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Diet Drinks Linked to Heart Trouble in Older Women

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In older women, diet drink consumption is linked to higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, reveals study. "Compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consumed two or more a day were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease," explained Ankur Vyas, fellow, cardiovascular diseases at the University of Iowa Hospitals and ...

Cholesterol Levels Improve With Alternative Treatment

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Researchers found that an experimental treatment has shown promise in lowering bad cholesterol, offering hope for people who cannot tolerate drugs called statins, but are at risk of heart disease, they said on Sunday. The therapy developed by Amgen pharmaceuticals is known as evolocumab. It is a monoclonal antibody that is injected every couple of weeks or once a month, instead of being taken in a daily pill. Evolocumab is part of a new class of drugs ...

New Drug Targets for Treating Huntington's Disease

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Improved walking and prolonged survival seen in a mouse model of Huntington's disease by tweaking a specific cell type's ability to absorb potassium in the brain, reports study published by UCLA, on March 30 in the online edition of emNature Neuroscience/em. The discovery could point to new drug targets for treating the devastating disease, which strikes one in every 20,000 Americans. Huntington's disease is passed from parent to child through a mutation in ...

Health Expert Says Climate Change Could Lead to Extinction of Humans

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Rapid climate change could make humans extinct as a species, says leading health expert. Associate dean at the University of Canberra, Helen Berry, has explained that while the planet has experienced warmer and colder climates at different points in history, the rate of change has never been as fast as it is today, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. What is remarkable, and alarming, is the speed of the change since the 1970s, when we started ...

Health Benefits Of Eating Pistachios

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Pistachios are dry tasty nuts packed with nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are essential for the body. Pistachios have numerous health benefits that are needed for overall health.

One Type of Genetic Mutation Erased

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Researchers at MIT have cured mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation using a new type of gene-editing system based on bacterial proteins. The findings, described in the March 30 issue of emNature Biotechnology/em, offer the first evidence that this gene-editing technique, known as CRISPR, can reverse disease symptoms in living animals. CRISPR, which offers an easy way to snip out mutated DNA and replace it with the correct sequence, ...

Health Coverage a Struggle Even After Reforms

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The residents of Massachusetts - USA- struggle with health insurance even after the health care reform law in 2006. Many more residents had health insurance covers in 2012 but were struggling to pay medical bills since 2006. Families are forced to use savings, working longer hours cutting back other expenses and at times even declaring bankruptcy to pay for prescriptions, surgeries and medical tests according to reports commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield ...

Researchers Offered 'Best Practices' Nutrition Measurement by Scripps Florida Scientists

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Measuring what a fruit fly eats, although a trivial matter, becomes absolutely significant when studies of aging, health, metabolism and disease are conducted. How researchers measure consumption can make all the difference in the accuracy of a study's conclusions. Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed what amounts to a best practices guide to the most accurate way of measuring fruit fly food consumption that ...

Coca Cola Tops World's Most Popular Brands List

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Coca Cola has topped most-powerful brands list, say sources. CoreBrand's analysis, which it the most powerful tech brand, has come out with the list of 100 most elite brands list for 2014. Apple was ranked in the 10th spot, which was the most highest-ranking tech brand. Apple rival Samsung is in the 68th spot, while BlackBerry is in the 149th spot and Google is in the 33rd spot. Microsoft is at the 11th position, while ...

All Polling Stations are No-Smoking Zones, Declares Bihar

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An official said Sunday that all polling stations for the Lok Sabha election in Bihar have been declared No-Smoking zones. Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshmanan said the decision has been taken under Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. He said it will create more awareness about not smoking. "A directive in this regard has been issued to all district electoral officers. Those found violating the order would be fined ...

Treatment of Pain With Acupuncture as Effective as Medicines

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A recent trial of acupuncture done in four Melbourne emergency departments shows that its effectiveness in relieving lower-back pain, pain from sprained ankles and migraine was same as using drugs. Dr Michael Ben-Meir, director of Cabrini Hospital's emergency department said that the trial showed that acupuncture was equivalent to what they defined as conventional medicine standard care, which was strong oral analgesia, like Endone, Panadeine Forte, Voltaren and ...

