Molecule clue to memory decline study

Posted by on Jul 06, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Paris: A molecule that accumulates in the blood with age may be linked to cognitive decline, said scientists Monday who mooted hopes of a memory-restoring treatment. The protein, dubbed B2M, is found in higher concentrations in the blood and cerebral spinal fluid of ageing humans, they said. And in mice, inhibiting B2M improved learning and memory in lab experiments. “We are very excited about the findings because... 

Sugary drinks may cause 184000 global deaths a year study

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Washington: Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks. Researchers estimated that around 133,000 people died from diabetes due to the consumption of what the... 

Earth faces sixth mass extinction phase study

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warned Friday, and humans could be among the first victims. Not since the age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago has the planet been losing species at this rapid a rate, said a study led by experts at Stanford University, Princeton University and the University of California,... 

Smoking behind half of major cancer deaths study

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Smoking is responsible for nearly half of deaths due to certain types of cancers in 2011, a US study said Monday. Some 48.5 percent of nearly 346,000 deaths attributed to one of the 12 types of cancer known to be caused by smoking were due to cigarette use, according to the study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The large number of deaths comes despite concerted efforts to reduce cigarette use across... 

Study links heartburn drugs to higher heart attack risk

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: Popular over-the-counter antacids for treating heartburn, like Prilosec, are linked to a 20 per cent higher risk of heart attack, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal PLOS ONE was based on a large data-mining study of nearly three million health records, and was carried out by scientists at Stanford University. The study looked at drugs like Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, which are part of a class... 

Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan leave 150000 dead study

Posted by on Jun 02, 2015 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: The wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan have left nearly 150,000 soldiers and civilians dead since 2001, a new US study estimates. Another 162,000 have been wounded since the US-led offensive that toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, says the study by the Costs of War Project, based at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. The war in Afghanistan is... 

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... 
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