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Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

November 27, 2020

Cooking with biomass fuel such as wood or dry brush causes significant lung damage compared to cleaner-burning liquefied petroleum gas fuels, according to research by a multidisciplinary team from India and the US. Investigating the impact of cookstove pollutants in 23 people cooking with liquefied petroleum gas or wood biomass in Thanjavur, India, researchers found […]

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Improving awareness of fertility/pregnancy issues in young breast cancer patients

November 24, 2020

Fertility preservation and pregnancy-related issues are among the priority concerns of female breast cancer patients, many of whom have been diagnosed with the hormonally-driven disease before having completed their reproductive plans. Despite the marked increase in fertility preservation and feasibility of having a pregnancy after breast cancer in recent years, many young women call for […]

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Scientists suggest beta-blockers as cancer, COVID-19 treatment

November 13, 2020

Beta-2 blockers such as Propranolol have been found to suppress inflammation and the spread of cancer in the lung, according to cancer researcher Dr. Nirmal Robinson at the Centre for Cancer Biology, the University of South Australia. These beta-2 blockers could potentially be used to treat COVID-19, which shares a similar inflammatory profile to cancer […]

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“Killer couch chemicals” causes diabetes in mice offspring

November 11, 2020

Household chemicals or flame retardants called PBDEs, commonly added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires, causes diabetes in mice exposed to the chemical while in the womb or as breastfeeding babies. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), US, who carried out the study, say PBDEs are “impossible to completely avoid” and […]

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Researchers design bloodless solution to test for malaria

November 6, 2020

Researchers at Rice University in Texas, US, have engineered a new bandage-like microneedle patch that can analyse and detect key markers of malaria. The life-threatening disease caused by parasites is responsible for hundreds of thousands of global deaths each year; testing for the disease with the microneedle patch will fortunately not draw blood,unlike regular testing […]

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Certain gut-bacteria found to protect from radiation damage

November 3, 2020

A novel study by US researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has offered incredible new insights into the relationship between cancer and the gut microbiome – a specific species of gut bacteria has been found to protect an organism from painful, radiation-induced damage. During an unrelated study, the researchers […]

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Happiness neurotransmitter linked to bigger, highly-developed brain

October 26, 2020

Serotonin, or the happiness neurotransmitter, has a crucial role to play in brain development – researchers have found that it acts as a growth factor for basal progenitors in part of the developing human, but not mouse, brain. Known as the “neocortex,” this region enables more complicated processes in humans such as speaking, dreaming and […]

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Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

October 23, 2020

In a robust study led by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, severe periodontitis, or gum disease, is found to exacerbate conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers, heightened production of a type of immune cell in people with periodontitis can initiate a much […]

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Shocking 14% global vaccine hesitancy even with COVID-19 endemic threat, researchers note

October 22, 2020

New research by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that the COVID-19 virus could become endemic i.e. common enough to produce recurring outbreaks in humans. This is largely affected by immunity to SARS-CoV-2, developed either through infection or a vaccine, which diminishes within a year. However, if immunity to SARS-CoV-2 was longer and […]

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Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

October 20, 2020

According to research, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 1.5% and 11% of children in the US, respectively; ADHD symptoms also present in up to 60% of children with ASD. Duke Health researchers have found that children who are later diagnosed with ASD or ADHD are associated with higher […]

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