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Friday, 20-October-2017



4 days ago
Films are said to be the opiate of the masses, especially in India. And in states like Andhra Pradesh, this goes beyond imagination. Interesting news which has come last week, a 43-year-old woman was kept entertained by watching the Telugu blockbuster ‘Baahubali 2’ while neurosurgeons performed a brain surgery in Guntur town. This information has been revealed through a post in the social media called ‘Baahubali Surgery’, as the patient watched the blockbuster movie even while the entire procedure went on. “We played the movie on a laptop placed beside the operation table while ...


a week ago
Sometimes, the only way to patch up a fracture is to use surgical screws that keep everything in place while the bone is healing. But sticking a piece of metal inside the body can lead to various complications. Now surgeons have come up with a novel type of screw that’s fashioned out of human bone - and it’s already being used in several hospitals. Typical surgical screws are made either out of titanium or stainless steel or together with metal plates, they are a common way to stabilize certain fractures, especially if the broken bone is in a foot or an ankle. The procedure can lead to a range of compli...


2 weeks ago
Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio are working towards developing a non-invasive method to detect prostate cancer through urine sample. Since cells from the prostate are shed into urine naturally, the new method, which aims to make use of a novel microscope based on a photonic crystal bio-sensor, could offer a more accurate diagnosis.  “The system we are developing utilises a sensitive bio-sensor, which allows us to distinguish cancer cells from normal cells based on a unique feature of the cells,” said Jing Yong Ye, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas at S...


3 weeks ago
Individuals regularly exposed to bleach and other commonly used disinfectants may be at an increased risk of developing a deadly type of lung disease, a research has claimed. The findings showed that tasks that involved frequent exposure to disinfectants, such as cleaning surfaces, and specific chemicals in disinfectants, were associated with a 22 to 32 per cent increased risk of developing the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. “We found that people who use disinfectants to clean surfaces on a regular basis -- at...


4 weeks ago
India being one of the most polluted countries globally, just meeting the international air-quality standards can add “four years” to the average life of people here, while meeting the national standards can add one year, says a study. The study released by the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago (EPIC), which used “Air-Quality-Life Index (AQLI)” to analyse conditions in 50 most polluted Indian cities, also found that meeting the international standards can add nine years, and even following national standards can add six years to the life of people of Delhi . AQLI is a tool...


5 weeks ago
Japanese neurosurgeons have found that inducing an experimental human cell therapy can lead to long-term benefits in monkeys with Parkinson’s disease, a key step for initiating treatment for neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Parkinson’s disease leads to degeneration of a specific type of cells in the brain known as dopaminergic (DA) neurons. It has been reported that when the symptoms are first detected, a patient will have already lost more than half of his or her DA neurons.  The findings reported that after transplanting the neurons prepared from human iPS cells, monkeys with Parkinson&rsquo...


6 weeks ago
Researchers have found that an existing anti-inflammatory drug has the potential to lower lung cancer risk. According to a study published in the journal Lancet, death from cancer was reduced by half in the group of people who received the highest dosage of the drug canakinumab.  “The data are exciting because they point to the possibility of slowing the progression of certain cancers,” said Paul Ridker, Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, US.  More than 10,000 patients were enrolled in the study. T...


7 weeks ago
Women who work  night shifts may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, as artificial light blocks a hormone that plays a key role in suppressing the growth of its tumours, claims a study. The study, published in journal Environmental Health Perspectives, showed that women who were premenopausal and were current or past smokers, and also who live in areas with high levels of outdoor light at night, were at risk of developing breast cancer - the most common cancer in women worldwide. “In our modern industrialised society, artificial lighting is nearly ubiquitous. Our results suggest that thi...


8 weeks ago
With dengue fast spreading in most of the southern states, especially in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,, there is some sense of panic. More so because there is no particular medicine available which can contain this deadly disease. It is a fact that mosquitoes are the biggest killers and cause of many diseases in the world. Despite mega publicity and lavish advertisements, the various mosquito coils and liquids have found to be not very effective. They also contain toxic chemical substances that cause discomfort and are quite harmful to health, especially for the children. The civic bodies like the Bengaluru Mahanagarap...


9 weeks ago
IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system could help persons with cancer by providing a rapid, comprehensive report of the genetic mutations at the root of their specific disease and the therapies that target them, says an Indian-origin pathologist. “We have to change our whole behaviour in looking at tumours. We are missing too much and too often treatment does not work for patients,” said Ravindra Kolhe, breast and molecular pathologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in the US. “With Watson, all oncogenes become targets,” said Kolhe, who is giving an update...


10 weeks ago
A Swiss-led team conducting research on life expectancy said on Thursday it had identified the largest-ever number of genetic markers that are almost entirely new to science. The answer to how long each person will live is partly encoded in their genomes or their genetic material, Xinhua quoted the researchers as saying, who published the findings in journal Nature Communication.  The study was led by scientists from the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The study used advanc...

Cows indeed are Holy, Now That They May Help Fight HIV 

11 weeks ago
The cow has emerged as an unlikely hero in the quest to fight HIV for good. Researchers report that four cows that were injected with a type of HIV protein rapidly produced significantly powerful antibodies against the menacing virus. Now they are trying to replicate and induce similar antibodies in humans which could be the vital element in creating a successful HIV vaccine.  Antibodies called ‘Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies’ are able to fight  infections from a plethora of HIV types. These antibodies were generated in cows about 42 days after immunization, the researchers reported. For the infinitesimal portion of the human population that is able to ...