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COPD Exacerbations - Beta Blockers May Be a Favorable Option

COPD Exacerbations – Beta Blockers May Be a Favorable Option

High blood pressure and angina have been the standard indications for opting beta-blockers until in a current study presented at the European Respiratory Society's Lung Science Conference; Lies Lahousse reported that beta-blockers may prove to be beneficial in diminishing the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. In exacerbations, a COPD patient suffers from increased breathlessness. Although it is likely that beta-blockers may create breathing problems by constrict
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Safeguard against Risk of Breast Cancer in Obese Postmenopausal Women

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Safeguard against Risk of Breast Cancer in Obese Postmenopausal Women

One of the major and common diseases that endanger postmenopausal women is breast cancer. Obesity is the prominent risk factor indicated in breast cancer to date. It’s believed that obese women have elevated inflammation due to which they are prone to breast cancer. A recent two-year study in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids with its anti-inflammatory effects may prove to be a valuable tool to reduce the risk of breast cancer in obese postmenopausal women. In
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More Water Intake Curtails Sugar, Salt and Fat Consumption

More Water Intake Curtails Sugar, Salt and Fat Consumption

Water is a fundamental component since 70% of the body comprises of water. In a recent study issued in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Prof.Ruopeng An, stated that increasing plain water consumption results in excellent weight management and reduces intake of sugar, salt and fat. The investigators acquired a nationally representative sample from approximately 18,300 adults in the US from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2012. The participants w
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Gene Mutation Downturns Heart Attack Risk

Gene Mutation Downturns Heart Attack Risk

When it’s about cholesterol, LDL cholesterol manifests as the prime risk factor in coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a recent study headed by Heribert Schunkert reported that the energy stores of the body—triglycerides—are the next harmful variants after LDL; and discovered that people having a particular gene mutation caused significant decrement in triglyceride levels thereby reducing the risk of heart attack by 50%. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a
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SSRIs Use and Longer Umbilical Cords: A New Threat in Pregnancy

SSRIs Use and Longer Umbilical Cords: A New Threat in Pregnancy

A recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE has unveiled that Women who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy were more likely to give birth to newborns with longer umbilical cords. The researchers noted that longer umbilical cord may reduce fetal circulation, wrap around the fetus’s neck, or cause problems in later pregnancy and labor. Hitherto, mothers’ use of SSRI antidepressants has been associated with lower Apgar scores and birth weight of newborns,
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GLP-1 analogue maintains weight but bars bone loss

Being overweight might protect against osteoporosis and fractures but poses risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, the strategies indicated to obtain weight loss result in loss of bone mass. Menopausal women undergoing weight management are at utmost risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Signe Soerensen Torekov, et al in their recent study (published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism) demonstrated that liraglutide (GLP-1 analogue) with its a
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Plasma Device Hastens Wound Repair

Skin disorders (atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, chronic venous leg ulcers) including open wounds are painful and cause patients years of suffering. Cinogy in collaboration with the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology at the University Medical Center Gottingen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST developed a novel electric device “PlasmaDerm”, the size of pocket flashlight, which applies no thermal or cold plasma directly on the skin at room
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Cesarean Baby May Develop Chronic Disease In Future

Delivery through cesarean section has become popular worldwide. C-section is essentially indicated to protect the mother or infant in circumstances e.g. prolonged labor, fetal distress or a breech baby. Although the WHO recommends no more than 15% C-sections, the rate is almost double worldwide with elective C-sections on the hike. However, literature survey proclaims that babies born through C-section are prone to chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes and obesity in later life. Dr. Jan Blus
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Current Scenario and Impending Options in Colorectal Cancer Targets

  When I studied pharmacology my Professor defined chemotherapy as “thrashing up the patient with a cricket bat in the hope that you get the cancer on a winning streak”. Chemotherapy has plentiful of benefits, but the adverse effects can be noxious. We pharmacologists call “off-target toxicity” where the drug agents will kill the healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Whereas, the novel, targeted therapies are often designated as “silver bullets”. In my view, the targeted ther
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Getting ICMR Grants: Opt Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?s Success Formula

Getting ICMR Grants: Opt Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam?s Success Formula

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career! ? Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Hon?ble Former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (venerated as ?The missile man of India?) is a role model for many scientists, doctors, students and even laypersons. Beyond a shadow of doubt, his principles are really great ? as it is applicable for both personal and professional lives. His contributions to the development of our country through DRDO (Defen
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