Israel

Tumours grow faster at night

TumoursJerusalem: Nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body, according to a new study which suggests that administering certain treatments in time with the body's day-night cycle may boost their efficiency.

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel investigated the relationships between different receptors in the cell.


Reducing alcoholism relapse by erasing specific memories

Reducing alcoholism relapse by erasing specific memoriesJerusalem, June 25 - Researchers in Israel have found a way to prevent relapse in alcoholism by blocking a molecule that activates memories associated with drinking, therefore reducing the craving for alcohol.

However, the study which began in 2010 has only been tried successfully in rats so far, Xinhua reported.


Workplace stress heightens diabetes risk

Workplace stress heightens diabetes riskTel Aviv, May 13 : Scientists in Israel have linked development of diabetes to stress at the workplace, made worse by low social support.

Cases of type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the US. And while the development of the disease is more commonly associated with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity, research has shown that stress can also have a significant impact.


Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer's

Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer'sTel Aviv, April 20 : Short bursts of brain activity may help protect from Alzheimer's, says a study conducted by researchers in Israel.


Lifting heavy loads can damage nerves

Lifting heavy loads can damage nervesTel Aviv, Feb 22 : School children lifting heavy backpacks or soldiers and fire fighters carrying occupational gear could damaged their nerves, according to an Israel study.

The damage includes simple irritation to diminished nerve capacity, which limits the muscles' ability to respond to brain's signals, inhibiting movement of the hand.


Blame parents for avoiding commitment in relations

Blame parents for avoiding commitment in relationsTel Aviv, Dec 11 : Adults avoiding commitment in a romantic relationship may be trying to live out experiences from their childhood needs, says an Israeli research.


Sounds, smells help people learn while asleep

Sounds, smells help people learn while asleepTel Aviv, Aug 27 - People can pick up new information with the help of specific sounds and smells, even while asleep, says an Israeli study.

For instance, if certain odours are presented after specific tones during sleep, people will start sniffing when they hear the tones alone -- even when odour is absent, both during sleep and later, when awake, say researchers.


Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancer

Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancerTel Aviv, July 24 - Obesity in childhood has a direct link with bladder and urinary tract (urothelial) and colorectal cancers in adulthood, warn Israeli researchers.

Hence, maintaining a healthy weight has become a dire necessity. Besides extra pounds are tied to the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and joint and muscle pain.


Mole rat may hold key to human longevity

Mole rat may hold key to human longevityTel Aviv, July 3 - Compared to the average three-year life span of a common rat, the 10 to 30-year life of the naked mole rat, an underground rodent native to East Africa, is amazing.

Now, researchers from Israel and the US are working to uncover the secret to the small mammal's long - and active - lifespan, which could have implications for human longevity.


Air pollution increases risk of repeat heart attack

Air pollution increases risk of repeat heart attackTel Aviv, June 6 : Air pollution elevates risk of repeat heart attacks besides other major health risks linked with respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease, a study says.


Israeli scientists open prospect of repairing damaged hearts

Tel Aviv, May 23 - In a unique feat, Israeli scientists reprogrammed skin cells from heart failure patients to grow into healthy, new heart muscle cells capable of integrating with existing heart tissue.

The research opens up the prospect of treating heart failure patients with their own, human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to repair their damaged hearts.

As the reprogrammed cells would be derived from the patients themselves, this could avoid the problem of the patients' immune systems rejecting the cells as "foreign," the European Heart Journal reported.


Exercise vital for mental fitness too

Exercise vital for mental fitness tooTel Aviv, Feb 24 - Avoiding exercise could be bad for our mental health too, pushing us into the pit of depression and causing burnout at work.

Sharon Toker, management expert at the Tel Aviv University, with Michal Biron from the University of Haifa, discovered that employees who did engage in physical activity were less likely to experience a deterioration of their mental health, including symptoms of burnout and depression.


Blues invite re-hospitalization among cardiac patients

Blues invite re-hospitalization among cardiac patientsTel Aviv, Feb 15 - Heart attack patients given to depression may be re-hospitalised later for cardiac complications and chest pains and for longer stints as indoor patients than their happier counterparts.


