It's official! Meditation does have health benefits

MeditationWashington, Dec. 7 - Researchers have claimed to have gathered evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.

The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities.


Smoking ups risk of dying in cancer patients

Smoking ups risk of dying in cancer patientsWashington, Dec. 7 - Researchers have claimed that men who continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis were at an increased risk of death compared to those who quit smoking after diagnosis.

Compared with men who did not smoke after a cancer diagnosis, those who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent increase in risk of death from all causes, after adjusting for factors including age, cancer site, and treatment type.


Faulty 'brain wiring' may cause dyslexia

Faulty 'brain wiring' may cause dyslexiaLondon, Dec 06 : A new study has revealed that people with dyslexia are unable to read or spell properly because of communication problems in their brain.

It has been long believed that dyslexia is a result of an inability of the brain to learn all the small sound units or "phonemes" used to build up words, but the new study suggested that the real problem lies in one part of the brain not being able to link up with another, the Independent reported.


Emerging bird flu strain still far from affecting humans

Emerging bird flu strain still far from affecting humans Washington, Dec 06 : Scientists have found that avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier this year, has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily.


Monthly wonder jab could cure millions of patients from dementia

Monthly wonder jab could cure millions of patients from dementiaLondon, December 6 : Scientists have developed a drug, which will be available in 5 years to slow down Alzheimer's relentless attack on the brain.

Tests have shown that solanezumab delays the pace of decline by more than a third in those with a mild form of the disease, the Daily Express reported.


Protein deficiency linked to flu resistance in mice

Protein deficiency linked to flu resistance in miceWashington, Dec 06 - A new study has found that mice lacking a protein called Tmprss2 are resistant to certain flu viruses.

Whether it is H1N1, H5N1 or H7N9: The flu virus influenza A exists in many different types as its two coating proteins haemagglutinin
(HA) and neuraminidase (NA) can be combined in various ways.


Viagra may also help woman may help curb menstrual cramping

Viagra may also help woman may help curb menstrual crampingWashington, Dec. 6 - A team of researchers have claimed that women suffering from moderate to severe menstrual cramps may find relief in a class of erectile dysfunction drugs.

Primary dysmenorrhea, also called PD, is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women.

Sildenafil citrate, sold under the brand name Viagra, may help with pelvic pain because it can lead to dilation of the blood vessels.


Soon, sight-saving treatment to protect eyes from cataract

Soon, sight-saving treatment to protect eyes from cataractWashington, Dec 06 - Researchers have taken a step closer to prevent cataract from striking by discovering the molecular mechanism that leads to the eye disease.


Choir singing can boost mental health

Choir singing can boost mental healthLondon, Dec 05 - A new study has revealed that singing in a choir can be beneficial for the mind.

An online survey of 375 people, which was carried on solo singers, choir singers and team sports players, found that all three activities yielded high levels of psychological well-being, but choristers were benefited the most, the Daily Express reported.


Carbon monoxide can help amplify effectiveness of chemotherapy

Carbon monoxide can help amplify effectiveness of chemotherapyWashington, Dec 05 - A team of researchers has revealed that the highly toxic carbon monoxide gas, which can be used to treat certain inflammatory medical conditions, may also have a role to play in treating cancer.

The study by the researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center show that in cell culture and animal models carbon monoxide


Amphetamines linked to high HIV risk

Amphetamines linked to high HIV riskMelbourne, Dec 05 - People who injected amphetamines were more at risk of contracting HIV or other blood-borne viruses, a new study has revealed that.

The study by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) in co-operation with the Asia-Pacific Drugs and Development Issues Committee found users of amphetamine-type stimulants faced multiple HIV risks, News. com. au reported.


'Alzheimer's drug to be developed within five years'

'Alzheimer's drug to be developed within five years'Washington, Dec 5 : Scientists have said that a drug that could provide a breakthrough for Alzheimer's disease will be available within the next five years.

Recruitment of people aged 55 - 90 to take part in the final-stage study in the US is taking place. The study will examine if the drug solanezumab slows the cognitive and functional decline of people who suffer from mild Alzheimer's.


Dementia sufferers set to treble by 2050

Dementia sufferers set to treble by 2050London, Dec. 5 - A new analysis has revealed that number of people afflicted with dementia worldwide would treble by 2050.

According to Alzheimer's Disease International, 44 million people suffer from the disease, but that figure would increase to 135 million by 2050, the BBC reported.


