Novel hope for stem cell approach to treat diabetes

Monday, 21 January 2019 16:15
By tweaking the recipe for coaxing human stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells, researchers have found that the resulting cells are more responsive to fluctuating glucose levels in the blood. The researchers, from the Washington University School of Medicine in…

Natural ways to boost immunity in children

Monday, 21 January 2019 16:14
It is natural for parents to protect their children from any harm, including the endless array of germs they are exposed to every day. As children grow up, they are continuously exposed to various germs, especially in places such as…

High-fibre diet lowers risk of death, non-communicable diseases: Lancet

Monday, 14 January 2019 10:56
Eating up to 30 grams of naturally-occurring dietary fibre — such as whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits — daily may prevent the risks of developing non-communicable diseases, finds a review of studies published in the journal The Lancet. The…

Women less sensitive to pain than men: Study

Sunday, 13 January 2019 16:31
Women tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men. The study, by researchers…

Biomarkers to aid diagnosis of irregular heart beat identified

Monday, 07 January 2019 16:14
Researchers have identified two biomarkers that could help in the diagnosis of a irregular heart beat condition that raises the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting over 30 million people worldwide. But…

Diabetes drugs linked to heart disease risk: Study

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 16:30
 Intake of two commonly used drugs to treat Type-2 diabetes carry a high risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation, warns a new study. The two drugs — sulfonylureas and basal insulin — are…

Depression, anxiety affect health as much as smoking: Study

Thursday, 20 December 2018 11:42
Being anxious or depressed can increase risks for heart disease and stroke, the same as smoking and obesity, according to a new study, that underscores the importance of treating mental health conditions. The findings showed that people with high levels…

Mindfulness strategies may help shed excess weight

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 15:44
Mindfulness training could be the key to support weight loss in individuals with obesity, thereby facilitating healthier eating behaviours, as per a new study. Mindfulness is a mind-body practice where individuals learn to achieve heightened awareness of their current state…

Cannabis exposure can alter sperm: Study

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 11:00
Marijuana intake in men planning fatherhood could impact their sperm as well as the children they conceive, finds a study. The effect is due to its active ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which like tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even…

Heart disease greater in people living near oil & gas wells

Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:22
People living near areas with oil and gas exploration sites could be at more risk of developing cardiovascular disease, say researchers. The pilot study found that those who lived in these areas showed early signs of CVD, including higher blood…