Science confirms: Mediterranean diet is really good for heart disease

A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables helps prevent strokes and other heart issues. Now before you put on your “Captain obvious” t-shirts, you should know that while (many other) previous studies have suggested that people who eat a Mediterranean-like diet have healthier hearts, they haven’t ruled out other differences associated with this

Biomarker explains why some people catch colds more often than others

Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University have identified a biological marker in the immune system that (starting from about age 22), predicts the probability of getting a common cold. They found that telomeres play a big part in this likelihood. Telomeres are regions of repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromatid, which protect the end of the chromosome

Research finds direct correlation between heart attacks and ozone and air pollution

Based on a massive set of data collected from Houston by Rice University researchers, there is a direct correlation between out-of-hospital heart attacks and levels of air pollution and ozone. Rice statisticians Katherine Ensor and Loren Raun announced their findings today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Boston – where all the cool things

The more you sit, the more likely you are to suffer chronic diseases

Kansas State University researcher Richard Rosenkranz, assistant professor of human nutrition concluded that there is a direct connection between how much you sit and how likely you are to suffer chronic diseases; he conducted the study on middle-aged Australian males and published it in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He worked with University of Western Sydney

Parkinson’s tremors significantly reduced after electrical signal cancels brain waves

For most Parkinson’s patients, tremors associated with this devastating disease make living a normal life extremely difficult, if not impossible. Cooking, eating, even tying one’s shoelaces, basically anything that implies limb manipulation is very difficult to achieve by one’s self. A novel type of therapy developed by physicians at Oxford University, however, brings a glimmer of hope that Parkinson’s patients

Type 1 diabetes cured in animals, humans might not lag far behind

In what can only be considered a remarkable medical breakthrough, researchers at  Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have completely cured type 1 diabetes in dogs after they were injected during a single gene therapy session. The injected gene therapy vectors ensure a healthy expression of glucose, thus the regular insulin shots and associated side effects with the disease are no longer required.

How much coffee is too much? A new study shows 3 cups is maximum

The apparently evergrowing consumption of coffee and caffeinated products continues to worry scientists, and until now, a maximum safety level had not been established. A common story When Matthew Penbross woke on a morning in August 2007, he wanted to be prepared. A natural desire, considering he was competing in the motocross races near Port Macquarie, Australia; to pump up

DNA vaccines could prove to be safer, easier and better than traditional method

Vaccines have become synonymous to needles, and for a lot of people they’re the subject of horror stories since childhood. Typically, a vaccine works by injecting an inactive virus into the body, such that when the real virus reaches the host body, the immune system will be quick to act and destroy it before it gets a chance to spread. This doesn’t

Antibiotics of the future might come from the bottom of the oceans

The advent of antibiotics has spared humanity of a great deal of suffering and has saved countless lives through the years. Infectious diseases do not bore too easily and have always put out a fight, though. The bad news is that they’re winning and as the battle rages on, more and more strains become resistant to drugs. The consequences are

Gold nanoparticles show new way to annihilate lymphoma cells without chemotherapy

How do you annihilate lymphoma cells without any chemoterapy or drugs at all? Simply by starving it of the thing it needs most – High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Northwestern Medicine researchers discovered a method of treating lymphoma with a new nanoparticle that works as a double agent – it appears to the cancerous cells as ‘food’ (HDL), but when ingested,

Treating Autism with Umbilical Cord Blood

[This is a sponsored post by Sherry Lindbak] When a child is diagnosed with autism, families often embark on a lifelong quest to find answers, to seek treatment, and to maintain hope. Hope may now come in the form of a cure for autism if a new research study proves successful. Dr. Michael Chez, director of pediatric neurology at the

Got the flu? Tweet it!

The flu season has started, and it promises to be one of the worst in years; so far, over 2.200 people have been hospitalized due to influenza related issues just in the US. For example, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a citywide public health emergency, with some 700 declared influenza cases – 10 times more than last year, and we’ve

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea arrives in North America too. STD might become “incurable”

Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. It’s been a real pest for centuries, however for decades now effective and simple orally administrated antibiotics have quickly turned this dreaded social stigma and healthcare hazard into nothing more than a common trifle, easily dealt with. The bacterium doesn’t give up that easily though, and along

Detecting biomarkers in urine could allow for earlier cancer diagnosis

By detecting specific biomarkers (proteins) produced by cancer cells, physicians can diagnose a tumor, however these are so diluted in the bloodstream that only after they’re sufficiently present can they be observed. Usually this happens many years after the tumor had already the chance to develop. Now, scientists at MIT have proposed a novel method involving nanoparticles specially developed to

Learn to play the piano – no attention required

If learning to play the piano while watching television sounds like your thing – this is definitely something you should tune in to. Furthermore, if you already find your tutor helpful, this additional technology can make you a master musician. A computer scientist at Georgia Tech, Thad Starner, and his team, invented Mobile Music Touch (MMT), a rather simple technology

Visual impairments on the rise in the US linked to diabetes

Nonrefractive visual impairments, the kind that can’t be corrected by glasses, have reportedly increased 21% overall and 40% among non-Hispanic whites aged 20 to 39 years compared to a decade ago. The researchers who conducted the study claim that their results show a link between loss of vision and rising diabetes among the US populace. Visual impairment diseases like  glaucoma and cataract can only

Light smoking doubles the risk of sudden heart failure in women

If you’re a woman who just can’t give up smoking, but you’ve toned it down, even to just one cigarette per day, then don’t think you’ve eliminated the risks; according to a new research published in the Journal of American Heart Association, even very light smoking doubles the risk of heart failure in women, while quitting drops the risks in

Nobody’s perfect: we all carry genetic variants that may cause diseases

For the first time ever, researchers at at Cambridge and Cardiff, have identified and compiled a list of damaging or disease associated DNA variants in the human genome. The researchers found that an average healthy individual carries 400 potentially damaging DNA variants. Most such variants should be found as genetic research provides more refined results. Scientists have known for a long time that

Scientists Finds Possible Cure for Leukemia from Fish Oil

A compound derived from fish oil is found to provide an effective remedy for leukemia, known as the cancer of white blood cells. Encouraged by successful experiments on  mice, the researchers applied for a patent of the compound and are now preparing to test it on human beings. The scientists are examining its efficacy in treating the terminal stage of

Beware of infections in tropical waters – Flood hit areas more vulnerable

Beware of snails before you swim in shallow waters of tropical countries such as India. You can avoid parasitic worm infections caused by the snails, according to a new study. The risk is more in flood hit areas, such as Andhra Pradesh which requires a ground survey to prevent infections which could be detected through urine or stool test. The