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Topical cream may help treat melanoma sans knife

Topical cream may help treat melanoma sans knifeWashington, April 29 : Researchers at Saint Louis University have found that a topical cream when used together with surgery may help treat melanoma, potentially helping doctors cut less.

Researchers examined two cases of the most common type of melanoma of the head and neck, lentigo maligna (LM), a type of "melanoma-in- situ", the earliest stage of melanoma.

Plants use ‘genetic memory’ to recognize when it is time to start flowering

Plants use ‘genetic memory’ to recognize when it is time to start floweringWashington, April 29 : Australian plant scientists have revealed that plants use a genetic memory to recognize when it is spring and can even count the number of cold days.

According to a report by ABC News, in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers show how winter cereal crops recognize when it is time to start flowering.

Milk promotes better bone growth, strength than calcium supplements

Milk promotes better bone growth, strength than calcium supplementsWashington, April 29 : A new study has suggested that dairy is better than calcium carbonate when it comes to promoting bone growth and strength.

In the study, researcher Connie Weaver found that the bones of rats fed non-fat dry milk were longer, wider, more dense and stronger than those of rats fed a diet with calcium carbonate.

Weaver said the study is the first direct comparison of bone properties between calcium from supplements and milk.

Mia Farrow to share hunger strike experience online

Mia Farrow to share hunger strike experience onlineWashington, Apr 29 : American actress Mia Farrow is set to share her hunger strike experience with her fans every day of the three-week fast online through her blog.

Farrow, 64, will be living off nothing but water for 21 days, in a bid to raise awareness of the plight of those starving and suffering in war-ravaged Darfur in Sudan.

Doctors have warned the actress that she could cause irreversible damage to her body by fasting, but she has paid no heed to them and started her fast on April 27.

Peripheral arterial disease of legs often ignored in heart disease patients

Peripheral arterial disease of legs often ignored in heart disease patientsWashington, April 29 : A new study has found that peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the legs, in which the arteries become blocked with plaque and blood supply to the legs is reduced, is often overlooked in patients with known heart disease.

Early detection of PAD is important because it can limit the ability to walk and exercise, it may place patients at greater risk for limb loss and it increases the chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

Revolutionary blood test to fight malaria

Revolutionary blood test to fight malariaWashington, April 29 : A simple blood test can offer valuable support to healthcare in the fight against malaria, scientists at Karolinska Institute have found.

According to their study, the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for malaria infection could help ensure that a greater number of patients receive the right treatment at no extra cost for the healthcare services.

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