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Scientists at the University of Adelaide are infecting fruit flies with Alzheimer's in an effort to find an effective answer to the thus far incurable neuro degenerative disease that afflicts thousands of elderly people around the world every year. The scientists are working on the premise that the tiny vinegar fly or Drosophila Melanogaster could indeed help them move towards finding a treatment for the dreadful malady. Led by molecular pharmacologist and toxicologist, Dr Ian…
In an exciting move in the global fight against Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Pennsylvania have found that tangled information spread from one cell to another because Tau proteins get wrongly folded. This discovery may help us stop the cell-to-cell spread. Although the breakthrough may not succeed in prevent the disease, it could certainly delay the onset of its onset. Nearly 50 per cent of people who live till 85 and beyond are likely…

Even as Bharat tries to spruce itself up and become Swachh, its Suraksha standards continue to hit new ghastly lows. On an average 16 people died on India’s deadly roads every hour, painting the country’s appalling reputation of being among the world’s riskiest countries in blood red.

In all 1.41 lakh people died in the year on our roads in 4.8 lakh crashes. both new records, underlining the fast declining standards of road safety and post-trauma emergency medical care in the country.

Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the United States have found that it may be possible to treat Parkinson’s disease with anti-malaria drugs. The chemical structure shared by chloroquine and amodiaquine, the medicines used to treat malaria, enables them to bind and turn on Nurr 1, a class of proteins that guards the ability of the brain to produce dopamine. Patients of Parkinson’s disease lose motor movements…

British whizkid of Indian origin finds Alzheimer's fix

A British teenager might have found a way to stop Alzheimer’s, a degenerative neural disease that generally afflicts old people and has thus far proved impossible to cure.

Krtin Nithiyanandam a 15-year-old school boy of Indian origin in Surrey has developed a test, which may diagnose Alzheimer's disease 10 years before its first symptoms surface and even halt its progress.

A new study conducted by Dr Gwen Windham, an associate professor of geriatrics at the University of Mississippi in The US have revealed that the presence of small injured areas or lesions in the brain may suggest an elevated risk of stroke or stroke-related death among otherwise normal people. Dr Windham observed that these findings indicate that even tiny lesions on brain imaging ought to be taken seriously as early pathology suggesting an increased risk…
According to findings published in Neurology, in as few as two years post diagnosis, type 2 diabetes may cause impairment of cerebral vasoreactivity, adversely affecting cognitive abilities. The study involved evaluating 40 people aged 66 on an average. Nineteen of this group had type 2 diabetes and the rest were healthy individuals. All individuals in the test group were tested at the study’s beginning. Two years later they went through the cognitive and memory tests…
Sunday, 12 July 2015 08:34

Now a spray to treat Alzheimer's

Every few seconds someone around the world develops Alzheimer’s, a debilitating and in the end deadly neurodegenerative disease which is as of now incurable. However, a recent research effort has opened a new window of hope. The world’s thought leaders on Alzheimer’s are meeting for five days from today in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, to discuss the latest advances and issues related to the disease. Among the breakthroughs that would feature in the discussions…
Saturday, 11 July 2015 12:34

Want to avoid stroke? Eat chocolates!

There is no feeling to beat falling in love. Wrong. Eating chocolates produces the same feeling in the brain. Plus, now it appears, it protects your heart and brain, from attacks and strokes! Wow. So, go ahead and dig into a juicy bar of rich dark chocolate with zero guilt. For long, scientists (and most chocolate lovers) have known that it is intensely pleasurable to eat chocolates. Other than the taste, scientists have de-romanticized our…

Time for doctors to play a larger social role

Securing the health of a nation and of its people is inarguably the responsibility of a state, as inarguably as securing its territorial integrity. But ensuring the health of 125 crore people, most of them poor people living in wretched conditions, is a mind boggling task and can be beyond the powers of even the mightiest and best-oiled government machines. Poor nations like India have no chance of doing this--unless they begin to think smart and find innovative ways to effectively harness their infinite individual human resources for collective social good.

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