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Nose plug-switch that stops smelling

Scientists from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have recently found that the brain’s ‘nose plug’ that is the switch in the brain that lets us stop smelling something, even though the odour is still there. ....Two papers published in a recent issue of the journal Science show that a protein called CNGA4 helps plug the ‘nose’ of odour receptor cells.//..The main job of these reurons...

Nose plug: switch that stops smelling

Scientists form Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have recently found that the brain's 'nose plug' that is the switch in the brain that lets us stop smelling something, even though the odour is still there.// ..Two papers published in a recent issue of the journal Science show that a protein called CNGA4 helps plug the ‘nose’ of odour receptor cells.The main job of these neurons is to d...

Gene glitches connecting pot with Schizophrenia

According to Japanese researchers, genetic abnormalities bound with marijuana-activated brain chemicals appear connected to schizophrenia. Hiroshi Ujike, a lead researcher, of the Okayama University, observed that this result supplies genetic evidence that marijuana// use can result in schizophrenia or a considerablelly increased risk of schizophrenia. ....Schizophrenia is one of the greatest men...

Treating wounds without stitches

Researchers at the University of Texas have been comparing stitching with conservative treatment (keeping the wound clean and covered) in a group of 91 patients attending the emergency room. //Doing without stitches is a less painful approach to dealing with cuts to the hand, and the wound still heals in a satisfactory way. Having a cut stitched is a painful experience - but it's generally been a...

Switching drugs regularly improves HIV treatment

..NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When HIV-infected patients alternated their drug regimen every three months, their virus levels stayed down longer than when one regimen was administered continuously. ..That news comes from the SWATCH (SWitching Antiviral Therapy Combination against HIV-1) study. Dr. Javier Martinez-Picado, of Hospital Germans Trias I Pujol in Badalona, Spain, and others examined th...

Protein acts as "Master Switch" that cuts off cells' Cancer-Growth machinery

A Washington University research team headed by Shrikant Anant, PhD, is mighty excited about their new discovery that was reported in the journal, Molecular Cell. They have found a "master switch" - a protein named CUBGP2(cytidine-uridine-guanosine binding protein) - that makes cancer cells self-destruct. The findings that were published// apply only to cancer cells grown in a test tube. Human st...

In The Habit Of Taking Painkillers For Your Chronic Headache? Time To Switch Over

It has been found out that women who regularly take painkillers are more prone to develop high blood pressure than women who don’t take any. Infact there is a 2 fold increased risk // , which draws attention. .. ..The regular use of these drugs by millions of people may help explain the growing incidence of hypertension that has been steadily increasing. High blood pressure is a major contributor...

Campaign Against Witchcraft In Orissa

Sundergarh (Orissa): Witchcraft is still practiced in many parts of the world including the poor Indian state of Orissa. Now a rationalist is trying to educate people and tell them how this is practiced//... ..Narendra Naik, the President of Federation of All India Rationalists Association, is presently on a 13-day campaign in the villages of Orissa to spread awareness against witchcraft. ....I...

Unusual Tumor-Suppressor Gene Switches Off in Lung Cancer

Researchers at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, have found a tumor suppressor gene that could be of vital significance in the development of head and neck cancers as well as lung cancer. //Their study shows that activating this particular gene could slow up the development of the aforementioned cancers. ....

Hospital kitchen food investigated for underfed patients

In a major allegation made by family of patients at Swansea psychiatric hospital, it is said that patients are not eating food. This is being linked with the closure of kitchens at Cefn Coed Hospital//. ....The claims made say that some elderly patients have lost weight following the closure of the kitchens at Cefn Coed Hospital. .. ..The closure of the kitchens occurred due to shifting of the S...

Mother And Daughter Suspected to Be Witches, Killed

Anita Mandal and her two-year-old daughter were drowned in the River Ganga after a village exorcist in West Bengal convinced her relatives that the two were witches//. Police were able to recover their bodies in the Manickchawk area of Malda district in north region of the state. ..They had initially suspected suicide. It is reported that Anita, the wife of a daily wage laborer, was very obsesse...

Switching Off Protein Could Play Key Role In Success Of Radiation Therapy For Cancer

Switching off a mammalian protein called Rad9 could hold the key to killing cancer cells easily with ionizing radiation, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Rad9 was previously thought // to be a "watchman" for DNA, but it is now fund to be a "repairman" for DNA that fixes any breaks in the master molecule. ..That is why reserachers are now look...

Will Teflon Regain Its Rightful Place In The Kitchen?

Questions have been raised against the use of Teflon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel said that perfluorooctanoate a main ingredient used to make the substance nonsticky is a possible source of danger. // It was found that when the coated cookware was heated to more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit then a person faces an unknown risk of cancer. ..Teflon was accidentally discovered i...

