Certain genes can make you more prone to addiction

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:56

New York, April 27 (IANS) Why do some people who kick a drug habit manage to stay clean, while others relapse? Why do some families seem more prone to addiction than others? The answers may have a lot to do with specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, a new study suggests.


91,387 Zika virus cases confirmed in Brazil

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:32

Brasilia, April 27 (IANS) Brazil has confirmed 91,387 cases of Zika so far this year, including 7,584 pregnant women at risk of having babies with birth defects.


Use of hearing aids ups cognitive function in elderly

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:32

New York, April 26 (IANS) A team of US researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, has found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid despite having poorer hearing.


Vaccination in morning more effective: Study

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:28

London, April 26 (IANS) Flu vaccinations, when administered in the morning, can prove to be more effective than in afternoon and can induce greater and protective antibody responses, finds a study.


Childhood obesity continues to rise in US: Study

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:46

New York, April 26 (IANS) The alarming increase in childhood obesity rates in the US that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, says a study.


Video game addiction an escape route from depression

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 15:08

London, April 26 (IANS) Young adults are getting hooked to video gaming to escape from medical conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, new research has revealed.


Consuming rice may put infants at higher urinary arsenic risk

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:42

New York, April 26 (IANS) Beware, if you are feeding your infant with rice or rice products! According to a new study, infants who eat rice and rice products are likely to have higher urinary arsenic concentrations than those who do not consume any type of rice.


Blocking a key protein may stop deadly brain tumour formation

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:22

Toronto, April 26 (IANS) A team of international researchers has found that blocking a key protein may prevent the formation of brain tumour, as well as lead to the development of new therapies for a deadly and incurable cancer.


Female pelvis alters for childbearing years

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 14:20

London, April 26 (IANS) A team of researchers has found that after the onset of puberty, women develop wider hips than men so that their pelvis can allow the birth of large-brained babies.


Combined dietary supplement may cut heart disease

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:36

London, April 26 (IANS) A team of researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, has found that combining marine fish oil, cocoa extract and phytosterols into a dietary supplement is likely to help fight heart disease, a new study suggests.


Zika virus cases drop in Brazil: WHO

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 08:30

Brasilia, April 26 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the number of Zika epidemic cases has begun dropping.


Aspirin may up cancer survival by 20 percent

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 14:28

London, April 24 (IANS) Taking a low-dose of aspirin is likely to increase the survival of patients receiving cancer treatment by up to 20 percent as well as stop their cancer from spreading, says a new research.


How salt can up energy storage capacity

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 13:36

New York, April 24 (IANS) Researchers have found that adding salt to metal oxides increases their energy storage capacity by increasing their surface area.


How does HIV virus evades immune system

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 13:34

New York, April 17 (IANS) Scientists have identified a human (host) protein that weakens the immune response to HIV and other viruses.