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Now, 'headband' to relieve you off stress

InteraXon-headband-MuseWashington, Aug 20 : A tech company named InteraXon has developed a headband, which claims to relieve one from stress.

The lightweight 300 dollar band called Muse, uses electroencephalography (EEG) sensors that monitor the brain activity and send out the information to a smartphone, laptop or tablet, enabling one to pour beer or control light and volume, just by thinking, the CNN reported.


Indian zebrafish provides deeper insight into Alzheimer's disease

Indian-zebrafishWashington, Aug 20 : Zebrafish, which are originally from India, but also a popular aquarium fish, has helped researchers to obtain a deeper insight into the Alzheimer's disease.

The research by scientists at VIB and KU Leuven provided the fundamental knowledge about the regulation of stem cells in the nerve tissue of zebrafish embryos results in surprising insights into neurodegenerative disease processes in the human brain. It helped in identifying the molecules responsible for this process.


BP pills not the reason for falling, fracturing bones

BP-pillsLondon, Aug 19 : A new study has recently revealed that people taking intensive blood pressure medication are not prone to falling and breaking bones.

Study on patients with type 2 diabetes examined fracture risk with antihypertensive treatment. The results showed that patients who received intensive blood pressure treatment did not fall more than less intensively treated patients, nor did they incur more fractures over an average follow-up of about five years.


Work stress raises diabetes risk by nearly 50pc

Work-StressLondon, August 18 : A new study has found that high level of stress at work raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 45 percent.

According to Diabetes. co. uk, nearly half the people studied with high job strain had a 45 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people with low job strain.

The study, which used the Karasek job content questionnaire to measure work strain, also found that one in five workers was affected by high mental strain at work.


Cancer pill gives new hope for 'alopecia' sufferers

Cancer-pilLondon, Aug 18 : A pill given to cancer patients, which helped them gain hair within 5 months has given new hope to sufferers of Alopecia, a disease that leads to partial or total hair loss.

Lead researcher Dr Raphael Clynes said that though they had just started testing the drug, ruxolitinib, in patients, it could have a "dramatic positive impact" on a lot of people if it proved to be effective and safe, Metro. co. uk reported.

Columbia University Medical Centre researchers conducted the pilot trial, which followed tests on mice using two drugs known as JAK inhibitors that could be taken in pill form and obstruct immune pathways.


Risky behavior in teens may be caused by imbalances in brains' emotional networks

Risky-behavior-in-teensWashington, Aug 17 : A new study has revealed that connections between certain brain regions are amplified in teens that are more prone to risk.

According to researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas, human brains have an emotional-regulation network that exists to govern emotions and influence decision-making and antisocial or risk- seeking behavior may be associated with an imbalance in this network.


Adults with autism at higher risk of sexual victimisation

Adults autismToronto: Adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimisation due to lack of sex education, a new study has warned.

Researchers at Canada's York University used an online survey involving 95 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and 117 without, ranging in age from 19 to 43.

Of the 95 participants with ASD, 78 per cent reported at least one occurrence of sexual victimisation compared to 47.4 per cent of the 117 adults without ASD who participated in the study.


Aspirin may slow breast cancer recurrence

AspirinWashington: Some postmenopausal overweight breast cancer patients who use common anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen have significantly lower breast cancer recurrence rates, scientists have found.

Researchers from the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin began by examining blood serum from breast cancer patients.

They placed the serum in a culture of fat cells that make estrogen, and then placed the serum on breast cancer cells.


Immune cell discovery could help halt cancer spread

Immune cellMelbourne: Highly specialised immune cells, called natural killer cells, can play a critical role in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs, a new study has found.

These natural killer cells could be harnessed to hunt down and kill cancers that have spread in the body, researchers said.

The team, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia, also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome.

The team showed that a protein called MCL-1 was crucial for survival of natural killer cells.


Severe sleep apnea contributes to poor blood pressure

sleep-apneaWashington, Aug 15 : A new research has suggested that severe sleep apnea contributed to the risk of increased blood pressure level despite the use of medication to control it.

Dr. Harneet Walia, assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University said that this was an important finding from a clinical perspective as poor blood pressure control in the patients taking multiple antihypertensive medications, made them particularly vulnerable to increased cardiovascular risk.


Ebola outbreak scale 'underestimated': WHO

Ebola outbreak scale 'underestimated': WHOLondon, Aug 15 - The number of deaths and confirmed cases of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to be 'underestimated', says the World Health Organization.

