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Soon, an organ printer to print artificial blood vessels
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): Scientists at Fraunhofer are applying new techniques and materials to come up with biocompatible artificial blood vessels that will be able to supply artificial tissue and maybe even complex organs in future. They are working on transferring this technology to the generation of tiny biomaterial structures by combining two different techniques: the 3-D printing technology established ...
Soon, an organ printer to print artificial blood vessels
Soon, computers to tell your intensity of pain
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): The need for a better way to objectively measure the presence or absence of pain instead of relying on patient self-reporting has long been an elusive goal in medicine. But now, using advances in neuroimaging techniques, researchers including one of Indian-origin from the Stanford University School of Medicine trained a computer algorithm to interpret magnetic resonance ...
Soon, computers to tell your intensity of pain
Sharks 'to protect us from dengue, yellow fever, and hepatitis'
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 20 (ANI): Scientists have found that a compound initially isolated from sharks could be used as a unique broad-spectrum human antiviral agent against human viruses ranging from dengue and yellow fever to hepatitis B, C, and D. The compound, squalamine, has been in human clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and several eye disorders, and so has ...
Sharks 'to protect us from dengue, yellow fever, and hepatitis'
Pure maple syrup perfect for keeping liver healthy
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): A diet that includes pure maple syrup may help to promote liver health, according to a new study. The pilot study, conducted by Dr. Keiko Abe of the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, showed that healthy laboratory rats fed a diet in which some of the carbohydrate was replaced with pure ...
Pure maple syrup perfect for keeping liver healthy
Even low-doses of aspirin ups risk of GI bleeding
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 13 (ANI): The use of low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular disease and cancer increases the risk for gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, according to a new study. The risk increases further with accompanying use of cardiovascular disease-preventing therapies, such as clopidogrel and anticoagulants, the report stated. In this study, doctors searched 10 electronic databases and collected data on adverse events in ...
Even low-doses of aspirin ups risk of GI bleeding
Whole-parasite vaccine shows strong promise in battling malaria
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 10 (ANI): A malaria vaccine that uses the entire malaria parasite has for the first time proven safe and shown promise to produce a strong immune response in a clinical trial. The vaccine is unique in that it employs the entire malaria parasite, while most experimental malaria vaccines consist of just one or at most a few proteins ...
Whole-parasite vaccine shows strong promise in battling malaria
'Health conscious' Americans turning to healthy drinks from beer
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
London, Sept 11 (ANI): Miller genuine Draft, Old Milwaukee, Milwaukee's Best, Michelob and Budweiser are among the top eight beer products to have lost a staggering 30 percent or more of their sales between 2005 and 2010. According to statistics compiled by 24/7 Wall St. using databases kept by SymphonyIRI Group, apart from light-calorie beers, drinkers have also turned to ...
'Health conscious' Americans turning to healthy drinks from beer
Footprints can help identify people just like fingerprints
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
London, Sept 8 (ANI): A print from a bare foot can reveal an individual's identify nearly as well as a fingerprint, according to a new study. It found that the way a foot strikes and leaves the ground leaves a print distinct to an individual, Discovery News reported. Scientists led by Todd Pataky at Shinshu University in Tokida, Japan, suggested ...
Footprints can help identify people just like fingerprints
Ahluwalia stresses on need to increase expenditure in public health sector
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
New Delhi, Sep.9 (ANI): The Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, on Friday said the objective of the 12th Five-Year Plan is to increase expenditure in the public health sector by two-three percent. He aired his views while addressing mediapersons here. Ahluwalia said the onus lay with the federal and state governments to work efficiently and increase ...
Ahluwalia stresses on need to increase expenditure in public health sector
Genes linked to superbugs' antibiotic resistance identified
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded vital clues that could be key to counteract the bacterium's resistance to an antibiotic. Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics and represent one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century. Infections caused by these bacteria can lead to longer illnesses, ...
