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Fungus turn rainforest ants into zombies


May 9th, 2011 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) A parasitic fungus that infects tropical carpenter ants inhabiting rainforest canopies turns them into zombies. These ants become erratic and zombie-like, whom the fungus manipulates into ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Land plants ‘evolved from conjugating green algae’


April 18th, 2011 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): A new research has revealed that the closest relatives to land plants are actually conjugating green algae such as Spirogyra.It was thought that Charales were the closest ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Regular breakfast may help prevent lead poisoning in kids


April 2nd, 2011 - 11:57 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): Having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children, according to a new research.It is known that fasting increases lead absorption in adults and ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Conflicts, stress at work can trigger taking sick leave


March 23rd, 2011 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 23 (ANI): A study has found that sick leaves, which are usually taken due to illness, are now being taken even for conflicts and stress at work.According to UK government ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Bad relationship with spouse causes ‘pre-baby blues’


March 14th, 2011 - 1:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 14 (ANI): A new study has found that a bad relationship with the husband or partner is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress during pregnancy.Anxiety and depression during pregnancy ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Females become addicted to cocaine more easily


March 11th, 2011 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 11 (ANI): Females become addicted to cocaine more easily than males and find it harder to give up, according to a new study on rats.The research showed that the motivation ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Even the 5-yr-olds can perform first aid: Study


February 28th, 2011 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): A new study has found that kids as young as five are able to learn and perform basic first aid.In the study, pre-school children at a kindergarten in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Relatives of melanoma patients still ignoring Sun safety advice: Study


February 21st, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A new research has indicated that despite being aware of risks of sunbathing and that this risk is increased in people with a family history of melanoma, young ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How reovirus kills cancer cells


February 21st, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A new study has found a virus that can help treat cancer.Reoviruses are successfully being used in clinical trials to treat patients with cancer.Not only does the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Hungry chicks have unique calls for getting parents’ attention


January 26th, 2011 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 26 (ANI): A new study has found that bird babies have unique calls when trying to get their parents' attention."Weaver bird chicks have two parts to their call; a "whistle-like" ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

What makes music beautiful?


January 20th, 2011 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 20 (ANI): A new research examines what is it about music that appeals to our senses.The new study suggests that the brain simplifies complex patterns, much in the same way ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Gene-silencing that could prevent diabetes-related heart failure


December 10th, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): A series of in vitro tests has helped scientists to discover that silencing the TLR4 gene can stop the process which may lead to cardiovascular disease in diabetic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

For chimps, dominance is a double-edged sword


December 9th, 2010 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Dominant animals with higher testosterone levels tend to suffer from an increased burden of parasites, reveals a study of chimpanzees.Scientists observed the primates' behavior and studied their droppings ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New genomic technique sheds light on obesity gene variants


November 30th, 2010 - 3:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 30 (ANI): A new study has identified DNA variants in two nervous system genes that are associated with an excessively high BMI.Kelly Frazer and colleagues from UC San Diego, Scripps ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Umbilical cord cells may be useful in arthritis treatment


November 16th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 16 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that umbilical cord stem cells can used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Animal and in vitro experiments have shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) taken ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Kids unhappy at school, home ‘likelier to turn to sex, booze’


November 10th, 2010 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 10 (ANI): A new study from the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University has revealed that children who are unhappy at school or home are much more likely ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Males more considerate than previously thought


November 2nd, 2010 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 2 (ANI): It looks like males are more considerate than imagined - at least, in nematode worms.A new study showed that male worms plug females after copulation as a form ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Extra-virgin olive oil protects liver


October 29th, 2010 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 29 (ANI): A new study has revealed that extra-virgin olive oil can protect the liver from oxidative stress.As part of the study, scientists exposed rats to a moderately toxic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Green tea does not protect against breast cancer: Study


October 28th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 28 (ANI): A study of data from approximately 54,000 women has found that green tea does not protect against breast cancer.Motoki Iwasaki, from the National Cancer Center, Tokyo, worked with ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Baking soda boosts athletic performance: Study


October 26th, 2010 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 26 (ANI): A study has found that dietary supplementation with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on the morning of a tennis match allows athletes to maintain their edge.A randomized, controlled ... Read more...

Posted in Sports |

Protein diet in childhood takes a toll on food binges later


September 30th, 2010 - 3:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 30 (ANI): A high protein diet at a young age makes the body to react unhealthily to future food binges.A study on juvenile rats suggests that lasting changes result ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

White noise sessions in class improves learning in kids


September 29th, 2010 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 29 (ANI): Playing white noise in class can boost memory in inattentive kids, says a new study.Researchers tested the effect of the meaningless random noise on a group of 51 ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Baby’s nappy reveals mum’s smoking habits


August 27th, 2010 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): Scientists have found that the first stools that a baby passes after being born can actually be used to determine how much their mother smoked, or if she ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

A moment on the lips really does mean a lifetime on the hips


August 25th, 2010 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): Scientists have proved that 'a moment on the lips' really does lead to 'a lifetime on the hips'.Asa Ernersson and a team of researchers from Linkoping University ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New approach for targeted killing of HIV virus


August 19th, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 19 (ANI): Researchers have come up with an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted killing of only the infected cells-a feat, if successful could lead into an ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New method may help fight drug-resistant malaria


August 3rd, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 3 (ANI): Scientists have developed techniques to quickly identify evolution of drug resistance in strains of malaria.The goal of researchers at Case Western Reserve University is to enable the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Women most vulnerable to PTSD in their 50s


July 21st, 2010 - 12:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 21 (ANI): Researchers have found that men are most vulnerable to Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) between the ages of 41 and 45 years, while women are most vulnerable at 51 ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How broccoli cuts prostate cancer risk


July 13th, 2010 - 11:31 am ICT by ANI
Washington, July 13 (ANI): A new study has shed light on the interaction between broccoli consumption and reduced prostate cancer risk.Researchers have found that sulforaphane, a chemical found in broccoli, interacts ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Knocking out a gene makes female mice ‘gay’


July 10th, 2010 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 10 (ANI): Knocking out a gene called fucose mutarotase (FucM) from female mice actually makes them masculine-they refuse to let males mount them, and attempt copulation with other female mice.The ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Knocking out a gene makes female mice masculine


July 9th, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 9 (ANI): Knocking out a gene called fucose mutarotase (FucM) from female mice, actually makes them masculine-they refuse to males mount them, and will attempt copulation with other female mice.The ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Virtual food can aid evaluation, treatment of eating disorders


July 6th, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 6 (ANI): Virtual food can be used for the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders, suggests a new study.Alessandra Gorini from the Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy, worked with an ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Difficult childhood linked to teenage drinking


July 6th, 2010 - 12:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 6 (ANI): A new study has established a correlation between a difficult childhood and alcohol consumption as a teenager.Researchers analysed the association between difficult childhood experiences and drunkenness among 9,189 ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Researchers recommend early and aggressive arthritis treatment


June 24th, 2010 - 2:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 24 (ANI): Researchers suggest that disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) should be used early and aggressively at the first sign of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)."Early therapy with combinations of conventional DMARDs has ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Striped mice more cautious of ‘nasty neighbour’ than mate’s defence


June 23rd, 2010 - 2:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 23 (ANI): The four-striped grass mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) is certainly not fond of his neighbours during the breading season. Breeding males are much more concerned about repelling their neighbours than ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Online self-management tool for asthmatics


June 10th, 2010 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 10 (ANI): An online self-management tool may benefit people suffering from asthma.In a study, it has been shown to significantly improve asthmatics ability to reduce their symptoms.Researchers tested the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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