Featured

Soon, ‘human-on-a-chip’ systems to recreate human function

Soon, ‘human-on-a-chip’ systems to recreate human functionWashington, Nov 23 : US scientists have for the first time used stem cells to grow the key connectors used by the brain to communicate and control muscles in the body.

The laboratory grown neuromuscular junctions between human muscle cells and human spinal cord cells is a critical step in developing "human-on-a-chip" systems. The systems are models that recreate how organs or a series of organs function in the body.


Secrets of paracetamol could lead to safer pain medications

Secrets of paracetamol could lead to safer pain medicationsLondon, Nov 23 : Knowing the working principle of Paracetamol could pave the way for the development of less harmful pain relief medications in the future, say researchers at King’s College London.

Paracetamol, often known in the US and Asia as acetaminophen, is a widely used analgesic (painkiller) and the main ingredient in everyday medications such as cold and flu remedies.


Bat Plant shows cancer-fighting potential

Bat Plant shows cancer-fighting potentialWashington, Nov 23 : Bat plant, or Tacca chantrieri, could be used to fight cancer, according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The researchers have pinpointed the cancer-fighting potential in the plant.


Repeated ‘little’ paracetamol overdoses could be fatal

Repeated ‘little’ paracetamol overdoses could be fatalLondon, Nov 23 : Taking even slightly too much paracetamol over a period of several days can cause a dangerous overdose that is difficult to spot, but can put the person at danger of dying, a new study has warned.

This clinical situation needs to be recognized and treated rapidly because these patients are at even greater danger than people who take single overdoses.


Weight loss could be early warning sign of Alzheimer’s

 Weight loss could be early warning sign of Alzheimer’sWashington, Nov 22 : People in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not have the condition, according to a new study.

Previous studies have shown that people who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease decades later than people at normal weight.


Heart attack between 1am to 5am causes greatest injury

 Heart attack between 1am to 5am causes greatest injuryWashington, Nov 22 : A new study has found that severity of heart attack is dependent on the time of day the attack occurs.

The researchers said the size of a heart attack and subsequent left-ventricular function are significantly different based on the time of onset of ischemia.

The greatest amount of injury to the heart occurs when individuals have a heart attack between 1:00am and 5:00am.


Why meditation is good for brain

Why meditation is good for brainWashington, Nov 22 : Yale researchers have found that meditation appears to help brain switch off areas associated with daydreaming as well as psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Meditation's ability to help people stay focused on the moment has been associated with increased happiness levels, said Judson A. Brewer, assistant professor of psychiatry and lead author of the study.


Weight loss could be early warning sign of Alzheimer’s

Weight loss could be early warning sign of Alzheimer’sWashington, Nov 22 : People in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not have the condition, according to a new study.

Previous studies have shown that people who are overweight in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease decades later than people at normal weight.


How to walk tall without damaging your feet

How to walk tall without damaging your feetLondon, Nov 22 : Squeezing your feet into damaging fashion footwear can prove to be extremely detrimental in the long run.

A quarter of all the bones in the human body are found in our feet and on average we walk around 100,000 miles in our entire lifetime, which is equivalent of four times around the Equator, the Daily Express reported.


7 out of 10 men ‘happy with wives being family breadwinner’

7 out of 10 men ‘happy with wives being family breadwinner’London, Nov 22 : Men today are happy with their wives earning more than them and have no qualms in looking after the house, a new study has suggested.

A study carried out by the U. S. edition of Men's Health magazine claims it marks the death knell for `1950s man'.

Back in the 1950s the man was the undisputed family breadwinner.

But men today are apparently happy to play second fiddle to their wives when it comes to money.


Diet rich in fruits, grains can boost male fertility

Diet rich in fruits, grains can boost male fertilityLondon, Nov 22 : Men who eat plenty of fruits and grains but cut down on their red meat and alcohol intake have higher chances of a successful in-vitro fertilisation, a new study has suggested.

The study revealed that a poor diet and obesity can lower sperm concentration and affect their ability to swim towards an egg.


Now, three-in-one superpill to revolutionise treatment for high BP

Now, three-in-one superpill to revolutionise treatment for high BPLondon, Nov 22 : A three-in-one superpill, launched in Britain on Tuesday, may revolutionize treatment for high blood pressure as it will cure millions suffering from the disease.

The potent single treatment combines doses of three existing medications, cutting the number of tablets patients must take to manage their condition.