Genes linked to superbugs' antibiotic resistance identified
New malaria vaccine made from weakened parasites
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Scientists have found that using live but weakened malaria parasites as the basis of a vaccine represents a potentially encouraging anti-malaria strategy. The parasite that causes malaria is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. After the bite occurs, infectious malaria parasites in the immature, sporozoite stage of their life cycle travel to ...
New malaria vaccine made from weakened parasites
Blood lipids reveal online tailored nutrition advice is not effective
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 8 (ANI): While most are turning to online nutrition programs for help on how to keep fit, a study has however revealed that there is no evidence of the efficacy of such computer-tailored education. The study took into account empirical data based on blood cholesterol and lipids to come to the conclusion. Investigators from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, ...
Blood lipids reveal online tailored nutrition advice is not effective
New target to prevent drug-induced liver damage identified
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 8 (ANI): US scientists have identified a key protein that could protect against drug-induced liver disease and acute liver failure. Acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol, helps relieve pain and reduce fever. The over-the-counter drug is a major ingredient in many cold and flu remedies as well as prescription painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin. Doctors at the Keck ...
New target to prevent drug-induced liver damage identified
Insecticide-treated bed nets cut child mortality from malaria by 23 pc
Posted On: Sept. 8, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): A new study has found that children who live in households that own at least one insecticide-treated bed net are less likely to be infected with malaria and less likely to die from the disease. By controlling other factors that might contribute to child mortality, researchers found clear evidence that bed nets reduce the number of ...
Insecticide-treated bed nets cut child mortality from malaria by 23 pc
Scientists identify new drug target to stimulate growth of insulin-producing cells
Posted On: Sept. 8, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): JDRF-funded researchers in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche, have discovered a protein that regulates growth of beta cells - the insulin-producing cells that are located within islets in the pancreas- and a chemical compound that stimulates it. The discovery, led by Markus Stoffel, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ...
Scientists identify new drug target to stimulate growth of insulin-producing cells
Foetal tissue plays pivotal role in formation of insulin-producing cells
Posted On: Sept. 8, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): A somewhat mysterious soft tissue found in the foetus during early development in the womb plays a pivotal role in the formation of mature beta cells, the sole source of the body's insulin, according to a new study. This discovery, made by scientists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Texas A and M University, ...
Foetal tissue plays pivotal role in formation of insulin-producing cells
Indian origin scientist creates microspider that swims through blood vessels to repair damages
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
London, Sept 7 (ANI): An Indian-origin scientist and his team have created a new spider-like micromachine that could swim through a person's blood vessels, healing damaged areas and delivering drugs as it goes. Ayusman Sen of Pennsylvania State University in University Park and his colleagues developed the self-propelling microspiders using spheres less than a micrometre wide, New Scientist reported. Each ...
Indian origin scientist creates microspider that swims through blood vessels to repair damages
How yeast cells infect and colonize human body
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
London, Sept 7 (ANI): Researchers from Imperial College London have found out how yeast cells identify and attach to human tissue in order to colonise it and cause an infection. The findings could help scientists create a new class of medicines and vaccines to combat drug-resistant and deadly strains of fungal infections. Yeast infections are the fourth most common cause ...
How yeast cells infect and colonize human body
Video gaming device detects illness, prevents falls in older adults
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that two devices commonly used for video gaming and security systems are effective in detecting the early onset of illness and fall risk in seniors. Marjorie Skubic, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MU College of Engineering, is working with doctoral student, Erik Stone, to use ...
Video gaming device detects illness, prevents falls in older adults
Scientists sequence 10 variants of deadly E. coli strain through 'crowd-sourcing'
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
Washington, Sept 5 (ANI): Scientists have sequenced 10 variants of the deadly Escherichia coli strain that hit Germany in May 2011 through crowd-sourcing - a development that could give insight into how the outbreak arose. Crowd-sourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks to an undefined, large group of people or community (a 'crowd'), through an open call. Sequencing of the ...
Scientists sequence 10 variants of deadly E. coli strain through 'crowd-sourcing'
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