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Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of ‘Huntingtons’ Disase

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of Huntingtins’ Disese

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

Hazards of sunlight

Exposure to sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, scientists have found. A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally transparent lens of the eye.As the opacity thickens, it prevents light rays from passing through the lens and focusing on the retina, the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. It is the leading cause of blindness world-wide. ....Researchers...

Wheat wards off colon cancer

Experts say,whole grain wheat comprises powerful antioxidants which may help to ward off colon cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Biochemists from Ohio State University, who carried out the research//, say the findings may empower them to create modified wheat strains with high levels of cancer-fighting chemicals. ....Antioxidants are important because they combat the body's free radicals - char...

The hazards of using disinfectant hand gel

According to researchers in Dallas, using disinfectant gels, rather than hand rubs, for hospital hand washing may lead to a decrease in hygiene. Getting doctors and nurses to wash their hands between each patient is thought to be a major advance in reducing hospital infections.// Soap and water is used in US, while in Europe, an alcohol-based rub is more common. Both have drawbacks soap and water...

Microwave radiation has no hazards

The talks about harmful radiations started during war times. Korean War Navy veterans exposed to high levels of microwave radiation emitted from radar equipment were no more likely than other men to develop most forms of cancer--including lung, brain and testicular cancers--over a 40-year period//, according to a recent report. ....Men with the highest exposure to radar waves those who repaired a...

Beer guards against Colon Cancer

Researchers at the University of Japan, drinking a glass of beer daily appears to protect against colon cancer -- at least in laboratory rats. They found that it is the ingredients in beer, not the alcohol content, that offers protection against colon cancer. // ....Hajime Nozawa, a researcher with the Kirin Brewery Co. in Yokohama, Japan, said that researchers fed rats a diet that contained eit...

Vaccine guards against shingles

A slight variation of a chicken pox vaccine gave good protection to those at high risk of shingles. The elder population, and those with impaired immunity because of cancer, have a high rate of shingles a viral infection caused by the same virus that gives rise to chicken pox. //Most people recover from chicken pox, a common childhood infection, without incident. But the virus lingers in nerve ce...

The hazards of domestic travel

Researchers are into a new study these days on the hazards faced during travel. People travelling in the US and Canada this year need to be wary of the risk posed by outdoor adventure. Many travel experts expect people to holiday at home this year, after the terror attacks of September 11. //An outdoor adventure holiday with lots of wildlife and sports appeals to many. ....Please be aware of th...

Hazards of anger in heart patients

With man's insatiable quest for urbanization or modernization, the Stress on human life has been increasing day by day.It is high time they pay attention to the adoption of a more healthy and peaceful life style.//This article is an eye-opener for those people with fragile hearts.Most of us get angry for trivial things which does not concern us.But this one moment of anger is sufficient enough t...

Vitamin E rich diet guards from Parkinson's

According to recent study, a high dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamin E may assist in reducing the risk of Parkinson's disease. A new report from the' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study', presented by Harvard School of Public Health researchers,// looks at diet and Parkinson's disease. The participants have been followed up for several years and asked about their die...

New standards for Human Research Safety

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the National Committee for Quality Assurance recently announced plans to set up a program to review the safety of clinical tests// in humans. This announcement came close on the heels of U.S. officials moving to suspend gene therapy studies pending an investigation of side effects in a French study, which found a cure for "bubble...

Tech Wizards turn to build Anti-SARS gadgets.

As economys plummets, and the world's economic market..struggles to survive. Some of Beijings greatest minds..of the Chinese technology sector have created a new..trend in products. The new set of devices, christened..as Anti-SARS devices and gadgets. The gadgets are a..weapon to fight the epidemic that is crippliong our..world. Many such creation were unveiled at the Beijing..trade fair recently...

Looking Towards More Effective Leukemia Treatment

Eighty percent of the time childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia is curable with chemotherapy. The bad news is doctors are not sure // why it doesn’t work for the other 20 percent of patients. Now, new research finds it could be because of a small number of genes that are resistant to drugs used to treat the disease. ..Researchers tested leukemia cells from 173 children. They looked at the sen...

Folic acid retards mental decline in middle aged

Folic acid or Vitamin B9 has been known to help in the brain development of foetus and infants for a //long time now. Due to this reason it is administered to pregnant women. A new study conducted by scientists at Wageningen University, Netherlands has proposed that this vitamin can slow down the cognitive decline in middle-aged subjects. .. ..The three year long study involved 818 subjects (both...

