Experimental drug shows promise in treating head, neck cancers

Experimental drug shows promise in treating head, neck cancersWashington, April 29 : An anti-cancer compound studied for treating blood cancers may also help in treating cancers of the head and neck, say researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The study involved a new class of chemotherapy agents known as histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, which affect the availability of genes that are transcribed and translated into proteins.

Now, a spit test to detect diabetes

Now, a spit test to detect diabetesWashington, April 29 : A research team, including an Indian-origin boffin, has developed a painless new method for detecting diabetes, utilizing saliva.

While searching for biomarkers that may indicate diabetes, doctors examined the saliva of 40 different patients.

Through salivary analysis, they managed to devise a new `non-invasive' method for detecting diabetes that foregoes the uncomfortable prick of a needle- patients need only to spit into a cup.

The spit test could be performed for little cost in a doctor's office or at a patient's home.

Novel target for depression treatment identified

http://www.topnews.in/health/files/Parkinsons-disease2.jpgWashington, Apr 29 : US researchers claim that a brain protein involved in fear behavior and anxiety may represent a new target for depression therapies.

The study, by researchers at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has appeared in the April 29 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Depression can be severely disabling. However, the causes of depression are not well understood.

Evan Rachel Wood’s twitter horror

Evan Rachel Wood’s twitter horrorWashington, Apr 29 : Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood was left baffled when she discovered she had a loyal fanbase on the micro-blogging site Twitter, because she doesn't even use the site.

Evan was dazed to realize that an impostor had gathered the attention of her zillion fans by posing as her.

Evan made it clear she wasn't even aware of what `twitter' is and warned her fans against any impostor.

Doug Reinhardt protects Paris Hilton in ‘boob grab’ club fight

Doug Reinhardt protects Paris Hilton in ‘boob grab’ club fightWashington, Apr 29 : A protective Doug Reinhardt got caught in a brawl after a man tried to grope girlfriend Paris Hilton at a Los Angeles club on April 27.

According to a source, the couple were dancing at H-Wood when an intoxicated male clubgoer approached the heiress and tried to touch her cleavage.

"Doug protected his lady and pushed the guy. That''s when all of Doug''s boys stepped in and beat the crap out of the guy. Then Doug had security kick him out of the club," Us magazine quoted another source as saying.

Giant Pterosaurs were too heavy to fly, says scientist

Giant Pterosaurs were too heavy to fly, says scientistWashington, April 29 : A new study has suggested that animals heavier than 41 kilograms with wingspans greater than 16.7 feet wouldn't be able to flap fast enough to stay aloft, which indicates that giant Pterosaurs couldn't fly.

According to a report in National Geographic News, the conclusion casts serious doubt on the flying ability of large pterosaurs such as Quetzalcoatlus, thought to be one of the largest airborne animals of all time.