Loss of smell may be predictor of death in older adults study

Posted by on Oct 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life’s pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years. In a study of more than 3,000 people aged 57 to 85, 39 percent of subjects who failed a simple smelling test died within five years, according to results published on Wednesday in the science journal PLOS ONE. That compared... 

Islamic State fighters using US arms study

Posted by on Sep 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

LONDON: Islamic State fighters appear to be using captured US military issue arms and weapons supplied to moderate rebels in Syria by Saudi Arabia, according to a report published on Monday. The study by the London-based small-arms research organisation Conflict Armament Research documented weapons seized by Kurdish forces from militants in Iraq and Syria over a 10-day period in July. The report said the militants disposed... 

Ebola vaccine okayed in monkey trials study

Posted by on Sep 07, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: A novel vaccine temporarily shielded lab monkeys from Ebola, and a booster jab provided lasting protection, according to a study Sunday that endorsed approval for tests on humans. A single shot of the vaccine, based on a cold virus that affects chimps, gave macaques “complete short-term and partial long-term protection” from the deadly virus, researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Animals... 

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: People with autism have too many synapses — the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals — according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder. The extra synapses in autistic brains are the result not of overproduction, but of a failure in the normal process of discarding old and degraded cells. Researchers at New York´s University of Columbia were... 

Instant noodles carry health risks for women study

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, US researchers said Thursday. The study looked at data from 10,711 adults — just over half of whom were women — in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers at Harvard University found that there was a 68 percent... 

Aspirin reduces risk from some cancers says study

Posted by on Aug 06, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: Daily, long-term doses of aspirin can slash the risk of cancer of the digestive tract, according to an overview of research published on Wednesday. Aspirin greatly reduces the risk of developing and dying from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, its authors said. They found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35 percent and deaths by 40 percent. Rates of oesophageal and stomach... 

Younger women more likely to die of heart attacks study

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

ISLAMABAD: Women have longer hospital stays and are more likely than men to die in the hospital after a heart attack researchers has found. In the study researcher Aakriti Gupta and her team at the Yale School of Medicine analysed 230 684 hospitalisations for heart attack in patients age 30 to 54 in a database from 2001 to 2010 Khaleej Times reported. The study found that heart attack hospitalisation rates for patients... 

Child TB problem far greater than thought study

Posted by on Jul 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: Twenty-five percent more children are falling ill with TB than the UN had thought, with more than 650,000 hit by the disease each year in the 22 worst affected countries, specialists said Wednesday. Reporting in The Lancet, they said that about 53 million children under 15 are living with latent TB infection, a condition that can develop into active TB at any time. A contagious disease of the lungs, TB is caused... 

Vaccines have low risk of serious side effects study

Posted by on Jul 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Some childhood vaccines are linked to serious side effects, but they are quite rare and do not include autism, food allergies or cancer, said a review of scientific literature Tuesday. A host of vaccines commonly given to children under age six were the focus of the systematic review of rigorously conducted studies, published in the peer-reviewed US journal Pediatrics. The report seeks to address a rising... 

US drone strikes set ‘dangerous precedent’ study

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: America´s reliance on secretive drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a “dangerous precedent” that could be imitated by other countries and trigger wider wars around the world, former senior US officials said in a report Thursday. The ex-officials acknowledged that the robotic aircraft are a useful tool that is “here to stay,” but urged President Barack Obama to lift... 
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