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Newborn babies' immune system stronger than previously believed

Newborn babiesWashington, Sept 22 : Scientists have found that the immune system of newborn babies is actually stronger than what was believed earlier.

According to a new study led by King's College London, newborn immune T cells might have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria. Although their immune system works very differently to that of adults, babies may still be able to mount a strong immune defense,

Suicide prevention a health priority: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh VardhanThrissur (Kerala), Sept21 : Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has expressed grief over the national loss in valuable human resources which is owed to the rising tendency of young people to commit suicide when facing seemingly unconquerable adversity.

Scientist claims menopause could be 'turned on/off' in 20 yrs

menopauseLondon, Sep 21 : A stem cell scientist has recently claimed that menopause could be eliminated in 20 years.

According to the Times, Aubrey de Grey has claimed rapid progress in stem cell and regenerative therapies might mean that the current limits on when women are able to conceive and give birth could disappear, the Independent reported.

Co-founder and chief science officer of the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Research Foundation, said that it could be possible to rejuvenate the ovary by stimulating or replenishing stem cells and they could create a whole new ovary through tissue engineering like an artificial heart.

1 in 10 Americans have shown up to work high on pot

Americans have shown up to work high on potNew York, Sept 20 : A new survey has revealed that ten percent of Americans have shown up to work high on marijuana , while 30 percent people have gone to work while high on prescription drugs.

According to the survey Mashable. com and SurveyMonkey, 9.7of people copped to going to work after smoking weed and majority of them did not buy the drug legally in Colorado or Washington, or were taking it for medical reasons.

It was also revealed that 28 percent of participants admitted they were under the influence of prescription drugs when they went to work, but 93 percent of those people took it for medicinal purposes. (ANI)

Exercise boosts tumour-fighting ability of chemotherapy

ExerciseWashington: Scientists have found that combining exercise with chemotherapy may shrink tumours more than chemotherapy alone.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that exercise may benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Joseph Libonati, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and director of the Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research, senior author on the study, and colleagues were particularly interested in testing whether exercise could protect against the negative cardiac-related side effects of the common cancer drug doxorubicin.

New study provides deeper insight on Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's diseaseWashington, Sept 17 : Scientists have gained new information on what causes the Parkinson's disease.

Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter which affects physical and psychological functions such as motor control, learning and memory. Levels of this substance are regulated by special dopamine cells. When the level of dopamine drops, nerve cells that constitute part of the brain's 'stop signal' are activated.

Obama dubs Ebola outbreak `global security threat`

Barack ObamaLondon, Sep 17 - While delineating a larger role for the United States in fighting the Ebola outbreak, President Barack Obama has reportedly called the epidemic "a threat to global security."

Obama said on Tuesday that the world is looking to the U. S. but called for a "global response" to fight the disease, reported the BBC.

He also announced a slew of measures including, sending 3,000 U. S. troops to the region, building new healthcare facilities, training health care workers, developing air bridges to supply aids to affected countries faster and to provide health care kits to households.

Winter born babies crawl earlier than summer born ones

babies crawlWashington, Sept 15 : A new study claims that babies born in winter start crawling earlier compared to the babies born in summer season.

The research by University of Haifa showed that season of a baby's birth influenced its motor development during its first year of life.

Mix of positive, negative messages may prompt more smokers to quit

smokers to quitWashington, Sep 15 : A new study has revealed that mix of positive and negative messages might prompt more smokers to quit depending on their confidence in the ability to quit.

The study found that "gain-framed" messages, those that stressed the benefits in quitting, such as "quitting smoking reduces the risk of death due to tobacco," were more effective for smokers who thought they could quit when they wanted.

On the other hand "loss-framed" messages, the ones that emphasized the negative outcomes from smoking, such as "smoking can kill you" were more effective for smokers who believed quitting would be hard.

Jet lag cure comes closer to reality

Jet lag cureWashington, Sep 15 : Scientists have finally found the mechanism that keeps the circadian clock in sync, which could ultimately help in curing jetlag and other related diseases.

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have discovered how two genes, Period and Cryptochrome, which keeps the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons.

The study has implications for the development of drugs for various diseases such as cancers and diabetes, as well as conditions such as metabolic syndrome, insomnia, seasonal affective disorder, obesity, and even jetlag.

New genetic test to spot 6-fold increased risk of prostate cancer

prostate cancer Washington, Sept 15 : A new study has found 23 new genetic variants that can identify men with 6-fold increased risk of prostate cancer.

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, University of Cambridge, and University of Southern California led a huge search for new genetic variants including almost 90,000 men.

