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Scientists identify cells linked to graying hair & baldness

Scientists identify cells linked to graying hair & baldness

A team of researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center claimed to have identified the cells that are directly responsible for giving rise to hair as well as the system that causes hair to turn gray.

Dr. Lu Le, Associate Prof. of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer, revealed that they had started the project to understand how certain tumors form but they ended up identifying the cell that directly gives rise to hair and learning why hair turns gray.

Overall environment quality plays role in cancer risk: Study

Overall environment quality plays role in cancer risk: Study

Overall quality of the environment in which a person lives is very strongly associated with the risk of cancer, a new study revealed. A team of researchers looked at cancer incidence among as many as 2,700 Americans living in urban, suburban as well as rural counties across the nation. They found that where people live play a crucial role in the risk of cancer.

FDA approves new drug for ALS treatment

FDA approves new drug for ALS treatment

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally given its approval for a new drug for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The federal agency announced that Radicava, which is also known as edaravone, has been approved for the treatment of ALS in the United States. The only other drug tthat is available iin the nation specifically for the treatment of condition is riluzole.

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Pinnacle recalls Aunt Jemima frozen foods due to Listeria risk

Pinnacle recalls Aunt Jemima frozen foods due to Listeria risk

Pinnacle Foods Inc. ha announced a voluntary recall for its Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toasts after food inspectors warned that the products might be contaminated with Listeria.

The New Jersey-based food giant said in a statement that it initiated the recall after testing indicated the existence of Listeria monocytogenes in environment of the manufacturing facility.

The company added that the safety of its customers was its top priority and claimed that no illnesses related to the consumption of the recalled products have been reported thus far.

J&J ordered to pay $110M to cancer victim from Virginia

J&J ordered to pay $110M to cancer victim from Virginia

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) suffered a tough legal blow recently when a St. Louis jury ordered it to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on its talcum products.

The jury also ordered Imerys Talc America, a unit of Paris-based Imerys SA that provided the talc to J&J, to pay nearly $100,000.

Plaintiff Lois Slemp, a 62-year-old resident of St. Louis, alleged that she used J&J’s baby powder and Shower-to-Shower talc products for nearly four decades before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

FDA approves Radicava for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

FDA approves Radicava for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for treatment of rare paralyzing disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS impacts nearly 12,000 to 15,000 Americans as per CDC data. The drug Radicava has been developed in Japan. The drug has been approved in Japan for treatment of stroke. Radicava or edaravone is the first drug to be approved for ALS treatment since Rilutek was approved by FDA in 1995.

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Fasting diets may be no better for weight loss than traditional diets: Study

Fasting diets may be no better for weight loss than traditional diets: study

While many health-conscious people may be opting for fasting diets, a new study has suggested that such diets may be no better for losing excessive weight than traditional diets.

A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at a weight-loss method known as “alternate-day fasting,” in which individuals radically decrease their calorie intake every other day, but consume more than normal on non-fasting days.

Researchers eliminate HIV infection in mice using gene editing

Researchers eliminate HIV infection in mice using gene editing

A team of researchers claimed to have successfully eliminated HIV infection in lab mice through gene editing, suggesting a promising cure for the deadly infection may soon be available for humans.

Researchers from the Temple University and Pittsburgh University demonstrated the feasibility as well as efficiency of eliminating the HIV-1 provirus with the help of a gene-editing technique that is commonly known as Crispr.

New 'exercise pill' may make you fit without work out

New 'exercise pill' may make you fit without work out

Researchers are working on a new “exercise pill” that could be holding promise for a day when non-exercisers would be able to enjoy a better mood and health without working out.

The researchers from La Jolla, California-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies claimed to have identified a chemical compound that helped boost athletic endurance by a whopping 70 per cent in lab mice.

Sunscreens could cause Vitamin D deficiency: Study

Sunscreens cause Vitamin D deficiency: Study

Sunscreens have proved their worth in providing protection against skin cancer, but a new study has warned that they might make the user deficient in Vitamin D.

Kim Pfotenhauer, an assistant professor at California’s Touro University, pointed out that applying sunscreens essentially nullifies the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D from sunlight.

Speaking on the topic, Pfotenhauer said, “People are spending less time outside and when they do go out they're typically wearing sunscreen, which essentially nullifies the body’s ability to produce vitamin D.”

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