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Study identifies new drug targets to treat fatty liver disease and liver cancer
There may be no magical solution treating liver cancer or fatty liver disease, but knowing the right targets will help science develop the most effective treatments. The scientists employed the biological networks generated for 46 major human tissues in order to identify the liver-specific gene targets. Hepatic steatosis is defined as the excessive accumulation of fat in the liver and it is the key characteristic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
New tool developed for diabetes patients at risk for low blood sugar emergencies
Advances in care and improved treatment options have reduced the risk of long-term complications and death for more than 25 million Americans who have diabetes, which is characterized by high blood sugar. Older patients and those with a longer history of diabetes are particularly susceptible, noted Karter. The study developed the hypoglycemia risk stratification tool by identifying 156 possible risk factors for hypoglycemia and collecting data from more than 200,000 patients with type two diabetes receiving care from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.
Study reveals potential target for alcohol liver disease
In a recent research, the scientists have found a new protective response in the organ that might be targeted to help treat alcoholic liver disease. The study involved a protein called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), which the scientists previously found helps protect mice against diet-related toxicities to the liver. In the study it was found that people who binged on alcohol over a one-hour period exhibited massive increases of FGF21 in their blood six hours later.
Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease That You Must Never Ignore
The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate the metabolism, body temperature and pulse rate. If its work is disrupted by any means, it can lead to severe consequences for your liver, intestines, kidneys and reproductive systems. Iodine is an essential mineral that is necessary for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and for the normal functioning of the gland. In this article, we have mentioned some of the top symptoms of thyroid disease that you need to be aware of.
Now, Ayurveda to rescue dengue patients
Dengue has now found a new enemy, but not in the routine allopathy antibiotics, but in the traditional Ayurveda. To create more awareness about Ayush medicines, the State Health Department has established 'Ayush Dengue Clinics' at District General Hospitals, from where Ayush units are functioning. We have prepared a protocol for Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha medicines for different signs and symptoms of dengue and we have circulated the protocol to all District Ayush Officers.
Teen succumbs to dengue, 50 suspected cases in Kozhikode
That apart, 50 suspected cases and a confirmed case of dengue were reported. 1499 cases of fever were reported on Monday, according to the district medical office. Health workers have started awareness programmes as well as fogging in the area to get rid of mosquitoes, she said. Meanwhile, a cleanliness drive was held on the railway station as a part of the Swachh Bharat programme.
Ignore upper respiratory tract infection at your own risk: Doctors
The hot summer giving way to the monsoon has taken its toll on people's health, as always, with city hospitals reporting a spike in upper respiratory tract infections(URIs) over the last couple of months. Symptoms are caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory tract, says Dr S M Prasad, assistant professor, Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College and chairman of the Bangalore Adolescent Health Academy.
Telangana: 5 more swine flu cases confirmed
Seventy-four cases of swine flu were recorded in the state from August 1 to August 21. Five new cases of swine flu were confirmed on Monday of which two are undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital. Due to the dip in temperatures the virus has become active and more cases are coming to hospitals. Gandhi Hospital deputy superintendent Dr Narshima Rao N Said, The patients are stable as they are coming to hospitals in time. Patients are being referred early and tests are carried out.
Schools nervous on Measles-Rubella vaccination, put drive on hold
Some private schools in Hyderabad have kept the ongoing measles-rubella (MR) immunisation drive on hold after a 13-year-old student died after administering the Measles and Rubella vaccine at the Yanadi Colony in Tadepalli mandal of Guntur district. Parents are demanding 100 per cent assurance of safety from the schools and therefore some managements have kept the programme on hold. If all the schools are going ahead with the programme we will also do that.
Gene responsible for sleep disorders
Recent research indicates that the gene Bmal 1 is responsible for sleep disorders and it is not in the brain but is in the muscle. The research in mice gives a new perspective on sleep disorders, but at present 80 per cent of sleep problems are due to environmental issues rather than biological factors. At present the white light from phones, tablets, laptops and computer is found to affect sleep in most patients.
