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Turmeric May Help Fight Alzheimer's

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A new study indicates that curcumin, a substance in turmeric, may hold the key to treat Alzheimer's disease. A new study indicates that curcumin, a substance in turmeric, may hold the key to treat Alzheimer's disease. The research reveals that a close chemical analog of curcumin has the desired properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. "It has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid ...

Eliminating Malaria With Bed Nets and Vaccines, Better or Worse

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Eliminating malaria is best possible with combining insecticide-treated bed nets with vaccines and other control measures. Malaria is known to have killed nearly 600,000 people worldwide in 2013, most of them African children. More than 20 malaria vaccine candidates are in different stages of development, but none are licensed for use. So no one knows for sure what will happen when vaccines and bed nets are used together. A University of Michigan-led research team ...

Combining Bed Nets and Some Malaria Vaccines may Actually Worsen the Case

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Combining insecticide-treated bed nets with some malaria vaccines may actually worsen some cases of malaria rather than helping them, according to a new study by University of Michigan-led research team. Researchers used a mathematical model of malaria transmission to find out what will happen when vaccines and bed nets are used together. Professor Mercedes Pascual, co-author of the study, said, "The joint use of bed nets and vaccines would not always lead to ...

Incomplete Understanding of the Underlying Causes is The Biggest Obstacle in the Fight Against Whooping Cough Resurgence

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The biggest obstacle in the current fight against whooping cough resurgence is an incomplete understanding of its underlying causes, according to a University of Michigan population ecologist. Public health officials in several countries, including the United States, have introduced whooping cough booster shots into childhood immunization schedules. Co-author of the study Pejman Rohani said, "If those booster schedules are based on a misdiagnosis of the problem, ...

Earth`s Earliest Primates Lived on Trees

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Earth's earliest primates lived on trees, according to a new study of 65 million year old ankle bones, discovered from the sites in northeastern Montana, by paleontologists at Yale University. Researchers found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects and is a part of an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms that first appears in the fossil record shortly after the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs, was a tree dweller. Lead ...

Stem Cell Therapy Scam in Treating Multiple Sclerosis

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A client of Winnipeg-based Company has claimed the company to be fraudulent, as it had publicised its ability to improve the lives of Multiple Sclerosis patients through stem cell therapy. The CEO of Regenetek Research Inc for treatment collects thousands of dollars from Canadian patients. Lee Chuckry, 47 is one among the patients questioning the research and credentials. He has been living with MS for nearly two decades. "MS just keeps ...

Online 'Cognitive Function Test' Will Help Detect Early Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

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An online 'Cognitive Function Test' developed by Oxford University researchers will help detect the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and help cut the risk of developing the disease. The test can both assess a person's chance of getting the deadly brain condition from middle age and give personalized advice on steps to take to cut their risk. The test can be done on any computer or laptop, but not on a mobile or smartphone. Researchers have recommended all people ...

Sharon Osbourne: I Will Die of Alzheimer's Like My Dad

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Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she is terrified that she will die from Alzheimer's disease like her father. The genome test, that she and her husband have recently undergone, found that she has two of the four genes responsible for developing the debilitating disease. "Ozzy and I had these tests done at a university here, and the results took almost three months to come back. They test every single cell, chromosome and gene in your ...

Consuming Tree Nuts Improves Diet Quality and Nutrient Adequacy

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Researchers at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center have found that consumption of tree nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts, as part of a healthy diet, helps improve diet quality and nutrient adequacy for most nutrients. During the study, researchers compared the nutrient adequacy and diet quality of those who consume tree nuts and non-tree nut consumers participating in the 2005-2010 ...

How Power Naps Help You Recharge

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Power naps may not be a substitute for regular restorative sleep, but they can help you recharge during the course of the day, enabling better performance at work and improving your mood.

7 Small Glasses of Wine a Week Lowers the Risk of Heart Failure

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Middle-aged men who drink up to 7 small glasses of wine or about 3.5 pints of beer a week are associated with a 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure when compared to their non-drinking counterparts, according to Harvard Medical School researchers. Researchers also found that the apparent protective effects were more marginal in women, but up to 7 drinks a week still gave moderate female drinkers a 16 percent reduced risk of heart failure over women ...

