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FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

FDA approves Pfizer's new blood cancer drug

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval for a new Pfizer medicine for use against a rare form of blood cancer, albeit with a boxed warning.

The FDA said Pfizer’s Besponsa medicine can be used to cure patients suffering a kind of advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare kind of blood cancer. By this stage, life expectancy for the patient declines to a very low level.

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A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A special mixture of good bacteria can protect newborns from deadly infection

A team of scientists at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Public Health claimed to have found a really inexpensive treatment capable of saving thousands of newborns each year.

Led by Prof. Pinaki Panigrahi, the researchers determined that a specific mixture of good bacteria in the body can reduce the incidence of sepsis in newborns. They reached the conclusion after the special mixture slashed the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 per cent at a cost of just $1 per infant.

Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

The eagerly-awaited annual Perseid meteor shower is all set to reach its peak late Friday night and early Saturday morning, NASA has reiterated.

NASA astronomers have estimated that this year’s Perseid meteor shower will generate nearly 40 to 50 shooting stars streaking across the night sky each hour during its peak.

While usual rates for the Perseid meteor shower are roughly 80 shooting stars per hour, in outburst years like that of last year, the rate jumped to 150 to 200 meteors each hour during the peak.

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana use increases blood pressure-related death risk: Study

Marijuana users who smoke the controversial recreational drug face a three-fold greater risk of dying from high blood pressure or hypertension than non-users of the drug, according to a new study.

A team of American researchers conducted a retrospective follow-up research involving 1,213 individuals aged 20 or above who had participated in an ongoing National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005–2006.

The average duration of use of the drug, which is also called cannabis, was 11.5 years.

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

Vitamin B3 can help prevent certain types of complex birth defects: Research

An additional dose of vitamin B3 can play a crucial role in preventing certain types of complex birth defects, a new study showed.

Vitamin B3 compensate for defects in the body’s capability to build a molecule, known as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which has been linked to healthy fetal development in humans.

Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Rising Among Young Whites

Colorectal Cancer Death Rate Rising Among Young Whites

Death rate due to devastating colorectal cancer for adults aged 20 to 54 are on the rise in the United States, the American Cancer Society stated in its latest report.

According to the newly published report, death rates from colorectal cancer among White people in the aforementioned age group are rising by 1 per cent each year.

The researchers also found that the rise in death rates from colorectal cancer was confined to White individuals. Rates for African-Americans were found to be dropping in the same age group.

Telescope-equipped NASA jets to track & capture solar eclipse footage

Telescope-equipped NASA jets to track & capture solar eclipse footage

A team of NASA scientists have retrofitted powerful telescopes to the noses of a couple of research jets to chase and capture the upcoming solar eclipse across the U.S.

The longest time for anyone positioning themselves along the path of “totality” will be just minutes and forty seconds. Thus, scientists don’t want to leave any stone unturned to capture the rare celestial event that will occur on 21st of August.

Copper cocktail mugs may cause Food Poisoning: Iowa Health Officials

Copper cocktail mugs may cause Food Poisoning: Iowa Health Officials

The increasingly popular copper mugs that are used in trendy cocktails like Moscow Mules may cause food poisoning, Iowa health officials warned on Monday.

Iowa health department’s Alcoholic Beverages Division issued the warning after examining copper’s poisonous nature and the material’s mixing with food.

Issuing the warning, the Alcoholic Beverages Division said, “When copper and copper alloy surfaces contact acidic foods, copper may be leached into the food.”

Over-mothered puppies more likely to fail Dog training: Study

Over-mothered puppies more likely to fail dog training: Study

Puppies that receive over-attention and extreme care from their mothers are more likely to fail successfully complete dog training program, a new study revealed.

A team of researchers at University of Pennsylvania studied puppies and were surprised to find that just 70 per cent of dogs that enter training were able to successfully complete it. They also found that over-mothered puppies were more likely to fail.

Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

A team of scientists claimed to have found fossilized remains of a new fish species that they believe looked and ate like a shark.

An analysis of the fossil revealed that it belonged to a previously unknown bony, sharp-toothed species that would have been nearly six-feet or 1.83 meters in length with long jaws and multiple layers of sharp teeth.

The long jaw and layers of teeth on the ancient fish called Birgeria Americana suggest that members of this species would have chomped down on its prey prior to swallowing it whole, like sharks.

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