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The fight against advanced cancer of the neuroendocrine system has received a major boost with the arrival of a novel therapy—a blend of powerful radionuclide treatment and chemotherapy drugs. This was revealed by researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's 2014 Annual Meeting. In a study carried out by the researchers, therapy involving this combination of drugs and radiology led to stabilization or regression of cancer in about 70 percent of the…
The latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published a report that examines the happenings in a brain when it recovers from the effect of anaesthetics. "It is remarkable indeed that we recover from anaesthesia the way we do,” says Alexander Proekt, a visiting fellow in Don Pfaff's Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Rockefeller University and an anaesthesiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York. If, for…

Will road safety finally get its ‘achche din ‘?

The year was 2002. I had just arrived at the Geneva railway station from Zurich with my wife and 4-year-old daughter. We were looking for a taxi to take us to the hotel, a short distance away. Surprisingly, although there was a large fleet of taxis at the station, not one wanted to take us. Reason: none of them had a ‘child’ seat! Finally, as advised by a cabby, I walked it to the hotel with my daughter, even as my wife drove off in a taxi with our baggage.

It makes sense to use your brains-- especially during your adolescence! This may not only help your cerebral cells survive—it could determine the functioning of your brain after puberty. These findings are published in the latest issue of Frontiers in Neuroscience. In experiments conducted by Rutgers behavioural and systems neuroscientist Tracey Shors, new-born brain cells in young rats that were successful at learning flourished while those in rats that failed to learn 'died quickly.' "In…
It may soon be possible to scan the brain without radiation or bulky magnets. In the journal Nature Photonics, scientists from the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), have presented a new optical approach to brain scanning, comparable to PET and MRI, which are currently the state-of-the-art when it comes to scanning the brain. The new approach called DOT uses tiny LED lights to track the happenings in a brain. Though…
The brain structures of murderers in the age group of 12-18 are significantly different as compared with other teenage criminals who have not committed homicide. The research team led by Dr. Kent Kiehl of The Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes that the findings may uncover new treatments and behavioural therapies to prevent violent crimes. This is one of the very first attempts at scientifically studying youth who commit homicide. "Significant biological, cognitive,…

Drink, drive and die…merrily

If you think it’s macho to drive after drinking, think of the nearly 60,000 people who thought the same way and died in road accidents last year just in India

On the night of December 31, even as a new year lay in labour, ready for birth, hundreds of people died on roads all across the country, because they chose to drive after drinking. Under the heady influence of countless gallons of rum, whisky, gin and so on, these people had partied hard to welcome a year that they would never live to see, all because of an act that defies logic and leads to a one-way road to disaster. And so, in this week dedicated to road safety, come as it does in the shadow of yet another deathly New Year-eve, if there is one pledge you certainly must take then it is to never drive in a drunken state; doing so isa singularly stupid and irresponsible act—the sort of risk a sober mind would never imagine taking.

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Find out how Induced Coma is keeping Michael Schumacher alive

Seven time world champion and F-1 racing legend Michael Schumacher came within a blink of dying a shattering death as his head slammed into a rock after he crashed headlong down a snowy run at the Meribel Ski Resort in the French Alps on Monday. "We put him on induced coma to give him his best chance to live," said Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, an anesthesiologist at the Grenoble University Hospital Center where the racing superstar is fighting for his life.

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