Scientists have gained new information on what causes the Parkinson's disease. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter which affects physical and psychological functions such as motor control, learning and memory. Levels of this substance are regulated by special dopamine cells. When the level of dopamine drops, nerve cells that constitute part of the brain's 'stop signal' are activated. Jakob …
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Travel prohibitions to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2,500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Wednesday. Luis Sambo, WHO's regional director for Africa, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots, Xinhua reported. 'Travel restrictions to …
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged her support for the fight against Ebola virus in response to an appeal by Liberia. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had asked Germany for further financial and practical help in the battle against the virus in a letter to Merkel, Xinhua reported. 'We will act quickly and stand ready with everything we have available,' Merkel said …
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A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, reveals new research. The team at King's College Hospital and University of Southampton tested the effectiveness of the extract of chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in killing off cancer cells, probably by apoptosis (programmed cell death). Chokeberry is a wild …
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Chinese President Xi Jinping announced here Thursday an aid package of 200 million yuan (about $32.54 million) for Liberia, Sierra Leon and Guinea to combat the Ebola virus disease. The aid will include cash, food and materials, announced Xi, who is on a state visit to India, and added that his country would also provide the World Health Organization with $2 million in cash and give the African …
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You might have a habit of giving advice to people, but sometimes they can be frustrating especially if your friends are thinking of getting divorced. Avoid words like 'everything heals with time' or 'work it out' as they can definitely do without them. Here's what to avoid, reports huffingtonpost.com. The worst thing you can do is suggest they can 'work it out' with their spouse. That's not …
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Researchers in Japan may have discovered the pathological mechanism of Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on phosphoproteome analysis, which would provide new clues to an effective therapy for the currently incurable disease, media reported Thursday. Comprehensive phosphoproteome analysis unravels the core signaling network that initiates the earliest synapse pathology in preclinical AD brain, said …
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Yoga practice may yield significant mental health benefits for people with bipolar disorder, a survey study suggests. Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder refers to a brain condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. 'Some individuals with bipolar disorder believe that yoga has had a significant positive …
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Experts at England's University of Oxford Wednesday launched clinical trials of a vaccine against the Ebola virus, which has killed more than half of the over 4,700 people affected in West Africa. The first of some 60 volunteers received a dose containing a small part of the genetic material of the virus, ensuring they will not catch the disease, according to Oxford's Jenner Institute, which …
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In a significant revelation that may aid enhanced treatment of diabetes, researchers have found that ageing of insulin-secreting cells is linked to a progressive decline in signal transduction and insulin release. The study provides a new molecular mechanism underlying age-related impairment of insulin-producing cells and diabetes. Most 65 plus people have greater risk of developing type 2 …
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Ministers of health, transport and immigration from five eastern African countries Wednesday vowed to strengthen measures that would prevent spread of Ebola virus in the region. The ministers said in a joint communique that their governments will harmonise interventions to mitigate Ebola transmission as the risk profile spiked due to human traffic from affected regions, Xinhua reported. 'Rapid …
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Watch your intake of artificial sweeteners, if you want to prevent diabetes and obesity. Artificial sweeteners may not contain sugar but they can directly affect your body's ability to metabolise glucose, says a new study carried out by scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The study found that exposure to artificial sweeteners triggers gut bacteria to carry out harmful …
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The World Bank warned Wednesday that the Ebola virus disease outbreak has become so rampant that if it worsens further, it could severely impact the economic growth of the affected West African countries, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the worst Ebola-hit nations. Further, if the disease reaches other African nations, it would cost them billions of dollars, said Jim Yong Kim, …
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Navratri is just around the corner. While many observe a fast for these 9 days, they also enjoy the festivities by playing garba or dandiya, the traditional Gujarati dance. This needs optimum energy and stamina which may not be possible if you don't follow the right diet. Here are some quick-tips which will make fasting easier and keep you energised for your gala garba night.  9-day fasting …
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