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Low calorie diet doesn’t add to longevity


August 31st, 2012 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 31 (IANS) After all the hype over a low calorie diet being the tried and tested way to shed unwanted pounds or adding years to your life, comes ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Clue to why women live longer discovered


August 4th, 2012 - 6:01 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS) A genetic clue to why women outlive men has been found in a study of fruit flies by British researchers.The research, published in the journal Current ... Read more...

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Flatworm may help battle eye diseases


August 3rd, 2012 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 3 (IANS) The planarian flatworm, which is able to recreate missing parts of its body, is being studied intensely by researchers who believe the worm could hold the ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Eating less food may lengthen your life


July 3rd, 2012 - 11:28 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 3 (IANS) Reducing daily intake of food by 40 percent may help in enhancing one's life span by 20 years, British scientists working over treatment for ageing disease ... Read more...

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Sex-deprived fruit flies use alcohol to cope


March 22nd, 2012 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 22 (IANS) Sex-deprived fruit flies are more likely to ingest alcohol, while just-mated ones are more likely to take a pass on the booze, a new study suggests.The ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Lizards being trained for space travel


March 16th, 2012 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 16 (IANS) Lizards are known for their adaptation to extreme conditions and a team is being trained in Russia to be sent to space.The geckos will become the ... Read more...

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Turmeric-based drug being tested against Alzheimer’s


February 15th, 2012 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, Feb 15 (IANS) Curcumin, a compound of turmeric commonly used in Indian curries, prolongs life and boosts activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimer's disease ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Insects watch skies to navigate


January 18th, 2012 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 18 (IANS) How do insects such as butterflies, locusts and fruit flies navigate thousands of miles so precisely with only the unchanging sky in the foreground? Researchers now ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Upsetting bio-clocks causes brain degeneration, early death


January 11th, 2012 - 4:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) Upsetting circadian rhythms, the bio-clocks found in animals and humans, can cause brain degeneration, loss of motor function and premature death. Until this finding, it wasn't ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

53 new species found in Costa Rica in 2011


December 28th, 2011 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
San Jose, Dec 28 (IANS/EFE) The forests of Costa Rica provided the setting this year for science to discover 53 new species of insects, fungi and plants.The National Biodiversity Institute, ... Read more...

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Oxidative stress may not be all that harmful


December 7th, 2011 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 7 (IANS) Anti-oxidants play a critical role in protecting cells but could also damage them or cause their deaths if they are malfunctioning, a study reveals. This damage ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Intestinal stem cells can increase gut size


October 31st, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) Adult stem cells can reshape our organs to keep up with bodily changes, a finding that potentially paves the way for more effective treatment of diabetes ... Read more...

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Small gene set in cell powerhouse causes male infertilty


May 16th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 16 (IANS) While causes of male infertility have never been understood, a recent study suggests that genes located in the energy centre of humans, the mitochondria, can now ... Read more...

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Royal jelly helps queen bee live 40 times longer


April 25th, 2011 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 25 (IANS) Royal jelly is a thick, milky-white substance secreted by the glands of honeybees -- and queen bees feed exclusively on it and live 40 times longer ... Read more...

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Glial brain cells that regulate circadian rhythms identified


April 15th, 2011 - 10:35 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 15 (ANI): A study has found that a group of glial brain cells called astrocytes regulate the circadian system that controls normal sleep patterns.Neuroscientists from Tufts University School of Medicine ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Fruit fly’s response to starvation could help regulate human appetite


April 1st, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 1 (ANI): A new study has identified the molecular mechanisms triggered by starvation in fruit flies that enhance the nervous system's response to smell, and which could help regulate human ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Hunger sharpens sense of smell


April 1st, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 1 (IANS) When fruit flies are hungry, they become better in scenting out their next good meal."As humans, we sometimes forget that feeding behaviour has two components," said ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Antioxidant in apple extends lifespan


March 3rd, 2011 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 3 (IANS) Apples contain an antioxidant, nutrients which slowdown process of ageing and some ailments, that extends average lifespan by 10 percent, a study says.The results, obtained with ... Read more...

