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Now, a vaccine against designer opioid drug abuse

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:12
New York: With the use of synthetic opioid "designer drugs" on the rise, scientists have developed a vaccine to curb addiction and even prevent fatal overdoses.In preclinical tests, the vaccine was found to prevent the synthetic opioid fentanyl - a…

World's first microchip-powered device to mimic kidney functions

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:38
Washington: A team of US nephrologists is developing first-of-its kind implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient's own heart to help kidney patients.Dr William H. Fissell IV, nephrologist and associate…

PRP injections: New alternative to knee surgery

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:24
New Delhi: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, a blood plasma injection with the patient's own blood, is being considered a new alternative to knee surgery for senior citizens who take longer to recover from operations.Doctors said PRP injections deliver a…

Speech disorder can lead to brain disease

Monday, 15 February 2016 14:36
New York: Apraxia, a problem with speech programming, can lead to neurodegenerative disease - a condition that affects neurons in the human brain, a study says.Apraxia of speech can evolve into a neurologic disorder, causing difficulty with eye movement, using…

Scientists identify antigens that may trigger type 1 diabetes

Monday, 15 February 2016 13:07
New York: A new class of antigens has been identified that may be a contributing factor to type 1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is the auto-immune form of diabetes, in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by body's…

How breast cancer cells spread from blood vessels

Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:04
London: British researchers have identified a key protein that can control how breast cancer cells spread in the body.The study sheds light on how cancer cells leave the blood vessels to travel to a new part of the body, said…

Barley helps reduce appetite, blood sugar level: Study

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:14
London: Eating a special mixture of dietary fibres found in barley can help reduce appetite and blood sugar levels, finds a new study.According to researchers, barley can also rapidly improve people's health by reducing risk for cardiovascular disease."It is surprising…

COPD may change brain structure

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:21
London: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) demonstrate grey matter decreases in areas of the brain that process breathlessness, fear and sensitivity to pain, says a new study.COPD is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. Cigarette…

Some heart disease drugs and antibiotics may fight cancer

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:19
New York: Certain drugs currently used to treat diseases such as heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia have the potential to be effective in treatment of cancer, new research has found."We identified a dozen or so drugs that reactivate tumour suppressor…

3D-printed liver tissue for drug screening created in lab

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:44
New York: A team led by engineers at University of California-San Diego has 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver's sophisticated structure and function.The new model can be used for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling, thus helping…