April 25 is World Malaria Day.    UNITAID is dedicating 34 million USD on reducing malaria case-fatality through its project rolling out over the coming weeks to treat the severest cases.  Every year thousands of children across Africa die from severe malaria. If left untreated, severe malaria leads to almost certain death within 48 hours. In 2012, malaria killed an estimated 483,000 …
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There is good news for people suffering from depression as researchers have now identified a potentially powerful new treatment for depression in the form of a neuroprotective drug known as P7C3. What the researchers also identified in the course of the study was the mechanism by which ghrelin, a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties works inside the brain. 'By investigating the way the …
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A new study finds that people search for 'healthy' topics on Google 30 percent more often at the beginning of the week than at the end. Investigators from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and non-profit organization the Monday Campaigns analyzed 'healthy' Google searches -- meaning searches that included the term healthy and were confirmed to be …
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In non-verbal contexts, learning occurs primarily through the observation and imitation of a model. In a recent study on this process in monkeys, researchers found that the learner's ability to identify with the model appears to be an essential condition of learning. To explore the effectiveness of different modes of non-verbal social learning, researchers from the Lyon Neuroscience Research …
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Supreme Court has agreed to hear in open court the curative petition of gay rights activists for decriminalising gay sex. The curative plea challenging theSupreme Court's verdict against gay sex will be taken up next week. (Read: Gay sex verdict: Govt indicates it will take legislative route) The country's highest court had on December 11, 2013 set aside the Delhi high court judgement …
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Planning to tie the knot soon? Gauge his/her optimism levels too as a cheerful partner with loads of positive attitude would be a harbinger of health for you. According to a study, having an optimistic spouse predicted better mobility and fewer chronic illnesses over time, even above and beyond a person's own level of optimism. 'This is the first study to show that someone's else optimism could …
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Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center has identified a major mechanism by which ghrelin (a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties) works inside the brain. Simultaneously, the researchers identified a potentially powerful new treatment for depression in the form of a neuroprotective drug known as P7C3. Dr Jeffrey Zigman, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at …
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Know that your testosterone levels may be determined even before you are born? Yes. In the womb. Men's susceptibility to serious health conditions may be influenced by low exposure to testosterone in the womb, research suggests. A mother's diet, lifestyle and exposure to drugs and chemicals can have a significant impact on testosterone levels in the womb. (Read: Beware – too much testosterone …
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Researchers have identified aprotein complex that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation. Kirill Martemyanov, a TSRI associate professor who led the study, said this is a critical building block that regulates a fundamental process-memory. He said that they know about this important new player, it offers a unique therapeutic window if they are able to find …
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Older parents are likelier to have a child who develops anautism spectrum disorder (ASD) than are younger parents, a new study has suggested. The study from researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that …
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When 6-10 year old children ate foods they had to bite with their front teeth - like drumsticks, whole apples, or corn on the cob - they were rowdier than when these foods had been cut, a new study has suggested. Brian Wansink, Professor and Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, said the kids were twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids. (Read: Beware — …
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Researchers have developed drugs that are aimed at preventing migraine attacks from occurring, rather than stopping the attacks once they have started. These studies are the first to test monoclonal antibodies for the prevention of migraine, and both are directed against a relatively new target in migraine prevention, the calcitonin gene-related peptide, or CGRP. Both are phase II studies, …
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Contrary to popular beliefs, development of the heart does not stop with birth. A study has found that the cell membrane machinery that is required to coordinate contraction, the electrical activity of the heart, develops in the postnatal period. The days and weeks following birth are full of cellular changes that play a role in the structure and function of the heart, said the study. "The …
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Researchers have pointed out that in addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery also has positive effects on diabetes and heart disease. Professor Fredrik Backhed, in collaboration with Randy Seeley and coworkers from the University of Cincinnati in the US, has shown that the positive effects of bariatric surgery are likely caused by the surgery-induced increase in bile acids. The study focuses …
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