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Researchers identify 15 genes linked to breast cancer

Researchers identify 15 genes linked to breast cancer

New genes associated with breast cancer risk have been identified by researchers. They have identified 15 genes and now total count of such genes has reached around 100 markers. This would assist in better screening. These new genes have been identified by scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Cambridge University, together with the international Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC).

New device could replace animal testing

New device could replace animal testing

Drug testing could become faster and safer because of a new device, which could replace animal testing. The device consists of a small piece of cardiac muscle, which is inside the silicon body of the device.

“Ultimately, these chips could replace the use of animals to screen drugs for safety and efficacy. Using a well-designed model of a human organ could significantly cut the cost and time of bringing a new drug to market”, said lead researcher and Berkeley bioengineering professor Kevin Healy.

Divorce Rates Higher in Marriages where wives are Sick

Divorce Rates Higher in Marriages where wives are Sick

Researchers at Iowa State University found that divorce rates were 6% higher in marriages where wives were sick.

"There is a difference between feeling too sick to make dinner and needing someone to actually feed you. That's something that can really change the dynamics within a marriage", said study's lead researcher Amelia Karraker, an assistant professor of human development and family studies.

High Salt Diet Can Protect Skin: Study

High Salt Diet Can Protect Skin: Study

Although excessive amounts of salt can lead to heart disease, yet the researchers have found that the recommended consumption of sodium intake can provide a health benefit.

Researchers said that intake of salt appeared to be an ancient evolutionary method for the body to protect itself against bacteria and ward off microbes.

A research, which according to the scientists is at its initial stage, has suggested that amount of sodium seemed to increase around an infection site, reducing the growth and spread of bacteria.

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Have Heart Attack, Stroke Warning on Products: FDA to Testosterone Drugs Makers

Have Heart Attack, Stroke Warning on Products: FDA to Testosterone Drugs Makers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the manufacturers of the testosterone drugs to display a warning of risk of heart attacks and stroke among people who take the medications.

The FDA warning also ordered the drug makers to clearly mention on their products that the prescription hormone is specifically meant for men whose testosterone level has reduced due to some medical condition and not by aging.

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Moderate Coffee Consumption linked to Cleaner Arteries

A new study has helped researchers understand that three to five cups of coffee everyday leads to cleaner arteries. Researchers looked into how drinking coffee is related to the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis.   Blockage in coronary arteries is caused by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma. As a result, the arteries become hard and narrow, forming blood clots which can cause a heart attack or a stroke.  The study was conducted on more than

A new study has helped researchers understand that three to five cups of coffee everyday leads to cleaner arteries. Researchers looked into how drinking coffee is related to the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early indicator of coronary atherosclerosis.

Blockage in coronary arteries is caused by fatty substances known as plaques or atheroma. As a result, the arteries become hard and narrow, forming blood clots which can cause a heart attack or a stroke.

Higher-Intensity Exercise helps People attain other Health Benefits

Higher-Intensity Exercise helps People attain other Health Benefits

Any exercise is beneficial, but it takes a little more effort to gain additional health benefits, finds a new study. Even with a half-hour of slow walking, obese middle-aged adults were able to reduce bit of weight and a couple of inches from their waistline. It took higher-intensity exercise to reduce their blood sugar levels, which in the long run may reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes.

Chronic fatigue syndrome needs new name: a panel suggests

Chronic fatigue syndrome needs new name: a panel suggests

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious condition that needs a new name to state and direct a way to diagnose it, a government advisory group said.

In a recently held meeting, a panel of the Institute of Medicine sought to redefine the debilitating condition by describing five symptoms that they said doctors should keep in mind while making a diagnosis.

American Heart Association hosts its Annual Go Red for Women luncheon

American Heart Association hosts its Annual Go Red for Women luncheon

On Friday, the American Heart Association organized its annual Go Red for Women luncheon at the Sheraton on Harbor Island.

Main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about heart disease. On Friday, the UC San Diego Health System offered free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. "How you can start exercising and eating right and you need to stop smoking. You need to get in and see a doctor every year to make sure you're healthy", said Lisa Murphy with UC San Diego Health System.

Mixed Reviews on Possibility of World’s First Full-Body Transplant

Mixed Reviews on Possibility of World’s First Full-Body Transplant

Sergio Canavero, of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, said that full-body transplant would be possible in two years. The technique would be able to save the lives of people suffering from cancer or of those whose nerves and muscles have wasted away.

In 1970, an attempt was made on a monkey with little success. At that time, the surgeons did not link the spinal cord effectively, due to which the animal could not move and the animal lived just for nine days.

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