Common antidepressant may ease anxiety more quickly than depression

Sertraline, an antidepressant that doctors commonly prescribe, appears to work by reducing anxiety first and doesn't start tackling depressive symptoms until weeks later

Common antidepressant may ease anxiety more quickly than depressionThis was the main finding of a study on the use of antidepressants in primary care settings in the United Kingdom. The researchers suggest that sertraline is effective, although the method is unexpected, for those who are likely to receive a prescription for antidepressants in primary care. Sertraline is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). […]

Dietary supplement may help with schizophrenia, suggest study

A dietary supplement, sarcosine, may help with schizophrenia as part of a holistic approach complementing antipsychotic medication, according to a University College London researcher

Dietary supplement may help with schizophrenia, suggest studyIn an editorial published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Professor David Curtis (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment and QMUL Centre for Psychiatry) suggests the readily available product could easily be incorporated into treatment plans, while calling for clinical trials to clarify the benefit and inform guidelines. “Sarcosine represents a very logical treatment and the […]

Without heart disease, daily aspirin use may be too risky: Cautions study

For people without heart disease, taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes may increase the risk of severe brain bleeding to the point where it outweighs any potential benefit, a research review suggests

Without heart disease, daily aspirin use may be too risky: Cautions studyFor the current study, researchers examined data from 13 clinical trials testing the effects of aspirin against a placebo or no treatment in more than 134,000 adults. The risk of intracranial haemorrhage, or brain bleeds, was rare: taking aspirin was associated with two additional cases of this type of internal bleeding for every 1,000 people, […]

Bid adieu to your double chin with this one-shot

In a first of its kind study generic Deoxycholic Acid (DCA), commonly available in India, has proven to be an effective and inexpensive option for treating fat deposits around the neck and lower third of face of Indians, which is a common sign of ageing

Bid adieu to your double chin with this one-shotThe study has been carried out by The Esthetic Clinics by Dr Debraj Shome and Dr Rinky Kapoor. Now, they intend to conduct clinical trials, to study the effect of generic DCA on the reduction of bunny rolls on arms, love handles, back rolls and also the bikini line, since the structure of fat cells […]

Tomatoes can help fight liver cancer and inflammation, finds new study

A study finds that in mice, lycopene in tomatoes reduced fatty liver disease, inflammation, and liver cancer development caused by high-fat diets

Tomatoes can help fight liver cancer and inflammation, finds new studyIn the fight against cancer, there is a surprising tool in the arsenal: the food we eat. That’s because some nutrients in food have been found to play a role in preventing cancer, and it’s relevant because the World Cancer Research Fund reports that 30 to 50 per cent of cancer cases are preventable, putting […]

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK study

The World Health Organization estimates that 10.0 million people developed active tuberculosis in 2017, and that 1.6 million people died of this disease

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK studyAccording to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment led by Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people affected with multi-drug resistant TB. Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with […]

Certain cancer therapies may avert cardiovascular disease, find researchers

Publishing their findings in Cell Reports, the authors describe new insights into the way G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) work within cells to influence inflammation using cellular ‘waste disposal systems’

Certain cancer therapies may avert cardiovascular disease, find researchersExisting cancer drugs could be repurposed as treatments for vascular inflammation, according to new research from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine Vascular inflammation (inflammation of the blood vessels) is a significant contributing factor in the early phases of atherosclerosis, a disease whereby plaque builds up inside the arteries and which can […]

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?

Blood shortages may soon be a thing of the past. Newly discovered bacterial enzymes in the human gut have been used to turn type A blood into the universally accepted type O much faster than previous methods

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?Our gut bacteria may have helped scientists discover a way to create a universal blood type. If their findings go on to pass all tests of safety and efficacy, patients around the world could benefit from an increased supply of compatible blood. The new research was presented at the 256th National Meeting and Exposition of […]

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells and researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of the neurotransmitter chemical

Scientist in Japan to use ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells to fight Parkinson’s disease  Japanese scientists said on Monday they will start clinical trials next month on a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, transplanting ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into brains, seeking a breakthrough in treating the neurodegenerative disorder. The clinical trials come after researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University successfully used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to restore functioning brain cells […]

World TB Day: ‘Surgery can also be an option for curing TB’

Surgery is the only option if the patient is not cured even by having a drug in a MDR TB. However, many doctors do not even know about TB patients being treated with surgery. In a talk with My Medical Mantra, Dr Lalit Anande, Chief Medical officer of Sewri TB Hospital, talks about eradication of TB and its early diagnosis  

World TB Day: ‘Surgery can also be an option for curing TB’In India, 4 lakh people die of tuberculosis (TB) every year. 21 lakh new cases come to the fore each year. 20,000 Crores of rupees were spent in India due to TB. The Prime Minister sent notice to all the chief ministers of the state to focus on TB. Question: If we say that the […]