Auto-immune diseases on rise among women of reproductive age

Auto-immune diseases on rise among women of reproductive age

Saturday, 09 March 2019 | PTI | New Delhi

With a growing number of women of reproductive age being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as lupus and APS, experts believe the disorder is adversely affecting fertility in such females and in some cases may even lead to miscarriage, foetal death and premature birth. According to doctors, there is a rise...

New treatment offers hope for diabetes, MS patients

New treatment offers hope for diabetes, MS patients

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 | PTI | Washington

Scientists say they have developed a novel and safe treatment for autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS) that arise when the body's immune cells attack itself. Current treatments eliminate these misfunctioning immune cells, but also destroy normal, protective immune cells, leaving patients susceptible to immune deficiency and...

Air pollution claims seven million lives each year: UN expert

Air pollution claims seven million lives each year: UN expert

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 | PTI | Geneva

Air pollution, both outside and inside homes, is a silent and prolific killer responsible for the premature death of seven million people each year, including 600,000 children, according to a UN expert on environment and human rights. David Boyd said that over six billion people, one-third of them children, are regularly...

Novel strategy to fight most deadly brain tumour in children

Novel strategy to fight most deadly brain tumour in children

Monday, 04 March 2019 | PTI | Washington

Scientists have identified an enzyme inhibitor that slows down tumour growth and increases survival in an animal model of the most deadly brain tumour in children, opening the door to a promising new treatment strategy. Currently, there are no approved drugs for treating diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), according to the...

New machine learning model to classify lung cancer types

New machine learning model to classify lung cancer types

Monday, 04 March 2019 | PTI | Washington

Scientists say they have developed a novel machine learning model to classify different types of lung cancer, and found that it performed on par with three practicing pathologists. Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being...

Don't ignore heart attack symptoms while travelling

Don't ignore heart attack symptoms while travelling

Monday, 04 March 2019 | IANS | Tokyo

You should never ignore heart attack symptoms, especially while travelling, as researchers say cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading causes of death among people on the move. The study, presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2019 in Malaga, Spain, indicates that the long-term outcomes after a heart attack while travelling can be...

Blood test may predict preterm birth

Blood test may predict preterm birth

Sunday, 03 March 2019 | PTI | Boston

A simple blood test may soon be able to predict whether a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby preterm, say scientists, an advance that may help better manage related birth complications. Pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty for expecting mothers and their clinical care teams. Nearly 10...

E-cigarettes may cause wheezing in adults: Study

E-cigarettes may cause wheezing in adults: Study

Sunday, 03 March 2019 | PTI | Washington

People who use electronic cigarette are nearly twice as likely to experience wheezing compared to those who do not regularly use tobacco products, a study has found. Wheezing, which is caused by narrowed or abnormal airways, is often a precursor to other serious health conditions such as emphysema, gastro-esophageal reflux disease,...