Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar
- Computerized Text Analysis to Track Killer Instincts in Psychopaths
October 16 2011 6:19 AM
The next time you're in the mood to narrate a murder-mystery, be wary of the words you use. Scientists and language researchers from Cornell University, NY, suggest that psychopaths are more likely to use certain word patterns than others, thereby revealing their killer instincts.
- UK Scientists Develop Tests to Spike Makers of Designer Stimulants
October 14 2011 5:52 AM
UK scientists at Strathclyde and the James Hutton Institute are developing tests for tracing unidentifiable source of the raw materials in designer 'legal high' drugs. Using isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) technique, UK researchers have attempted to reveal the course of a drug's manufacturing procedure which is expected to track the and gather information on manufacturers of bath salts or so-called ‘designer drugs’.
- U.S. Regulators Backtrack on Junk Food Ads for Kids
October 13 2011 3:58 AM
U.S regulators announced at a House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday that they will now back off on junk food marketing guidelines put forth by the government earlier this year. The final guidelines would now restrict food ads to be targeted only at children under 12 years and not 17 as proposed earlier.
- Greens Can Alter Gene Linked to Heart Disease: Study
October 12 2011 3:51 AM
Canadian researchers have discovered that eating raw vegetables and fruits can actually modify a gene that is, perhaps, the strongest indicator of heart diseases.
- Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer
October 12 2011 12:30 AM
New findings by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) reveals that if preventive measures are not taken, the annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world's cocoa produce.
- Swedish Chocolate Found to Cut Stroke Risk In Women
October 11 2011 4:44 AM
A new Swedish study has reaffirmed the super fruit status of chocolate that could reduce incidence of stroke in women. But it warns that because Swedish chocolate contains higher concentrations of cocoa compared to U.S. chocolate, the study results might not translate the healthy benefits of chocolate in women in the U.S.
- WHO Outlines Action Plan for Mental Health
October 11 2011 1:17 AM
The World Health Organization (WHO) has pegged a per capita investment of US $3 to $ 4 for managing mental health as part of its initiative on World Mental Health day. 2011 commemorates the 20th year of World Mental Health day and this year’s campaign focuses on, Investing in mental health”, noting that financial and human resources allocated for mental health are inadequate especially in low resource countries.
- A Tribute to Visionary Cardiologist John T. Shepherd
October 09 2011 11:46 PM
Dr. Michael Joyner, associate dean for research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. pays his tribute to John T. Shepherd, cardiovascular physician who also headed the American Heart Association, served as a NASA adviser and led U.S. scientific exchanges with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, died last Tuesday. He was 92.
- Ancient Silky Lacewing Insects Fossil Discovered
October 09 2011 12:28 PM
Researchers have stumbled upon fossil remains of the 120-million-year-old ancient silky lacewings insect from Mesozoic origins of China.
- iPhone, iPad App to Convert SmartPhone Into Mobile Medical Monitor
October 07 2011 7:09 AM
Researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have devised a smart option that uses an iPhone app to convert a Smart Phone Into a Medical Monitor. The researchers intend to eventually adapt tablet devices, into sophisticated medical monitors that would capture and transmit vital physiological data.
- Spanish Researchers Claim Most Effective HIV Vaccine Yet
September 30 2011 12:11 AM
Spanish medical researchers say they have developed an HIV vaccine prototype that is the most potent weapon against the deadly virus yet.
- Women Have Genetically Stronger 'X-Factor' Than Men – Study
September 28 2011 11:21 PM
Scientists have given a new meaning to the X chromosome factor makes the female of the species more robust than their male counterparts. The new study says that women are also less likely to develop cancer.
- Scientists Devise a Protein Switch That Trigger Cancer Cells to Self Medicate
September 25 2011 11:00 AM
The damaging impact of chemotherapy on healthy cells can now be combated using a protein switch that initiates cancer cells to produce their own anti-cancer medication.
- New Computational Analysis Forecasts New Targets to Control HIV
September 24 2011 4:59 AM
Computational scientists have forecasted the presence of numerous human proteins that are required by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to replicate itself. These, constitute a powerful resource for experimentalists who desire to discover new targets for human proteins that can control the spread of HIV, noted study authors.
- Scientists Suggest Anti-Aging Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Diseases
September 24 2011 3:44 AM
Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the Georgia Institute of Technology have shown they can turn back the biological clock in human adult stem cells, which helps regenerate old or damaged tissues.
- Blood Test can Help Diagnose Heart Attack: Researchers
September 21 2011 9:16 AM
Researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine believe that a possible new blood test could help diagnose heart attacks.
- More Than a Sleep Indicator, Yawning Cools the Brain Naturally
September 20 2011 6:07 AM
In a landmark discovery, yawning has literally been linked to hot-headedness. A study by Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology explains that while yawning frequencies are seasonal, people are less likely to yawn when the heat outdoors exceeds body temperature.
- Breakthrough For Retroviral Drug Design As Gamers Unfold Elusive Enzyme Structure
September 19 2011 8:04 AM
In an extraordinary breakthrough, online game players have pieced together the molecular structure of the mysterious retrovirus enzyme that has baffled scientists for more than a decade. This is the first case in which researchers and gamers have teamed up together to solve an age-old scientific problem.
- Smoking Cessation can Improve Young Adults’ Personality: Study
September 15 2011 3:23 AM
Kicking the butt might be a good idea for young adults as they develop positive behavioral patterns according to a recent study released by the University of Missouri researchers.
- USC Links Enzyme Depletion to Ageing
September 01 2011 10:12 AM
A recent study finding by biologists at the University Of Southern California (USC) might help to explain why humans lose energy with age. One benefit of the study would lead to pathways for developing medicine, new diets or pharmaceuticals that might help to slow the aging process. In the new study, USC scientists have revealed that as human cells grow older, there is a greater decline in the availability of an enzyme, called Lon protease.