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Vitamin B3 Supplementation During Pregnancy may Prevent Birth Defects in Newborn

According to a study in Australia, supplementing the diet with Vitamin B3 during pregnancy may treat molecular deficiencies in women and prevent birth defects in the newborn. Developmental geneticist Sally Dunwoodie, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney, and her team have been studying the genes that influence fetal heart and bone development for over 12 years. They observed gene mutations that affect the production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) in four families having
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Stents in Future Heart Surgeries May be Coated With Erectile Dysfunction Drug

Stents are metal or plastic tubes used in heart surgeries to open the narrowed coronary arteries and keep them so in future. However, bare metal stents cause restenosis or narrowing of the artery again after few years. Second- and third-generation drug-eluting stents counteract this problem, but can lead to clumping of blood platelets and clot formation near the stent. To overcome this problem, a team of researchers led by Han-Mo Yang, Seoul National University Hospital conducted a study on a
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FDA approves new drug to treat Hepatitis C

Nearly 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans are suffering from Hepatitis C, a disease that progresses slowly over decades without showing any symptoms unless it causes severe damage to the liver. Without treatment, it can either result in death or liver failure or cancer requiring a liver transplant. Till now, Hepatitis C was treated with a combination of shots and pills without an effective cure and side-effect of flu-like symptoms. This was followed by pill-only medicines by Gilead in 2013 that bro
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Heart Burn Pills May Drive Host of Ills

Can Your Heartburn Drugs Cost Your Life?

Millions of people around the globe are taking heartburn and indigestion medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs neutralize the acid in the stomach and are widely prescribed by the physicians, with low doses available even without prescription. However, Ziyad Al-Aly, an epidemiologist from the University of Washington and co-author of a study said, “We saw a small excess risk of dying that could be attributed to the PPI drug, and the risk increased the longer anyone ta
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Immunotherapy mitigates Type 1 Diabetes

A Landmark Trial Establishes The Safety Of Immunotherapy In Type 1 Diabetes

Nearly 5% of the population in the  United States suffers from type 1 diabetes; an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system specifically fails to recognize pancreas’ insulin producing beta cells and mistakenly attacks them. In the absence of sure shot treatment and the dearth of studies on immunotherapy, Dr Mohammad Alhadj Ali, Cardiff University School of Medicine, U.K., and Mark Peakman, professor of clinical immunology at King's College London, conducted a study on the possi
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High-fat diet and colorectal cancer: Mechanism revealed

Long Awaited Link Between High-Fat Diet and Colorectal Cancer Found

Colorectal cancer, the cancer that originates in the colon or rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. A plethora of studies have established a link between consumption of high-fat diet and increased risk of colorectal cancer, but the mechanism of this association was till now obscure. As reported in the journal, Stem Cell Reports, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have unfolded this mechanism. In a study that utilized mice as the models, researchers
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