Prospects of new, successful relationship reduce after divorce

Washington, Sept 26: According to a new study, chances of remarriage or cohabiting decrease after a separation or divorce.

And, what further reduces the chances of moving on and finding a new love is children from a previous marriage or relationship.

The study, by Dutch researcher Anne-Rigt Poortman, has revealed that the prospects of having a relationship were slimmer for women as compared to men. A possible explanation for such kind of behaviour could be that past experiences make people cautious following a divorce.

New Aloe Vera nose spray may help treat flu

Washington, Sept 26: Researchers at Texas A&M University are developing an Aloe Vera nose spray that can effectively treat influenza.

Dr. Ian Tizard, professor of pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences says that the method in which the vaccine gets delivered right into the body is the key to the new treatment.

Tizard explained the procedure for the production of the medicine and also the way it is combined with flu vaccine.

COX2 gene mutation can double risk of ovarian cancer

Washington, Sept 26 : Researchers in Portugal have found that a specific mutation of the COX2 gene may play a role in the onset of ovarian cancer, escalating a woman’s chances of developing the disease.

The discovery means that it might be possible to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which are used already for other conditions, to prevent ovarian cancer developing in women with the COX2 mutation.

Eating fish may keep type 1 diabetes at bay in kids

Washington, Sept 26 : A new study has revealed that for children with increased risk for type 1 diabetes, eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, may lead to a reduced risk of pancreatic islet autoimmunity, which is linked to the development of the disease.

Certain dietary factors have been associated with the onset of type 1 diabetes as well as the autoimmune process that leads to the disease.

Modern humans still retain Stone Age survival instincts

Washington, Sept 26 : Modern humans still retain caveman’s survival instincts at spotting predators and prey, despite living in the comforts of modern homes in urban localities, according to a new study published online in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The study reveals that humans today are hard-wired to pay attention to other people and animals much more than non-living things, even if inanimate objects are the primary hazards for modern, urbanized folks.

Anorexic women have distinct sense of taste

Washington, Sept 26 : A new study has found that women suffering from anorexia, an eating disorder, have distinct differences in the insulta – the specific part of the brain that is important for recognizing taste.

Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially lethal illness, which may result in death in ten percent of cases. It is characterized by the relentless pursuit of thinness, emaciation and the obsessive fear of gaining weight.

Cancer cells in blood offer cheaper detection of breast cancer recurrence risk

Washington, Sept 25: Researchers at the University of Munich in Germany have found that circulating tumour cells (CTC), cancer cells circulating in the blood, can be detected before and after chemotherapy treatment, and so can be helpful in identifying patients who are likely to have a recurrence of cancer after the procedure.

Addressing a press conference at the European Cancer Conference (ECCO 14) on Monday, Dr. Julia Juckstock said that the results could help improve the design of trials of chemotherapy in breast cancer, and reduce costs to health services.

Hormone therapy enhances sexual focus, not memory in younger mid-life women

Washington, Sept 25: Hormone therapy in early post-menopause increases sexual interest, but has no effect on memory, a new study has revealed.

The study was led by Pauline Maki, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Contrary to what we predicted, hormone therapy did not have a positive affect on memory performance in younger mid-life women," Maki said.

Climate change spurring dengue rise, says study

Washington, Sept 23 : Climate change is accelerating the spread of dengue fever throughout the Americas and in tropical regions worldwide, a new study by a Harvard Medical School researcher has revealed.

The study said more rainfall in certain areas and warmer overall temperatures was providing optimal conditions for mosquitoes –which spread the virus that causes dengue – to breed and expand into new territories.

Previous vitamin E trials ‘fatally flawed’

Washington, September 23: As against the findings of all previous studies on vitamin E, a new research has now suggested that the levels of the micronutrient that have been commonly used in clinical trials to reduce oxidative stress so far have been far lower than what they actually should be.

