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New pill can improve breast cancer diagnosis

New pill can improve breast cancer diagnosis New York: Scientists have developed a pill that could significantly improve the imaging techniques involved in breast cancer and can better help in the diagnosis of the deadly disease -- the second most common cancer in women.

Current diagnostics methods like mammograms -- X-rays of breast tissue -- often identify a lump's location and size but cannot distinguish between cancerous and benign growths.


Smartphone microscope spots skin cancer

Smartphone microscope spots skin cancer New York, March 16 : In settings where traditional microscope is not available, smartphones can be used as microscopes to detect skin cancer with a reasonable accuracy, new research has found.

"Doctors in some remote areas don't have access to the high-powered microscopes we use to evaluate skin samples," said study lead author Richard Jahan-Tigh, assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston (UTHealth), US.


Grapeseed oil can lower heart disease, diabetes risk

Grapeseed oil can lower heart disease, diabetes risk New York: A diet rich in a fatty acid that is essential for nutrition and found in grapeseed and other oils but not in olive oil may lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, suggests a study.

The results showed that men and women with higher linoleic acid levels -- which contains omega-6 fatty acid -- are less prone to heart disease and inflammation and also possess more lean body mass.


Factors that put mentally ill at risk of violent behaviour

Factors that put mentally ill at risk of violent behaviour New York: Researchers have identified three risk factors that make adults with mental illness more likely to engage in violent behaviour.

These risk factors, according to the study, are if an individual is currently using alcohol; if an individual has engaged in violent behaviour over the past six months; and if an individual has been a victim of violence within the past six months.


Diabetes drug may prevent recurrence of stroke

Diabetes drug may prevent recurrence of strokeNew York, Feb 18 A drug used for Type-2 diabetes may prevent recurrent stroke and heart attacks in people with insulin resistance but without diabetes, new research has found.

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it effectively.


34 countries reports Zika virus: WHO

34 countries reports Zika virus: WHOUnited Nations, Feb 17 - Thirty-four countries have reported the Zika virus, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean, and seven reported an increase in cases of microcephaly, a senior official from the World Health Organisation
(WHO) said.


'Leaky' vaccines may lead to more virulent viruses

'Leaky' vaccines may lead to more virulent virusesNew York : Use of less-than-perfect vaccines or what are called "leaky" vaccines can lead to evolution of more deadly versions of a virus, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have confirmed for the first time.


Resolution tabled to recognise June 21 as Yoga Day in NYC

Yoga DayNew York: A resolution has been tabled in the New York City Council to recognise June 21 as 'World Yoga Day' here in line with the United Nations' decision to commemorate the day annually.

The resolution was tabled Tuesday by Council member for the 19th District Paul Vallone and calls on the city to commemorate June 21 as 'World Yoga Day'.


Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer: Study

Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer: StudyNew York - Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.

A dose of tetanus vaccine let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common and deadly kind of brain tumor, researchers report.


Viagra could help cure cancer: Study

Viagra could help cure cancer: StudyNew York: Anti-impotence drug Viagra may help treat certain cancers and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, a new study claims.

Viagra in combination with new drugs can block chaperone proteins, with anti-cancer, antibacterial, and other therapeutic effects, researchers said.


Asia may have seeded European plague outbreaks, study says

plague.New York: Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

Maybe you can blame gerbils in Asia.


Slather in 'pumpkin pie' to increase your sex appeal

Slather in 'pumpkin pie' to increase your sex appealNew York, Dec. 22 - According to a new book by the website How Stuff Works slathering in "pumpkin pie" can help people increase their sex appeal.

'The Real Science of Sex' delves into various aspects of love and attractiveness to explain the science behind it all, including some surprising revelations about the things that make us more desirable, New York Post reported.


Committed to assist in global efforts to combat Ebola: India

Committed to assist in global efforts to combat Ebola: IndiaNew York - As part of its commitment to assist in global efforts to combat the Ebola virus, India has signed an agreement with a UN agency under which USD 10 million pledged by it will be transferred to a global trust fund set up to address the threat posed by the deadly virus.


