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Public health

Enforcement Of Tobacco Ad: Bans At Sporting Events

The World Health Organization called for better enforcement of bans on tobacco advertising at sporting events, after tobacco companies discretely reentered sponsorship deals with Formula 1 teams. “WHO is urging governments to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events,” the…

Diabetes

Diabetes' Sworn Enemy Could Ultimately Be A Valuable Ally

When people talk about diabetes, they usually also talk about insulin. Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people around the world; insulin is a hormone that helps control this disease. Now a third term could soon be joining the conversation: glucagon. Glucagon has long been seen as a hormone whose sole purpose was…

Chagas Disease

Chagas Disease Could Be Just As Effective And Significantly Safer

A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects; than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks when compared to placebo; according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). Chagas disease affects an estimated…

Smart Phones

Powering Down Smart Phones To Get A Good Night's Sleep

To get a good night’s sleep, turn off your smartphone at least 30 minutes before going to bed, says Loyola Medicine sleep specialist Sunita Kumar, MD, in recognition of Sleep Awareness Week, March 11 – 17. “Many Americans are chronically sleep-deprived,” said Dr. Kumar, director of Loyola Medicine’s sleep program. “Be it social obligations, work…

Immune hematology

Combination Immunotherapy Suppress Tumor Growth

Even as overall cancer incidence and mortality decrease in the United States, the number of people diagnosed with liver cancer is on the rise. Current therapies for liver cancer are largely ineffective, resulting in poor outcomes, but new preclinical data from University of California San Diego School of Medicine offers proof-of-principle for a combination immunotherapy…

Medical Genetics

Human Gene Editing And Designer Babies Experiments

Powerful gene editing tools could soon face a global regulations on their use on human embryos; sperms or eggs. There have been instances of outrageous use of these powerful tools on modifying the DNA of sperm; eggs or embryos that would go on to become live human beings by rogue and unethical researchers. This call…

Sri Lanka news

Color Coding Of Foods And Beverages In Sri Lanaka

Color coding of foods and beverages; according to the salt and fat content of the foods will be mandatory; the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka said. So, the decision to implement a color coding system symbols; for solid foods, semi-solid foods and liquid foods; was taken after a special discussion;…

Stem cells

Cell Therapy: Replace Need For Kidney Transplants

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists are working; on a promising approach for treatment of chronic kidney disease; regeneration of damaged tissues using therapeutic cells. By harnessing the unique properties of human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells; WFIRM scientists have demonstrated; that the cells could potentially help recover organ function in a pre-clinical model…

Enzyme to treat cancer

USP15 Enzyme For Treatment Of Cancer

Ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase 15 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the USP gene. Ubiquitin (MIM 191339), a highly conserved protein involved in the regulation of intracellular protein breakdown, cell cycle regulation, and stress response, is released from degraded proteins by disassembly of the polyubiquitin chains. The disassembly process is mediated by ubiquitin-specific proteases (USPs). So, researchers at…

Stress

Your Body's Way Of Responding To Stress

Panic attacks typically occur when a person is under stress. The stress can be physical, like being run down, or emotional, like a significant life change. Panic attacks are a relatively common experience with as many as one in seven people experiencing them at least once. A little more than half of those people will…

Orthopedic

The Resources After Orthopedic Surgeries

Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics also spelled orthopedics; is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders. Patients who live close to the hospital at which they have undergone total hip or…