Secrets for the Reason of Failure of Weight Loss Efforts

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The food-as-reward dynamic that hinders so many people's weight-loss efforts was tested by and author of Slim by Design. Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab tested the concept of 'food as reward, which hindered the weight loss efforts of many. He had two groups of people take a 2km walk around a lake. One group was told the walk was exercise; for the other group it was a "scenic walk." Chocolate pudding was served to both ...

Too Much Protein is 'As Bad as Smoking' In Middle Age - Study

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Your diet is like a bank account. Good food choices are good investments. You should make sure that you eat smart in order to keep fit. A well-planned balanced meal, which includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and so on that provides your body the nutrition it needs to function properly. h3Why is protein important?/h3 Protein is the major component of all human cells such as bone and muscle. It is composed of 'building blocks' ...

Ebola Fear Struck 248 Passengers on Newark Flight

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A woman travelling from Sierra Leone was sent to check for Ebola by officials from the Centers for Disease Control after she vomited on a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport. She was returning from West Africa, which is an Ebola epidemic and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. "Proper protocols are being followed and members of the public have no need to be alarmed," said the spokeswoman, Alicia D'Alessandro. D'Alessandro ...

Endorphins

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Endorphins are natural painkillers produced in response to stimuli, like laughter, pain, stress, sex, starvation, and exercise. They are produced in the brain and are called the pleasure molecules.

Ambulance Services Interrupted Due to Worker's Strike

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Contractual paramedics and contractual drivers of Centralized Accidents and Trauma Services (CATS) went on a strike in the capital to protest against outsourcing of the ambulance operation. CATS has 152 ambulances, including 21 advanced life support (ALS), 10 basic life support (BLS) and 121 patient transporting vehicles. As part of the strike, over 50 ambulances were not operated despite receiving calls from patients. Many ambulances ...

Age-related Macular Degeneration Triggered by Tiny Lumps of Calcium Phosphate

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Tiny lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important triggering factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM). AMD is a degenerative eye disease that can cause severe vision loss and blindness. Previous studies have shown that AMD develops slowly over decades, with the buildup of fatty protein deposits in the retina, which cause damage by blocking the flow of nutrients into the ...

Swine Flu Attack Persists in Low Temperature Regions

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During the past few days, four persons have died due to swine flu in Haryana. Government sources report 10 more cases of the deadly disease in the state. Ram Niwas, additional chief health secretary said that fever along with cough, cold and difficulty in breathing could be the possible symptoms of swine flu. "In view of the prevailing cold weather conditions and fog, people, especially elderly and those suffering from disease or having low immunity ...

Britain's First Trial Over Female Genital Mutilation

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A London doctor, Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena, went on trial for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM). This is the first such case to be prosecuted in Britain despite pressure from campaigners. FGM is illegal in Britain since 1985 but no-one has ever been prosecuted. The 32 year old doctor is accused of performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave birth at his hospital in 2012 following damage caused by labor. Another man, Hasan Mohamed, 41, who translated ...

Solution for Cashless Insurance Beneficiaries Expected Soon

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Union minister for environment and forests, Prakash Javadekar, said that a finance ministry expert will be consulted on the issue within a week. Javadekar had met representatives from the hospital association's consumer bodies and insurance companies when he said this. Public sector insurance companies have asked private hospitals in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to stop offering cashless treatment facility to individual policy holders, but big hospitals have been asked ...

Industrialization, World War I, Soviet Collapse Helped Spread of Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

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Some of the drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria have spread from East Asia in waves propelled by industrialization, World War I and Soviet collapse, according to a study published in the journal Nature Genetics. Researchers studied nearly 5,000 TB samples from 99 countries and pinpointed changes in the DNA code to draw a partial family tree of the germ Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Researchers claim that a branch of that tree known as the 'Beijing lineage' begins ...

