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Kidney Stones - Interesting New Research implicates bacteria as its cause

In India Kidney Stones are not uncommon problem due to the hot and often humid weather. Most of these stones are made up of Calcium, Oxalate and phosphates. The cause of stone disease is debatable, however it is well known that drinking less water is a risk factor for stone disease. .. ..New research by the National Kidney foundation suggests that the culprit is a tiny bacteria called Nano bac...

Stem cell research- now Nobel Laureates join the debate

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Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery

Placing ear tubes in young children who develop fluid in the ears does not improve speech, hearing or psychological development, according to new research. ..Currently there are two reasons for ear tube surgery -- persistent, severe ear infections and liquid in the inner ear cavity of an otherwise healthy child. Doctors have been concerned that if surgery is not used in the second case, children...

Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre

The Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) in Ahmedabad has alerted the Drug Control General of India against the excessive use of paracetamol. CERC says that the commonly use drug might cause potential liver damage and might lead on to liver failure. ..CERC Secretary Ashwini Kumar warns that consumers must be aware of the potential hazards of paracetamol more so because it is being marke...

Spouses and other partners lower blood pressure says new research

The May issue of Psychosomatic medicine reports that spending a little quality time with one's spouse and other partners seems to have a calming influence on a person's blood pressure. In a study that used portable monitors to track people's blood pressure, it turned out that the participants' pressure was lowest when they were with their partners, regardless of what they were doing. ....Dr. Bro...

Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids

Epilepsy in kids is almost a nightmare to their respective parents, that too when it is resistant to the treatment. Researchers identified three factors that may increase a child's risk of having intractable epilepsy - a form of the disease that does not respond to commonly used drugs. ..Children who have their first epileptic seizure before their first birthday which is also called symptomatic g...

Ecstasy shrinks brain!!-researchers unveil the secrets of MDMA.

Drug abuse,has been at its best of raise over the past decade or two and with the increased incidence of consumption of drugs in teens.Researchers at a conference sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse said that the drug known as ecstasy has a negative impact on blood flow to parts of the brain and that the effect can persist for weeks. ....ECSTASY is the name in vogue for the chemical...

Research of Ritalin

New evidence about the effects of Ritalin, a drug used to treat children with ADD and ADHD, has prompted renewed calls for research into its long-term effects.Dr John Walker and colleagues from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York have found that relatively high doses of the drug methylphenidate, the generic form of Ritalin, changed the expression of a gene involved in brain fu...

Stem cell research

A team of scientists, based in UK, have grown human nerve cells in the lab, in the first successful attempt to control the development of embryonic stem cells. Their work is a major step towards the production of replacement tissues for treating neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. ....Researchers worldwide have been in heavy competition over the past few years t...

Researchers trick Alzheimer's Enzyme

According to researchers in Scripps Research Institute, chemists have tricked an enzyme essential in Alzheimer's disease into blocking its own debilitating action.// A team led by Nobel laureate K. Barry Sharpless developed the chemical trick, called "click chemistry," to make a molecule that blocks neurotransmitter destruction caused by the brain enzyme acetylcholinesterase. ....The destructive...

Researchers find new HIV hiding place

According to researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Texas, they have found a new place in the body where the AIDS virus can hide out, even in the face of powerful drug therapies.Dr. George N. Pravlak, a senior scientist at the National Cancer Institute in Texas, //found that their findings show a type of NK (natural killer) cell a significant cell of the immune system could be infected b...

Gene researchers make Malaria-resistant mosquito

A team of German and American researchers have used enetic engineering techniques to develop mosquitoes with a severely impaired ability to transmit malaria--at least to mice, new study findings show. The research is a "first step in the right direction" towards combating malaria in humans, study author Dr. Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. "We now know it is poss...

Novel research on liver cancer

A new study contributes to the findings of liver cancer. Investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report findings on a potential new treatment for this ghastly cancer. In the study, researchers injected a compound called 3-bromopyruvate// directly into the artery that leads to the cancerous tumor. They say it did not adversely affect the healthy portion of the liver or surroun...

Calcium Supplementation May Not Actually Prevent colon cancer say researchers

Researchers now say that calcium previously thought to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells// may not actually be true due to inconsistent results obtained in a number of studies. ..However researchers say that results of two well-designed, randomized controlled trials, have shown a moderate protective effect on development of colorectal adenomatous polyps, generally benign types occurring i...

