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Finger Prick Blood Test May Help Detect Cancer

In the new technique, nanotechnology is used to determine whether a specific target nucleic acid sequence exists within a mixture. (Representational Image) Washington:   A simple finger prick blood test may be used to diagnose cancer, say scientists who have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms. ... Read More »

Scientists Identify Antigens That May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

When an autoreactive T cell sees its antigen, it becomes activated and can initiate disease. (Representational image) New York:  A new class of antigens have been identified that may be a contributing factor to type 1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is the auto-immune form of diabetes, in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune ... Read More »

3D ‘Mini-Brains’ Developed In A US Lab

Cells from the skin of several healthy adults were used to create the mini-brains. (Representational Image) Washington:  Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed tiny 3D ‘mini-brains’ that mimic some of the human brain’s structures and functionality and can be used to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism. The creation of these ‘mini-brains’ could dramatically change how new ... Read More »

Zika Scare Prompts Philippines To Advise Women To Postpone Pregnancy

The Philippines, sole reported case of Zika was in 2012 and involved a teenage boy in Cebu island in central Philippines. (Reuters File Photo) MANILA:  A minister in the Philippines has urged women to delay pregnancy until more is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus raging in Latin America, even though the Asian country’s only reported case of zika was ... Read More »

Virtual Reality Therapy Could Reduce Depression Symptoms: Study

The therapy, previously tested by healthy volunteers, was used by 15 depression patients aged 23-61. (Representational Image) London:  A virtual reality therapy could help people with depression be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms, a new study has found. The therapy, previously tested by healthy volunteers, was used by 15 depression patients aged 23-61. Nine reported ... Read More »

Your Boss Can Influence Your Health: Study

A new study suggests that managers must be provided with incentives to focus on creating a healthier work environment. (Representational Image) New York:  Strong and effective leadership are vital for any workplace. Managers play a huge role in creating the best work environment, polishing the behaviour of employees, and also promoting their health and wellness. However, a new study suggests ... Read More »

Eating Too Much Fish While Pregnant Raises Child Obesity Risk: Study

  Women who ate more than the recommended three servings of fish per week while pregnant gave birth to children at a higher risk of obesity. (Representational Image) Miami:  Women who ate more than the recommended three servings of fish per week while pregnant gave birth to children at a higher risk of obesity than expectant moms who ate less, ... Read More »

Cellulose Nanogenerators May Power Medical Implants

  A flexible nanogenerator made out of cellulose could potentially harvest energy from the body – its heartbeats, blood flow etc. (Representational Image) WASHINGTON:  Indian scientists have developed a flexible nanogenerator out of cellulose that could power future implanted biomedical devices by harvesting energy from the human body. Implantable electronics can deliver drugs, monitor vital signs and perform other health-related ... Read More »

Bio-Hybrid Kidney Powered By Heart In The Offing

Researchers use live kidney cells that will grow on and around the microchip filters. (Representational Image) Washington:  Scientists are developing a first-of-its kind implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters and living cells that will be powered by the patient’s own heart. “We are creating a bio-hybrid device that can mimic a kidney to remove enough waste products, salt and water ... Read More »

Personalised Chemotherapy For Leukaemia Patients A Step Closer

The research focused on treatment-related toxicity associated with a class of medication called thiopurines. (Representational Image) Washington:  Researchers have determined how inherited gene variations lead to severe drug toxicity that may threaten chances for a cure in children with leukaemia, a finding which sets the stage to expand the use of a patient’s genetic make-up to tailor chemotherapy. The research ... Read More »