Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths study

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Paris: The collapse of health services in three west African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers said Friday. A further 3,900 deaths may have resulted from interruptions in the delivery of insecticide-treated bed nets, according to outbreak modelling data published in The Lancet on the eve of World Malaria Day. This suggested... 

Mind training as effective as antidepressants study

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Paris: form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said Monday. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems,... 

Julius Caesar may have suffered ministrokes study

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment

LONDON: Roman emperor Julius Caesar may have suffered a series of mini-strokes, explaining his dark mood in later life, according to doctors at London´s Imperial College. Caesar, who lived from 100 to 44 BC, has long been the focus of medical debate, with the common assumption being that he suffered from epilepsy. But medical experts from the London university have reexamined his symptoms, which included vertigo, dizziness... 

Spending on arts boosts prosperity German study

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

FRANKFURT: Far from sapping public resources, spending on the arts has positive long-term effects on the economy, a new German study found Tuesday. At a time when public funding for the arts is increasingly a target for cutbacks as authorities seek to rein in their budgets, the economic think tank Ifo found that the spending on culture offered a valuable “social return”. In a working paper titled “Music... 

Eating peanuts early could prevent allergy in infants study

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: With peanut allergies on the rise worldwide, a study Monday found that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine are based on a British study of 640 children, aged four months to 11 months, who were considered at high risk of becoming allergic to peanuts either because of a pre-existing... 

UV exposure keeps damaging skin after sunset study

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Washington, Feb 20, 2015 (AFP) -Significant ultraviolet radiation damage to skin can still occur hours after its exposure to sunlight, scientific researches have determined. Exposure to sunlight or tanning lamps can damage DNA in melanocytes, the cells that pigment skin by producing melanin which gives skin its color, and that damage can occur not just during exposure but after, according to a study in the latest edition... 

Nanodrones may knock cholesterol out of bloodstream study

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Miami: Tiny nano-particles that act like miniature drones could deliver a knock-out punch to plaque buildup in the arteries, according to an experimental approach described by US scientists on Wednesday. So far the anti-cholesterol treatment has been tried only in lab mice, while the nanoparticles themselves are in clinical trials for people with cancer. Many more safety tests lie ahead, but for now scientists are intrigued... 

Smartphone can test for HIV syphilis study

Posted by on Feb 04, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: US researchers have found a way to turn a common smartphone into a quick and easy device to conduct field tests for HIV and syphilis. Using an attachment that costs $34 to make — a far cry from the standard $18,000 for diagnostic tests — blood drops are tested for the diseases´ antibodies in minutes instead of hours, said the research led by Columbia University engineers. When plugged into a smartphone´s... 

Ebola could end in Liberia by June study

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: Liberia, the African nation at the center of world´s deadliest Ebola outbreak, could see an end to the epidemic by June if 85 percent of sick people get hospital care, US researchers said Tuesday. Cases have begun to decline in recent weeks, and schools are set to reopen next month after closing in July as the nation struggled with the fast-moving outbreak of hemorrhagic fever. If the trend toward better hospitalization... 

Birth control shot may boost HIV risk study

Posted by on Jan 09, 2015 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: Women who use a specific type of injectable birth control have a slightly higher risk of HIV infection than those who take the pill, said a study Friday. While the authors noted the link was “statistically significant”, they warned it was not enough on its own to justify a complete withdrawal of the drug commonly known by its brand name, Depo-Provera, used by millions of women. The health risks of pulling... 
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