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Cancer Survival Rate Improved Among Teens and Young Adults

  • March 26, 2013
A report from Cancer Research UK shows that the cancer mortality rate among teens has dropped by nearly 50% in UK. It is estimated that 2,100 young people aged 15-24 years old are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK. The number of cancer deaths in this age group fell from 580 per year between 1975 and 1977 to 300 per year between 2008 and 2010. The survival rate among blood cancer patients improved drastically. Researchers report that though there ...
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New Device Detects Poisoned Alcohol

  • March 26, 2013
Scientists from Colombia have invented a device to track the amount of methanol in an alcoholic drink. Higher level of methanol in alcohol can render a person blind and sometimes prove fatal, resulting in death. Methanol is present in drinks, which are distilled at home in a wrong way or in it is mixed intentionally with standard drinks to gain profit. Since methanol smells, tastes and appears similar to ethanol, which is present in alcohol, it cannot ...
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Have You Heard of Exercise Allergy?

  • March 26, 2013
Have you heard of someone being allergic to exercise? It is a living hell and a reality for 33-year-old, Kasia Beaver from United Kingdom. If she exercises and sweats or experiences a racing heart, she faces a life threatening allergic reaction. She feels suffocated as her throat appears to shut, eyes swell up and she breaks into hives. This mother of four children has a rare condition known as exercise-induced angioedema - or EIA which just a handful ...
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Researchers Identify Chemical Compounds That Blocks Virus Replication

  • March 26, 2013
At Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), researchers have identified a new chemical class of compounds that have the potential to block genetically diverse viruses from replicating. The findings, published in iChemistry (and) Biology/i, could allow for the development of broad-spectrum antiviral medications to treat a number of viruses, including the highly pathogenic Ebola and Marburg viruses. Claire Marie Filone, PhD, postdoctoral researcher ...
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Media Coverage of Gun Violence may Increase Readers’ Negative Attitudes Towards Mental Illness

  • March 26, 2013
According to a new report, news stories about mass shootings involving a shooter with mental illness heighten readers' negative attitudes towards persons with serious mental illness. The study was done at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers also examined how such news stories impact support for policies to reduce gun violence. Reading an article describing a mass shooting raises readers support for both gun restrictions ...
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Dysfunction in Cerebellar Calcium Channel Causes Motor Diseases

  • March 26, 2013
In neurons of the cerebellum, a dysfunction of a certain Calcium channel, the so called P/Q-type channel is sufficient to cause different motor diseases as well as a special type of epilepsy. This is reported by the research team of Dr. Melanie Mark and Prof. Dr. Stefan Herlitze from the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum. They investigated mice that lacked the ion channel of the P/Q-type in the modulatory input neurons of the cerebellum. "We expect that our results will ...
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New Model may Better Estimate Timing of Final Menstrual Period

  • March 26, 2013
A new model developed by scientists may better pinpoint the timing of the final menstrual period, says study published in The Endocrine Society's iJournal of Clinical Endocrinology (and) Metabolism/i (iJCEM/i). Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) developed a formula using the levels of two hormones to estimate when the final menstrual period would occur. The calculation relies on changing levels of estradiol, a hormone present ...
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Malnutrition and Stunting in Mumbai Slum Toddlers: Anthropometric Study

  • March 26, 2013
The United Nations defines slums as a group of individuals living under the same roof in an urban area who lack one or more of the following: durable housing of a permanent nature; living space where not more than three people share the same room; easy access to adequate and safe water; access to adequate sanitation such as private or public toilet; and insecure residential status. If this definition is applied to India's most populous city - Mumbai, ...
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New HIV Cases Recorded in Russia

  • March 26, 2013
In Russia last year, more than 69,000 new cases of HIV were recorded. Signalling that there has been no letdown in the rising spread of the virus, Gennady Onishchenko told a scientific conference in Moscow that around 720,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Russia since 1987, when the first case was officially registered. Onishchenko said more than 6,300 of those cases were among children aged below 14. The figure for last year ...
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Vitamin D Benefits Tuberculosis Patients

  • March 26, 2013
In a recent study it was found that adequate levels of vitamin D can improve breathing in patients with tuberculosis. The study of more than 10,000 Korean adults found that lung function improved when people had absorbed more vitamin D into their bodies. Vitamin D is absorbed primarily through sunlight, with a healthy diet as a secondary source. Without enough vitamin D to aid calcium absorption, children and adults can develop bone and muscle ...
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