Zika virus may help fight brain cancer

Zika virus may help fight brain cancer

New York, September 6 (IANS) While Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing foetuses, it might one day help in the treatment against a deadly form of brain cancer, researchers claim.   The findings showed that Zika virus kills stem cells — the kind of cells most resistant to […]

Eating meat increases diabetes risk: Study

Eating meat increases diabetes risk: Study

Singapore, September 6 (IANS) Eating too much red meat and poultry may increase risk of developing diabetes, a large Asian study suggests.   The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, partially attributes the risk to the higher content of heme iron in these meats.   The results suggest that eating fish/shellfish is not […]

Sugarcane component cuts stress, increases sleep

Sugarcane component cuts stress, increases sleep

Tokyo, September 6 (IANS) There is good news for people who are not getting proper sleep due to stress. Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have found that an active component rich in sugarcane and other natural products may ameliorate stress and help in having sound sleep.   Currently available sleeping pills do not address […]

Diabetes, heart disease linked by same genes: Study

Diabetes, heart disease linked by same genes: Study

New York, September 5 (IANS) Researchers have identified gene variants that boost the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease — the leading cause of global morbidity and mortality, a finding that points to potential targets for common drugs.   While the study confirmed most of the known diabetes “risk loci”– sites […]

Heavy drinking may harm men more than women

Heavy drinking may harm men more than women

London, September 4 (IANS) Contradicting prevalent belief, new research has found that heavy alcohol use may put men more at risk of long-term harm than women.   The findings, presented at the annual European College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting being held in Paris from September 2-5, suggest that long-term alcohol use can change brain functions and […]

Fat may affect cancer development

Fat may affect cancer development

New York, September 3 (IANS) Adipose tissue, or fat, may influence the development of cancer in diverse ways, depending on the type of fat and the location in the body, say researchers.   “Obesity is increasing dramatically worldwide, and is now also recognised as one of the major risk factors for cancer, with 16 different […]

Sleep problems may cause ADHD

Sleep problems may cause ADHD

London, September 3 (IANS) Lack of regular circadian sleep may be behind attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects around 75 per cent of children and adults, according to a new study.   ADHD, which is associated with many sleep-related disorders, including restless-leg syndrome, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disturbance and delayed sleep phase syndrome, was […]

Financial stress may up migraine risk

Financial stress may up migraine risk

London, September 3 (IANS) Stress caused by financial hardship can increase the risk of developing migraine in people with a particular gene variant, a study has showed.   Migraine is a serious and debilitating neurological disease affecting one billion people worldwide.   The findings showed that the genetics of circadian rhythms has an effect on […]

New climate-based system for India can predict dengue spread

New climate-based system for  India can predict dengue spread

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 2 (PTI): Scientists have developed a system that can predict the spread of dengue in different parts of India, based on climatic factors, an advance that may help take preventive measures against the deadly infection.   Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the UK identified the climatic risks for dengue disease outbreaks […]

Myths around coconut oil busted

Myths around coconut oil busted

New Delhi, September 2 (IANS) If consumed in moderation and accompanied by a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, coconut oil is great for the body, skin and hair, say experts.   Mahesh Jayaraman, medical researcher, therapist, health advisor and co-founder of health platform Sepalika.com, and Ishika Sachdev, holistic nutritionist, bust myths around the oil. […]

Asthma drug may cut Parkinson’s risk by half

Asthma drug may cut Parkinson’s risk by half

London, September 1 (IANS) Researchers have found that a type of asthma drug may halve a patient’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease — a chronic disease with unknown causes.   The disease destroys the brain cells that control body movements. Shivering, stiff arms and legs and poor coordination are typical symptoms of Parkinson’s. The symptoms […]

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

New drug reduces heart attacks, but is that enough?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — So-so results for a new type of cholesterol drug have left Merck in a quandary: Does the company try to bring it to market or scrap it?   A large, long-term study of the drug showed that it prevents heart attacks and reduces the need for heart procedures, while three similar […]