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Pharmacology

Cholesterol Lowering Drug Also Help Treat Cancer

Brazilian researchers have discovered that a drug regularly prescribed to control cholesterol can also be used to treat cachexia, or wasting syndrome, a condition characterized by rapid weight loss and muscle atrophy associated with extreme physical weakness. This condition is common among patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, heart failure and AIDS. Research Foundation…

Virus

New Plant-based Vaccine: Affordable HPV Prevention

Do you change the channel when you see an ad for the Gardasil vaccine? Maybe you are a man and don’t think you are at risk of acquiring cancer from HPV, maybe you aren’t sexually active, or maybe you don’t have the resources to get the vaccine. But research shows that in addition to causing cervical…

GARP Protein

GARP Protein: Target Against Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Despite significant advances in therapies for this particular cancer, the five-year survival rate is 12 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Immunotherapies have emerged as a promising treatment for many cancers and are effective against melanoma, lung cancer, and…

Stress Hormones

Increased Stress Hormones Accelerate Breast Cancer Metastasis

It has long been thought that stress contributes to cancer progression. Scientists from the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel; but have deciphered the molecular mechanisms linking breast cancer metastasis with increased stress hormones. In addition, they found that synthetic derivatives of stress hormones, which are frequently used as anti-inflammatory in cancer…

Lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis

A Possible Cure For River Blindness And Elephantiasis

Control programs for neglected tropical diseases caused by the filarial parasites; responsible for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis have been operating; for more than 40 years; with notable successes in the Americas and West Africa. Nevertheless, it is; recognized that the transition; from control to elimination will require alternative strategies and approaches. In particular, global efforts…

Medical genetics

Genome Sequences Deduce Ancient Human Population

Australian researchers have used current hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome sequences to deduce ancient human population movements into Australia, adding weight to the theory that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59 thousand years ago and possibly entered the country near the Tiwi Islands. Molecular epidemiology The discovery is make …

Research in animal

Modified Immune Cells Issue Alert: Detecting Cancer In Mice

Stanford scientists were able to engineer immune cells known as macrophages to detect and flag cancer in mice. The researchers hope the technique can be used for early cancer diagnostics in humans. Immune cells imbued with the power to detect and reveal tumors could be a new method of diagnosing cancer, according to a study from…

Health news in Bhutan

Accelerating Mother And Child Health

The government of Bhutan has finalised the programme that is aimed at safeguarding the health of vulnerable expecting mothers, mothers with newborns and their infants. It is detailed and strategised, clearing a lot of doubts and questions. Whatever it is called – breastfeeding allowance, maternity allowance, or accelerating mother and child health – the intent…

Biotechnology

AI Types Used In Pharmaceutical R and D

The advances in Artificial intelligence (AI) have successfully propagated into the many areas such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing. AI is now rapidly propagating into the areas requiring substantial domain expertise such as biology, chemistry promising to speed up, improving the success rates, and lower the cost of drug discovery and…

Heart Attack

Depression Screening Does Not Improve QoL In Heart Attack Patients

After suffering a heart attack or unstable angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries), patients who were systematically screened for depression and referred for treatment when appropriate did not show a significant improvement in quality of life compared with those who received no depression screening, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s…

net hospital

Readmission Penalties And Safety Net Hospitals

Researchers say their risk adjustment model could reduce the financial penalty for at least half of all safety net hospitals, which care for patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. And in some cases, it could render them free from any penalty. Conversely, more affluent hospitals those that care for higher-income, better-educated…

Smoking

Nicotine Addiction From Vaping Is A Bigger Problem

Data show clearly that young people are vaping in record numbers. And despite the onslaught of reports and articles highlighting not only its dangers; but the marketing tactics seemingly aimed to hook teens and young adults; the number of vaping users continues to climb. These teens may be overlooking (or underestimating) a key ingredient; in…