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Sexting teenagers more likely to have sex


July 4th, 2012 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 4 (IANS) Beware parents! Teenagers are sexting nude pictures of themselves far more than previously thought, as a study in seven US schools has revealed nearly a third ... Read more...

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Diabetes drug can stave off leading cause of blindness


May 9th, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) A drug prescribed for diabetes could also have another important use: treating one of the world's leading causes of blindness.In lab rat and cell-culture experiments, scientists ... Read more...

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Stem cell implants can heal traumatic brain injury


January 16th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) Implanted stem cells have substantially improved cerebral function in animals with brain trauma, but how they did it has remained a mystery. Now an important part ... Read more...

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Young women often fail to spot weight gain


January 11th, 2012 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Texas, Jan 11 (IANS) Young women fail to recognize weight gain which may be as much as 5 kg, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease and other obesity-related conditions. ... Read more...

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New way to kill cancer cells discovered


September 18th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) Scientists have figured out a new way to kill cancer cells by disabling a protein known as fortilin, which promotes their unbridled growth.Fortilin does so by ... Read more...

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Universal flu vaccine shows promise


June 8th, 2011 - 1:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 8 (IANS) A universal flu vaccine targeting a protein common to all strains of influenza A has safely produced an immune response in humans. If proven effective, the ... Read more...

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Excess copper, iron linked with Alzheimer’s


May 22nd, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 22 (IANS) The exact causes of neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are unknown, but scientists say excess of copper and iron in the human brain may ... Read more...

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Tiny alteration in chikungunya gene drove epidemic


May 6th, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 6 (IANS) What causes a dormant virus to go on a sudden rampage, infecting a large number of people? It could be something as simple as a single ... Read more...

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Deadly Chinese outbreaks linked to new virus


March 23rd, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 23 (IANS) Researchers have linked the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly disease in central China, five years ago, with a previously unknown virus.At that time, a large ... Read more...

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Key mechanism of childhood respiratory disease identified


March 8th, 2011 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a crucial part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease.By analysing ... Read more...

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Novel finding could lead to new therapies for asthma, COPD


January 28th, 2011 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 28 (ANI): Scientists from a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have demonstrated that a single "master switch" enzyme, known as aldose reductase, is key in producing excess mucous ... Read more...

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Inverse benefits of drug marketing affect patient safety, public health


January 14th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Experts at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are saying that drugs that are marketed aggressively by pharmaceutical companies offer less benefit and more harm to most ... Read more...

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Measles virus is ‘the latest weapon against cancer’


January 13th, 2011 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): A new discovery about the process by which measles invades cells has brought the dream of transforming the virus into a weapon against cancer one step closer to ... Read more...

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A few steps could lead to big gains for hospitalized elderly patients


December 11th, 2010 - 6:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 11 (ANI): A new US study has revealed that hospitalized elderly patients who take even short walks around a hospital unit tend to leave the hospital sooner than their more ... Read more...

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Nearly 25pc of overweight women think they’re normal size: Study


November 23rd, 2010 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Nearly 25 percent of overweight and 16 percent of normal weight women of reproductive-age misperceive their body weight, says a new study.The research from University of Texas Medical ... Read more...

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Caring for inmates will boost public health, says experts


November 19th, 2010 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 19 (ANI): Experts in Texas and England have concluded that improving the mental and physical health of inmates will improve public health.In their article, "The health of prisoners," Seena Fazel ... Read more...

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Scientists decode West Nile mosquito’s DNA


October 1st, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): An international team of researchers has cracked the DNA sequence of the mosquito species whose bite transmits West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus and the microscopic worm ... Read more...

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Natural lung material can be used to engineer lung tissue from stem cells


August 20th, 2010 - 4:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 20 (ANI): For the first time, researchers have successfully used cell-depleted lung as a natural growth matrix for generating new rat lung from embryonic stem cells.Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) ... Read more...