The WHO said that the scale of the outbreak was extremely large and that the death toll did not reflect it.

According to the BBC, it also said that extreme measures need to be taken.

The Ebola outbreak started from Guinea in February and has spread to Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The WHO said that the danger of transmission of Ebola during air travel was low as it was not an airborne disease.


Nearly 1.65 mln people die per year due to excess sodium consumption

excess-sodium-consumptionWashington, Aug 14 : A new study has revealed that more than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above the World Health Organization's recommendation of 2.0g (2,000mg) per day, researchers have found in a new analysis evaluating populations across 187 countries.

Dariush Mozaffarian said that high sodium intake is known to increase blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases including heart disease and stroke, however, the effects of excess sodium intake on cardiovascular diseases globally by age, sex, and nation had not been well established.


How Ebola virus disables immune response revealed

Ebola-virusWashington, Aug 14 : A new study has revealed how Ebola blocks and disables the body's natural immune response, as understanding how the virus disarms immune defenses will be crucial in the development of new treatments for the disease.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine along with collaborators from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have found how Ebola protein VP24 disrupts the cell's innate immune response, a crucial early step on the virus's path to causing deadly disease.


Praying doesn't necessarily sooth anxiety disorder symptoms

Praying-anxietyWashington, Aug 13 : A new study has claimed that while praying eases a lot of problems, it doesn't sooth symptom of anxiety-related disorders for everyone.

According to the research by Baylor University, those who prayed to God, whom they thought would be there to comfort and protect them in times of need, were less likely to show symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, such as irrational worry, fear, self-consciousness, dread in social situations and obsessive-compulsive behavior, than those who prayed but did not expect God to comfort or protect them.


New technique developed to disrupt malaria genes

malaria-genesWashington, Aug 12 : Scientists have discovered a new way to manipulate genes of parasite that causes malaria disease.

MIT biological engineers have now demonstrated that a new genome-editing technique, called CRISPR, can disrupt a single parasite gene with a success rate of up to 100 percent, in a matter of weeks.

Jacquin Niles, senior author of a paper, said that the approach could enable much more rapid gene analysis and boost drug-development efforts.


Rwanda tests possible Ebola case: Health ministry

Agnes-BinagwahoKigali: Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry said.

"Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours," the health ministry said in a statement late yesterday.

The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak in west Africa.

Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho said the patient was a German medical student, who had recently spent time in Liberia.


Silent treatment can ruin your relationship

Silent treatment can ruin your relationshipWashington, Aug 10 - A new research has suggested that silent treatment can ruin a relationship.

The silent treatment is part of what's called a "demand-withdraw" pattern which happens when one partner pressures the other with requests, criticism or complaints and is met with avoidance or silence.

Paul Schrodt, Ph. D., professor and graduate director of communication studies at Texas Christian University said that it was the most common pattern of conflict in marriage or any committed, established romantic relationship and it did tremendous damage.


Stem cell treatment holds hope for better stroke recovery

Stem-cell-treatmentWashington, Aug 09 : A new first-of-its kind pilot study has revealed that stem cell treatment can significantly improve recovery from stroke in humans.

The therapy uses a type of cell called CD34+ cells, a set of stem cells in the bone marrow that give rise to blood cells and blood vessel lining cells. Rather than developing into brain cells themselves, the cells are thought to release chemicals that trigger the growth of new brain tissue and new blood vessels in the area damaged by stroke.


No need to panic about Ebola: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh-vardhanNew Delhi, Aug 8 : Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday assured that there is no need to panic about the Ebola Virus which has become an epidemic in many African nations.

Concerns over the spread of this disease escalated when reports of three Indians being detained New Delhi came to light.

The trio had flown in from Ghana with an Ebola infected person on board.

"It is a normal precautionary measure to track any person traveling to the country from the affected areas. There is no cause for worry, no need to panic," said Dr. Vardhan.


Meet the UK best-friends who gave birth on same day twice

Claire-Ottaway-Michelle-NobleLondon, Aug 8 : Two women from Scarborough, Claire Ottaway and Michelle Noble, gave birth to their daughters on same day for the second time.

Earlier, both Claire and Michelle had delivered their sons, Ben and Henry in March 2012 which was later followed by the birth of their daughters on the same day in July, 2014, the Daily Express reported.

Ottaway, who already have a 5-year-old kid, said that she was delighted to share this whole journey together.


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