HEALTH

Fish mucus may offer potential new antibiotics

Fish mucus may offer potential new antibiotics

April 1, 2019 6:21 pm

Washington: Scientists have identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens, including the dangerous MRSA-causing microbes, in the protective mucus that coats young fish. As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. “For us, any microbe in the marine environment that could provide a […]

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Stomach issues in kids may signal future mental health problems: Study

March 31, 2019 5:59 pm

Washington: Children who face adversities — such as parental separation — are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms which may lead to mental health issues in later life, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Development and Psychopathology, found that gastrointestinal symptoms in children may have an impact on the brain […]

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India's measles vaccine campaigns helped save thousands of children: Study

India’s measles vaccine campaigns helped save thousands of children: Study

March 7, 2019 3:31 pm

New Delhi: India’s mass measles vaccination campaign helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children between 2010 and 2013, according to a latest study. The finding, published in the journal eLife, suggests that the measles vaccine campaigns helped save 41,000 to 56,000 children in India during 2010 to 2013, or 39-57 per cent of the expected number of deaths nationally. […]

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Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle: Study

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle: Study

March 3, 2019 2:26 pm

Boston: Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, can be used to create artificial muscles or robotic actuators, scientists say. According to researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, the resilient fibres respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, […]

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Half of children with cancer left undiagnosed, untreated Study

Half of children with cancer left undiagnosed, untreated: Study

February 27, 2019 5:13 pm

Washington: Nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated, according to a Lancet study which estimates that there are almost 400,000 new cases of childhood cancer annually, while current records count only around 200,000. The model makes predictions for 200 countries and estimates that undiagnosed cases could account for more than half of […]

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Consuming garlic, onions may lower colorectal cancer risk Study

Consuming garlic, onions may lower colorectal cancer risk : Study

February 22, 2019 4:51 pm

Beijing: Consumption of allium vegetables — which include garlic, leeks, and onions — may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, a study claims. Colorectal cancer is the cancer of the colon or rectum, located at the digestive tract’s lower end. It is the second and third leading cause of cancer deaths in women and men, respectively. The study, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical […]

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Antarctic fungi can be used to treat childhood cancer: Experts

Antarctic fungi can be used to treat childhood cancer: Experts

February 19, 2019 4:47 pm

Hyderabad: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad working with scientists from the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa, have isolated Antarctic fungi that contain L-asparaginase, an enzyme-based chemotherapeutic agent used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). ALL is the most common childhood cancer. It occurs when a bone marrow cell develops errors in its DNA. A press […]

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Lack of cleaning in brain cells causes Alzheimer's: Study

Lack of cleaning in brain cells causes Alzheimer’s: Study

February 18, 2019 12:47 pm

London: A weakened cleaning system of the brain cells in animals and humans is central to developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study which may lead to new treatments for the neurodegenerative disorder. Researchers, including those from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, found that improving mitophagy — the cleaning system of the brain cells […]

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Novel device mimics beating heart

Novel test can non-invasively identify fatal heart disease

February 10, 2019 3:56 pm

Washington: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) can non-invasively identify the severity of heart disease and also predict which cases are potentially fatal, scientists say. According to the researchers from Duke University in the US, the method has potential as a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterisations and stress nuclear exams in diagnosing disease. “We’ve known for some time that CMR is effective at diagnosing coronary […]

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Fasting may help boost metabolism: Study

Fasting may help boost metabolism: Study

February 9, 2019 3:29 pm

Tokyo: Occasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism […]

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