Reduced Weight Gain Is Seen In People Who Switch To A Vegetarian Diet

Researchers studied the eating habits of 22,000 people over the span of five years. They studied the diet pattern of non vegetarians and those of the vegetarians. // ..Professor Tim Key said that reduced weight gain was seen in people who switch to a meat-free diet. ..He is currently working at the Britain's Cancer Research UK charity and the University of Oxford. Scientists said that meat eate...

Nanotechnology at its best: Nanomotors And Mechanical Nanoswitches

Physics has been coupled and nanotechnology is spreading its wings to medicine and pharmaceuticals.// ....Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics for 2006 will be awarded to Dr. Viola Vogel for her creative and pioneering work on bionanotechnology exploring single molecule mechanics and nanomotors for technical applications. ....Engineering principles of biological nanosystems for the develop...

Health Expert Has Urged Public Sectors To Stop Investing In ITC

A leading health expert has urged all the public sector giants to dissociate themselves with the ITC.// On the occasion of 'World No Tobacco Day' today, he has pleaded the public sectors like Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), General Insurance Corporation and Unit Trust of India (UTI) to disinvest in Indian Tobacco Company (ITC). ...."The biggest stake holder in ITC is the British Americ...

Breast Cancer Treatment Switches to more Modern Therapy

Post Menopausal women with early breast cancer who have been receiving the 30-year-old tamoxifen treatment can now change to a more modern therapy with the drug, Arimidex// under a new European licence granted to drug firm AstraZeneca. ..The company AstraZeneca has stated that Arimidex, an aromatase inhibitor, will be made available to women who have already received a partial course of tamoxife...

It may be possible to switch off acute pain

New York: Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have uncovered a protein in nerve cells that behaves like a switch for severe pain. They hope to manufacture drugs that are capable of blocking chronic pain, by simply switching off. // ....Most prior attempts at alleviating chronic pain have focused on the "second order" neurons in the spinal cord that relay pain messages to the brai...

How a Woman Holds Fort in Her Little Kingdom – The Kitche

The route to a man’s heart is through his stomach, they say! Is that why the women are always in charge //of the kitchen? Food for thought, of course! Meanwhile, what could be the route to good eating habits and consequently good health? Grab the attention of the lady of the house, says a new study. ....Researchers from Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre embarked on a study o...

Low Pitch Therapy for ‘ringing in the Ears

UC Irvine researchers have found a treatment for tinnitus, the hearing damage loud music can cause.// ..Fan-Gang Zeng and colleagues have identified an effective way to treat the symptoms of tinnitus, a form of hearing damage typically marked by high-pitched ringing that torments more than 60 million Americans. ..The researchers found that a low-pitched sound applied by a simple MP3 player supp...

For Super-Obese Patients, Duodenal Switch Beats Gastric Bypass

In the first large, single-institution series directly comparing weight-loss outcomes in super-obese patients, researchers from the University of Chicago found that a newer operation//, the duodenal switch, produced substantially better weight-loss outcomes than the standard operation, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. ....In the October issue of the Annals of Surgery, the researchers report that the...

Zaditor? - over-the-counter drug for itchy eyes

According to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Zaditor? (ketotifen fumarate ophthalmic solution 0.025%), prescribed for the temporary prevention of itchy eyes due to allergic conjunctivitis has been endorsed by the U.S. //Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use. Eye allergies affect around 40 million people in the U.S. This includes allergy due to seasonal allergens like p...

Fast food giant KFC to switch to trans fat free menus

The world famous fried chicken fast food restaurant chain KFC Corp., which boasts of over 5,500 outlets globally, has announced that it has reached a firm decision to switch// over to cooking oils which have no trans fats in it. Spokespersons for KFC have announced that all the outlets of KFC will use low linolenic soybean oil by April 2007.In a statement issued by KFC it was announced that chang...

Key Signaling Switch Identified in Allergic Disease

A research team has identified a key enzyme responsible for triggering a chain of events that results in allergic reaction, according to new study findings published online// this week in Nature Immunology. ....The work by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York sets the stage for development of new strateg...

Dengue takes on a feverish pitch, descends on additional unlucky 6

Islamabad: Six more people came down with acute symptoms of dengue, later confirmed positive for the fever, taking the toll of infected people// to an alarming figure of 741. ....Nearly 31 deaths have been confirmed with the latest casualty being a person from Peshawar. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has reiterated via a press release that samples from people with symptoms of the disease...

Poor Hygiene in Ulster Hospital Kitchens

Food hygiene standards of hospital kitchens have come under spotlight following a consumer survey which found evidence of dirty cooking// equipment and cockroach infestations in some NHS facilities. ..A review of hospital hygiene inspection reports for some 50 UK hospitals, including some in Ulster, over the past three years by the Which? Magazine revealed dirty or moldy equipment in several kit...

