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Discovery shows statins could fight cancer

 A new discovery linking cholesterol with cancer shows how cholesterol busting drugs, or statins, can prevent cancer or supplement its existing treatments. The discovery was made by University of Rochester Medical Centre. It validates the theory that people with highest levels of cholesterol seem to have higher chances of cancer. The cancer-cholesterol question has been debated since the early 20th ...

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Apollo Hospitals to Set up 30 telemedicine units in Africa

The Apollo Hospitals group will set up 30 telemedicine units in Africa under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it has signed with AfroIndia Medical services, the hospital group said on Thursday. “Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, inaugurated first three units at Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja in Nigeria through video conferencing in the presence of his Excellency ...

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Low-cost pain killer can wipe out resistant TB, say researchers

 A low-cost drug, which is widely used as a pain killer in developing countries, can kill drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) — a feat few currently approved TB drugs can accomplish, say researchers. Weill Cornell Medical College researchers point to a potential new therapy for the more than half million people worldwide whose TB has become resistant to standard drug treatments. But ...

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‘Deep sleep, not brain, switches on puberty

Slow-wave or deep sleep may be the controlling factor in the onset of puberty, rather than the involvement of any brain part in this process, says a US study. Previous studies have shown that the parts of the brain that control puberty first become active during sleep, but the present study shows that it is deep sleep, rather than sleep ...

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Gut bugs help in getting more from food

Some of the food we consume is shared with microbes populating our digestive tracts and they promote the absorption of dietary fats in the intestine leading to metabolism in the body, a US study says. The new study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reveals some gut microbes increase the absorption of dietary fats, allowing the host ...

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Long work hours raise risk of heart disease

Working more than eight hours a day raises the risk of heart disease by 80 percent, researchers say. The warning follows analysis of 12 studies dating back as far as 1958, involving 22,000 people from around the world, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. The analysis found that those whose working days that were longer than the traditional eight hours ...

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Omega-3 pills unable to prevent heart attacks

Popping pills of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, the type found in oily fish like salmon, may not help prevent heart attacks, although previous research suggested that they protect against cardiovascular diseases. The latest research, based on an analysis of 20 studies involving almost 70,000 patients, found that taking the pills did not lower heart attack or stroke risks, or even ...

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‘Vitamin C keeps dementia at bay’

The levels of antioxidants Vitamin C and beta-carotene in blood are lower in patients with dementia than in people without it, a German study says about the disease which affects millions worldwide. Gabriele Nagel and and Christine von Arnim, professors of epidemiology and neurology from the University of Ulm, Germany, have discovered that the concentration of vitamin C and beta-carotene ...

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Educating European leaders on India’s low-cost toilets

Acknowledging his pioneering work in the field of low cost sanitation and social uplift, a French economic forum has invited Sulabh Sanitation movement chief mentor Bindeshwar Pathak to share his experiences with world leaders and business tycoons in Le Harve Sep 13-14. “Your personal and professional achievements among which your staunch dedication to the integration of the untouchables in India, ...

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‘Ignorance takes toll on oral health

Dental health is an indicator of overall health. There are simple ways to maintain oral hygiene. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal, for instance, can help prevent oral cavities. Experts say that ignorance is a huge cause for the wide prevalance of practices that are detrimental to oral health in India. A consumer attitudes survey conducted recently by the Indian ...

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Eating wisely calls for self-control: Study

People who successfully control their diet eat fewer unhealthy foods because they are satisfied sooner, a study shows. Some people can exercise real self-control when it comes to eating while others overindulge on unhealthy cookies and candies. Do the former have more willpower? Or are they simply satisfied more quickly? In a series of experiments, researchers from Texas A&M University ...

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Painkillers could kill heart attack survivors early

Popular painkillers such as ibuprofen can elevate chances of an early death among heart attack survivors, suggests a new study. Some of these drugs, available over the counter, can make the blood clot more easily and trigger heart attacks or strokes. There is the perception among researchers that such drugs should not be made so easily available on prescription. Researchers ...

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Smart fabric to prevent thefts?

Researchers have developed a new kind of anti-theft system, based on a smart fabric, that will trigger an alarm when intruders try to break into a house or a building. It is cheaper than burglary detection systems. The innocuous seeming fabric incorporates a fine web of conductive threads connected to a microcontroller that detects warning signals emitted when the fabric ...

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Humans increasingly poisoned by reef fish

Human beings are being poisoned by consumption of many reef fishe whose flesh is contaminated with toxins, an Australian study says. The illness called ciguatera leads to a painful and debilitating effects on our nervous system, stomach and heart lasting for months. A team of international marine scientists has reported a 60 percent increase in the incidence of cases of ...

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