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Tuesday, 19-June-2018

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SMOKING, DRINKING CAN CAUSE DENTAL FILLING FAILURE

30 weeks ago
Indulging in drinking alcohol or smoking may not only damage your teeth but also lead to increased incidences of failure in dental fillings, warned researchers. The findings, led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, showed that within two years of the dental procedure, fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked.  Furthermore, people with a difference in the gene for matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) -- an enzyme found in teeth -- were at increased risk of filling failure. This could be because MMP2 might be able ...
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IPHONE-BASED ULTRASOUND MACHINE CAN DETECT CANCER

32 weeks ago
A novel iPhone-based portable ultrasound machine that can help detect cancer easily at home has been developed by US researchers. The device called Butterfly IQ is a scanner of the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body, when paired with an iPhone.  Developed by Connecticut-based start-up Butterfly Network, the pocket sized device works by shooting sound into the body and capturing the echoes.  Usually, the sound waves are generated by a vibrating crystal. But Butterfly’s machine instead uses 9,000 tiny drums etched onto a semiconductor chip, reported the...
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RISE IN HIV, HEP-C LINKED TO OPIOID USE

33 weeks ago
As a result of increased opioid use, worldwide nearly one in six people are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and more than half have been exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV), and one in ten have active Hepatitis B virus (HBV), researchers have found. According to the study, published in the journal The Lancet Global Health, globally an estimated 15.6 million people injected drugs, in the age group 15-64 years, in 2015. Out of these, 18 per cent are living with HIV infection and 52 per cent test positive for hepatitis C antibody. The main drug was either an opioid (heroin or another opioid) or stimulant...
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HORMONE THERAPY ‘SAFE’ FOR WOMEN WITH MIGRAINE

34 weeks ago
Hormone therapy may be safe to treat menopausal symptoms in women who suffer from migraines, a study has affirmed. A Migraine is a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Hormones have often not been prescribed for migraine sufferers because of the association between exogenous oestrogen used and an increased risk of stroke in women who have migraines. This led to the recommendation that combined oral contraceptives (better known as birth control pills) should be used cautiously or avoided entirely in women with a history of migraines, depending on whether or not the migrain...
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‘BAAHUBALI’ HELPS BRAIN SURGERY!

35 weeks 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 ...
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NEW METHOD FOR FIXING BROKEN BONES

36 weeks 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...
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DETECTING PROSTATE CANCER VIA URINE

37 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...
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BLEACH LINKED TO LUNG DISEASE

38 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...
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INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY

39 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...
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STEM CELLS AGAINST PARKINSON’S

40 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...
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ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TO REDUCE LUNG CANCER RISK

41 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?

42 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...