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Novel Chinese Herbal Medicine Proves Effective in Treating Hepatitis C

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SBEL1, a new compound derived from Chinese herbal medicines has the ability to inhibit hepatitis C virus (HCV) activity in cells at several points in the virus' lifecycle, shows study. SBEL1 is a compound isolated from Chinese herbal medicines that was found to inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90%. SBEL1 is extracted from a herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China. In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat sore throats and inflammations. ...

Antarctica: Dream Destination for Tourists

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Antarctica has become a hip new vacation destination for tourists, say sources. The group paid a small fortune -- (Dollar) 3,000 per head -- for a quick five-hour visit to the frozen continent, arriving by plane. "Coming to Antarctica was a dream for me and my wife," American John Reiss, 81, said as he stood beside his wife Sharon, 73. "We signed up a couple years ago, but we couldn't get on it, so we went on a waiting list. This year we signed ...

Quiz on Panic Disorder

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Panic disorder is a form of anxiety disorder, which might have a significant effect on the quality of life if not treated early. Test your knowledge on panic disorder by taking this quiz.

H5N1 Bird Flu Needs 5 Mutations to Spread Among Humans

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Researchers from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands have found out that just five favorable mutations are enough to make H5N1 bird flu virus spread among humans through coughing or sneezing, like regular flu viruses. According to the study, though the required gene mutations are just five, it is unclear whether this can happen outside the laboratory. At present, H5N1 affects a person mostly if he has had contact with sick or dead infected poultry. Otherwise ...

Women With Diabetes Less Likely to Have a Mammogram

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A new study published in Diabetic Medicine finds women with diabetes are less likely to be screened for breast cancer. "Managing the demands of a chronic condition such as diabetes is challenging for many women, leaving other preventative actions, like screening for cancer, to fall by the wayside," said Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a staff physician at Women's College Hospital and an adjunct scientist at ICES. "Our study found having diabetes posed a significant barrier ...

Experts Say China and India Face Huge Cancer Burden

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Health experts say China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia's big two emerging giants are facing huge economic and human costs from the disease. In China, cancer now accounts for one in every five deaths, ranking second only to cardiovascular disease as the ...

50% Prostate Cancer Cases Wrongly Classified Initially: Study

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Researchers have revealed that in over half of prostate cancer cases, doctors are not able to inform about the seriousness of the case after the initial diagnosis. Urological surgeon Greg Shaw from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, said, "Our results show that the severity of around half of men's prostate cancers may be underestimated when relying on tests before surgery." The scientists said that in 50 per cent cases, doctors make wrong classification ...

Too Much Facebook Time Linked to Negative Body Image in Women

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Negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends is observed in women found if more time is spent on Facebook as revealed in new study. The researchers were able to predict how often women felt negatively about their own bodies after looking at someone else's photos or posts, and how often women compared their own bodies to those of their friends. Petya Eckler, from University of Strathclyde, saiod that public health professionals who ...

Tough Liver Cancer to Now be Tackled by Immunotherapy

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A new study has revealed that tough liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma) can now be tackled by adoptive T-cell therapy. This new therapeutic approach in the treatment of HCC could be very important as without treatment the 5 year survival rate is just 5%. Globally, HCC accounts for 746,000 deaths, and in the UK alone is responsible for over 4,000 deaths per year. Glypican-3 (GPC3) is a tumour associated antigen expressed in up to 70% of HCC but not ...

HIV Less Deadly Than Viral Hepatitis in Europe

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Mortality associated with HIV/AIDS across EU countries is significantly less deadly than the mortality of viral hepatitis, a new report has found. GBD 2010 is the most recent version of a large epidemiological study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In the EU, in 2010, there were more than 10 times as many deaths due to viral hepatitis ...

Serious Overuse Injuries More Common in Young Athletes from Higher Income Families

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Young adults from higher income families are more likely to suffer from serious overuse injuries. The rate of serious overuse injuries in athletes who come from families that can afford private insurance is 68 percent higher than the rate in lower-income athletes who are on public insurance (Medicaid), the study found.The study also found that privately insured young athletes are twice as likely as publicly insured athletes to be highly specialized in one sport. Loyola researchers ...