HEALTH

New HIV vaccine breakthrough may change immune response study altogether

Discovering a vaccine against HIV has been a four-decade effort to elicit antibodies that can effectively fight off the virus in its different strains. Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and the Rockefeller University have developed an experimental vaccine used on mice that can stimulate the immune system activity needed to stop HIV infection, ...

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Will Yoga Answer India’s Chronic Constipation Problem?

As India heralds the massive participation in International Yoga Day on Sunday, leaving aside protesting voices on religious tones, focus is on its merits, especially what it can do to answer the country’s chronic constipation problem. A recent survey revealed that 14% of Indians suffer from constipation and the film PIKU by Amitabh Bachchan was able to highlight the subtle problem many ...

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Emotional Brain Different from Rational Brain: Study

Emotional brains are differently wired than rational brains, found researchers from Monash University. The physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings have been compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study by researchers and found that there is difference in terms of grey matter, said the study published in the journal NeuroImage. ...

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Aspirin to reduce leg ulcers: Study

Aspirin can improve the healing rates of leg ulcers in older adults, says a study conducted by Monash University on more than 260 participants from wound clinics around Australia. Venous ulcers are chronic wounds of the lower leg that are more common in older people. An estimated 400,000 Australians suffer from venous leg ulceration (VLU) costing around $2-3 billion/year. Lead ...

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Extreme Exercise Affects Gut Bacteria, Leads to Poisoning: Study

Australia-based Monash University researchers have discovered that extreme exercise can cause intestinal bacteria to leak into the bloodstream, leading to blood poisoning, after studying volunteers who had participated in extreme endurance tests, including 24-hour ultra-marathons and multi-stage ultra-marathons, run on consecutive days. Based on blood samples taken before and after the events, when compared with a control group, showed that ...

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Key gene causing head, neck cancers found by Australian researchers

Australia-based Monash varsity researchers have made the first real breakthrough in half-a-century identifying the gene behind cancers of the head and neck and understanding how these develop squamous cell cancers (SCC) grow, shedding new light on one of the most deadly forms of the disease. “Disruption of this key gene sets up a pathway of changes in cells in the mouth ...

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Viewing cat videos improves positive emotions in humans, study

The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos, from Lil Bub to Grumpy Cat, boosts viewers’ energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings, according to a new study by an Indiana University Media School researcher. The study, by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick, surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods. It ...

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South Korea Treats MERS with Experimental Plasma Treatment, WHO in Emergency Session

Amid four more new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), South Korea is experimenting yet-to-be approved blood plasma transfusion from recovered patients to new victims. It was carried out on two patients on consent, said head of public health policy, Kwon Jun-wook, in a media briefing. "There is insufficient clinical basis about the result of plasma treatment among experts ...

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International Yoga Day: Run up Begins in Delhi, Health Awareness Heightens

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to government officials to practice Yoga ahaead of the Sunday International Yoga Day, June 21, several central government officials are making a beeline to yoga calsses in the morning in Delhi. Elsewhere, in Haryana and BJP-ruled states too, the yoga fever is gripping the officials, especially those in their 50s finding it difficult and ...

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