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Eating apples could extend lifespan by 10pc: Study


March 3rd, 2011 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is an old proverb.Now, researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have reported the first evidence that the antioxidants ... Read more...

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Loss of gene ‘24′ saps will to wake up


February 17th, 2011 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 17 (IANS) In what could also impact humans, the loss of a crucial gene, dubbed "24", disrupts the fruit fly's sleep-wake cycle, sapping their will to awaken.The gene, discovered by ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Why some people find it difficult to wake up in the morning


February 17th, 2011 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 17 (ANI): Scientists at Northwestern University have found a new mechanism in the core gears of the circadian clock.They have discovered that the loss of a certain gene, dubbed "twenty-four," ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why being too good looking might cut your chances with females


February 15th, 2011 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Feb 15 (ANI): Traditional theory of evolution maintains that it's the good-looking male that gets the ladies, but a new study might prove otherwise.Research by the University of Queensland (UQ) has ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Genetic switch that controls tissue regeneration found


February 4th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): It is well known that human body has the ability to heal itself. Thanks to the presence of stem cells, many organs can undergo continuous renewal. But this ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Fruit fly nervous system ‘could pave way for wireless sensor networks’


January 14th, 2011 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): A new study conducted in fruit flies could be used to effectively deploy wireless sensor networks and other distributed computing applications.Ziv Bar-Joseph at Carnegie Mellon University found that ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Courtship affects gene expression in flies


January 13th, 2011 - 3:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): A new study has suggested that courtship behaviors may be far more influenced by genes than previously thought.Scientists from Texas made an important step toward understanding human mating ... Read more...

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Link between light signal and circadian rhythms discovered


December 30th, 2010 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 30 (ANI): Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have pinpointed the link between light signal and circadian rhythms.Aziz Sancar, and his colleagues have identified the genes ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New genes as vital to life as old ones


December 17th, 2010 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 17 (IANS) Contrary to what most experts previously thought, genes do not have to be old to be vital for life. Even genes that evolved only one million years ago ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

New path discovered for colon cancer drug discovery


November 20th, 2010 - 5:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 20 (ANI): Scientists have found an old pinworm medicine to be a new lead in the search for compounds that block a signalling pathway implicated in colon cancer.The findings have ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Plants, animals use similar mechanism when fending off diseases


November 19th, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Through the ages, plants and animals have developed strikingly similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions and resisting diseases, says a new study.This revelation is a result 15 years ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Fruit fly study sheds light on core elements of obesity


November 3rd, 2010 - 4:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 03 (ANI): Scientists say that fruit flies that grow obese after eating a diet loaded with fat could lead the way to the core elements of obesity.The demonstration that flies ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Glowing’ plant cells that could control cell growth, death


November 1st, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 01 (ANI): Researchers have genetically inserted proteins from plants into mammalian cells, which glow when exposed to blue light - resulting in a novel 'on-off switch' that could be used ... Read more...

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Study on genetics in fruit flies sheds light on brain function


September 11th, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 11 (ANI): Researchers studying neurobiology in fruit flies (Drosophila) have come up with a new method to understand brain function with potential applications in studies of human neurological diseases.Bing Zhang ... Read more...

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Single gene acts as ‘master organizer’ of motor neurons in spinal cord


September 9th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that a single type of gene acts regulates motor neurons in the spinal cord.The finding could help scientists develop ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Exercise capacity is an inherited trait


September 2nd, 2010 - 1:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 2 (ANI): Voluntary activity, such as daily exercise, is a highly heritable trait that can be passed down genetically to successive generations, according to biologists at the University of California, ... Read more...

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Starvation and sleep-deprivation may keep brain sharp


September 1st, 2010 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 1 (ANI): Stay hungry and sleep-deprived to stay sharp - that seems to be the idea, at least as far as fruit flies are concerned.New research from Washington University in ... Read more...

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