Drastic drop in new prostate cancer diagnoses in US

New York, June 22 (IANS) Following the draft recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), new diagnoses of prostate cancer in the US declined 28 percent in the very next year, a research says.   “The results raise concern that if this trend continues more men may be diagnosed at a point […]

Smartphones pose danger for cardiac device wearers

Smartphones pose danger for cardiac device wearers

London, June 22 (IANS) If you wear a cardiac device such as a pacemaker, better keep away from smartphones, researchers say.   “Pacemakers can mistakenly detect electromagnetic interference (EMI) from smartphones as a cardiac signal, causing them to briefly stop working,” said first author Carsten Lennerz from German Heart Centre, Munich.   “This leads to […]

High cigarette cost lowers smoking among educated women

High cigarette cost lowers smoking among educated women

London, (IANS) While less educated women are more responsive to pictorial labels on cigarette packets, chances of kicking the butt among the highly educated goes up along with the cost of cigarettes, says a study.   After analysing 48,755 responses from women in Spanish National Health surveys in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2011, the team […]

20-minutes of yoga can make you smarter

20-minutes of yoga can make you smarter

New York, (IANS) Even a single, 20-minute session of yoga can significantly improve brain function immediately, a study reveals.   In the study, participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control – two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and retain and use new information – […]

New HIV vaccine candidate may generate immune response: Study

Washington, June 19 (IANS): An experimental vaccine candidate may have the potential to stimulate the immune system to block HIV infection, according to new research.  The findings may represent a leap forward in the effort to develop a vaccine against HIV, which has so far struggled to elicit antibodies that can effectively fight off different […]

Genes decide how many hours you sleep

New York, June 19 (IANS) Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well, but some people seem to need a lot less sleep. The difference is largely due to genetic variability, new research says.   The researchers report that two genes are required for normal slumber in fly […]

Titan’s atmosphere more Earth-like than previously thought

London, June 19 (IANS) Saturn’s moon Titan’s atmosphere could bear more similarity to the Earth’s atmosphere than previously thought, researchers from the University College London (UCL) say.   The UCL team analysed data gathered over seven years by the international Cassini probe and found that the interactions between Titan’s atmosphere and the solar magnetic field […]

‘Fasting’ diet can help you stay sharp and slim

New York, June 19 (IANS) If you find it hard to stick to strict fasting, don’t worry. Following for just five days in three months a diet that mimics fasting can help you lose fat, get smarter and live longer, says a study.   The three-tiered study on periodic fasting’s effects — testing yeast, mice […]

China develops 15-minute MERS test

Beijing, June 19 (IANS) A diagnostic reagent that can complete a test for MERS in just 15 minutes has been developed in China.   Research on the reagent began in late 2014. The reagent was put together by Hong Kong and Xiamen universities and will be used in virus screening if the disease ever breaks […]

Scientists design placenta-on-a-chip

New York, June 19 (IANS) Researchers have developed a “placenta-on-a-chip” to study the inner workings of the human placenta and its role in pregnancy.   The device was designed to imitate, on a micro-level, the structure and function of the placenta and model the transfer of nutrients from mother to foetus.   “We believe that […]

What makes siblings so different

Washington, June 18 (IANS) Ever wondered what makes siblings so different though they may share a lot of habits? A study finds that the answer lies in the parents’ beliefs about their children — and the comparisons they make may cause differences to be magnified. [google_ad_728_90_text] “Parents’ beliefs about their children, not just their actual […]

Soon, test to measure genetic risk of prostate cancer

New York, June 18 (IANS) A simple blood or urine test could soon identify men with an elevated, genetically-inherited risk for prostate cancer, suggests new research that spotted genetic risk factors associated with the disease. [google_ad_728_90_text] “We developed a risk model that may have clinical value,” said lead researcher John Witte, professor of epidemiology and […]