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Ordinary conditioners as effective as special products in removing head lice

Ordinary conditioners as effective as special products in removing head liceWashington, February 26 : Researchers have found that an ordinary hair conditioner is just as effective as special products sold in the market to remove head lice and its eggs.


Vitamin D deficiency linked to heart disease and inflammation risk in older adults

Vitamin DWashington, Feb 26 : A new study has found that older individuals who are vitamin D deficient also tend to have compromised immune function.

Vitamin D plays an important role in helping the body absorb calcium needed for healthy bones. The skin naturally produces vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight.


Selenium and vitamin E supplements can up prostate cancer risk

Vitamin E supplementsWashington, Feb 22 : Researchers have found that high-dose supplementation with both the trace element selenium and vitamin E increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancer.

These findings are based on data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, or SELECT, a rigorously executed, randomized and placebo-controlled trial conducted by the SWOG cancer research cooperative group that involved more than 35,000 men.


Technology useful in preventing diabetes, says Kerala-based expert

Technology useful in preventing diabetes, says Kerala-based expertVienna, Feb. 13 : Technology plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It can also be beneficial and cost effective in the prevention of major illnesses like diabetes. Indian diabetes specialist, Dr.


Injecting Vitamin C could keep cancer at bay

Injecting Vitamin C could keep cancer at bayLondon, February 10 : A new research has suggested that high-dose of vitamin C given by injection, can boost the cancer-killing effect of chemotherapy.

US scientists said that if the vitamin is given by injection, it could potentially be a safe, effective and low-cost treatment for ovarian and other cancers, and have called for large-scale government clinical trials, the BBC reported.


High-tech scan a boon for bone marrow cancer patients

High-tech scan a boon for bone marrow cancer patientsLondon, Jan 29 - Here comes a unique Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan that could improve care for bone marrow cancer patients.

The new whole-body, diffusion-weighted MRI scans showed the spread of cancer throughout the bone marrow of patients with myeloma - one of the most common forms of blood cancer - more accurately than standard tests.


Tweaking MRI method may help spot heart problems earlier

Tweaking MRI method may help spot heart problems earlierWashington, Jan. 13 - Researchers including an Indian origin scientist have suggested that a new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods.


14 new gene targets in Alzheimer sufferers identified

AlzheimerWashington, Jan. 9 : Researchers have identified fourteen genes that could be implicated in Alzheimer's disease, and one gene in particular shows the importance that inflammation may play in the brain of Alzheimer's patients.


Tricks to look fresh after hangover

Jill ZanderLondon, Dec 30 : Excessive intake of alcohol can leave you with a hangover. But you can still look fresh by sleeping in a slightly elevated posture and by exfoliating your skin well to look bright and perky.

Jill Zander, founder of the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, shares tips on how to combat hangover skin, reports femalefirst. co. uk:


Healers in Peru practiced drilling skull surgery more than 1,000 years back

drilling skullWashington, Dec. 20 : Scientists have claimed to have found proof that Peruvian healers practiced trepanation - a surgical process that involves removing a section of the cranial vault using a hand drill or a scraping tool - more than 1,000 years ago to treat a variety of ailments, from head injuries to heartsickness.


Diet and exercise linked to risk of developing kidney stones

Diet and exercise linked to risk of developing kidney stonesWashington, Dec. 12 - A new study has found that engaging in physical activity every now and then and consuming fewer calories can decrease the risk of developing kidney stones.

Mathew Sorensen, from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Puget Sound Department of Veterans Affairs, and his colleagues conducted a study to evaluate whether energy intake and energy expenditure relate to kidney stone formation.


`Many urban women die due to heart disease'

`Many urban women die due to heart disease'Mumbai, Sep 28 - Nearly 70 percent of urban women succumb to cardio-vascular diseases, mainly due to late diagnosis and smoking, a top surgeon said here Saturday, on the eve of World Heart Day.

"The tobacco habit is best left alone," Ramakanta Panda, eminent cardiac surgeon and vice chairman of Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, told IANS.


Impact of stress `affects genes of future generations`

Impact of stress `affects genes of future generations` London, January 26 : Genes chemically silenced by stress during life remain silenced in eggs and sperm, allowing the effect to be passed down to the next generation, researchers say.


