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GlaxoSmithKline To Cultivate Non-Smoking Environment

GlaxoSmithKline is putting its best foot forward in completing its social responsibility. The steps will also enable the company promote Zyban, its anti-smoking drug. Glaxo is aiding companies cultivate a non-smoking environment as part of its policy, along with providing teams to help in the transition. // ....Some of the corporate, which have negotiated for this 'no-smoking' environment, are H...

Healing environment aids mental problem

..According to a recent study, spending time in an Indian temple improves mental illnesses as much as conventional medication. Reserchers in a new study, India, looked at how traditional healing practices might help those with mental disorder.// The temple of Muthuswamy in South India has long been a healing centre for those with a mental health problem and those attending during a short period i...

Alcoholism Influenced By Both Genetics & Family Environment

In a study involving identical and non-identical twins, researchers conducted telephone interviews with 1,213 sets of male-male twins, average age 50.// The researchers’ goal was to better understand the hereditary and environmental effects on developing alcoholism -- not by studying the twins themselves, but by interviewing the twins’ children (ages 12 to 26) and the mothers of those children....

Environment and Diet Found To Precipitate Asthma

Asthma is found to be more common in developed countries and has increased over the past three decades in many countries. According to a new // study environmental factors and diet may be the reason for higher rates of asthma seen in developed countries, according to a new study. ..In the study involving more than 10,000 primary-school children from three cities in China, the children from Hong K...

Cell’s microenvironment linked to cancer

"Medical research has for decades focused on finding the underlying genetic abnormalities that cause disease, but //this work demonstrates that genes themselves are controlled by components outside the nucleus and these, in turn, are regulated by the cell's microenvironment," said researcher Maniotis. ....Research finding at the University of Illinois, Chicago has found that tumor malignancy als...

Environmental Factors Found To Have An Impact On The Sex of A Child

A latest study shows that its not just a man’s sperm but environmental factors that could have an impact on the sex of a child . The study shows environmental pollutants could be changing the ratio of sperm carrying the X or Y chromosomes.// Specifically, the research finds there’s a slight increase in the number of sperm bearing the Y chromosome in men exposed to pollutants. ..Researchers looked...

Environmental Factors Found To Have An Impact On The Sex of A Child

A latest study shows that its not just a man’s sperm but environmental factors that could have an impact on the sex of a child . The study shows environmental pollutants could be changing the ratio of sperm carrying the X or Y chromosomes.// Specifically, the research finds there’s a slight increase in the number of sperm bearing the Y chromosome in men exposed to pollutants. ..Researchers looked...

New technology to decipher neural connections dealing with heredity and environment

A study by the computational neuroscientist of Vanderbilt University have developed a new computer model// that will provide an insight into neural circuits that play a role in development. The computer model traces the neural circuits that make us apply previously learned rules on new situations and help in self-control. ....The researchers feel that the new use of technology in understanding d...

Environmental estrogens can cause breast cancer

Exposure to environmental estrogen 4-nonylphenol may increase the incidence// of breast cancer. ..Dr. William S. Baldwin and research team from University of Texas has reported that risk of breast cancer may be increased if exposed to environmental estrogen 4-nonylphenol. 4-nonylphenol is an estrogen like chemical which is released from cleaning agents, from industrial wastes of textiles, paper,...

Launch Of India’s First Virology Course At Pun

Aiming to counter the threat posed by new virus-induced diseases like bird flu and Japanese encephalitis, a city-based institute has launched a course offering specialization in virology. The NIV and the Institute of // Biotechnology and Bioinformatics of the University of Pune would confer the degree jointly... .."There is a shortage of virologists to identify viruses and check their outbreak. T...

Athletes Are More Prone To Environmental Pollutants Due To Choice Of Diet

The alliance between diet and health is well recognized, however, it is frequently difficult to establish a causal relationship between a particular dietary component and a specific health endpoint. This is of special interest // particularly for environmental pollutants, as most of them reach humans through the food chain. In recent years, a number of studies have determined the occurrence of va...

Industrial and Environmental pollutants increase diabetes risk

Researchers have found that exposure to pollutants increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted on fisherman families eating// salmon fish containing high levels of chemicals and pollutants known as Persistent Organochlorine Pollutants which includes Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and DDT. ..Type 2 diabetes generally develops after age 40 and can develop gradually,...