Folic Acid Retards Mental Decline In Middle Aged Subjects

A new study conducted by scientists at Wageningen University, Netherlands has proposed// that Folic acid( also known as Vitamin B6) can slow down the cognitive decline in middle aged subjects. ....Folic acid or Vitamin B9 has been known to help in the brain development of foetus and infants for a long time now. Due to this reason it is administered to pregnant women. .. ..The current study was a...

Researchers Feel The Need For Standards Of Practice In Immunoglobulin Therapy

Nursing specialists feel that there is a requirement for having a standard of practice in immunoglobulin therapy. ..A review article published in the July/August 2005 Journal of Infusion Nursing examines the need for established treatment guidelines // to support doctors and nurses in correctly dosing and administering intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) as replacement therapy in patients with pri...

Attitude Towards AIDS Patients – Time For A Change

It is one of the tragedies of our society that persons infected with HIV/AIDS not only have to bear the burden of their illness - which any person with any illness must do - but also have to face the torment of discrimination and stigma // . ..Our attitude to the disease rests largely on ignorance regarding the disease inspite of the massive awareness campaigns that has been conducted so far. Inf...

Scientists Awarded Appropriately For Contribution Towards Medical Research

Science is usually viewed with awe, not to mention a little fear or suspicion; it is perceived as a realm that most people cannot understand, let alone hope to enter. Such an // approach can be dangerous if they can affect public policy concerning the use of science... ..If the public is to have a say in developing guidelines for dealing with certain scientific problems, it should fist have a cle...

Hazards of Electromagnetic Fields for children

Though technologic developments bring social and economic benefits to the society, the health consequences of these are difficult to predict and manage. With rapid advances in electromagnetic field (EMF) technologies and // communications, children are increasingly exposed to EMFs at an earlier age. Due to an association between childhood leukemia and exposure to extremely low frequency (ELF) mag...

Rural India shows apathy towards dental problems: Survey

A new national survey conducted by Synovate India and sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd says that even though Indians use high quality toothbrush and the latest toothpaste available in the market, //the level of oral hygiene awareness was surprisingly low. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that they have never been to a dentist in their life. ..The survey notes that poor oral...

Time magazine has recognized efforts of two Indian doctors towards reducing infant mortality rate

Two Indian doctors have been featured in the South Asian feature in Times Magazine’s list of Heroes of Global health. These two doctors have put in their sincere efforts towards reducing infant mortality rate in the country by initiation of a n innovative program. // ....Abhay Bang and Rani Bang, who are founders of the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), are...

Doctors take part in walk: a step towards creating diabetes awareness

The World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14 in order to create awareness related to Diabetes, which is a group of diseases with one thing in common - a problem with insulin, and has reached epidemic proportions. // .... As a part of the World Diabetes Day, a walk is being organized in Madurai on November 14. The walk will begin at 7.30 am from IMA hall, Panagal road and end at th...

A Step Towards Unraveling The Schizophrenia And Depression Mystery

In what can be considered as an important breakthrough in our still limited understanding of major mental illness, researchers have identified a new gene linked to major mental illness // that links back to a previously discovered gene known to increase the risk of schizophrenia and depression. ..Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, together with scientists from the pharma...

More Lizards, Including Pets, Found Venomous

In a startling discovery, researchers have found that more lizard families than assumed till now are venomous, including several species that are popular pets. // .. The researchers, writing in the journal Nature (published online on Nov. 16), revealed that the symptoms like pain and swelling from lizard bites, which were previously attributed to the bacteria that thrive on bits of meat left betw...

Are Women Not Hearty Enough Towards Seeking Heart Care?

It has been found from recent study that women tend to take their heart disease in a more casual way when compared to their male counterparts. This finding could account for less number of women // who turn up for cardiac treatment despite the fact that cardiac disease remains the single most killer of both women and men. ..An exhaustive survey has been conducted among 490 heart patients treate...

Unpasteurised juices found to be potential health hazards

Juices form an integral part of a healthy diet. But with the advent of technology lots has been found unhealthy with untreated juice. Consumers today have numerous choices when it comes to drinking juice // . One thing that is overlooked is whether juices have undergone safety treatments from microbes. ..Though illness due to juice is rare, several outbreaks of diarrhoeal illness due to juice hav...

Environmental Abuse Causes Health Hazards

World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the incidence of new diseases and rise in infectious diseases is due to increased abuse of the natural environment,// which has led to an imbalance in between natural reservoirs and human needs. ....Increase in livestock production has lead to spread of new virus infections such as SARS, bird flu from poultry birds to humans as these virus develo...