Schizophrenia and autism share related genetic networks

Schizophrenia and autism share related genetic networksLondon, November 12 : Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have identified gene networks affected in schizophrenia.

They also uncovered an intriguing connection between schizophrenia and autism.


Oz women all set for world record attempt of largest mums-to-be gathering

Oz women all set for world record attempt of largest mums-to-be gatheringMelbourne, October 29 : A hospital in Australia aims to break the world record for the largest gathering of mums-to-be on November 4.

The current Guiness World Record title has been held by South Africa since 2007, when 1164 expectant mothers attended a baby expo in Johannesburg.


India's infant mortality rate drops

India's infant mortality rate dropsNew Delhi, Oct 26 - India's infant mortality rate (IMR) has come down by three points from 47 to 44 deaths per 1,000 live births during 2011, the health ministry said Friday.


Chemicals in cosmetics and hairspray ‘trigger early menopause`

Chemicals in cosmetics and hairspray ‘trigger early menopause`London, October 24 : Chemicals found in make-up, hairspray and food packaging are causing women to hit menopause early, researchers have warned.

Women exposed to high doses of these chemicals have been found to go through the change almost two and a half years before other women, and in some cases these chemicals may be causing women to stop having periods
15 years too soon.


Technology spots diseases from bone samples

Technology spots diseases from bone samplesLondon, Oct 23 - A new technology can analyse millions of gene sequences in a matter of seconds to identify diseases accurately, according to a new breakthrough.


Odisha dengue cases climb to 1,412

Odisha dengue cases climb to 1,412Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 : Odisha Thursday confirmed 56 new dengue cases in the state and one death taking the total of those infected by the mosquito-borne disease to 1,412 and deaths this year to five.

The latest victim was a 36-year-old woman from Bolangir district, joint director of the state health department M. M. Pradhan told IANS.


Eating fish can prevent heart disease

Eating fish can prevent heart diseaseLondon, Oct 12 - Lives of thousands of people suffering from heart disease could be saved every year if people ate more fish, a study by a British university has found.

The Omega-3 fish oils are far more powerful than previously thought at warding off heart disease, the Daily Express cited the study by the University of Reading as saying.


Nanocapsules the next big thing to prevent alcohol-related gastric ulcers

Nanocapsules the next big thing to prevent alcohol-related gastric ulcersKolkata, Oct 9 : The duo of nanocapsules and antioxidants has the potential to effectively fight gastric ulcers caused by drinking excess alcohol, researchers here say.

During research at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB) here, scientists focussed on quercetin, an antioxidant abundantly found in fruits and vegetables including apples, tomatoes and onions.


`Disgusted` rats shed light on why we feel nauseous

Washington, October 7 : University of Guelph scientists believe they’ve found the mechanism in the brain that is responsible for the sensation of nausea – with the help of some “disgusted” rats.

Nausea is a common and distressing side effect of many drugs and treatments. Unlike vomiting, nausea is not well understood.

But the finding by Guelph PhD student Katharine Tuerke, neuroscience researcher Cheryl Limebeer and Prof. Linda Parker in the Department of Psychology may soon change that.


Reducing sperm’s swimming ability could be key to male contraceptive pill

spermSydney, October 7 : Australian researchers may have come closer to developing a male contraceptive pill.

They have discovered a way to cut off the fuel supply to the “motor” that drives human sperm, greatly reducing their swimming ability and opening a new avenue to developing a male pill.

The finding also throws new light on the little-understood reasons for infertility in men, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Fish oil supplements `may slow biological effect of aging`

Fish oil supplements `may slow biological effect of aging`Washington, October 2 : Taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements to change the balance of oils in the diet could slow a key biological process linked to aging, researchers say.


Smoking leads to poor memory, decision-making among stroke patients

Smoking leads to poor memory, decision-making among stroke patientsWashington, Oct 2 : Stroke patients who smoke have more difficulty with problem-solving and decision-making than non-smokers, a new study has found.

The study, presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, tested mental abilities of 76 patients, including 12 smokers, with an average age of 67.5 years, using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) tool.


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