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Endangered species may be successfully cloned in another animal's womb

Scientists for the first time have found a way for the survival of endangered animal species of the world. ..In a major breakthrough a Massachusetts scientists who engineered the feat has managed to clone cells from an endangered animal (Asian Gaur) and successfully impregnated an Iowa cow with the clone. .. ..The scientific journal Cloning has reported in its upcoming edition that the Iowa cow...

Sperm washing helps couples – Breakthrough in focu

In many unfortunate instances we see couples who are HIV sero discordant but who would like to have a baby. If the husband is HIV –1 positive and the wife is negative and they are planning to have a child the problem arises because sexual intercourse carries a 1 in 500 risk of transmitting the virus to the female partner and through her to the fetus. Sperm washing is a risk-reduction option in wh...

Now you can identify Sperm and Egg donors

The British government, in a landmark decision, has ruled that henceforth donors of sperms and eggs can be identified if both the donor and recipient desire so. However if the donor feels not to reveal his/her identity, it will not be revealed. Prior to this ruling the identity of the donors of sperms and eggs have always been withheld. This would be a major ruling with far reaching consequences....

Fireworks can spell death for asthmatic children

With many festivals round the corner its boom time for fireworks. We can never imagine diwali without fireworks. Pongal or karthigai also have their share of fireworks. Then of course the usual rigmarole of India – Pakistan cricket matches where even cricket stadia aren’t exempted from fireworks. Last but not the least, private functions like marriages, birthdays and other occasions call for a cl...

Two doctors suspended for wrong brain surgery

.. The unfortunate patient, Kevin Walsh, was listed as stable after a corrective surgery was conducted on the right side of the brain to remove the clot. The faux pas occurred as a result of Walsh’s CT scan being placed backward on the vie...

Special proteins to fight TB identified

Heat-shock proteins, which are protective substances, produced by the body in stressful situations may help the immune system kill the TB bacteria, researchers in the UK report. According to a report in the June issue of the journal Nature Medicine, these heat-shock proteins, which are special proteins produced by the body help cells survive stressful times and bolster the immune system of the b...

Emotional callers hamper speedy ambulance dispatch

People's lives are being put at risk because emergency call-takers are not adequately trained to deal with emotional callers, according to a recent study. Callers unable to communicate properly because of their emotional state caused the most difficulties but problems were also caused by people using mobile phones or pay-phones as opposed to land-lines. // ....The study, carried out by the Emer...

Shapely sperm-a valuable indicator of fertility

According to a study, shapely sperm is the best indicator of a man's fertility, that rewrites the standards for analyzing semen samples. According to Dr. Dav Guzhik, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cleavland, every treatment for infertility depends upon first establishing what's normal and abnormal. The World Health Organization's widely used standards to classify seme...

New Drug, Pleconaril speeds recovery from common cold

Colds are the single most frequent reason why people go to the doctor. Antibiotics are worthless against colds, though doctors often prescribe them anyway. Researchers have developed a drug that speeds recovery from the common cold -- a significant breakthrough for scientists who have been in pursuit of a cure for decades. The new drug, Pleconaril -- which is still months away from drugstores --...

Baby Talk Better Than Adult Speech

The way you talk to your baby may be more than just cute -- scientists say it could be helping the youngster master the language.There has been some controversy swirling around about whether baby talk is good for your little one.// Some have suggested that normal grownup talk is actually better for infants' speech development.So, University of Washington in Seattle researchers took one step towar...

FDA may speed review of new drugs

The Food and Drug Administration has reached agreement with the drug companies it regulates on steps that might speed review of new medications, in return for tens of millions in new industry fees. ....The industry has long funded a significant portion of the FDA’s drug review work. But for the first time, the agreement would allow some of that money to go to improved safety monitoring of new dru...

Elevated Ozone Levels Hurt Sperm Count

According to a new research, done one a huge men population, which evaluated more than 14,000 sperm samples, found that ozone can adversely affect a man's sperm, reducing their numbers as well as their crucial ability to move or "swim,". ...."Our most significant finding was that as the ozone level went up, the sperm concentration went down," said Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, a professor of medicine and...

High Altitude ‘Speeds up ageing process

According to a research, women who live at high altitudes are likely to age faster. Scientists drew their conclusions after finding lower concentrations of hormones, which are important for maintaining health and youthfulness, in women living in the mountainous areas. ....For comparison researchers looked at a control group of 160 women of similar age and ethnic origin who lived at just 150 m abo...

Special proteins to fight TB identified

Heat-shock proteins, which are protective substances, produced by the body in stressful situations may help the immune system kill the TB bacteria, researchers in the UK report. According to a report in the June issue of the journal Nature Medicine,// these heat-shock proteins, which are special proteins produced by the body help cells survive stressful times and bolster the immune system of the...