Soon, 'biopen' that will help draw new bones to repair damaged ones

biopenMelbourne, Dec. 5 - Scientists are developing a 'biopen' that contains stem cells and growth factors, to repair damaged and diseased bone.

The device could be ready for trials in human patients in the next five years.

The 'biopen' works similar to 3D printing to create new tissue, combining cells mixed in a seaweed extract and coated in a protective gel, News. com. au reported.


Soon, diagnostic pill that could help detect stomach cancer

diagnostic pillWashington, Dec. 5 - Researchers have developed a tiny capsule that could carry out a chemical analysis of the contents of one's stomach and identify presence of so-called "occult" blood at very low levels.

Hongying Liu, Panpan Qiao, Xueli Wu, Lan Zhu, Xitian Pi and Xiaolin Zheng of Chongqing University, in China, have adapted capsule endoscopy to allow them to detect tiny quantities of blood that might be present in a patient with the earliest signs of stomach cancer.


Grape seed extract kills prostate cancer cells

Grape seed extract kills prostate cancer cellsWashington, Dec 05 - A new study by Indian origin researcher has revealed that the synthesis of the most active component of grape seed extract, B2G2, encourages the cell death known as apoptosis in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.


Alzheimer's gene 'starts' changing brain patterns early in life

Alzheimer's gene 'starts' changing brain patterns early in lifeWashington, Dec 4 : A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has suggested that people who are more prone to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life show changes in their brains from childhood.

The gene, called SORL1, is one of a number of genes linked to an increased risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of the illness.


4pence-a-day BP pills can be effective in treating dementia

4pence-a-day BP pills can be effective in treating dementiaLondon, Dec 4 : Researchers have suggested that Amlodipine, a 4 pence-a-day cheap blood pressure capsule, could potentially help in beating vascular dementia that results from problems with the blood supply to the brain.

To test their hypothesis, scientists at the Queen's University Belfast will be holding a two-year 2.25 million-pound trial of the drug on almost 600 dementia patients, the Daily Express reported.


No link between contact sports and brain disease: Study

No link between contact sports and brain disease: StudyWashington, Dec 4 : A new study has said that there is only limited evidence showing a link between sports concussions and an increased risk of late-life cognitive and neuropsychiatric impairments.

It's been widely reported that football and other contact sports increase the risk of a debilitating neurological condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).


New stem cell breakthrough brings gastrointestinal disorders cure closer to reality

stem cellWashington, Dec 04 - Researches have successfully grown extensive numbers of intestinal stem cells and then coax them to develop into different types of mature intestinal cells.


Now, smart bra that can detect stress

London, Dec 4 : It might come as a relief to women as researchers at Microsoft have designed a smart bra that can detect stress.

The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels.

The aim was to find out if wearable technology could help prevent stress-related over-eating, the BBC reported.

Mood data was provided to the wearer via a smartphone app in order to highlight when "emotional eating" was likely to occur.


Slowing aging process could help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's

Slowing aging process could help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington'sWashington, Dec 04 - Researchers have found that a new and unique compound, named NT219, selectively inhibits the process of aging in order to protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases, without affecting lifespan.


Fear of remaining single leads people to settle for less in relationships

Fear of remaining single leads people to settle for less in relationshipsWashington, Dec. 4 - Researchers have found that fear of remaining a single is a meaningful predictor of settling for less in relationships among both the sexes.

Lead author Stephanie Spielmann, postdoctoral researcher in the University of Toronto's Department of Psychology, said that sometimes people stay in relationships they aren't happy in, and sometimes they want to date people who aren't very good for them.


New breakthrough brings HIV cure closer to reality

New breakthrough brings HIV cure closer to realityWashington, Dec 04 Researchers have used radioimmunotherapy (RIT) to destroy remaining human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected cells in the blood samples of patients treated with antiretroviral therapy, offering the promise of a strategy for curing HIV infection.


Two in five kids don't have right BMI: Survey

Two in five kids don't have right BMI: SurveyNew Delhi, Dec 3 : Two out of five kids in India were found not to have the right Body Mass Index (BMI) levels, according to a health and fitness survey which covered 77,669 children in 176 schools across the country.

The children were in the age group of 7-17 years from 176 schools in 68 cities and 17 states. The fitness parameters were measured over a period of 24 months.


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