New Study Finds On/Off Switch for Septic Shock

According to a new study, septic shock—a dangerous, often deadly runaway immune response—is controlled by a genetic on/off switch. The research also suggests how a drug might// temper sepsis. This is the first time this genetic mechanism has been revealed in an experimental animal. ....The study by Robert Schneider, Ph.D., the Albert B. Sabin Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis...

Molecular ‘On/Off Switch’ Controls Immune Defenses Against Viruss

Much like flipping a light switch, the hepatitis C virus turns on human immune defenses upon entering the body //but also turns off those defenses by manipulating interaction of key cellular proteins, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. ....This same molecular “on/off switch” controls immunity against many viruses, highlighting a potential new target for novel therapeutics to f...

Innocuous Blood Test Pitches in as Heart Risk Barometer

In a recent finding, uncomplicated blood tests can actually foretell the risk of complications in patients due to heart disease. This is especially //life-saving, for those who suffer severe cardiac problems, and a timely diagnosis could mean all the difference between life and death. ....A study published today, claims that abnormal levels of a particular protein, is an indicator of inherent he...

A Spoonful Of Sugar to 'Switch' the Bacteria on and Off

A new research by University of Leeds scientists (UK) discovers that a spoonful of sugar will be all we need for our bodies to make their own medicine// and there will soon be no more bitter pills to swallow. ....Professor Simon Carding of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences has adapted a bacteria in our own bodies to make it produce a treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Bacteria a...

Micro-organisms Ensconced in the Kitchen Sponge Meet Their Nemesis in a Microwave

Gainesville: This is indeed a brain wave from researchers working at the University of Florida. For all those obstinate micro-organisms clinging to your kitchen// sponge and utensils, there is a solution right here in your very kitchen. Just swirl the kitchen sponge in a microwave, and lo, you have a sterile sponge in a jiffy. ...."Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria...

Master Switches Found for Adult Blood Stem Cells

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have found a set of "master switches" that keep adult blood-forming stem cells in their primitive state//. Unlocking the switches' code may one day enable scientists to grow new blood cells for transplant into patients with cancer and other bone marrow disorders. ..The scientists located the control switches not at the gene level, but farther down th...

Early Switch to an Aromatase Inhibitor Increases Survival

For breast cancer patients taking tamoxifen, switching to an aromatase inhibitor within three years significantly improves survival rates//, according to a new study. The study reveals that the clear survival benefit was also achieved without an increased risk of death from other causes – a significant risk associated with tamoxifen. ....Hormone modulating therapies have made a significant impa...

Switching Genes to Overdrive Improves Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms in Mice

BOSTON -- Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown in a laboratory study that revving up a crucial set of muscle genes counteracts// the damage caused by a form of muscular dystrophy. ....Reporting in the April 1 issue of Genes and Development, the researchers demonstrated that manipulating a genetic molecular switch increased the genes’ activity in the muscles of mice with Duchenne...

Fugitive Who Ditched His Ailing Son Arrested After a Year

Byron Perkins of Kentucky in US had made headlines last year when he gave the slip to authorities after being released from prison in order to donate a kidney to his// ailing son. ..He has now been captured, along with his girlfriend Leen Ann Howard, after a relentless chase by the in Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Dawn Izgarjan. ..Perkins was released from...

Drugs may Help Turn on Gene Switched Off in Cancer

Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggest that drugs may be helpful in switching on a gene implicated in the development of cancer cells , raising hope for the development of a new class of targeted therapies with potential to benefit many different cancer types. ......During the study, the researchers found that a gene called Brahma (BRM) was silent, but no...

Even at Four Months, Babies can Tell When Speakers Switch Languages

At four months, babies may be too young to speak or crawl, but they can certainly tell when a speaker has switched to a different language with only visual cues. ......Researcher Whitney Weikum from the University of British Columbia found that infants are able to discern when a different language is spoken by watching the shapes and rhythm of the speaker's mouth and face movements. ......The...

Witchcraft in Focus at Arctic Rendez-vous

Witchhunts came to an end in Europe hundreds of years ago but thousands of people around the world are still being persecuted, a subject academics will delve into at a witchcraft conference in Norway's far north this week. ......Some 60 international experts will gather in the tiny Arctic town of Vardoe, home to the worst of the Norwegian witch trials in the 17th century, on Thursday for three...

Research Studies on Molecular Switches of Gene

A single molecular on switch triggers gene activity that cause effects ranging from learning and memory capabilities to glucose production in the liver was discovered by scientists of St.Jude Childrens Research hospital . ...The on switch, a protein called CREB, is a transcription factora molecule that binds to a section of DNA near a gene and triggers that gene to make the specific protein...

Weizmann Researchers Developed Control Switch for Protein Activity

Our bodies could not maintain their existence without thousands of proteins performing myriad vital tasks within cells. Since malfunctioning proteins can cause disease , the study of protein structure and function can lead to the development of drugs and treatments for numerous disorders. Despite enormous research efforts led by scientists worldwide, the cellular function of numerous proteins is...
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