Researchers found that assessing the top 100 variants identified 10 percent of men with a risk almost three times as high as the population average, and said that this was high enough to investigate whether targeted genetic screening was merited.

New 'miracle' drug eliminates Hepatitis C virus in up to 98 pc patients

Hepatitis C virus
London, Sept 14 : Scientists have revealed that a new, which will be soon available on the NHS, has been shown to eliminate the virus per cent of patients.

Specialists say the drug Daklinza, will also stem the huge rise in cases of serious liver -disease and cancer caused by the condition but it still needs to be tested on certain types of hepatitis C but has proved successful on those for which it has been prescribed, the Daily Express reported.

Three in 10 ex-NFL players suffer from cognitive disorders

NFL players cognitive disordersLondon, Sep 13 : According to a data prepared for ex- players of the National Football League (NFL), around three in 10 former NFL players develop more than moderate neurocognitive problems and qualify for payments under the 765 million dollars concussion settlement.

Their actuary expects 14% of ex- football players to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and 14% to develop moderate dementia over the next 65 years, says the data.

According to the Guardian, nearly 6,000 players would fall into this group as 19,000 are still living.

New superfoods with key protein may keep body cells healthy

New superfoods with key protein may keep body cells healthyWashington, Sept 12 - A new study has demonstrated that new superfoods that fight heart disease and diabetes could be developed with the help of a protein that helps keep cells in their bodies healthy.

The survey conducted by the University of Warwick, found out that the protein, called Nrf2, continually moved in and out of the nuclei of human cells to sense the cell's health and vitality.

Lead researcher Professor Paul Thornalley said that the way Nrf2 worked was very similar to sensors in electronic devices that relied on continual reassessment of their surroundings to provide an appropriate response.

Why depressed workers should attend office than take sickies

employees-with-depressionWashington, Sept 11 : In a new study, scientists have claimed that people suffering from depression manage their depression better while attending office than taking a sick-leave.

The collaborative study between the University Of Melbourne, and the Menzies Research Institute at the University of Tasmania is the first to estimate the long-term costs and health outcomes of depression-related absence as compared to individuals who continue to work among employees with depression in Australia.

Early intervention in kids with autism eliminates symptoms, developmental delay

Washington, September 10 : A new study has found that treatment at the earliest age when symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear significantly reduces symptoms and developmental delays.

According to a UC Davis MIND Institute research, 'Infant Start' therapy administered over a six-month period to 6- to 15-month-old infants who exhibited marked autism symptoms removes disabling delay before most children are diagnosed.

Study's lead author and the developer of the 'Infant Start' therapy, Sally J. Rogers said that Most of the children in the study, six out of seven, caught up in all of their learning skills and their language by the time they were 2 to 3, while most children with ASD are barely even getting diagnosed by then.

Brain's 'anti-relapse circuit' helps in fighting cocaine addiction

cocaine-addictionWashington, Sept 5 : A new research has discovered that human brain is already equipped with an 'anti-relapse' circuit that could help overcoming the cocaine addiction.

Yaoying Ma, research associate of the study that biology, by nature, had a yin and a yang and a push and a pull.

Yan Dong, assistant professor of neuroscience in the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, said that the pro-relapse response was predominant after cocaine exposure but since the anti-relapse response existed inside the brain, it could possibly be clinically tweaked to achieve therapeutic benefits.

'Alarmist' e-cig report by WHO slammed by tobacco experts

e-cigaretteWashington, September 5 : Tobacco experts have slammed WHO's review of evidence on e-cigarettes and have claimed that it contains important errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations.

According to World leading tobacco experts, the report contains important errors as it puts policy-makers and the public in danger of foregoing the potential public health benefits of e-cigarettes.

Banana can reduce risk of stroke, death in older women

BananaWashington, Sept 5 : A new study has found that postmenopausal women who consume potassium-rich foods like banana face lesser risk of stroke and death.

Senior author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph. D., from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, said that previous studies had shown that potassium consumption may lower blood pressure. The findings give women another reason to eat their fruits and vegetables for they are good sources of potassium, which not only lowers postmenopausal women's risk of stroke, but also death.

Proper sleep reduces 'sick leaves' from work

Proper-sleepWashington, Sept 4 : A new research shows that proper sleep of 7 to 8 hours per night reduces risk of absence from work due to falling ill.

The study, which was part of the Sleep Well, Be Well campaign launched earlier in 2014 to increase awareness of the importance of sleep in healthy lifestyle, involved a nationally representative survey of 3,760 men and women in Finland who had been working at any time in the prior year.

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