New ‘tumour-seeking’ drug brings new hope for cancer patients

New ‘tumour-seeking’ drug brings new hope for cancer patientsLondon, November 22 : A new drug has been developed that will specifically target the tumours in the body while leaving healthy cells intact.

In standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, drugs attack anywhere in the body damaging healthy cancerous cells.

However, this new drug acts by `stealth', sneaking into cancerous areas without causing damage to the surrounding healthy cells.


Exercising away from boys can make girls fitter

Exercising away from boys can make girls fitterMelbourne, November 22 : To fight obesity in children, start separating the sexes when they exercise, say health experts.

Sports teachers in primary schools and a greater diversity of exercise routines would also help young girls who continue to be less active than boys, according to them.


Yeast may hold secret to anti-ageing

Yeast may hold secret to anti-ageingWashington, Nov 22 : Yeast may help scientists uncover ways to maintain our youthful looks.

A team of Johns Hopkins and National Taiwan University researchers have successfully manipulated the life span of common, single-celled yeast organisms by figuring out how to remove and restore protein functions related to yeast aging.


Hypertension, diabetes may trigger mild cognitive impairments

pertension, diabetes may trigger mild cognitive impairmentsWashington, Nov 22 : Hypertension and diabetes may influence dementias and mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study.

Increasingly larger numbers of people are affected by mild cognitive impairments and even dementia, which means that early detection of possible precursors as well as diagnosis and therapy of risk factors that can actually be influenced are gaining in importance.


Daily life stress sparks rise in sleep texting disorder

 Daily life stress sparks rise in sleep texting disorderMelbourne, November 22 : Researchers say that some people are developing a rare condition where they send incoherent text messages to their contacts while sleeping, something that they have no memory of.

Sleep specialist Dr David Cunnington, of Melbourne Sleep Disorder Centre, said patients had come to them reporting sleep texting.


Novel drug slows progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease, cuts mortality

Novel drug slows progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease, cuts mortalityLondon, Nov 21 : A novel drug dexpramipexole may help slow symptom progression in the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study has suggested.

It is believed that the drug, dexpramipexole, work by preventing dysfunction of mitochondria – the subcellular structures that provide most of a cell’s energy.


Gene behind muscle disease discovered

Gene behind muscle disease discoveredLondon, Nov 21 : An international team of researchers has discovered a genetic defect that contributes to a muscle disease using next-generation DNA sequencing techniques.

The research co-led by the University of Leeds’ School of Medicine and the Charite, Berlin, investigated several families whose children suffered from a progressive muscle disease.


Know your shape guys - pudding, candle or parsnip

Know your shape guys - pudding, candle or parsnipLondon, Nov 19 : Apple or pear-shaped has been used to classify women, now men also have their models, but all with a festive flavour.

A study commissioned by retailer High and Mighty has revealed that men fall into four categories: Christmas pudding, Yule log, parsnip or candle.

Yule log with shoulders and waist roughly the same width is the most common body shape.


Secret to anti-ageing could lie with roundworms

Secret to anti-ageing could lie with roundwormsLondon, Nov 19 : A new research from San Francisco has suggested that roundworms could hold the key to anti-ageing.

Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon and her team at the Hillblom Center for the Biology of Aging, have managed to prolong the life of roundworms six-fold by manipulating a gene they share with humans.

The tiny roundworm has an exceptionally short lifespan, elderly at 10 days and dead within two weeks.


Mums-to-be with history of high BP at depression risk

Mums-to-be with history of high BP at depression riskWashington, Nov 19 : Women who have a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant are more likely to experience depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study.


Forget vegetarian, flexitarian is the new way to live!

Forget vegetarian, flexitarian is the new way to live!Washington, Nov 19 : The number of consumers who are reducing their consumption of animal-based products is on the rise in the US, a new study has found.

Professionals from the Institute of Food Technologists have also found that the number of consumers who follow strict vegetarian or vegan diets in the U. S. is relatively small, Newswise reported.


Revolutionary new method stops deadly ‘superbugs’ in its tracks

Revolutionary new method stops deadly ‘superbugs’ in its tracksWashington, Nov 19 : In a new study, researchers claim to have developed a new and faster method to track major infection-causing "superbugs", which could be a major key in preventing the spread of deadly infections.


People living alone under age 65 more likely to die early

People living alone under age 65 more likely to die earlyLondon, Nov 18 : A study claimed that people who live alone under the age 65 could be at a greater risk of dying.

The study, presented at the annual American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Florida, examined nearly 45,000 patients from 29 countries, and found one out of five whose average age was 67, reported living by themselves.


Syndicate content