Category Archives: Health

New method detects early breast cancer via urine


Researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Medical Center- University of Freiburg have developed an approach for detecting breast cancer by means of urine samples. The method involves determining the concentration of molecules that regulate cell metabolism and that are often dysregulated in cancer cells. These molecules, referred to as microRNAs, enter

Babies can think before they can speak


Two pennies can be considered the same – both are pennies, just as two elephants can be considered the same, as both are elephants. Analogical ability – the ability to see common relations between objects, events or ideas – is a key skill that underlies human intelligence and differentiates humans from other apes. While there

Why we have chins?

Notice how the modern skull, on the left, has a point at the bottom of the face compared to the Neandethal-era skull on the right. The reason: Only modern humans have chins. (Credit: Tim Schoon, University of Iowa)

Look at a primate or a Neanderthal skull and compare it with a modern human’s. Notice anything missing? We have one feature that primates, Neanderthals, archaic humans — any species, for that matter — don’t possess: a chin. “In some way, it seems trivial, but a reason why chins are so interesting is we’re the

Multidrug-resistant shigellosis spreading in the United States

Drug-resistant shigellosis.
(Credit: CDC)

International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shigella sonnei bacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and

Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Bacteria that cause many hospital-associated infections are ready to quickly share genes that allow them to resist powerful antibiotics. (Credit: CDC/James Archer)

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study shows that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family

Antibiotic resistance linked to corruption, experts suggest

"We found poor governance and higher levels of corruption are associated with higher levels of antibiotic resistance," a researcher said. "It is a finding that will be surprising to most people in the field of Medicine." ( Credit: )

Researchers have linked antibiotic resistance with poor governance and corruption around the world. Lead researcher Professor Peter Collignon from The Australian National University (ANU) School of Medicine said the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections was one of the greatest threats facing modern medicine. In the United States alone, around 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year

Is India Ready for swine flu?-Swine flu cases in India cross 11,000 mark


Forty more deaths due to contagious swine flu were reported in the country taking the toll to 703 as the virus continued to spread its tentacles to new states, including Mizoram, with the number of cases crossing the 11,000 mark . This prompted Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth to chair a high-level meeting during which he asked

Swine Flu Symptoms and Treatment


People who have swine flu can be contagious one day before they have any symptoms, and as many as 7 days after they get sick. Kids can be contagious for as long as 10 days. Swine flu signs and symptoms in humans are similar to those of other flu strains: Fever Cough Sore throat Runny

Green tea ingredient may target protein to kill oral cancer cells


A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Earlier studies had shown that epigallocatechin-3-gallate – EGCG — a compound found in

Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds

Friends know how long you'll live

Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity from Washington University in St. Louis. “You expect your friends to be inclined to see you