Decoded: How melatonin promotes sleep

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 14:14

New York, May 17 (IANS) Researchers, led by one of Indian-origin, have found that the melatonin hormone promotes sleep by suppressing the neurons responsible for keeping us awake, a discovery that may lead to new therapy for insomnia.


Gujarat government announces health check-up plan for elderly

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:48

Gandhinagar, May 17 (IANS) The Vijay Rupani-led BJP government in Gujarat on Wednesday announced a unique health plan in the state, wherein the elderly would get access to primary health monitoring at their doorsteps.


Globally 25mn unsafe abortions take place every year: Report

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:12

Johannesburg, May 16 (IANS) Every year 25 million unsafe abortions take place, which compromise the sexual and reproductive health of women around the world, revealed an alarming report published in the journal The Lancet.


Sulabh founder to get Nikkel Asia Prize

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 01:50

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Sanitation pioneer and founder of Sulabh International Dr Bindeshwar Pathak has been selected for Japan's most prestigious Nikkel Asia Prize, a statement said on Monday.


Gout won't increase your fracture risk: Study

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:14

London, May 14 (IANS) People with gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, may not actually have an increased risk of fracture as earlier believed, show results of a new study.


Novel nanofibre-laden jab may reverse atherosclerosis

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:46

New York, May 13 (IANS) A single shot of synthetically designed nanofibres might one day help break up as well as reverse the arterial plaque -- a hallmark of atherosclerosis, said researchers led by one of an Indian-origin.


Irregular heart rate, carotid disease may up dementia risk

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:42

New York, May 13 (IANS) Patients suffering from abnormal heart beat, also known as atrial fibrillation, and diagnosed with carotid artery disease could be at an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a research.


Researchers suggest new therapy for drug-resistant skin cancer

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 18:24

London, May 13 (IANS) A team of researchers has managed to exploit a vulnerability in melanoma or skin cancer that develops resistance to a targeted therapy, providing a potential new therapeutic strategy to selectively kill the drug-resistant cancer cells.


Can Vitamin D therapy tackle diabetes, cancer?

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 15:24

New York, May 13 (IANS) Enhanced activation of Vitamin D by protecting beta cells may be a potential new approach for treating diabetes as well as other diseases, including cancer, researchers have suggested.