Here’s how children with language impairment face problems

Washington, September 22 : A new study has shown that language impairment may affect a child’s ability to understand and retell a script-based story.

The study, involving a researcher from the University of Alberta, is the first to look into the relationship between language skills and children’s ability to understand things.

When a person experiences an event frequently, for instance going to a restaurant, he remembers the kinds of activities that are part of such event. This is called a ‘script’.

Meteor crash in Peru causes mysterious illness

Washington, Sept.22 : A mysterious illness has hit a number of residents living near the Lake Titicara in Peru following the crashing of a rare kind of meteorite.

Peruvian researchers have confirmed the origins of the object after studying samples of it at a laboratory in Lima.

Residents, according to the National Geographic, have complained of headaches and nausea, spurring speculation that the explosion was a subterranean geyser eruption or a release of noxious gas from decayed matter underground.

Persons without disease symptoms carry dangerous diarrhoeal bacterium: Study

Washington, September 22 : A new study has shown that the bacterium that causes a highly contagious and sometimes deadly form of diarrhoea is often carried by persons who do not have any of the disease symptoms.

The new findings, published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases, have dramatic implications for health care workers who treat and isolate only those patients who exhibit symptoms.

NASA Orbiter finds possible cave skylights on Mars

Washington, Sept.22: NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has reportedly discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano.

The find is likely to fuel interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the planet.

US doctors use real-time system to plant 'seeds' against prostate cancer

Washington, September 22: A multidisciplinary team of medical practitioners in the US has started using a real-time system to implant radiation-emitting seeds in patients with prostate cancer.

Doctors at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jeferson and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia have revealed that the new mechanism is being used for imaging and planning purposes only.

The real-time system to implant radiation-emitting seeds has been developed by Nucletron, a technology company based in The Netherlands.

Effective communication key to keeping up cancer patients’ spirits

Washington, Sept 20 : A new research has found that effective communication is the key factor to keeping the spirits of cancer patients intact.

Keeping this factor in mind, National Cancer Institute has planned to issue a special report by November 1, co-authored by a University of Rochester physician, stating that effective communication is truly essential to good cancer care and deserves more research.

Heath Ledger finds new love in Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen
Washington, September 20 Hollywood film star Heath Ledger seems to have found new love just one month after splitting from Michelle Williams.

The 28-year-old was recently seen “making out” with supermodel Helena Christensen during dinner at NYC eatery Wakiya on 11 September.

The couple arrived together at the premiere of Eastern Promises later that night.

Tom Hanks to produce New Line’s ‘Agent Zigzag’

Washington, Sept 20 : New Line cinema and Tom Hanks will be bringing just published Ben Macintyre book "Agent Zigzag: True Wartime Story of Love and Deception" to the big screen after the studio won an auction for its screen rights.

The book is based on the true story of Edward Arnold Chapman, a career criminal who spied on the Germans for the British in WWII.

New Line muscled out sister studio Warner Bros. for the rights after upping their bid to a high-six figure deal, reports Variety.

Bush says he would have served with US troops in Iraq if he was younger

Washington, Sept.20 : U.S.President George W Bush has told US troops in Iraq that he would like to serve with them, but only if he had been younger.

Interacting with soldiers at a military base outside Iraqi capital Baghdad by video link, Bush who ducked draft duty during the war against Vietnam, described himself as too old.

One of the bloggers who met the president, reported: "He said he'd like to be in Iraq but, 'One, I'm too old to be out there, and two, they would notice me'."

Shekhar Kapur will never stop chasing Cate Blanchett

Washington, Sept 20 : It took director Shekhar Kapur and Cate Blanchett ten years after their Oscar nominated movie ‘Elizabeth’ hit the screens to team up once again for a sequel. And, Kapur insists that Blanchett is the one to blame.

Blanchett takes on the mantle of the Virgin Queen once again in ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’, and Kapur jokingly reveals that though he has been trying for long to get Blanchett to act in one of his movies in the interim, she has been turning him down.

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