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Tuesday, 12-December-2017

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ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TO REDUCE LUNG CANCER RISK

14 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...
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BREAST CANCER RISK FROM NIGHT SHIFTS?

15 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...
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SUCKER FOR MOSQUITOES

16 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...
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IBM’S ‘WATSON’ CANCER DETECTIVE

16 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...
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NEW LIFE-EXPECTANCY MARKERS IN GENOME

18 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...
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Cows indeed are Holy, Now That They May Help Fight HIV 

19 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 ...
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WORLD’S SMALLEST PACEMAKER IMPLANTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NORTHEAST

19 weeks ago
The world’s smallest pacemaker has been implanted for the first in the Northeast on a 60-year-old man at the Hayat Hospital in Guwahati, claimed the hospital’s consultant interventional cardiologist Dr Chinmoy Majumdar.The most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr Majumdar told reporters in Guwahati on Wednesday. The pacemaker was implanted on 60-year old Taleswar Hazam with intermittent heart block which could have led to his heart to stop without any warning. Tests like ECG and Echocardiography also revealed problems with his heart s rhythm and confirme...
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Get liver checked from 20 yrs of age

21 weeks ago
Lipid profiling – blood tests that screen for abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides -- from the age of 20 years can help detect heart ailments at an early stage, doctors revealed on Thursday. According to them, a person may be at high risk of  a heart attack if the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides – causes of heart ailments – are high. These should be screened early, especially if the person is a smoker, obese, have blood sugar level on the higher side or there is a family history of heart ailments. “This blood test (lipid profiling) indicates results of the le...
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WHY AREN’T ELEPHANTS SCIENTISTS?

22 weeks ago
With an increasing advancements in science and technology, scientists are now better able to study the human brain in comparison to other animals’ to see what makes the human brain unique when it comes to cognitive abilities. The common narrative dictates that the human brain is the apex of biological evolution when it comes to cognition. Merely looking around and realising that the human brain has developed to the point of contemplating the reason for its own existence and function is enough to make us realise that there is something about the human brain that no other brain on the planet has. Common sense would di...
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RESEARCH: REDUCED INCIDENCES OF STROKES AND HEART ATTACKS

23 weeks ago
JAMA Cardiology Department of Yale University conducted a study in 2017 comparing the reports of hospitalization due to heart attacks and strokes in areas with restrictions on Trans-Fats versus areas where Trans-Fats are not restricted in food items. Trans-fatty acids are present in fried foods and food items where trans-fats are used in preparation of food items like potato chips, crackers, and even some baked goods. Trace amounts of these Trans fats have been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.  In the past few years, areas within the United States such as New York City implemented policies for t...
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AN APP FOR BLOOD DONATION FOR THE NEEDY

24 weeks ago
We often see messages and posts on social media by people asking for blood in cases of emergency or for various other medical reasons. Many of us donate blood voluntarily at blood donation camps and government hospitals in the hope that it might help people in need. While this act may definitely be helpful, the impact is not quite the same as we expect it to be. Such was the experience of Simply Blood’s creator Kiran Verma (32), who after having faced a couple of significant life altering events decided to take up this social initiative to create the world’s first virtual blood donation platform. When Kiran, a...
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DIAGNOSTIC TOOL FOR GENETIC DISEASES

25 weeks ago
Keeping physicians in mind, researchers have developed a simple and intuitive open-source software tool that could help doctors analyse patients’ genetic data in order to diagnose diseases caused by mutations. Developed by Raony Cardenas and colleagues at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, the description of the tool called “Mendel,MD” was presented in the journal PLOS Computational Biology. “We designed the software to be simple and intuitive enough to be used directly by physicians, even those who are not proficient in bioinformatics,” said study co-author Sérgio ...