Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar

  • UCLA Develops Innovative Anti-Bacterial Mouthwash to Wipe Out Tooth Decay

    November 17 2011 11:19 PM

    A new mouthwash that promises to eliminate tooth decay in our lifetime has opened up new research into treating dental ailment. Developed by the UCLA School of Dentistry, the new mouthwash targets the Streptococcus mutans bacteria that primarily cause tooth decay and cavities.

  • Annual Flu Vaccines Could Leave People Vulnerable to Novel Pandemics: StudyAnnual Flu Vaccines Could Leave People Vulnerable to Novel Pandemics: Study

    November 17 2011 2:30 AM

    According to a new research paper published in the November Journal of Virology, vaccinating children annually against influenza virus could interfere with their development of cross-reactive killer T cells to flu viruses.

  • How Genes Make a Person CompassionateHow Genes Make a Person Compassionate

    November 16 2011 8:42 AM

    You need only twenty seconds to know whether a stranger is trustworthy, kind or compassionate. And this compassion is grounded in our genes, according to a new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Flexible Silicon Implants Provide New Interface for Studying Brain Diseases

    November 16 2011 6:37 AM

    Study reveals new implantable array made up of silicon nanomembrane transistors could bring across new understanding of brain diseases like epilepsy, as well as usher in a new generation of implantable neuroprosthetic and diagnostic devices.

  • Study Links High Childhood IQ To Illegal Drug Use

    November 16 2011 5:44 AM

    A new study suggests that children with high IQs are linked with illegal drug use, in both adolescence and adulthood (and specifically in their thirties).

  • Ionized Plasma Tapped as Cheap Water Sterilizer for Third WorldIonized Plasma Tapped as Cheap Water Sterilizer for Third World

    November 16 2011 3:37 AM

    Scientists at the University of Berkeley, California, have now shown that devices capable of producing such ionized plasmas can not only sterilize water but also make it antimicrobial, by killing bacteria. In addition, the antimicrobial effect can be sustained for as long as a week.

  • Tamoxifen Resistance in Breast Cancer Can be Defeated: StudyTamoxifen Resistance in Breast Cancer Can be Defeated: Study

    November 14 2011 7:46 AM

    Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, have introduced a new class of drug - histone deacytalase inhibitors - meant to combat Tamoxifen resistance in patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer tumors.

  • Tear Drops May Replace Blood in Testing for Diabetes: Study

    November 11 2011 7:35 AM

    A new study from the University of Michigan, has suggested that it may be possible for scientists to develop a device that measures blood sugar levels through tears instead of blood. If the Michigan study reaches ground reality, it could be a tearful adieu to the prick for diabetes checks.

  • Critical Thinkers Demystify Doomsday Prophecies

    November 04 2011 10:50 AM

    Are you still pondering about the much awaited cataclysmic 2011 dates - Oct 21 and Oct 28, a prediction that passed by quite uneventfully? It could still be worthwhile to muscle up courage and brace up for the next two dark dates of 11/11/11 or Dec. 21, 2012.

  • Anti-Aging Gene Elixir Found In Fruit Fly; Scientists Foresee Targeted Drug Remedies for Geriatric DiseasesAnti-Aging Gene Elixir Found In Fruit Fly; Scientists Foresee Targeted Drug Remedies for Geriatric Diseases

    November 03 2011 5:50 AM

    Research into the eternal human aspiration to stay forever young continues to bring forth new meanings for and sources of the elusive fountain of youth. In yet another attempt, scientists have taken a cue from the ubiquitous Fruit Fly to satiate our hunger for evergreen youth.

  • Babies Understand More, Sooner Than We Thought: StudyBabies Understand More, Sooner Than We Thought: Study

    November 03 2011 1:48 AM

    In a first time effort, University Of Missouri researchers have indicated that babies have the capability to understand adults and communicate as young as 10 months. The new study explores the myth regarding infants and their mental agility of understanding life in the first year of birth. The study explained that babies start to understand another person's thought process, providing new insights on how humans acquire knowledge and how communication develops.

  • Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Cost Insurers $72.5 Billion Yearly: CDCPrescription Painkiller Overdoses Cost Insurers $72.5 Billion Yearly: CDC

    November 03 2011 12:52 AM

    Nearly 15,000 people in the U.S. die from overdoses involving prescription painkillers annually. The new report by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that the trend has reached epidemic proportions but could be controlled. The extent of the damage is that non-medical use of prescription painkillers costs health insurers up to $72.5 billion annually in direct health care costs.

  • Your Breast Cancer Risk Not Linked to Your Mother’s, Say U.S. ResearchersYour Breast Cancer Risk Not Linked to Your Mother’s, Say U.S. Researchers

    November 01 2011 4:25 AM

    The likelihood of contracting breast cancer need not run through family lines, contrary to popular belief. According to new research, it is being suggested that women may not run the risk of breast cancer if their mothers or other members of the family test positive for genetic mutations of the same. The new findings, therefore, suggest that women who test negative for the mutation may not need extra cancer screening and increased preventive measures.

  • Scientists Map and Measure Dreams for the First TimeScientists Map and Measure Dreams for the First Time

    October 31 2011 12:46 AM

    In a first time attempt, German scientists have succeeded in analysing brain activity as part of mapping dream sequences. The researchers believe that brain scanners can now read deep into your dreams which has enabled scientist to analyse specific brain activity associated with dream content.

  • Fizzy Colas Blamed for Aggressive Teenage Behavior: StudyFizzy Colas Blamed for Aggressive Teenage Behavior: Study

    October 25 2011 5:25 AM

    A new study has attacked fizzy drinks as being inappropriate for teenagers. According to the study, teens who are addicted to carbonated soft drinks are more likely to be aggressive, say researchers at the University of Vermont. The research stated that teenagers consuming more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks per week were significantly more likely to behave aggressively.

  • A Treat For Retailers As Consumers Fall For Halloween TricksA Treat For Retailers As Consumers Fall For Halloween Tricks

    October 24 2011 9:53 AM

    The National Retail Federation (NRF) has spelt ghoulish Halloween spending this year in its’ 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Overall, 2011 will see Americans spend about $6.86 billion on Halloween, according to the survey. The latest survey therefore could spell kudos for the food Industry and the retail sector in their ingenuity in marketing “Halloween” since its official inception in the 1920s. 40 years on, retail shelves scramble for volumes to spook us even before th...

  • U.S. Rivers Releasing Alarming Amount of Carbon Dioxide into Atmosphere: StudyU.S. Rivers Releasing Alarming Amount of Carbon Dioxide into Atmosphere: Study

    October 21 2011 3:25 AM

    Scientists at Yale University estimate that streams and rivers in the U.S. release alarming amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which is an important parameter in gauging climatic changes in climate model studies.

  • Herpes Antiviral Drugs Targeted to Delay Progression of Alzheimer Disease: StudyHerpes Antiviral Drugs Targeted to Delay Progression of Alzheimer Disease: Study

    October 20 2011 7:19 AM

    Scientists at the University of Manchester suggest using antiviral drugs that target herpes virus, to slow progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The new study seems to indicate that the herpes simplex virus type 1 is a risk factor for contracting Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Robotic Winged Bug DASH Reveals Evolution of FlightRobotic Winged Bug DASH Reveals Evolution of Flight

    October 18 2011 8:00 AM

    Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley,used robot models that could play a useful role in studying the origins of flight to overcome limitations of fossil evidences. The engineering team behind DASH+Wings integrated their study with that of Dr. Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology and an animal flight expert at UC Berkeley.

  • Toxins Foul Arctic Ocean Food Chains, Threaten Polar BearsToxins Foul Arctic Ocean Food Chains, Threaten Polar Bears

    October 17 2011 5:07 AM

    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Aarhus University have warned that polar bear species as the prime predators are ailing as industrial pollutants seep into the Artic Ocean food chains.