Researchers have developed a device that turns your smartphone into an instant thermometer, that will tell you exactly what the temperature is right where you stand. Robocat, the developers of Haze and other smartphone weather apps, created Thermodo, a small device that plugs into the headphone jack of your Android or iPhone. Thanks to a highly-sensitive sensor inside of its minuscule housing, …
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Researchers have suggested that a superbug that causes bladder and blood infections could evolve and become untreatable. Queensland researchers have discovered an E. coli strain was just one gene away from becoming resistant to almost all drugs, News.com.au reported. The bacteria had evolved and spread rapidly worldwide over the past five years. Study co-author Dr Nouri Ben Zakour said the …
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A die-hard fan of Earl Grey tea! It is good for your heart as a cup of Earl Grey tea daily can lower 'bad' cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, scientists say. Earl Grey or black tea contains extracts of a Mediterranean citrus fruit called bergamot which scientists now believe is a super food for the heart and can also turn out to be as effective as statins. Statins are wonder drugs …
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In a breakthrough, researchers have developed a device that accurately simulates gastrointestinal tract and how it absorbs medication. The discovery could lead to cheaper, more effective medicines. 'This device simulates the human gut and its differing pH gradients which play a decisive role in determining the manner in which orally-administered medications are dissolved and then absorbed,' …
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In a heartening news for patients with severe ischemic heart disease and heart failure, a new human trial shows that stem cells, when injected directly into the heart muscle, are effective for failing hearts. 'Our results show that this stem cell treatment is safe and it improves heart function when compared to placebo,' said Anders Bruun Mathiasen, a research fellow in the cardiac catherisation …
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Imagine lab-grown living muscle that contracts, integrates and has the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal. In a first, researchers have engineered such strong skeletal muscle that heals itself after animal implantation. The study conducted at Duke University tested the bioengineered muscle by literally watching it through a window on the back of living mouse. …
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If you often pop up anti-anxiety and sleeping pills, beware! A research from the University of Warwick has found that there are linked to an increased risk of death. The study shows that several anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs or hypnotic drugs (sleeping pills) are associated with doubling the risk of mortality. Although these findings are based on routine data and need to be interpreted …
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Sometimes, terminologies used in the medical world sound more complicated that the disease or the condition itself. Most medical terms may sound scary but they often have a common and simple explanation. So here is today’s word – relapse. ‘Relapse’ is a term that you must have heard in relation to mental health or rehabilitation in drug, alcohol addiction. The dictionary defines relapse …
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As India celebrates being officially declared polio free, it is critical that the legacy of polio eradication transcends across child health in India. In one of its final acts before the UPA Government wrapped up its term in office, the health ministry announced that eleven additional states are set to include the pentavalent vaccine in their routine immunisation programmes. Polio eradication in …
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April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day 2014. India faces a dearth of doctors and experts to treat autism, the incidence of which is slowly rising, with the illness being considered wrongly by many as mental retardation, experts said. Moreover, awareness about the neuro-biological disorder is still very low despite the fact that there are more than four million people with autism in the country. …
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Stop blaming your appetite as scientists have discovered that weight gain may have to do more with the genes linked to the digestive system than with appetite. People with fewer copies of a gene coding for a carbohydrates-digesting enzyme may be at higher risk of obesity, the study found. 'We discovered how the digestive 'tools' in your metabolism vary between people - and the genes coding for …
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Fragmented or lower sleep efficiency may affect executive function as it is linked to decline in cognitive abilities of older people over a period of three to four years, a study has found. Poor sleep quality is associated with a 40 to 50 percent increase in the odds of clinically significant decline in executive function, which was similar in magnitude to the effect of a five-year increase in …
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A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, a new study has found. The research could help explain why some clinical studies have been unable to see a benefit of vitamin A on cancer: the vitamin does not appear to change the course of full-blown cancer, only pre-cancerous cells, …
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