Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours grow

We know that almost all the cells in the human body require energy, and they derive this energy from the sugars in the food we eat. Cancer cells also require sugars to grow. But their glucose intake is a lot higher than that of healthy cells, as is the rate at which they ferment that glucose into lactic acid. This is known as the Warburg effect, and it may, scientists have hypothesised, have something to do with cancer's rapid growth rate

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours growCancer cells could be benefiting from sugary foods. Eating sugar stimulates cancers to grow and continue to develop, the scientists claimed. The more sugar consumed, the more aggressive the cancer can become, they added. The findings could have “sweeping consequences” for diet recommendations in cancer patients. “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of […]

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smoking

Researchers have found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smokingScientists have identified a genetic pathway that contributes to nicotine addiction and makes it difficult for smokers to kick the butt. Researchers at the University of Michigan in the US examined withdrawal responses in the millimetre-long roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegans, which get hooked on nicotine just like humans. The study, published in the journal Cell […]

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancer

Human cells normally contain two copies of tumour suppressor genes, which work to prevent tumour formation by slowing down cell division and growth. When these genes are deleted, through genetic mutations, for example - this gives rise to cancer development

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancerThe discovery of these genes could open the door to much-needed personalised treatments for cancer, say the researchers. First study author Jonas Demeulemeester, of the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Cancer arises when cells grow and divide uncontrollably, forming tumours. Human cells […]

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes

Previous research has indicated that low levels of vitamin D may raise the risk of type 1 diabetes. In response to such studies, scientists have been investigating whether or not higher levels of the vitamin could have a preventive effect against type 1 diabetes

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes  Researchers found that children with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience islet autoimmunity, compared with those who had higher levels of the vitamin. Islet autoimmunity is a process wherein the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing type 1 diabetes. Lead study author Jill Norris, […]

Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?

The study comes at a time when researchers are learning more about other influences men have on babies' health that are not necessarily coded within genes, a concept called epigenetics. These influences include direct environmental effects such as exposure to toxins that can be passed from the father to his offspring through his semen

Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?Dear men, if you are planning for a baby, include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in your diet daily as your diet before conception can impact newborn’s health, claims a recent study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help […]

Dementia: New study sheds light on the cause on brain cell death in patients

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for around 60 to 80 per cent of cases. Around 5.5 million adults in the United States have the condition, of which around 5.3 million are aged 65 and older

Dementia: New study sheds light on the cause on brain cell death in patientsResearchers found that lack of a gene called lysine specific histone demethylase 1 (LSD1) triggers brain cell death, leading to cognitive abnormalities comparable to those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Study co-author David Katz, Ph.D., and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Alzheimer’s disease is the […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

What makes you, 1 in 7.2 billion, apart from your fingerprints?

The general consensus is fingerprints are accurate tools to identify people, in most cases. But what about other parts of the body? Most of us like to believe in our individuality; surely there’s more to our bodies that make us one in 7.2 billion. Well, here are five things that are (most likely) especially you that you can be proud of

What makes you, 1 in 7.2 billion, apart from your fingerprints?Anyone who has known biology or has watched crime shows on TV will remember that a criminal is identified by his fingerprints, which are unique markers left by the ridges on everyone’s fingers. These impressions have been used as personal signatures for thousands of years, going as far back as 300 B.C. in China, where […]

State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’

A total of 72 government run centres provide GeneXpert facility in Maharashtra which carry out Cartridge-Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT), which gives out report within two hours. These tests are crucial for detection of TB in HIV positive patient and detection of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB cases

State officials dismiss claim of shortages of cartridges used for ‘GeneXpert’A tuberculosis (TB) official from Maharashtra has dismissed any claims of shortages of cartridges used in GeneXpert facility for the rapid detection of TB. These cartridges are used for rapid detection and treatment of suspected multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB) patients as well as those with HIV-TB comorbidity. Sanjeev Kamble, Joint Director of state for TB, said, […]

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20

A good attitude and graceful acceptance of the inevitable changes can go a long way to making you both feel and look younger. You can’t do anything to alter your genetics, but you can look to your relatives for an idea of what your aging trajectory might be

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’re likely aware that a lot of fake content lives there. From fabricated news stories to photo-shopped UFOs, the internet is a rich source of bogus material. Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise the stories of a 50-year-old man and woman who look like they’re in their […]
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