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Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

February 22, 2017
Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

A new international study carried out by the University of Sussex in the UK has found that child obesity can be inherited from parents, regardless of the country of residence. The research studied 100,000 children in six different countries worldwide – the UK, the US, China, Indonesia, Spain and Mexico – and found that the [...]

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New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

February 20, 2017
New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

A team of researchers at the Cardiff  University in the UK has developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds used in drug treatments. The team said their method is able to synthesize sesquiterpenes – found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and used to battle colds, cancer and malaria – more quickly and [...]

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Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

February 17, 2017
Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

Researchers say vitamin D supplements could help protect around 3 million people each year in the UK against colds or flu as the sunshine vitamin is not just essential for healthy bones, but also has a role in strengthening the immune system. The analysis argues food should be fortified with the vitamin. Although Public Health [...]

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Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

February 17, 2017
Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

Results of a study published in January 2017 showed that palmitic acid (a major part of palm oil) boosts metastases (spread of cancer) through CD36 — a specific protein found in cancer cells that is responsible for taking up fatty acids. In May 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed in a statement that [...]

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Only 3% of people spread most of Ebola cases in the world’s largest outbreak

February 15, 2017
Only 3% of people spread most of Ebola cases in the world’s largest outbreak

An analysis suggests that almost two-thirds or 61% of cases in the world’s largest Ebola outbreak were caused by only 3% of infected people who were likely to have been “super-spreaders”. More than 28,600 people were infected with Ebola during the 2014-15 outbreak in West Africa and around 11,300 people died. Researchers hope that further [...]

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Cardiovascular disease costs in the US to hit US$1 tn by 2035, new study says

February 15, 2017
Cardiovascular disease costs in the US to hit US$1 tn by 2035, new study says

A new study conducted by RTI International for the American Heart Association projects that cardiovascular diseases, if left unchecked, will have a crushing economic and health burden on the US financial and health care systems by the year 2035. Mostly driven by the aging of the population in the next two decades, the number of [...]

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Intensive BP control could save 100,000 lives in the US each year

February 15, 2017
Intensive BP control could save 100,000 lives in the US each year

Intensive blood pressure measures could help save 100,000 lives in the US each year, according to projections by researchers. Adam Bress, University of Utah assistant professor of population health sciences, said that the adoption of intensive treatment in the right patients has enormous public health impact. Bress and his fellow experts from institutions across the [...]

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Corn, milk protein layers make medicine better-tasting, safer for children

February 13, 2017
Corn, milk protein layers make medicine better-tasting, safer for children

Making medicines for the use of infants and children can be really challenging as safety is just as important as taste and texture. A new drug delivery method that uses layers of corn and milk proteins to make medicine safer, tastier and easier to swallow is currently being developed by South Dakota State University pharmaceutical [...]

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Landmark mental health research explores negative side effects of therapy

February 10, 2017
Landmark mental health research explores negative side effects of therapy

The unexplored territory of the negative side effects of psychological treatment is the focus of a groundbreaking research project from the Stockholm University in Sweden. Therapy has long been known to be an effective treatment for different forms of mental illness. However, there is not much known about whether certain patients can actually get worse [...]

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Researchers develop minuscule 3D spheres to study tuberculosis infection

February 10, 2017
Researchers develop minuscule 3D spheres to study tuberculosis infection

A new minuscule 3D system has been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton in England to study human infection in the laboratory. The team, which includes infection researchers, engineers and bio-informaticians in Southampton and University College London, have used an electrostatic encapsulation technique to make tiny 3D spheres within which human cells are [...]

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