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Breakthrough in asthma research


September 19th, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) Scientists may have hit upon an effective way to block asthma attacks by identifying the two most significant biological triggers that bring them on.Researchers from the ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Sri Lanka virtually eliminates malaria


August 31st, 2012 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 31 (IANS) Despite being ravaged by decades of conflict, Sri Lanka has succeeded in reducing malaria cases by 99.9 percent since 1999 and is on track to eliminate ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Poor sleep hits potency of vaccines


August 2nd, 2012 - 3:28 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) A good night's sleep is vital not only for sound health but also for vaccines to work effectively, says a new study."With the emergence of our ... Read more...

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Diabetic women less likely to be sexually satisfied


July 26th, 2012 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 26 (IANS) Diabetic women are just as keen on sexual activity as their non-diabetic sisters, but tend to experience lower sexual satisfaction, says a study.University of California San ... Read more...

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Babies of HIV-positive women show exposure to antiretrovirals


July 22nd, 2012 - 3:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 22 (IANS) Hair and blood samples from three-month-old infants born to HIV-positive mothers surprisingly show exposure, both in the womb and from breast-feeding, to the antiretroviral drugs being ... Read more...

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Doggy dust protects against respiratory infection: Study


June 25th, 2012 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) Dust found in a house with dogs may help protect children against a common respiratory virus linked to the development of asthma, says a new study. ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Lifestyle changes can prevent type-2 diabetes


June 17th, 2012 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 17 (IANS) Making lifestyle changes can prevent type-2 diabetes, simply, effectively and cheaply, a new study says. Diabetes is a chronic and complex disease marked by high levels ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Alcohol can trigger dangerous palpitations


June 4th, 2012 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 4 (IANS) "Holiday heart syndrome," first coined in 1978, refers to patients who experience a potentially dangerous form of palpitation after excessive drinking, especially during winter holidays. The ... Read more...

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Arthritis drug found effective in amoebic dysentery


May 21st, 2012 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 21 (IANS) Scientists have identified an arthritis drug that acts very effectively against a parasite causing amoebic dysentery and liver abscesses, which kill over 70,000 people worldwide annually. ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Facebook CEO upgrades relationship status - Married (Lead)


May 20th, 2012 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 20 (IANS) Topping a very busy week after the launch of a flotation at the US stock exchange, Facebook co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg upgraded ... Read more...

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Facebook CEO marries longtime girlfriend


May 20th, 2012 - 2:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 20 (IANS) Mark Zuckerberg has added a new post to his timeline. He and longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan have tied the knot.The Facebook co-founder and chief executive ... Read more...

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Midlife crisis could be linked with dementia


May 8th, 2012 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 8 (IANS) If you are overcome by a sense of hopelessness, especially during your mid or later life, it could be a sign that your are heading for ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Atheists, agnostics kinder than religious people


May 1st, 2012 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 1 (IANS) When it comes to kindness or helping a stranger, atheists and agnostics fare much better than their highly religious counterparts. The findings challenge a widespread assumption ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US project enables instant access to medical scans


April 30th, 2012 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 30 (IANS) Patients can now instantly download their medical scans and images from an internet-based "cloud" system and distribute these to their physicians for diagnosis wherever they might ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Funding cuts spur global malaria outbreaks, says study


April 26th, 2012 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 26 (IANS) Funding cuts may explain the global resurgence of malaria, says a new study that analysed 75 documented cases of the disease's outbreaks worldwide since 1930.At least ... Read more...

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Vaccine extends life of brain cancer patients


April 19th, 2012 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 19 (IANS) A new brain cancer vaccine, which uses material from patients' own tumours, holds promise of extending their lives by several months, show results of a multicentre ... Read more...

