Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar
Red Wine, Blueberries, Passion Fruit Aid Obesity and Weight Loss, Says Purdue Study

Study: Red Wine, Blueberries, Passion Fruit Aid In Weight Loss

A new study from Purdue University has discovered the presence of piceatannoI in red wine that has the potential to interfere with fat cell development in the human body. PiceatannoI is a compound found in grapes, blueberries and passion fruit with a structural property similar to the much known resveratrol. The study is seen as a forerunner for anti-obesity measures
New Study Explores Virus to Fight Drug-Resistant Superbugs

New Study Explores Virus To Fight Superbugs

The Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference currently being held in Dublin between 26-29 March proposed the use of viruses called bacteriophages to wipe out bacterial strains that are resistant to the current crop of antibiotics. In a proactive stance, the FDA has been warned legally to to act on its long-drawn 35-year-old ruling that restricts the use of popular antibiotics in farms food.
Nanoparticles From Shrimp, Lobster, Squid Adds To The Genetic Wonders Of Anti-Aging Formula

Genes Define Ageless Skin, Now Nanoparticles Provide Hope

The quest for the ultimate anti-aging skin solution has now found its magic in scientifically developed nanoparticles obtained from shrimps and lobster. The search for the best anti-aging remedy has led a group of scientists to observe gene markers for long- term skin regeneration. At the American Academy of Dermatology's annual meeting in San Diego last Friday, new research on genetic implication on skin and its aging process were discussed .
Yale Study: Cell Phone Use in Pregnancy Leads to ADHD Syndrome in Offspring

Yale Study: Cell Phone Use in Pregnancy May Trigger ADHD Syndrome in Offspring

Yale researchers have determined that pregnant women who use their cell phones close to their abdomen might be exposing their unborn child to attention deficit syndrome. The study however states that advanced research is required to determine whether the potential risks of mobile phone exposure during pregnancy had the same impact on humans as it did with the animal models.
Scientists Grow Human Corneas Using Stem Cells

Scientists Repair Eyesight Using Human Cornea From Stem Cells

Two separate studies from Spain and Sweden have attempted to cue in on developing epithelial cells that keeps the cornea in its transparent form. While Swedish scientists have grown stem cells on human corneas, their Spanish counterparts have regenerated the corneal epithelium by using cells from the healthy limbus of patients with corneal damage.

Study Supports Single Flu Super Vaccine to Wipe Out Infections

In a new study, researchers observed for the first time that a universal vaccine could allow for a more wide-scale prevention of flu by restraining the ability of the influenza virus to spread and mutate. According to experts, the new study is a first attempt to understand the population consequences of the next generation of vaccines as regards the epidemiology and evolutionary impact on the virus.
Isolation of Ovarian Stem Cells Holds Promise for Infertile Women

Ovarian Stem Cells Holds Promise for Infertile Women: Study

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have isolated egg producing stem cells from human ovarian tissues. The new study is seen as a precursor to solving fertility issues in women of reproductive ages. If made viable, the study could benefit young women undergoing cancer therapy and older women who have to resort to egg donors.
Lancet Study: 1.24 Million Malaria Deaths Globally In 2010 Surpasses WHO estimates

Lancet Study: 1.24 Million Malaria Deaths Globally in 2010, Surpasses WHO Estimates

A new study published in the Lancet claims that malaria caused over 1.24 million deaths worldwide in 2010. In comparison to the WHO estimates of 655,000 global deaths as an underlying cause of malaria, the new analysis concluded that global deaths had risen from 995,000 in 1980 and fell to 1.24 million in 2010. The analysis said that death rates were highest at 1.82 million in 2004.

Biochip Detects Glucose in Saliva Instead of Blood for Diabetes Check

A new technique based on biochip detection of glucose in saliva instead of blood is likely to eliminate blood pricks for easy diabetes checks. The specially designed biochip could detect glucose levels similar to the levels found in human saliva.The study explained that the technique takes advantage of a convergence of nanotechnology and surface plasmonics, which explores the interaction of electrons and light (photons).
Iron Protein In Legumes Could Tackle Iron Deficiency Diseases

Iron Protein In Legumes Could Tackle Iron Deficiency Diseases

A new study published by the American Society for Nutrition, reveals an alternative mechanism for the absorption of ferritin - a large, protein-coated iron mineral found in legumes and dried seeds. The study intends to tackle global iron-deficiency illnesses by including more legume-rich diet in the developing world.
Illegal Abortions on the Rise Globally: Study

Illegal Abortions on the Rise Globally: Study

A new study analyzed links between abortion incidence and the legal status of abortion and stated that 95 percent of abortions in Latin America are unsafe in comparison to 40 percent of those in Asia. The study noted that “restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates.”
Harvard Muffin Makeover Ruins "Low Fat" Diet Myth

Harvard Muffin Makeover Ruins Low Fat Diet Myth

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) worked on a muffin makeover, with nutrition experts from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), to study healthy breakfast or snack options and the impact of ready- to-eat low-fat diet choices. The study gauged if homemade muffins were a safe bet, compared to donuts and other store-bought muffins, as a healthy snack break.

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Barclays Mulling Standard Chartered Merger

The potential move to merge with Standard Chartered could be a way for Barclays to thwart possible demands from an activist investor to return capital to shareholders, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.