Health

Malaria treatment, scientists have decoded how parasites invade our cells

Talk of monsoon, and it is difficult not to worry about malaria. However, the disease may soon be a thing of the past: In what is being hailed as a significant breakthrough, scientists claim they have taken a significant step towards developing a new vaccine for malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists have for the first ... Read More »

Heart attack warning, 4 or more drinks in a row can put youngsters at severe risk

Here’s a heart health advisory every youngster would do well to keep in mind. If you want to keep your heart healthy and stay away from heart attacks and other diseases, stop binge drinking. According to a new study, binge drinking, or having more than four drinks in row, can increase the risk of heart diseases in young adults later in their life. Almost 5,000 young ... Read More »

Men who have a difficult childhood have lower levels of male sex hormones

Men who grew up in challenging conditions like prevalence of infectious diseases or poor nutrition may have lower levels of testosterone — male sex hormone — in later life, says a study. The findings suggest that the differences may be linked to energy investment. For instance, in environments where people are more exposed to disease or poor nutrition, developing males ... Read More »

Genes linking Alzheimer’s to Down syndrome found, to help early diagnosis

Genes linking Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome have been discovered, a new research has claimed. Scientists from The Francis Crick Institute took a step closer to understand which genes are responsible for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. The findings could pave the way for future medicines to prevent the disease in these individuals, and provide insights into the ... Read More »

Don’t pop antidepressants if you suffer from lung disease, here’s why

Antidepressants may help to boost your mood but they can prove risky for patients of lung disease. A new study done by the St Michael’s Hospital shows that use of antidepressants can increase the risk of death by 20% for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and increase the likelihood of hospitalisation by 15% due to related symptoms. The research suggests ... Read More »

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves First Marijuana-Derived Drug For Epilepsy

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug derived from marijuana, which will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy. The drug, called Epidiolex, is an oral solution containing highly purified cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of scores of chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, commonly known as marijuana. The drug contains ... Read More »

Treat Mouth Ulcers With This Unique Method

Scientists have developed a novel biodegradable patch that acts as a plaster and sticks inside the mouth, thus helping in the treatment of oral ulcers. The unique patch, able to stick to moist surfaces, successfully administers steroids directly to oral ulcers or lesions whilst also creating a protective barrier around the affected area, thus accelerating the healing process. The plaster ... Read More »

Alcohol Addiction: Know The Causes And Treatments

Molecular mechanisms including lower levels of a protein in the brain may be the reason why addicts choose alcohol over an alternative reward, finds a study that may help improve treatment for alcohol dependence. The study suggested that the level of a transporter protein GAT-3, situated in the amygdala region of the brain — responsible for emotional reactions — was ... Read More »

Why men tolerate stress incontinence for years before seeking treatment

Men often tolerate stress urinary incontinence (SUI) for more than two years before seeking medical help, says a new study. One third of patients also put up with it for more than five years, it added. SUI occurs when physical activity or exertion — cough, heavy lifting, exercise — causes the bladder to leak urine. The study, published in the ... Read More »

Low-cost plastic sensor to monitor neuro-degenerative diseases developed

Researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semi-conducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neuro-degenerative diseases. The results, published in the journal Science Advances, suggest that the new device has a far simpler design than the existing ones, and opens up a wide range of ... Read More »