American surgeons poorly prepared for humanitarian operations
Kuwayama and his team compared logs of cases performed by US surgical residents with cases performed at MSF facilities. American general surgery residents are critically deficient in exposure to obstetrical, gynecological and orthopedic care - essential skills in humanitarian operations, the study found. Sub-specialization has exacerbated the problem, she said, along with American surgeons' use of high-tech devices absent from MSF clinics. A power tool used to perform a skin graft in the US won't be available in South Sudan, Kuwayama said.
Guard against mosquito bites to prevent brain fever
Japanese Encephalitis, which was the cause of death of 30 children in Gorakhpur, is a mosquito-borne viral disease which manifests as a brain fever. Most adults develop a natural immunity against the virus, however, mortality among children who contract the disease is very high. Depending on which part of the brain is affected, internal organs begin to suffer. We try to stop convulsions and provide oxygen to different centres of the brain to ensure that patients survive.
Jury awards USD 417M in lawsuit linking talcum powder to
The lawsuit was brought by a California woman, Eva Echeverria, who alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential cancer risks of talcum powder. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder, Echeverria said in her lawsuit. She had blamed her illness on her use for more than 40 years of the company's talcum powder-containing products.
Nadda inaugurates AMRIT pharmacy stores in Shimla
In order to provide affordable medicines to the people, Union minister J P Nadda today inaugurated AMRIT pharmacy stores in two premier hospitals in Shimla and simultaneously inaugurated 15 pharmacy outlets in Assam, UP and Punjab through video-conferencing from here. They also laid the foundation stone of Tertiary Care Cancer Centre of IGMC to provide world class facility to cancer patients. The new cancer patients per year in the state are around 5,000 and 50 per cent of these are registered at IGMC Shimla.
Smokers hospitalized for heart attacks often don't get cessation drugs
Few smokers hospitalized for heart attacks and other serious complications of cardiac disease get medication to help them quit smoking, a US study suggests. In the current study, however, researchers found wide variation in how often hospitalized patients got cessation help. Hospitalized patients were more likely to get help quitting if they also had chronic lung disease or an alcohol abuse problem. Study participants were 68 years old on average, most were male, and most were hospitalized for a heart attack.
Parents still failing to put babies to sleep on their backs
Fewer than half of US infants always sleep on their backs, the position doctors recommend to avoid sleep-related injuries and deaths, a study suggests. More than three in four mothers said they usually placed their infants on their backs to sleep, the survey found. Just 44% of the mothers said they planned to place babies to sleep on their backs and then actually did this every time, researchers report in Pediatrics, online August 21.
J&J ordered to pay $417 million in trial over talc cancer risks
Johnson & Johnson on Monday was ordered by a California jury to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury's verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest to date in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of talc-based products. The verdict was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Echeverria's lawyers.
Avocado seed husk may help to treat heart disease, cancer
Researchers found that avocado seed husks contain a variety of chemical compounds that could help to kill viruses, combat heart problems, and even treat cancer. Further processing of the powder resulted in three teaspoons of seed husk oil and just over one teaspoon of seed husk wax. The team then used chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis to pinpoint the chemical compounds present in the seed husk oil and wax.
McDonald criteria: MS diagnosis guidelines
In this article, we look at what the criteria are and what is required for an MS diagnosis. In essence, the McDonald criteria help doctors diagnose MS by outlining the clinical factors to look for, as well as any additional data that can help lead to a diagnosis. Whether or not a doctor will need additional data to diagnose MS, using the McDonald criteria, depends on the symptoms a person has.
Surgical glue inspired by mussels
Inspired by the animal world, scientists have developed a strong glue that could make performing surgery on foetuses safer in the future. Researchers made by the glue after studying how mussels maintained a tenacious grip on slippery rocks. An adhesive that can prevent the amniotic sac from tearing after surgery could help the foetus remain in the womb longer, which would potentially lead to a healthier future for the baby, researchers said.

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