Tag Archives: May

New blood test may help you measure your cardiovascular health

Researchers have found a new blood test that could provide a clue as to why some patients are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease risk after suffering a heart attack. “Our findings provide exciting clues as to why some patients are at higher risk after heart attack and how we might address this with new treatments in the future,” ... Read More »

Scientists identify protein that may improve survival during the flu

Researchers have identified a protein that modifies the immune response to the flu and may also help reduce lung inflammation and improve survival during influenza. The results — published in the journal Respiratory Research — suggest that the protein, GM-CSF, could be a potential therapeutic strategy for treating the flu, said E Scott Halstead, Assistant Professor at Penn State College ... Read More »

Ibuprofen in early pregnancy may harm female foetus’ fertility

Women who consume commonly used Ibuprofen even for just two days during the first 24 weeks of their pregnancy may reduce their daughter’s number of eggs, potentially affecting their fertility in the future, new research has warned. The research carried out on human cells in the laboratory revealed that exposure to Ibuprofen during the crucial first three months of foetal ... Read More »

Nip and tuck: Asia may overtake Europe in cosmetic industry spending for first time in 2018

In the never-ending quest for youthful, magazine cover looks, 8.6 billion euros ($10.7 billion) were spent last year on materials and chemicals used in cosmetic procedures worldwide, the IMCAS industry body said on Thursday. This meant plastic surgeons and beauty practitioners spent about the equivalent of Costa Rica’s total annual exports on the tools of their trade. The data revealed ... Read More »

Be aware: Certain bacteria may increase HIV risk for women

Scientists have identified seven bacterial species whose presence in high concentrations may significantly increase the risk of HIV infection in women. The findings, published online in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, add strength to a growing body of evidence that the make-up of bacterial communities in the vagina — the vaginal microbiome — may increase or decrease HIV risk for ... Read More »

Psychedelic drugs may treat depression without dulling emotions

Psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms can help relieve the symptoms of depression, without the ‘dulling’ of emotions linked with antidepressants, a study has found. Working out if someone is happy, angry or afraid, from the look on their face, is a skill we may take for granted. For some people, however, such as those with chronic depression, this innate ability ... Read More »

Hope for early detection: New cancer blood test may find 8 kinds of tumours

A new blood test for cancer has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumours before they have spread elsewhere in the body, offering hope of early detection, researchers said Thursday. Further study is needed before the test — called CancerSEEK — can be made widely available for its projected cost of about $500, said the report in the ... Read More »

This anti-ageing protein may increase longevity and combat obesity, cancer

Scientists have revealed the three-dimensional (3D) structure of an anti-ageing protein, that may not only increase human lifespan but also help develop therapies for age-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancers. The Klotho proteins — alpha and beta — named after the Greek goddess Clotho, who spun the thread of life, play an important role in the regulation of ... Read More »

Dear teens, the advertisements on your favourite TV show may be making you fat

Junk food advertisements (ads) shown during programmes that are popular with young people, such as talent shows and football matches, drives youngsters to snack more on unhealthy food. Curbing these ads may help decrease the risk of rising obesity, which is a key factor in the development of deadly illness such diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer among others, suggests a ... Read More »

Childhood abuse may affect social relationships as adults

Children who experience abuse and neglect early in life are more likely to have problems in social relationships and academics as adults, a study has found. Maltreatment experienced before age five can have negative effects that continue to be seen nearly three decades later, researchers said. “It is not a controversial statement to say abuse and neglect can have harmful ... Read More »