Male Fish Turn Female in Basque Coast of Spain

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Biologists have found evidence of "feminisation" of male fish in the estuaries in the Basque coast of Spain, something that can be called as a perfect case of gender-bender among fish. Pollutants acting as oestrogens are responsible for this phenomenon which, among other changes, is causing ovocytes -- immature ova -- to appear in male fish, biologists claimed. The acquisition of feminine features by male fish has been detected, to a greater or lesser ...

Pakistan Accelerates Jeep Rally to Boost Desert Tourism

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The silence of Pakistan's Cholistan desert was broken by a souped-up 4x4 roar, clouds of dust and diesel fumes, cheered on by tens of thousands of spectators. Nearly 90 drivers were drawn to throw their vehicles around the dry, rocky 214-kilometre track in a desolate, baking hot corner of Punjab province for this year's Cholistan Jeep Rally. The event, which began in 2005, has grown in popularity despite the remote location, about 400 kilometres (250 ...

Schumacher's Home Turned into Hospital for His Care by His Wife at a Cost of 10 Mln Pounds

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Formula One ace Michael Schumacher's wife spent about 10 million-pounds on modifying a room in their Swiss mansion, so that the seriously injured racing legend can get his medical support at his home. Corinna Schumacher has reportedly spent the huge amount of money to accommodate the high-tech medical equipment that keeps Schumacher alive on a room at their Lake Geneva home. According to the Daily Star, a close friend of the family said that the doctors ...

Three More Bird Flu Cases in Humans Reported in China

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Chinese health authorities said on Saturday that three more people were confirmed to be infected with H7N9 bird flu in three provinces. Infection of a man, 35, from Wuxi City in Jiangsu province was confirmed Friday night, Xinhua quoted provincial health department as saying. He is is in critical condition. A 72-year-old man from Fuqing City in Fujian province was also confirmed as infected Friday, bringing the total infections in the province this year ...

Scientists Identify Gene Mutation Behind Deadly Skin Cancer

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Gene mutation that is responsible for a hereditary form of skin cancer melanoma has been discovered by researchers. The study has found that people with specific mutations in the POT1 gene were extremely likely to develop melanoma and these mutations deactivate the gene that protects the ends of our chromosomes from damage. Researchers revealed that the inactivation of POT1 caused by these mutations leads to longer and potentially unprotected telomeres, ...

Genetic Variants Help Predict Bladder Cancer Recurrence

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Genetic studies may help physicians identify bladder cancer patients who are at increased risk of cancer recurrence, suggests new research. While patients with variants in the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) gene and the vascular cellular adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM1) gene suffered fast recurrence, the ones with non-invasive tumors and a variant in the DNA repair gene XRCC4 tended to live long. The revelation will probably facilitate identification of patients who require ...

Link Between Obesity and 'Carb Breakdown' Gene Identified

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People with fewer copies of carb-breakdown gene may be at an increased risk of obesity, say King's College London and Imperial College London researchers. The findings, published in iNature Genetics/i, suggest that dietary advice may need to be more tailored to an individual's digestive system, based on whether they have the genetic predisposition and necessary enzymes to digest different foods. Salivary amylase plays a significant role in breaking down ...

Swiss Immigration Vote Ticks Off the Alpine Country's Watchmakers

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Industry insiders warned this week that Switzerland's recent vote to curtail immigration from the European Union could seriously impact the Alpine country's booming watch trade. Nearly half of all employees in the sector are foreign nationals who either reside in Switzerland or commute across its borders to work, according to the Swiss Watch Industry Federation. "We need this labour and these skills, and it is true that there is some concern around ...

Recession Not a Laughing Matter for Clowns

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Being a clown is no laughing matter in a global recession. That was the sombre verdict as the World Clown Association wrapped up its annual convention on Saturday after a decade which has seen their numbers dwindle. More than 230 clowns from the around the world attended the event outside Chicago, gathering to share skills and hopefully encourage a new generation to don a red nose, make-up and a pair of oversized shoes. But it's an art pursued ...

Study Compares Self-Expandable Heart Valve Systems

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Among patients undergoing aortic valve replacement using a catheter tube, a comparison of two types of heart valve technologies, balloon-expandable or self-expandable valve systems, found a greater rate of device success with the balloon-expandable valve. This is according to a iJAMA/i study released online to coincide with presentation at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) ...

Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of Recurrent CV Events Among Diabetes Patients

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Use of the drug aleglitazar has shown the ability to lower glucose levels and have favorable effects on cholesterol. It did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke among patients with type 2 diabetes and recent heart attack or unstable angina, according to a iJAMA/i study released online to coincide with presentation at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Cardiovascular disease remains the dominant ...

