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Reducing the damage of a heart attack
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Reducing the damage of a heart attack

Washington D.C. [USA], June 23 (ANI): In a heart attack, a series of biochemical processes leave the heart damaged, much like a car after an accident. There is loss of tissue that needs to be rebuilt, proteins that get crushed, muscle damage, and interruptions to blood and oxygen flow to the heart. Because the heart is not very good at repairing itself, it is important to discover ways to minimize damage in the first place. Researchers from San Diego State University's Heart Institute discovered how one key protein in the heart can act as the knight in shining armor, reducing the damage from the attack, which could improve survival rates and heart function in those who do survive. "The more your heart is damaged, the worse the long-term prognosis, so that's where our research is focused," ...
Study finds Hepatitis C-positive livers safe for transplantation, patients cured afterward
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Study finds Hepatitis C-positive livers safe for transplantation, patients cured afterward

Ohio [USA], June 23 (ANI): Patients who received a transplanted liver infected with hepatitis C and were later treated for the infection performed as well in recovery as transplant patients who received an organ free of infection, says a new study. The study was conducted by researchers of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and UC Health and was published in the journal Liver Transplantation. Two sets of 32 patients were enrolled in groups: one group receiving livers for transplant from donors testing positive for hepatitis C (HCV) and a second receiving livers for transplant from donors testing negative for the infection. One patient in the experimental group died as a result of factors not related to hepatitis C during transplantation. "What we found is that you can use hepatit...
Vitamin D may help prevent common side effect of anti-cancer immunotherapy
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Vitamin D may help prevent common side effect of anti-cancer immunotherapy

Washington D.C. [USA], June 22 (ANI): New research indicates that the intake of vitamin D supplements may help prevent a potentially serious side effect of a revolutionary form of anti-cancer therapy. The findings have been published in the journal-CANCER, reviewed by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Immune checkpoint inhibitors help the immune system recognise and combat cancer cells, and although these treatments have helped many patients and have prolonged lives, they can cause side effects such as colitis, an inflammatory reaction in the colon. "Immune checkpoint inhibitor-induced colitis can limit the use of such life-saving drugs leading to discontinuation of treatment. While it is one of the most common and severe adverse events of immunotherapy, there is a lack of understanding o...
Breakthrough discovery can transform prostate cancer treatment
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Breakthrough discovery can transform prostate cancer treatment

Adelaide [Australia], June 22 (ANI): A novel formulation of the prostate cancer drug abiraterone acetate - currently marketed as Zytiga - can dramatically improve the quality of life for people suffering from prostate cancer. Pre-clinical trials by the University of South Australia show the new formulation improves the drug's effectiveness by 40 percent. Developed by Professor Clive Prestidge's Nanostructure and Drug Delivery research group at UniSA's Cancer Research Institute, the breakthrough discovery uses an oil-based oral formulation that not only enables a smaller dose of the drug to be effective, but also has the potential to dramatically reduce possible side effects, such as joint swelling and diarrhea. Despite Zytiga being the leading formulation to treat prostate cancer, lead res...
Seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids, suggests maternal health study
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Seeking help sooner is better for mums and kids, suggests maternal health study

Washington D.C. [USA], June 21 (ANI): There is a higher risk of behavioural problems and poor development with the babies of mothers who suffer from long-term depression, suggest the findings of a study that analysed depression levels in 892 mothers and the development and behaviour of 978 children. The research was led by University of Queensland researchers who used data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, in the study published in the Journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. They compared maternal depression before, during and after pregnancy, and found duration was more influential than timing. Researcher Dr Katrina Moss said the study found one in five women experienced depression once, while 11 per cent experienced a reoccurrence. "The longer a mother s...
Study focuses on potential element to improve productivity, quality of life in elderly
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Study focuses on potential element to improve productivity, quality of life in elderly

Washington D.C. [USA], June 21 (ANI): Researchers have discovered 'nutraceuticals', as potential elements to slow ageing processes and help in avoiding a host of chronic diseases that comes with the process. In a recent study, researchers discovered nutraceuticals (products derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to the basic nutritional value found in foods) as the potential elements to slow ageing processes and help in avoiding a host of chronic diseases that comes with the process. Ageing is considered synonymous with the appearance of major diseases and an overall decline in physical and mental performance. The recent study summarises the main findings on nutraceuticals that are believed to slow ageing processes by delaying and even preventing the development o...
COVID-19 lockdown: One in four UK adults at risk of hunger, potential malnutrition, says study
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COVID-19 lockdown: One in four UK adults at risk of hunger, potential malnutrition, says study

London [UK], June 21 (ANI): One in four adults in the United Kingdom are experiencing food insecurity, which is likely to have left them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. The main finding of the survey published by Feeding Britain and Northumbria University's Healthy Living Lab. The survey finds that 25 per cent of adults have struggled during the pandemic to access food they can afford, and are likely to have been susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition as a result. Meanwhile, nearly one in four adults looking after children have eaten less so they can feed the children in their household. Half of all adults have tried to cope during the pandemic by purchasing less expensive food which they would not ordinaril...
Signs of adult diabetes visible in children as young as 8 years old, says Study
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Signs of adult diabetes visible in children as young as 8 years old, says Study

Washington D.C. [USA], June 20 (ANI): Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed, according to a new study. The novel study was published in the journal Diabetes Care. The research looked at the effects of a genetic risk score for developing type 2 diabetes as an adult on metabolism measured from blood samples taken from the participants in the study when they were aged 8, 16, 18, and 25 years. The study tracked over 4,000 participants in the Children of the 90s - a health study established at the University of Bristol in the early 1990s. Researchers combined genetic information with an approach called 'metabolomics', which involves measuring many small molecules in a bloo...
International Yoga Day: Using Yoga to treat respiratory, lung, mental complications caused due to Covid
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International Yoga Day: Using Yoga to treat respiratory, lung, mental complications caused due to Covid

New Delhi [India], June 20 (ANI): Despite high-end developments and technological advances over the years, humanity today is grappling with a virus so small that it can't even be seen with the naked eye. In a hard way though but the coronavirus crisis has reintroduced humankind to the famous adage - health is wealth. The pandemic is delivering a very tough but persuasive lesson about staying mindful of health and hygienic practices to protect one from an unprecedented health crisis such as COVID-19 disease. An age-old health and wellness care practice that comes straight from ancient India is that of Yoga and as the world proceeds towards the sixth International Yoga Day, ANI spoke to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yoga certification board of Indian government's Ministry of AYUSH, Dr Ish...
Study reveals babies with COVID-19 tend to have mild illness, mostly with fever
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Study reveals babies with COVID-19 tend to have mild illness, mostly with fever

Chicago (Illinois) [USA], June 20 (ANI): Infants under 90 days of age who tested positive for COVID-19 tend to be well, with little or no respiratory involvement and fever is often found to be the primary or only symptom, says a new study. The report by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago was published in The Journal of Pediatrics. "While there is limited data on infants with COVID-19 from the United States, our findings suggest that these babies mostly have mild illness and may not be at higher risk of severe disease as initially reported from China," says lead author Leena B. Mithal, MD, MSCI, pediatric infectious diseases expert from Lurie Children's and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Most of the infants in...