'Mini Brain' Developed by Scientists Helps Observe the Cycle of Alzheimer's Disease

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Researchers are using state-of-the-art stem cell technology to develop a better understanding of how Alzheimer's disease starts and then progresses. Dr. Rick Livesey and his team at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge have made a 'mini brain' that scientists can use to observe the disease for its entire cycle. The new study by Dr. Livesey has provided a deeper insight into the development of Alzheimer's disease. The Alborada Trust granted 2 million pounds ...

Pain in Women - The Common Treatable Condition but Mismanaged

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Women often suffer from a variety of pain ranging from backaches to pain after cancer surgery, despite effective treatment methods and physicians who specialize in treating pain. Women also treat their pain with medications that may be ineffective and possibly harmful, reports a review of research related to women and pain by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (Regd) (ASA (Regd) ). ASA conducted the literature review and issued the Women's Pain Update to help raise awareness ...

Sleep Disruption Linked to Drinking Alcohol Before Sleep

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Persons consuming alcohol before sleep are found to have sleep disturbances later, found in a study, increasing the SWS-related delta power and frontal alpha power. Significant reductions in EEG delta frequency activity and power also occur with normal development between the ages of 12 and 16; likewise this is a time when alcohol is commonly consumed for the first time, with dramatic increases in drinking occurring among college-age individuals. A study of the ...

Premature Death Due to Lifestyle Diseases Mount to 16 Million

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Lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, cancers etc are known to kill about 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said Monday. The WHO urged action to stop the "slow-moving public health disaster". Unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol abuse and consuming too much fat, salt and sugar have sparked an epidemic of diseases which together constitute the leading cause of death globally, WHO said. "This 'lifestyle disease' ...

Physicians Being Forced to Switch EHRs: Survey

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The American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Family Practice Management Journal has released a new report outlining physician coercion when switching EHRs. The survey shows doctors are being forced to switch EHRs and points to widespread dissatisfaction among physicians who've switched. Most respondents claim that their new EHR does not improve productivity, and only 39% of physicians are happy with their new systems. Physicians cite revenue, productivity ...

3 Essential Things a Dental Practice Needs for True, Full-Service Dentistry

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For many, going to the dentist simply means going in every six months for a basic check-up. But now, with 21supst/sup century technology and knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, the field of dentistry has expanded and branched off into a number of different divisions addressing a variety of patient needs. Dental offices often specialize in one of these fields, and open up small offices that only offer a slim number of procedures at high prices. Meanwhile, ...

Gene Responsible for a New Incurable Eye Disorder Discovered

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A new gene linked to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa has been discovered by a team of researchers. This family of eye diseases is known to affect more than 200,000 in the US. According to an examination led by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), retinitis pigmentosa is also know to affect millions worldwide. The retina converts images into electrical signals that can be processed by ...

When Should You Go to an Emergency Department and Immediate Care Center?

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Life threatening emergencies such as strokes, heart attacks or head injuries are always treated at a hospital emergency department, but what about other health concerns? Most of us are much more likely to experience a more minor medical issue such as a fever, small cut or sore throat. These issues may not be life-threatening, but that doesn't mean they can wait. While the answer is not always cut and dry, knowing the different treatment options ...

Government Sets Up Committee to Probe 'Fire Baby Incident'

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The Tamil Nadu government has constituted a four-member special committee to inquire into the mysterious case of a baby catching fire on its own in Villupuram. According to Rajeswari and Karna from T. Parangini in Villupuram district, their second son, who was born on January 9, 'caught fire' on January 15. The parents made news in 2013 when the child's older brother was reportedly diagnosed with the same condition. As part of the ...

Folic Acid Fortification Reduces Neural Tube Defects by 35%

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Fortification of grain foods with the B vitamin folic acid has saved about 1,300 babies every year from being born with neural tube defects (NTDs), serious birth defects of the brain and spine. The number of babies born in the United States with these conditions has declined by 35 percent since 1998. Annually about 3,000 pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by NTDs. "All women capable of having a baby should be taking a multivitamin containing ...