Now say goodbye to dental cavities the natural way. Oral care products containing a natural compound, known as trans-chalcone, acts against harmful mouth bacteria and could improve oral health by helping to prevent the build-up of plaque, revealed a new study by University Of Edinburgh. Trans-chalcone is related to chemicals found in liquorice root. The…

A non-invasive liquid biopsy may be an effective option for patients with advanced lung cancer. Liquid biopsy may be a suitable alternative to the standard gold tissue biopsy to detect clinically relevant mutations and help guide their course of treatment, suggests a new study. The study is published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research from…

Eating a powdered food supplement — based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut — can reduce craving for high-calorie foods such as chocolates, cakes, and pizzas. Scientists have developed an ingredient called inulin-propionate ester to investigate the role of propionate molecule produced by the gut microbiota in human health. ‘An ingredient called…

Doctors at a private hospital in Mettupalayam removed a 3.5 kg foetus from a 15 month old infant, Nisha, after a two-hour operation. Dr Vijayagiri treated the infant at Sri Ganapathi Krishna Hospital. They had diagnosed her with the medical condition, foetus-in-foetu, where a parasitic twin resides inside the host twin. This is a rare…

According to a new study by researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, heart patients who can’t tolerate the side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs may have a new option. Researchers found that pitavastatin, a newer cholesterol-lowering drug, may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death in up to 68…

People have different shaped facial features based on their genetic heritage and this is partly due to how the environment influenced the evolution of the human genome. The nose, for example, is important for regulating the temperature and humidity of the air we breathe in so developed different shapes in warmer and cooler climates. Adding…

Resistant hypertension affects about 1 in 10 people with high blood pressure and a new review article is aimed at helping physicians assess and manage patients with the condition. The review, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) includes information on emerging therapies for the condition. The authors note that high-quality evidence is lacking. “We…

It’s well known that doctors have already initiated the process of uterine transplants in women with a history of miscarriages or infertility. Then why not men reap the same benefits? Doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, New York have initiated the process of penis transplants in men who had been…

The risk of diabetic retinopathy was reduced by half in people with type 2 diabetes who intensively controlled their blood sugar level during the landmark Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial Eye Study. Investigators who led the ACCORD Follow-on Eye Study (ACCORDION) announced the results in New Orleans at the American Diabetes…

Over one million people commit suicide worldwide each year. Now, Facebook will extend its suite of anti-suicide tools to users worldwide, simplifying the process for worried users to flag postings by friends who may be considering harming themselves. The mechanism, trialed in the United States, allows users to flag postings by others that could hint…

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