Skin specialist advise on cellulite

Cellulite is the name commonly given to the dimpled, 'orange peel' skin on the thighs, buttocks, knees and lower abdomen. Massage, diet, exercise and creams may all have a beneficial effect on the appearance of cellulite - but there's no cure for the condition.// It's the body's natural way of storing fat in women and occurs even in very thin women. According to Dr Michael Goldman, a dermatologi...

Britney Spears Donates $50 000 To Support Cancer Patients

Pop princess Britney Spears has donated $50,000 to Gilda's Club Worldwide, //an organization that supports cancer patients... ..According to People magazine, Britney said in a statement: "When children have cancer, or when their parents or siblings have the disease, there are a few places they can turn to for support." .. .."Gilda's Club is one of those places. I passionately believe in helping c...

Antisense gene specific therapy for Ebola virus

Professor Sina Bavari and team from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found that antisense genetic sequence of the Ebola virus could help protection and treatment of humans // from wild strains of Ebola virus. This therapy is very important and still more has to be done as this Ebola virus offers a great threat of bioterrorism. The results of this research work...

Holy Cow! Rare “Mad Sheep” Strain Suspected in Frane

The bird-flu’s entry into France seems to be followed by another variety of animal disease that is vying for news space. The French Agriculture Ministry// has announced its suspicion on two cases of an extremely rare strain of “Mad Sheep” disease in Central France. .. .. The “Mad Sheep” disease also called, Scrapie and ovine spongiform encephalopathy, has been noticed on two farms in central Fra...

Gene testing kit specific for Doctors

A new model genetic testing kit could soon be procurable in the doctor's office or the drugstore to test for infection and adverse drug responses. Researchers at LGC// (Laboratory of the Government Chemist) have been working to produce a DNA test kit which uses saliva, blood or urine samples and produces results within 15 to 20 minutes. ....The device has been made small the size of a shoebox fo...

Specialist care convalesces intensive care survival

The survival of criticare patients gets better if specialists in critical care medicine manage them personally. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Pittsburgh University have analysed the evidence on managing patients in intensive care units (ICUs). //They have found that patients do much better if they are cared for by a doctor who is a specialist in critical care medicine. ....Previous research h...

Specialist surgeon not imperative in melanoma

According to a new study it is observed that the background of the surgeon does not affect the outcome in melanoma. Researchers at the University of Glasgow have surveyed 4,139 melanoma patients who had their tumour removed between 1979 and 1999.// They found the outcomes to be similar, whether the operating surgeon had a background in dermatology, cosmetic work, or general surgery. This is in co...

Fireflies help speed development of new drugs

The glow that fireflies are famous for, are due to a glow molecule present in their bodies. This glow molecule is now helping illuminate the effectiveness of new medicines and speed up the development of new drugs for various diseases like AIDS,// Alzheimer's, Cancer and others. ....A study was carried out by researchers of the University of Michigan Health System who inserted the gene which is r...

Response to chemotherapy could be measured by Prostate-Specific Antigen Doubling Time

Researchers from the department of urology in a hospital in Switzerland who investigated whether chemotherapeutic response to hormone-refractory prostate cancer could be measured via changes in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) found that prostate cancer doubling time may be an auxiliary marker of response to chemotherapy// in patients with hormone refractory prostate cancer. ....The study was car...

Risk of DVT for those spending long hours in front of computers

e-thrombosis is the new e-jargon associated with computers. But it is no term to be happy about, because this term refers to the condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis(DVT), which could affect those individuals whose work or lifestyle demands them to spend long hours in front of a computer. Sitting for a long time without a break could cause blood clots in the unmoving lower limbs, then travel upw...

Second SARS suspect fuels worry in India

..After the country reported a new suspected case of the disease fears of the deadly SARS virus grew in India. This happened hours after doctors gave the cleared a woman suspected of being India's first SARS case. In Hyderabed a 48-year-old software worker was immediately admitted to a hospital after he arrived from Australia via Singapore. He had symptoms of high fever, cough and cold similar to...

Mutant sperm beat out healthy brethren in study

According to Researchers Men produce more mutant sperm as they get older //and they found to their surprise that some of these mutations give the sperm an edge. ..The deformed sperm increase the risk of disease in the men's offspring, but nonetheless are likely to beat out their healthy counterparts in the race to fertilize the egg, the researchers said. ..The research team was trying to explain...

Stem cells grown into sperm cells

Stem cells are the basic building blocks of animals, forming in the new embryo and later developing into the various organs and tissues as the fetus grows. ..The work is very preliminary, and was done in the laboratory with mouse stem cells. The next step would be to see if it can be repeated in live animals. ..The work was headed by Toshiaki Noce of Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Science...