Space research leads to needle-free blood tests

In the future, infra-red light may enable assessment of blood chemistry without needing to take a sample...Space medicine has many potential spin-offs for health on the ground.// One of the latest, described by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, is needle-free blood tests. The space researchers want to take blood samples in space, for medical research. For this purpose, they are lo...

A Compilation of recent Diabetes Research articles

....A recent article published in 'Diabetes Care' discussed about a study conducted by Dr.Vijay Jayagopal and his colleagues from the Hull Royal Infirmary in the UK, which tried to understand the benefits of dietary supplements on type 2 diabetes patients. The study was conducted on 35 post menopausal women with type 2 diabetes who //either received a placebo or a dietary supplement with phytoes...

Research on causes for falling helps develop preventive strategies

All of us would have had a fall at least once in our life. But how many of us wonder as to why we fall? Not many, in fact, not even a few of us. But researchers at the Locomotion Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech believe that finding the cause of a fall// will help prevent them better. The researchers, who claim that around 50 per cent of aged people (over 75yrs) are institutionalized or even...

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...

Research on Celiac Disease in children

Dr. Philip Butzner has been researching on Celiac Disease from as early as 1981. He defined Celiac Disease(CD) as a permanent intolerance to the ingestion of gluten characterized by inflammatory enteropathy and malabsorption (villus atrophy, crypt hyperplasia, and increased intraepithelial lymphocytes). ....The article that was recently published by Dr. Butzner discussed CD & Type I diabetes in c...

ICMR along with other International Research organisation with drug development for Neglected Diseases

Malaria, Tuberculosisand leprosy, are the world’s most neglected diseases along with diseases such as kala azar(leishmaniasis),sleeping sickness( human African trypanosomiasis)and Chagas disease, that afflict the deeply impoverished in developing countries and account for 90% of the global disease burden however ironically, a mere 10% of global health research is devoted to these diseases.// .. ....

SARS research confirms link to animals

Chinese scientists compared the genetic makeup of viral particles isolated from humans with SARS with a virus found in wild animals recently captured //and being held in a retail food market. ..The animals were found to have a corona virus that was 99.8 percent genetically identical to a virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in humans. ..Their findings suggest that the mar...

New Research Has Found Another Use For Botox

Botox not only helps in smoothening out wrinkles but results from a long-term study show a Botox injection helps restore the voices of people with // a voice disorder caused by spasms in their vocal cord muscles. Spasmodic Dysphonia usually affects adults, typically starting in mid-adulthood, and women are more prone to develop it. Severity of symptoms can vary from day to day and can be affected...

New Hair in 15 Days Could Now Be A Possibility Say Researchers

Adult hair follicles undergo a growth cycle consisting of periods of growth (anagen), regression (catagen), and rest (telogen). Researchers demonstrated that the brief activation of ?-catenin in // telogen-phase adult hair follicles is sufficient to initiate the anagen phase. Scientists have discovered that the transient activation of a protein called ?-catenin can induce new hair growth. ..Prev...

More Research Required For COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an often neglected disease of the respiratory system has been brought into the spotlight by researchers.// The vast majority of people with the disease are smokers. Exposure to environmental hazards such as air pollution and smoke from wood fires also comes into play in some cases. ..According to a recent study by the year 2020, in fact, it will be the third...

New turn in stem cell research

Scientists have developed a new way to boost stem cell research that will help in numerous therapies using stem cell.// The recent development is a new way of growing human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. ....Human embryonic stem cells have the potential to play an important role in regeneration of cells for therapeutic use. However, while in the process of research these are exposed to...

Research shows steady rise in allergic diseases

Scientists have found out that there had been a steady rise in diseases caused due to allergens since the last quarter of the last century.// ....The researchers have analyzed the blood samples of 513 middle-aged men from 1996 to 1998 and those were matched with the blood samples of the same men from the past records of 1981-82 and 1975-76. These samples were all tested for the common test again...

Research unearths how caffeine prevents us from sleeping

Although it has been a known fact that caffeine in coffee can keep us awake, even when we feel sleepy, it was not clear how exactly this happens.// Scientists from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas have found out exactly how caffeine keeps us awake. ....As the brain cells become overworked and tired, a chemical compound called adenosine sends impulses to the brain cells to...

Research reports that c-section deliveries are rising

A new research that was published in the recent issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology said that there// had been an increase in the number of cesarean delivery in US by about 44% of the total births being recorded for the year 2004. ....In an attempt to find out the national trend, the researchers had targeted 12 causes for caesarian delivery. These included malpresentation, antepartum ble...