Now, diagnose ADHD by just looking into eyes

Now, diagnose ADHD by just looking into eyesNew York, Aug 14 : Researchers have developed a diagnostic tool that involves tracking of involuntary eye movements in order to diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) correctly.

The research by Tel Aviv University used an eye-tracking system to monitor the involuntary eye movements and found that it accurately reflected the presence of ADHD, as well as the benefits of medical stimulants that are used to treat the disorder.


Hunger-blocking hormone may help treat obesity: Study

Hunger-blocking hormone may help treat obesity: StudyNew York, June 2 - A specific hormone - known to regulate metabolism, appetite and weight - also influences cells other than neurons that control appetite, a promising study reveals.

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite - a discovery that could lead to development of treatments for metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes.


Coming soon: 3D-printed blood vessels

3d blood vesselsNew York, June 1 : One of the major challenges in building lab-grown organs out of a patient's own cells has been making blood vessels that deliver essential nutrients and dispose of hazardous waste from the system to keep our organs working properly.

This obstacle may soon wither away as researchers have made significant headway towards fabricating blood vessels using a three-dimensional (3D) bio-printing technique.


Lose weight and liven up your sex life

Lose weight and liven up your sex lifeNew York, May 31 : It is time to run, jog, join the gym, hit the park or just begin walking to tuck in your tummy as losing even a moderate amount of weight can help improve your sex life.

"Excess weight is related to poor circulation and dwindling testosterone, both of which can contribute to erectile dysfunction," researchers said in a new study.


Hookah bars have higher indoor air pollution: Study

Hookah bars have higher indoor air pollution: StudyNew York, May 30 - Are you a frequent visitor to one of those hookah bars that have mushroomed in the city? Beware that those closed spaces have elevated levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine - diminishing the air quality to a great extent.


Doc claims 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is reason behind increasing STIs in elderly

Doc claims 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is reason behind increasing STIs in elderlyNew York, May 29 - A doctor has claimed that because of ' Fifty Shades of Grey' elderly people are encouraged to have unsafe sex and catch diseases like chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea.


Even cancer looks at your status before striking: Study

Even cancer looks at your status before striking: StudyNew York, May 27 : While cancer strikes the rich and poor alike, socioeconomic status may influence the type of cancer a person may develop, a study indicated.

Certain cancers are more concentrated in areas with high poverty, while other cancers arise more often in wealthy regions, the study said.


E-cigarettes may have unknown health risks: Study

E-cigarettes may have unknown health risks: StudyNew York, May 27 - E-smokers beware! There is not enough evidence to prove the claim that e-cigarettes are an healthy alternative to smoking.


Ice cream or chocolate won't boost your mood!

Ice cream or chocolate won't boost your mood!New York, May 26 - Rushing to gulp that chocolate ice cream may not actually boost your mood. In fact, we may simply feel better after some time regardless of what food we eat, researchers say.


'I can' mentality can help shed extra fat

'I can' mentality can help shed extra fatNew York, May 25 : Want to maintain your slim figure years after childbirth? Develop an "I can" mentality whenever confronted with barriers to your everyday physical activities, a study suggested.

"The way a woman feels about tackling everyday physical activities, including exercise, may be a predictor of how much weight she will retain years after childbirth," said James Pivarnik, a professor at Michigan State University, US.


What's really pushing up obesity in US

What's really pushing up obesity in USNew York, May 25 : The obesity epidemic in the US has opened a pandora's box. An analysis has revealed that commonly-held assumptions about the causes that have pushed up the rates of obesity are mostly wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, people are exercising more today, have more leisure time and better access to fresh, affordable food - including fruits and vegetables - than they did in past decades, the study said.


Women not immune from snoring-stroke connection

Women not immune from snoring-stroke connectionNew York, May 24 : It is not only men who are at risk of stroke linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A study has found that the link between OSA and stroke may be just as strong among women too.

Snoring is a cardinal feature of the OSA syndrome.

Previous studies have attributed most significant risks of stroke and OSA links to male patients perhaps because men tend to develop OSA earlier than women.


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