Aussie Nobel Prize Winners Receive Their Awards

Professor Barry Marshall and Doctor Robin Warren, the Australian Nobel Prize winners for medicine received their awards from the King of Sweden in a glitzy ceremony at Stockholm yesterday. // ..The Nobel Committe was unequivocal in praising the team for their belief in their concept. Professor Marshall and Dr Warren were of the opinion that stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria and not by stres...

Australia to Show Leniency towards U.S. Pharmaceutical Companies

Australian would remove the amendment which states to reduce the price of the drug obtained from US. .. The Trade Minister and the // acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile reported that this amendment was accepted because it was supported by the major opposition party in Australia (Labor Party). ..The reason that the party supported the amendment was to prevent the delay in the introduction of new...

RPB grants $7.9 Million Towards Research

The Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), a New York-based foundation and the world's leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research, awarded 81 grants, totaling more than $7.9 million in 2005.// The RPB seeks to contribute towards more effective clues with regard to ailments that afflict the eye, according to its President Diane S. Swift. ..The laboratories which are supported by...

DMAA to Develop Disease Management Standards by December

WASHINGTON - The Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) has announced the launch of a programme that aims to uniformly measure and evaluate "outcomes in disease and care management programs." .."This certainly stands among // the disease management community's most significant research efforts to date,” Don Fetterolf, MD, chair of the DMAA Quality and Research Committee said. "Reachin...

Blood Transfusion May Have Contributed Towards Hepatitis C

Officials belonging to the Scottish health department have admitted that blood transfusions may have resulted in fresh cases of hepatitis C among NHS patients. // As many as 3,000 people may have been affected by this, and it is not possible to trace all of them through the available records. ....Most of the affected patients many not even be aware of the fact that they have been infected. Furt...

Setting Standards: Benchmark Medical Tests to Gauge Accuracy of Medical Tests

Medical tests have become a household name as a guide or reference for remedial treatment measures. Is there a standard that gauges the accuracy level of these medical tests. // ..Researchers use a Gold standard, a bench mark test against which is compared the medical test in question, to gauge the preciseness of the result or measure the deviation. Generally Gold standard benchmark tests consum...

Temptation Yardstick: Out of sight - Out of mind - Out of mouth!

The best way to resist temptation is to yield to it! Cornell University Researchers, piqued by the pull of Temptation, sought to delve into the temptation factor and probably reveal ways to fight it. // Irresistible candies, Hershey kisses were used as baits for the study. ....It was found that, women could not resist Hershey kisses candies, the pull of temptation being twice more at arm’s dis...

Special Wards for Bird Flu in Delhi Hospitals

The capital of India is on high alert to tackle any Bird Flu cases. A 10-bedded ward has been created at 'All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)' and another 20// bedded ward has been set up at the Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital to treat any of the patients with avian influenza or bird flu... ..Another step by the local Delhi Government has been the instruction to food restaurant in the ci...

Inclination of North Carolina’s Elderly Population towards Home Remedie

A study conducted by Thomas Arcury, Ph.D., lead researcher, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine said that older adults in rural North Carolina// widely use folk or home remedies, such as taking a daily tonic of vinegar or using Epsom salts. Their use is largely limited to home remedies, vitamins and minerals. ..The aim of the study was to study more about what complementary and altern...

Prices of eggs, egging its way upwards

The egg prices are bouncing back slowly after its steep fall from grace, following the bird flu outbreak in Maharshtra. // The promotional campaigns, free bies and on the house access to chicken delicacies have been fruitful, with poultry products is inching itself back onto people’s plates. ....The farm-gate prices had recorded an abysmal low of 50 paisa per egg from Rs 1.20 while the chicken...

ViroPharma Shares Fall As FDA Moves Towards Generic Vancocin

Speculation that the Food and Drug Administration will give a nod for the generic version of Vancocin caused shares in ViroPharma to dip by about 33 percent. The rumors of the FDA's changed perspective // strengthened after Laura Alvey, a spokeswoman for the F.D.A said in an e-mail message that the agency had "recently revised the bioequivalence recommendations for oral vancomycin from a clinical...

Bird Flu Spreading Towards Madhya Pradesh

The bird flu virus has affected poultry in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh, which is close to Jalgaon district of Maharashtra// . ..Poultry samples in 14 villages of Jalgaon have already been tested positive for the H5 avian influenza virus and it would only be a matter of time that these strains will be identified as H5N1 as the latest outbreak is in the same area as the previous one. ..T...
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