue identifiedWashington, Nov 8 : Neurons change at various sites across the genome in the prefrontal cortex of people with autism, according to a new study.

Autism spectrum disorders are a group of complex illnesses with different causes and origins. Neuronal dysfunction in the cerebral cortex and other regions of the brain could contribute to the cognitive and behavioral defects in autism, the report said.

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How to eat more food and still lose weight

 How to eat more food and still lose weightLondon, Nov 8 : You can really eat more food and still lose weight if a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health is to be believed.

Research monitoring 12,000 people over 20 years showed eating larger portions of healthy food can be more effective in helping you slim than diets that encourage you to consume less.

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Drospirenone-containing birth control pills ups risk of blood clots

 Drospirenone-containing birth control pills ups risk of blood clotsWashington, Nov 8 : A new study has found that the use of drospirenone-containing oral birth control pills significantly increases the risk of blood clots, both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

All oral contraceptives are associated with a higher risk of blood clots, but there is conflicting information about the risk of adverse events with drospirenone.

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Careers not to be blamed for delayed pregnancy

Careers not to be blamed for delayed pregnancyMelbourne, Nov 8 : It is not a woman’s career, but the unrelenting search for Mr Right, which makes her opt for having children late into her 30s, a new study has revealed.

Women say not finding Mr Right, having a partner who will not commit to the relationship or having children, lack of cash, education debts and housing costs are the main reasons for postponing parenthood.

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Schools’ soda bans don''t stop sugary-drink consumption among kids

Schools’ soda bans don''t stop sugary-drink consumption among kidsWashington, Nov 8 : Policies banning sugar-sweetened beverages in schools does not appear to reduce consumption among adolescents, a new study has revealed.

The US study found that state policies banning all sugar-sweetened beverages in schools reduced in-school access and purchase of these beverages, but do not lead to the reduction in overall consumption of these drinks among adolescents.

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Light could be `promising` tool in cancer fight

Light could be `promising` tool in cancer fightLondon, Nov 8 : Researchers in the US have revealed that light could be a “promising” tool in the fight against cancer.

They described how a drug could be created which sticks to tumours, but is then only activated when hit by specific waves of light.

In this study, researchers at the National Cancer Institute, Maryland, used an antibody, which targets proteins on the surface of cancerous cells.

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