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... 

Not all obese people prone to poor health study

Posted by on Jan 02, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: US scientists encouraged 20 obese people to eat extra fast food for several months, and found that about a quarter stayed in good health despite the additional pounds they gained. The study in the January 2 edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation was led by a team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. Subjects were encouraged to eat 1,000 extra calories per day,... 

Simple potato extract can control obesity study

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

ISLAMABAD: Researchers have found a simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet which is high in fat and refined carbohydrates. The benefits of the extract are due to its high concentration of polyphenols a beneficial chemical component also found in fruits and vegetables Health news reported. “We thought this can t be right in fact we ran the experiment again using a different batch of extract prepared... 

Oceans laden with 269000 tons of plastic study

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

MIAMI: The world´s oceans are laden with nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution, international researchers said on Wednesday after a six-year study of conditions across the globe. The findings in the journal PLOS ONE show that larger plastic debris usually lingers around the coast, but gets churned into tiny particles further from shore. These micro-plastics then make their way into the food chain, said study author... 
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