Research finds new explanations for dyslexia

The dyslexic brain may have problems in forming perception categories for// printed letters and sounds, says a new study. This may lead to the dyslexics finding it difficult to filter out visual disturbances that may obscure the pattern of letters in front of them. ....The research by the scientists from University of Southern California, US, brings out a new dimension in the nature of the workin...

Research explains why postmenopausal women accumulate abdominal fat.

Women often had complained of a sudden increase in weight, especially around// their abdominal area, after reaching menopause. ....For women, this sudden influx of weight often results in obesity that brings with it a new set of problems like a rise in type 2 diabetes cases, cardiovascular diseases and other related health disorders. ....Researchers say that this weight gain may be due to a drop...

Researchers developed world’s smallest toothbrus

Researchers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed nano size toothbrush for //brushing your teeth. ....The toothbrush is made out of millions of cardbon nono tubes that are 30 times stronger than stel and five times less dense. The tooth brush bristles are usually made of animal hairs, polymer fibres and metal wires. Thesehave problems of corroding, wekening and melting. But the new t...

Researchers discover receptor cells that can cause epilepsy

Scientists have made a new discovery regarding the cells that are responsible for causing epileptic seizures // . .. ....Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine have identified glutamate receptor cells in the thalamus area of the brain can slow the release of glutamate when there is brain action that’s associated with seizures. Researchers have found that treatment of epilepsy...

15 Anti-SARS Drugs Identified By China-Europe Team of Researchers

SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) has been a major killer in the last two years in July 2003; SARS had killed // 774 people worldwide and infected a further 8,000. A collaborative group of researchers from China, Germany, Denmark and Poland have spent the past year screening more than 8,000 existing drugs to find those that could combat SARS and now have identified 15 existing drugs that...

‘Loud Noise’ Research may help in Development of Prosthetics for Eldery

Apparently ‘Noise’ is not always a bad thing!! Researchers from the University of British Columbia have shown that // noise can at times help, rather than hinder, people's ability to sense things. ....It is not unusual to have an aversion for noise unless you are one of the modern age teenagers! The noise in India during Diwali can be deafening and there are now laws that allows only so much noi...

Emergence Of New Gene Scanning Technology In Disease Research

In a major breakthrough in the advancement of scientific technology, a new tool// called meltMADGE can scan rare genetic mutation at a fraction of cost. It combines thermal ramp electrophoresis with microplate array diagonal gel electrophoresis. ....The technology devised by Professor Ian Day from university of Southampton in collaboration with Bristol, University college London, British Heart fo...

Research identifies trigger that sets of Huntingtons disease

Researchers have discovered the key molecule that gets over activated by the protein of the Huntingtons disease// and sets way for the condition to be expressed. ..Huntingtons disease is a genetic disorder that slowly destroys the ability of the person to think or move by himself. Early symptoms of the disease may be depression, mood swings, forgetfulness, and inability to concentrate or remember...

Research shows that death may occur differently depending on the income level

Income inequalities make dying also different by nature. Surprising, but true.// Researchers from University of Michigan had found a link exits between the near death conditions and the financial health of the family. ....Geriatric population over the age of 70 yrs may be 30% less likely than their poorer counterparts in terms of feeling pain in the year before their deaths. They also may experie...

Researchers reversed the process of memory loss

In medical breakthrough research findings, researchers have been able to reverse the process of memory// loss in mice, which had significant brain degeneration. ....Researchers from University of Minnesota had manipulated the genes of the mice so that the mice have a clinical condition very similar to the Alzheimer’s’ disease in humans. Then the researchers used transgene to check the loss of mem...

Indian And Danish Research Agencies To Work Together For Osteoporosis

India’s biotechnology company Avestha Gengraine Technologies (Avesthagen) has tied up //with Denmark's Centre for Clinical and Basic Research and Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) for osteoporosis research. ....The collaboration is being done through the joint venture called Avesta Nordic Research Pvt. Ltd in which Avesthagen has invested 2.5 million euros and the Danish resea...

International Osteoporosis Research Centre To Be Started In India.

Avestha Gengraine Technologies (Avesthagen) of India is collaborating// with Clinical and basic Research and Industrialization fund for Developing Countries (IFU) of Germany for Osteoporosis research. This joint venture is estimated of 5 million euro. Avesthagen said “"The alliance will cover diagnosis, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and related bone disorders.” The research studies rel...
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