The blood-brain-barrier has for long blocked the delivery of effective cancer drugs directly to malignant tumour affected areas in the brain. This may, however, be about to change. In a breakthrough achievement with exciting implications for brain cancer treatment, doctors have succeeded in breaching this barrier. Said Dr Todd Mainprize, the lead investigator at The Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Hurvitz: “The blood-brain barrier (BBB) has been a stubbornly impeded efforts to deliver efficacious therapies to…
Saturday, 13 February 2016 11:25

Early life stress scars children for life

Although some amount of stress is good for children, helping them learn, adapt and cope, too much of it caused by factors like poverty, neglect and physical abuse – scarring them for life. A team of researchers in the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that exposure to excessive stress in early life can warp those parts of a developing child's brain that are responsible for learning, memory and the processing of stress and emotion. Such…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:18

Sleep strengthens memory after learning

Sleep helps cement and strengthen new memories according to a new study published in the journal Science. The study argues that sleep causes very specific structural changes in the brain after it has learned something new -- namely growth of connections between brain cells that help them pass information to each other. It has been clear for some time that sleep is important for learning and memory. But as senior investigator Wen-Biao Gan, professor of…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:23

Sleep is good for learning languages

It may not always be wrong to sleep on one’s job—certainly not if the job involves learning a new language, says a study conducted in Germany. When we hear words we have just learned in our sleep we tend to understand and better remember their meanings. "Anyone can easily adopt and use our method every day of their lives,” says study director and biopsychologist Björn Rasch. The results of the study published in the journal…
Creativity, that elusive but very critical attribute for success, may in fact be largely about how integrated your brain is. This finding appears in a paper published in the Creativity Research Journal by Maharishi University brain researcher Fred Travis and University West quality management researcher Yvonne Lagrosen. Scientifically described as mind-brain development, integration could be the reason why some of us happen to be extra alert and tend to show greater levels of interest in…
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

Bacteria are smarter than you think…

The meningitis bacteria and others like them are lethal because of their ability to evade the body's immune system. However, with scientists finding out how they hide in plain sight, the days of these stealth bombers may be numbered. The meningitis and the gonorrhoea bacteria, for example, have key-like proteins that help them infiltrate human cells and wreak havoc, Linda Columbus and colleagues explain. Gonorrhoea can be cured even after the bacteria have turned into…
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:42

Times of India raises a toast to GIN

Times of India raises a toast to GIN Bangalore's most awarded hospital, the BGS Global, has once again made the headlines for all the right reasons. The Global Institute of Neurosciences or GIN has been ranked as the best hospital in Bangalore for critical care by India's leading English newspaper, The Times of India. The award is just recognition for the path-breaking work of its team of doctors and researchers in providing state-of-the art patient…

Dr Venkataramanaa wins nation’s highest science & technology award

Dr N K Venkataramanaa was conferred the prestigious C V Raman Birth Centenary Award for 2015-16 by the Indian National Science Congress Association, a professional body under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India on January 3, in Mysore.

The award was given away by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi in the presence of a glittering global audience of vice chancellors, eminent scientists, Nobel laureates and other well known personalities. On the dais was Bharat Ratna C N R Rao, and his Excellency the Governor of Karnataka and the Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka.

The distinguished doctor was given the award in recognition of his ground-breaking work and his extraordinary contributions to the evolution of neurosciences in the country over decades. The citation said, “You have played a key role in the development of science and technology, specifically in the realm of neurosurgery. You have not only been an institution builder in this area but have also shaped the way this area of science & technology should develop in the future."-

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Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:48

New cancer drugs boost immune system

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's successful treatment of cancer has proved that there has been a significant improvement in the treatment of this disease. In their successful battle against Carter's cancer, doctors used pembrolizumab, also known as keytruda, a new class of drugs that fights tumours by boosting the body's immune system. It is among the eight new melanoma drugs approved since 2011. According to Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer…
Eminent neurosurgeon Dr N K Venkataramanaa delivered a talk titled Progress of Neurosurgery on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Mysore University called MAA-Utsav on December 12, 2015