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Artificial lungs offers hope to transplant patients


July 15th, 2010 - 12:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 15 (ANI): Scientists have been able to grow artificial lungs that function in rats.They hope that a similar technique could one day engineer donor organs for humans.Currently, donor organs are ... Read more...

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Resistance exercise-blood flow restriction combo boosts muscle mass in elderly


May 15th, 2010 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 15 (ANI): Researches have found that combining low resistance exercises with restriction of blood flow through body parts may boost muscle build-up in the elderly.Many older people are unable to ... Read more...

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Ethnicity key to accurate obesity measurements


April 22nd, 2010 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): A new study has found that the current National Institutes of Health BMI cut-off values fail to identify many women as obese, as it does not take ethnic ... Read more...

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Experimental vaccine shows promise against chikungunya


March 5th, 2010 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 5 (ANI): Scientists have developed an experimental vaccine for chikungunya virus and successfully tested it in monkeys.The vaccine, developed by at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, ... Read more...

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Mum’s exposure to some plastic may increase kid’s asthma risk


February 4th, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 4 (IANS) A pregnant or lactating woman's exposure to plastic used in water bottles, sunglasses, eyeglass lenses, DVDs, and CDs may increase the risk of asthma in her children. Scientists ... Read more...

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Mum’s exposure to BPA may increase child asthma risk


February 4th, 2010 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): A mother's exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical used to make everything from plastic water bottles and food packaging to sunglasses and CDs, may increase the odds that ... Read more...

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Eat candies to ward off rare, but deadly infections


January 5th, 2010 - 12:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 5 (ANI): A new study has shown that a compound extracted from licorice root, commonly used in candies, can help fight rare, but deadly infections.A team of scientists from the ... Read more...

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Women on injectable birth control ‘at higher bone loss risk’


December 22nd, 2009 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): Scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that women using injectable birth control have a higher risk of suffering bone mineral density (BMD) ... Read more...

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Moderate amount of protein per meal key to bigger, stronger muscles


October 27th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): Body builders eat large amounts of protein, thinking that it is the key to bigger, stronger muscles. Now, a recent study by University of Texas Medical Branch at ... Read more...

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Insulin booster restores muscle growth in elderly


September 26th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 26 (IANS) People tend to link insulin with diabetes, but it has other lesser known uses too. A study has shown that loss of response to insulin plays a major ... Read more...

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Boosting insulin levels can restore muscle-building process in elderly


September 26th, 2009 - 12:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 26 (ANI): While most people have always seen insulin as a hormone that helps the body process sugar, scientists have now found that increasing its levels above the normal range ... Read more...

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Marijuana may make acute pain worse


August 14th, 2009 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 14 (ANI): The idea of medical use of marijuana for pain relief has been thrown into doubt after researchers from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that ... Read more...

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Indian origin boffin’s discovery may lead to powerful new asthma treatment


August 12th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 12 (ANI): A research team, including an Indian origin boffin, has made a new discovery that may lead to a powerful new treatment for asthma.Researchers at the University of ... Read more...

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Birth control jab doesn’t make every woman prone to excessive weight gain


July 25th, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 25 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has debunked the myth that all women who use the birth control jab medroxyprogesterone acetate, more commonly known ... Read more...

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‘Artificial gravity’ does prevent muscle loss in space


July 23rd, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 23 (IANS) When the Apollo 11 crew got back from the moon this week some 40 years ago, they showed no ill effects from a week spent in weightlessness. But ... Read more...

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‘Artificial gravity’ can prevent muscle loss in space travellers


July 23rd, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): Space travellers, who stay for longer hours in zero gravity, suffer muscle loss rendering them unable to walk or even sit up on their return to Earth. Now, ... Read more...

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Key pathways in Ebola infection identified


June 24th, 2009 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 24 (ANI): Scientists have identified two biochemical pathways-PI3 kinase pathway and the CAMK2 pathway-that are vital for Ebola virus infection.For the study, the researchers the University of Texas Medical Branch ... Read more...

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