Environment a major factor in occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Lund in Sweden have conducted a study that links environmental pollutants with high occurrence of type 2 diabetes // . ..Exposure to organochlorine pollutants (POPs) have already been linked with asthma, diabetes and many cancers. ....High levels of POPs such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the insecticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane or DDT in th...

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...

Viro-therapy against cancer

A new study conducted by the Researchers at the Hebrew University led to the isolation of a variant of the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV-HUJ). This virus affects the birds but the variant has a high affinity toward cancer cells. // ....Professors Amos Panet and Zichria Zakay-Rones, from the Department of Virology at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, have conducted experiments with th...

Urban Built Environment May Play a Vital Role in Influencing the Body Size

Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health are one of the 14 groups to receive funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences// (NIEHS) to study the association between body size and the built environment. ..This is a new study to control the rising obesity rates by understanding the effect of built environment and an individual’s body size. Working with various cit...

Genes And Environmental Factors Determine Stress Response

Researchers from Duke university Medical Center have established that an individual’s health and well being is largely influenced by a complex interplay between genetic and environmental factors//. In addition, genes might play a crucial role in determining the psychological and biological response to a stressful environment. .. ..The results of four such studies that examined the genetic-enviro...

UK Biobank Set Up To Understand the Links between Genes, Lifestyle Environment and Illness

UK Biobank has launched the world's largest medical experiment at Altrincham, Cheshire. // ..It has already sent the first 3,000 invitations to the first set of participants. The main aim of the project is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, joint disease and many other serious illnesses. .. It also plans to reveal the truth of why so...

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...

Environment while serving of alcohol no factor in reduction in Alcohol-Related Injuries

As per a review of related studies there is no effect of the serving environment on alcohol related injuries.// ..Katherine Ker, lead review author said, "There is no reliable evidence that interventions in the alcohol server setting are effective in reducing injury," fatal or otherwise. There were some interventions that sounded promising, but if you’re only able to train 50 percent or 60 percen...

Formation Of Blood Clots on Long Flights May Not Be Due To Cabin Environment

The oft exclaimed ailment called economy class syndrome, that is associated with the formation of blood clots during long flights, may not be due to cabin environment, //as it is thought to be, reveals a new study. ..The finding supports the assessment that clots could form in healthy people, while sitting in cramped places, that cause a reduction in blood flow, especially in the legs, which lead...

Study Highlights How Bacteria Respond To Changes In Environment

A new study has now provided valuable insights about how a bacterium uses different receptors to sense changes in the environment//. Bacteria are sensitive to minute changes in environments of the order of 0.1%, approximating to a dilution of 1 drop in a pool of 1,000 drops. ....New Cornell research, highlighted on the cover of the May issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, reveals th...

Air Pollution in Tamil Nadu is a Cause of Concern for Environmentalists

Environmental agencies in Tamil Nadu are demanding monitoring stations in heavily industrialised pockets after a study found air samples //from the state among the most polluted in India. ....The groups have urged the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to apply for central funds to set up volatile organic compounds (VOC) and sulphur gas monitoring stations in Manali, Mettur, Cuddalore, Tuticorin...

A booster for immune systems: unhygienic environs?

A recent comparative study into the lives of wild and laboratory rodents seems to throw light on the aspect of building stronger immune systems when exposed //to germs in the environment, rather than protecting against it. ..A team of researchers from Duke University analyzed the immune systems of mice and rats which live in laboratories with those which live in the wild. ....Senior researche...

WHO Outlines the Link between Environmental Hazards and Disease

Environmental exposures are the sole cause of nearly 24% of all diseases in adults and 33% of diseases in children. World Health Organization (WHO) said // that all this can be prevented by living in a healthy environment. These diseases are extensively seen in developing countries and could be prevented thereby saving four million lives a year. The diseases which are influenced by hazardous envi...

13 million environment-linked deaths every year: WHO

A staggering 13 million people across the globe die every year of environmental-linked diseases, a World Health Organisation (WHO) study revealed Friday//. ....The four main diseases influenced by poor environment worldwide are diarrhoea, lower respiratory tract infection, various forms of unintentional injuries and malaria, said a WHO statement. ....The report, "Preventing Disease through Health...

Protected Environment v/s Unprotected Affect Hygiene Health Immunity

IT is a general occurrence that people living in protected and hygienic environments are more susceptible to allergy than those who stay in the opposite //. ....Duke University Medical Center researchers investigated this phenomenon and find a close link and scientific backing to this case. They have identified why people in industrialized societies with better hygiene have higher rates of aller...