New Jab may Help You Pee Your Fat Out

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A new slimming product on the market has claimed that it can dissolve fat cells, allowing people who are dieting, to pass their fat out of their bodies with their urine. The non-surgical treatment called Aqualyx advertizes itself as a safe and effective alternative to liposuction, Daily Star reported. The injection consists of plant polymers which bind with the cell walls of the fat tissue and release the fat to be dissolved. The makers ...

Women Burn More Calories When They Exercise After High-Protein Meal

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Women should follow a high-protein meal with half an hour of moderate exercise as it burns more calories as compared to exercising on an empty stomach, suggests a new study. Ashley Binns, a doctoral student in kinesiology and exercise science who led the study at the University of Arkansas, said the goal was to determine the interaction between the thermic effect of food and exercise on the body's total energy expenditure, as measured in calories. Thermic ...

28 Cases of Hepatitis A Infection Reported in Norway

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In Norway, a total of 28 cases of hepatitis A infection have been reported over the last few months where this disease is said to be rare, local health officials said. Health authorities, who were worried by the growing number of hepatitis A cases, are working to determine whether the sick people are infected from a common source, Xinhua reported citing local media. In almost half of the cases, the patients were found to have infected with hepatitis ...

In England and Wales, Gay Couples Marry For First Time

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Across England and Wales, Gay couples said "I do" on Saturday as a law authorising same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality. Following the first marriages amid a supposed race to wed, Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today ? I wish you every possible happiness for the future." The Conservative party leader also described the change as an ...

Daylight Saving Impacts the Timing of Heart Attacks: Study

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Are you still feeling the residual effects of springing ahead for daylight saving time? The hour of sleep lost - or gained - may play a bigger, perhaps more dangerous role in our body's natural rhythm than we think. It seems moving the clock forward or backward may alter the timing of when heart attacks occur in the week following these time changes, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific ...

New Approach to Leukemia Testing may Have Better Treatment

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Nearly half of adult leukemia patients are said to have normal chromosomes but appear instead to have a distinct pattern of genetic abnormalities that could better define their prognosis and treatment, researchers report. Using microarray technology that probes millions of genes within chromosomes, researchers found the unique pattern in the leukemia cells of 22 patients diagnosed with cytogenetically normal acute myelogenous leukemia, said Dr. Ravindra Kolhe, ...

Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump may Have Broader Potential for Heart Patients

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Physicians say that the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist device in the world may have untapped potential. One of many uses for the intra-aortic balloon pump is helping ensure adequate oxygen and blood delivery to a heart struggling to resume beating in the aftermath of coronary bypass surgery, said Dr. Mary Arthur, cardiovascular anesthesiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents Health System. However physicians ...

How Mars Lost Its Reservoir of Water Revealed

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As scientists over the world are excited about the presence of water on Mars, a new research on meteorites reveals how the water vanished from the Martian surface. The large amounts of water escaped into space within the first half-billion years of Mars' existence while remaining water froze and may have formed reservoirs of ice still hidden below the surface, a promising study shows. "The new study now strengthens the case that huge amounts of ice ...

New Protein Markers That may Improve Understanding of Heart Disease Discovered

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Elevated levels of two recently identified proteins in the body are inflammatory markers and indicators of the presence of cardiovascular disease have been discovered by Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute researchers. These newly identified markers of inflammation, GlycA and GlycB, have the potential to contribute to better understanding of the inflammatory origins of heart disease and may be used in the future to identify a heart patient's future risk ...

Experts Say Treat Sexual Problems in Lung Cancer Patients on Priority

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Physicians must pay more attention on how lung cancer patients suffer difficulties with sexual expression and intimacy, urge health experts. "It is time that doctors and scientists paid more attention to this important issue," suggested Stephane Droupy from University Hospital of Nimes, France. He was addressing the gathering at the fourth European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) here Friday. Researchers have estimated that sexual dysfunction ...

Men Four Times Likelier Than Women to Suffer from Autism: Study

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New study explains why men are four times more likely to have autism disorder. The study found that women with autism or developmental delay tend to have more large disruptions in their genomes than do men with the disorder. Inherited mutations are also more likely to be passed down from unaffected mothers than from fathers. Together, the results suggest that women are resistant to mutations that contribute to autism. The study has been ...