Zika epidemic may end within 3 years: Study

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:28

London, July 15 (IANS) The current Zika epidemic in Latin America is likely to burn itself out within three years, researchers have predicted.


Novel non-toxic hydrogel binds defected bones strongly

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:14

Tokyo, July 15 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new kind of non-toxic hydrogel that bonds spontaneously and strongly to defected bones, suggesting potential use in the treatments of joint and soft tissue injuries.


How a protein can cause blindness in diabetics

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:24

The study, reported in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, could also lead to better treatment for diabetic retinopathy, which currently requires multiple, invasive procedures that are not always effective in the long term.


Opioids may up mortality in elderly with lung disease

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:56

Toronto, July 15 (IANS) Older adults who are new users of opioids and are already suffering with lung disease are at more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, says a research.


Novel method can scale up stem cell production

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:50

London, July 15 (IANS) Scientists have found a new method of creating human stem cells which could solve the big problem of the large-scale production needed to fully realise the potential of these remarkable cells for understanding and treating disease.


Cases of cholera reported in Kerala's Malappuram

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 13:10

Malappuram (Kerala) July 15 (IANS) Seven cases of cholera, with three in the process of being confirmed, have been detected in this district, said health officials on Friday.


Boston Scientific opens research-development centre in India

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:54

Gurgaon, July 15 (IANS) Global medical devices company Boston Scientific on Friday opened a new research and development, training and commercial centre here to develop and sell technologies fit for the Indian and Asian markets and train physicians in using them effectively.


23 Africa states risk Ebola transmission by animals

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:32

Washington, July 15 (IANS) Though the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013 is now under control, 23 countries in Africa remain environmentally suitable for animal-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus, says a study.


Diabetes mellitus in India likely to hit 79.4 million by 2030: Doctors

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:32

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The incidence of diabetes mellitus, a chronic, lifelong condition that affects the body's ability to use the energy found in food, is likely to increase 79.4 million in India, a 15 per cent increase from the current 31.7 million, said doctors.


Protein that may 'shock and kill' HIV virus identified

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 14:22

New York, July 14 (IANS) Researchers have identified a protein that can potently force the latent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viruses out of hiding and poison them on their way out, leading to potential treatments for the deadly disease.


Simple procedure may replace cornea transplant

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 13:52

New York, July 14 (IANS) A new, minimally invasive procedure could improve treatment for many patients with a common eye disease, without the potential side effects and cost of the current standard of care -- a cornea transplant, new research has found.


Alzheimer's gene may shrink brain starting in childhood

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 12:54

New York, July 14 (IANS) A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease may shrink brain structures and lower thinking skills as early as in childhood, decades before the illness actually appears, says a research.


Dangerous taiga tick found in Sweden

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 02:08

Stockholm, July 14 (IANS) The feared taiga tick, a parasite that can carry a dangerous form of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), has spread to Sweden, local media reported on Wednesday.