Malaria-fighting tobacco!

Malaria-fighting tobacco!Jerusalem, Feb 13 - A genetically modified tobacco plant that can fight drug-resistant malaria has been developed by Israeli scientists.

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found that tobacco plant can be altered to produce "artemisin", an active component in malaria treatment.


Having desserts for breakfast good for slimming

Having desserts for breakfast good for slimmingTel Aviv, Feb 8 - Those with a weakness for sweets can now include cookies and cake in a 600 calorie breakfast menu with some proteins and carbs to shed weight in a pleasurable way and also stay slim.

Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term, explains Daniela Jakubowicz, professor at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, who led the study.


Endurance tests can detect nerve disease early

Endurance tests can detect nerve disease earlyTel Aviv, Jan 27 - Muscle endurance tests can detect abormalities in the early stages of multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings, reveals a study.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurodegenerative disease, is characterised by symptoms such as loss of balance, muscle spasms, numbness or abnormal sensation in any area, problems of moving arms or legs, etc.


New device can scan brain diseases

New device can scan brain diseasesJerusalem, Jan 13 - A device that can scan and provide a three-dimensional image of the brain to help treat diseases like Alzheimer's was developed by an Israeli firm.

The non-invasive system, called the BNA, or Brain Network Activation, was developed by ElMindA, reports Xinhua.


Stressed employees avoid communicating with supervisors

Stressed employees avoid communicating with supervisorsTel Aviv, Jan 5 - Employees coping with abusive treatment avoid direct communication even though it would be the most effective in terms of emotional wellbeing, reports a study.

"Our study shows that the strategies being used by employees to cope with the stress caused by such behaviour do not lead to the most positive outcomes," said Dana Yagil, professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, who led the study.


Found! Cells that drive brain's adaptability

Found! Cells that drive brain's adaptabilityTel Aviv, Jan 2 - Glia cells, derived from the Greek word for glue, hold the brain's neurons (cells) together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviours.

Researchers say that glia cells, which had long puzzled scientists, are central to the brain's adaptability, learning and information storage.


Beware! MP3 players cause early hearing loss

Beware! MP3 players cause early hearing lossTel Aviv, Dec 29 - One in four teenagers are in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of listening to music on their personal listening devices (PLDs) like MP3 players and iPods.

Personal listening devices permit users to listen to crystal-clear tunes at high volume for hours on end, a radical improvement over Walkman.


Excessive ritualism linked to mental disorder

Excessive ritualism linked to mental disorderTel Aviv, Dec 29 - Hypersensitivity and sticking to childhood rituals may be an early warning sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) later.

Its symptoms include excessive washing or cleaning, repeated checking, preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts and nervous rituals such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room.


Chilling out does promote obesity

Chilling out does promote obesityTel Aviv, Dec 2 : Stretching out in front of your TV screen can be promoting 'active inactivity', causing you to pack on the pounds, reveals a study.

Such inactivity encourages the body to create new fat in fat cells, said Amit Gefen, researcher in biomedical engineering at the Tel Aviv University.


Smart bugs inspire better robotics design

Smart bugs inspire better robotics designTel Aviv, Nov 18 : Bugs which collectively thrive in challenging environments are inspiring scientists to design smart bots for diagnostics and drug delivery, computers and artificial intelligence.


TV terrorism coverage causes women to lose psychological resources more than men: Study Home

TV terrorism coverage causes women to lose psychological resources more than men: Study HomeJerusalem, Oct 28 : Exposure to television coverage of terrorism causes women to lose psychological resources much more than men, which leads to negative feelings and moodiness, a study has revealed.

The study by the University of Haifa and soon to be published in Anxiety, Stress & Coping, has examined the differences between men and women in a controlled experiment environment.


Motherhood alters brain functions

Motherhood alters brain functionsJerusalem, Oct 25 - Motherhood causes alterations in brain functions that help mothers locate and communicate with their offspring, especially if they are in distress, says a study by Israeli researchers.

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said the study shows how neural changes in response to odour and sounds help maternal behaviour develop in mothers.


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