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Medical genetics

My DNA Told Me Avoid Fast Food, eat vegetables

Avoid fast food, eat vegetables and exercise. It sounds like generic health advice, but they’re tips supposedly tailored to my DNA profile. The suggestions come from 23 and me, one of the companies offering to point you toward the optimal eating and exercise habits for your genetics. As with most dieting schemes, the idea is…

Radiotherapy

Mapping Between External Beam Radiotherapy

The standard treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) is based on a combination of chemo60 radiotherapy and brachytherapy (BT). External beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with chemotherapy represents the first step with the aim to deliver the prescribed dose to the planning target volume (PTV) encompassing the cervix-uterus, nodes and vagina depending on the international…

Acne

Acne's possible new roots in growing glands and undigested collagen

It turns out undigested collagen blocking growing gland cells might sometimes be causing the blackheads seen in common acne, not just excess sebum, as had long been assumed. After the publication of a 2018 paper, researchers suggest genetic mutations that inhibit the collagen reshaping process could be one of the underlying culprits in acne. The…

Geriatrics

Evidence Found Of Neurogenesis In People Up To Age 87

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Spain has found evidence of neurogenesis in the brains of people right up to old age. In their paper published in the journal Nature Medicine; the group describes their study of the brains of recently deceased people and what they found. Over the past several years, scientists have…

Tumor growth

Protein 'Spat Out' By Cancer Cells: Promotes Tumor Growth

Prostate cancer cells change the behaviour of other cells around them; including normal cells, by ‘spitting out’ a protein from their nucleus; new research has found. The tiny pieces of protein are taken up by the other cells; provoking changes that promote tumour growth and; the researchers believe; help the cancer hide from the body’s…

Virtual reality app

New Treatment Using Smartphone For Virtual Reality

A fully self-guided treatment using virtual reality (VR) is effective in reducing fear of heights. A team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Current VR technology most commonly uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments, sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence…

Age-related macular degeneration

No Evidence That Calcium Increases Risk Of AMD

Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD); according to the findings of a study by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people age 65 and older in the United States.…

Health in India

Centre Notifies New Rules For Drugs, Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research. Such prospective biomedical or behavioral research studies on human participants are designed; to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions; including new treatments (such as novel vaccines, drugs, dietary choices, dietary supplements, and medical devices); and known interventions that warrant further study and comparison.…