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ECG can also predict heart attacks


April 11th, 2012 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 11 (IANS) Can a simple diagnostic test that measures a heart's electrical activity help predict heart attacks?Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco, found a higher risk of ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Teachers who meditate are more compassionate


March 29th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 29 (IANS) Schoolteachers who went through an intensive meditation programme were less edgy or stressed, and more compassionate towards others, according to a new finding. Previous research has ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Jilted male flies too drown ’sorrow’ in alcohol


March 16th, 2012 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 16 (IANS) Male fruit flies too drown their 'sorrow' in excessive alcohol consumption, like humans, when females reject their sexual advances.Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco ... Read more...

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Statins stave off depression in heart patients


February 26th, 2012 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 26 (IANS) Heart patients who take cholesterol-lowering statins are less likely to develop depression than those who did not. Mary Whooley, professor of medicine at the University of ... Read more...

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Cartilage graft will help regenerate bone


February 16th, 2012 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 16 (IANS) Painful fractures and bad bone grafts may soon become a thing of the past, thanks to cartilage graft, a pioneering way of regenerating bones. "Cartilage graft ... Read more...

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Genes drive gender specific behaviours in parenting, sex


February 3rd, 2012 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) Men and women tend to behave differently, especially when it comes to sex and parenting, thanks to the role their genes and sex hormones play.New evidence ... Read more...

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Too much of sugar fuelling global obesity


February 2nd, 2012 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) Sugar is fuelling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually from diabetes, heart disease and cancer, warn scientists. Global sugar consumption has tripled ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Exercise improves survival in prostate cancer patients


February 2nd, 2012 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) Scientists have identified 184 genes in men that may explain how vigorous exercise improves survival chances in low-grade prostate cancer. Researchers from the University of ... Read more...

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A few pegs can produce sense of euphoria


January 16th, 2012 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) Drinking alcohol releases endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of euphoria.Endorphins are compounds produced naturally in the brain, triggered by exercise, consumption of ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Tobacco firm underplayed dangers of smoking


January 9th, 2012 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Tobacco firm Phillip Morris underplayed the dangers from cigarette additives, including menthol, masking toxicity levels and increasing chances of heart, cancer and other diseases for smokers.Researchers ... Read more...

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Scientist unravels how HIV hijacks body defences


January 1st, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 1 (IANS) An American scientist has unravelled how the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) appropriates the body's own defences to promote AIDS, a discovery that could help curb its ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Antibiotic can prevent blinding even with half dosage


December 29th, 2011 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) Azithromycin, an antibiotic used in treating a potentially blinding eye infection, is just as effective if administered for six months instead of an year. So, the ... Read more...

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Sound from MP3 players eclipses environmental noise


December 22nd, 2011 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Noise from listening to MP3 players and stereos has eclipsed the noise from loud work environments, even though it still is a small fraction of each ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Destressing helps curb obesity among women


December 8th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) There is a ray of hope for those who find that stress prompts them to reach for yet another helping of holiday goodies. And no, it ... Read more...

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Smoking can kill 40 mn more people


October 5th, 2011 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 5 (IANS) Smoking could cause 40 million excess deaths among smokers, who also suffer from tuberculosis (TB), by 2050, new research says.Once smokers develop the disease, they are ... Read more...

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Study reveals that Sleep apnea is linked to dementia


August 10th, 2011 - 9:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
San Francisco, Aug 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has found that sleep apnea is linked to memory degradation and dementia. The study was conducted by a group of researchers led by ... Read more...

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Heat sensors help bats home in on blood sources


August 4th, 2011 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) A sensitive, heat-detecting molecule covering nerve endings on their noses is the reason how vampire bats know which part of the victim's skin to home on ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Parents can halve kids’ anxiety, depression


August 1st, 2011 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) The right match between parenting style and child's personality can practically halve depression and anxiety symptoms in school children. But mismatches can lead to twice as ... Read more...

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Simple lifestyle changes can prevent Alzheimer’s


July 19th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 19 (IANS) Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions.The biggest risk factors for Alzheimer's ... Read more...

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