Possibility Of Regaining Speech After Tongue, Voice Box Removal

The technique, called a tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP), is an incision between the trachea and esophagus that is then fitted with a small plastic //or silicone valve , researchers say this new surgical technique may help restore speech to head and neck cancer patients who have had their voice box and tongue removed. ..Researchers say that TEP, combined with post operative speech rehabilitation...

Heart Drug Also Effective In Preventing Specific Causes Of Death

A drug commonly prescribed for people with high blood pressure and heart failure may also benefit those with other conditions that put them at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. Researchers conducted a study among // about 9,000 men and women from the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE) study. All were 55 or older and suffering from heart-related problems other than heart failur...

Specific Changes In A Particular Gene Found To Increase The Risk of Alzheimer’s Diseas

Researchers say they have now identified a gene variant that may increase the risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, // which in turn could lead to improved understanding of the disease and new prevention and treatment developments. According to latest research it was seen that specific changes in the gene in a protein called ubiquilin-1 was associated with an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s....

Chronic back pain may be relieved by special physiotherapy

A specially designed form of physiotherapy is all set to provide relief to patients suffering from severe back// pain due to spinal disc protrusions, spinal canal stenosis, or narrowing, or other disc diseases. ....The physiotherapy method is called Souchard’s global postural re-education and consists of stretching, and strengthening of paraspinal and muscles of the abdominal wall that will lead...

Dental appointment fear: is it gender specific?

You were always scared of going to the dentists, but did you know that //whether you are a man or a woman can affect the way you feel scared about dental appointments? ....A new study done by researchers of University of Toronto emphasize that although women are 2.5 times as likely to be afraid of dentists than men, men too are as likely to eel afraid, only they’ll admit it less. ....In the first...

Diet to lose weight, and gain prosperity too?

A study done by the researchers of Ohio State University say that as you lose weight// with tight control in your diet, you tend to prosper as well. ....The study found that the links between weight loss and wealth gain are quite strong among white female population of America. Black men and white men also gained wealth along with lost weight, but this is not particularly true for black women. .....

New Race –Specific drug

World's first race-specific medicine has been developed to resolve the controversy over// whether black people are genetically different from whites. ....BiDil, a drug combination for treating heart failure, has proved three times more effective in black patients than it has for their white counterparts, its manufacturer claims. If approved by the FDA, it would..be the first drug ever to be lice...

Sperm washing helps couples

In many unfortunate instances we see couples who are HIV sero discordant but who would like to have a baby. If the husband is HIV –1 positive and the wife is negative and they are planning to have a child the problem arises because sexual intercourse carries a 1 in 500 risk of transmitting the virus to the female partner and through her to the fetus. .... Sperm washing is a risk-redu...

Limiting sperm motility for contraception

An ion channel protein that plays a central role in sperm motility could be an enticing target for a new type of contraceptive that could be taken by either men or women to block the process of fertilization. The newly discovered protein, called CatSper, controls the flow of calcium into the tails of spermatozoa. This influx of calicum triggers the sperm’s motor proteins, causing the tail to beat...

Attention! Spells of momentary blindness following visual disturbance

Emotionally arousing violent or erotic images have been known to cause momentary periods of blindness. ..It has been demonstrated that there are limits to how much information people can hold in their visual short-term memory // . As a consequence of this, we often miss visual images that pass right before our eyes when we are paying attention to something else... ....But this is not all. The ne...

Physicians Need To Treat Patients With Respect For Treatment To Be Effective

Research by the scientists from Johns Hopkins had found that patients, who are treated with respect by their medical practitioners, are the ones who follow all the advice of their physicians for effective treatment of their ailments. // ....In a national survey of more than 5,000 Americans, those who said they were treated with dignity during their last medical encounter were more likely to repo...

Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry for speedy diagnosis of Brain disorders

Imaging modality has yet another discovery to its credit. Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry (MRS) as is it called is a safe, non-surgical method of identifying brain infections such as brain abscess, and an accurate// and rapid way of diagnosing meningitis. The new method will also help distinguish between brain tumor and other types of brain infection in a simple but effective way. ..Several hundr...

Nanotechnology Revolution To Be Spearheaded By European Union

Nanotechnology involves using tiny particles for treatment of diseases. ‘Nano’ refers to billionth of a unit. European countries are to use Nanotechnology for treatment of fatal diseases, which will help to reduce the cost of healthcare // . European Union to develop Nanotechnology in the next 10 years which will help to cure diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, Cancer, HIV infection, Alzhe...
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