Environmental Factors Leads to Obesity in Rural Communities

Researchers have found that physical inactivity due to lack of recreational facilities, stores, churches and schools within the surrounding area make rural people obese.// ....The study is thought to be the first to examine the link between obesity and the environmental factors within rural communities. It builds upon previous Saint Louis University School of Public Health research that examines...

Environmental Factors Trigger Onset of Diabetes

..Recent research has further confirmed the theory that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes //in children and young adults. ....The authors of the study, from Leeds and Newcastle Universities and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, carried out a sophisticated statistical analysis using information from the register on the times and places where the child...

Pharmaceuticals May not Pose Major Aquatic Environmental Risks

A Canadian study of high-use drugs released from eight sewage treatment plants indicates that effects on invertebrates, bacteria, and plants// in the aquatic receiving environment are unlikely. The study is published in the latest issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. ....The pharmaceutical market is a booming industry. The manufacture of drugs is increasing to match its demand and us...

Multiple Sclerosis in Genetically Susceptible Twins is Augmented by Northern Environment

A new study of twins suggests that living farther north of the equator significantly increases risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) among those with genetic// susceptibility due to some environmental factor. ....By following more than 700 pairs of twins diagnosed with MS, researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California found that people born in the nor...

Environmental Surrounding Affects Human Behaviour

The North Desert Village landscaping experiment was conducted in the Arizona State University's (ASU) Polytechnic campus. The findings of this experiment were that the graduate student families //in the cluster of six houses adjoining the green and fertile lawns and ornamental bushes spend time together talking while their kids play outside whereas, the families in a nearby cluster of six homes o...

Adult stem cells are sensitive to responses from the environment

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have disclosed that a specific variety of adult stem cell is capable of changing into bone, muscle, neurons or other// types of tissue depending on the response from the physical environment. .. ..The researchers found that mesenchymal stem cells, which are commonly found in the bone marrow, are soliciting tangible clues from their local environme...

Environmental Pollutants Could Impact the Size of Sexual Organs

High levels of certain environmental pollutants could impact the size of sexual organs in animals and probably humans, say scientists.// ....Christian Sonne and colleagues at National Environmental Research Institute at Denmark checked 55 male and 44 female East Greenland polar bears for a correlation between the pollutant levels in body tissue and the size of sexual organs. ....Exposure to high...

Environmental Toxin Causes Heritable Adult-Onset Diseases

A disease you are suffering today could be a result of your great-grandmother being exposed to an environmental toxin during pregnancy – and you may already have passed it along to your children. // ....That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at Washington State University, who have found that exposure to an environmental toxin during embryonic development can cause an animal, and almost a...

Narcolepsy May Be Caused By Environmental Exposures: Study

A comprehensive review published in the January 1st issue of the journal SLEEP finds that, as with other diseases// characterized by selective cell loss, narcolepsy may be caused by environmental exposures before the age of onset in genetically susceptible individuals - a possible contradiction to common belief that a person's body mass index, immune responses and stressful life events are factor...

Environmental Toxicants Target Stem Cells

A study published today in the on-line journal PLoS Biology concluded that the low levels of toxic substances cause critical stem cells in the central nervous system to// prematurely shut down. ..This research, which is the first to identify a common molecular trigger for the effects of toxicant exposure, may give scientists new insights into damage caused by toxicant exposure and new methods o...

Obesity And Environmental Chemicals: Research Probes Potential Link

A team of researchers is investigating whether the increasing ubiquity of chemical flame-retardants might be related to the climbing rate of obesity// in the United States. ....“Environmental chemicals are a possible third component to the obesity epidemic, along with diet and exercise,” says Gale Carey, professor of nutrition and a leader of the research project, along with professor of nutriti...

A Welcome Initiative to Spread Awareness on Environment

A solar torch, homemade compost machine, jute bags with anti-pollution messages, durable carry bags made from poly packs, salt-rock lamps and many more were on display Wednesday at the ITC Maurya Hotel here to spread awareness about a cleaner future. ......"I urge all the citizens of Delhi to think in terms of environment and make Delhi a better place to live. Government, corporates and citizen...

Bhutan Leads the World in Preserving the Environment

As the world community struggles to come to grips with global warming and climate change, the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan// may be about to show the way ahead. ....Bhutan is set to become the first nation in the world where the citizens will have a constitutional obligation to preserve the environment, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). ....As representatives fro...
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