Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar

  • UCLA Develops Palm-Held Portable Microscope For Healthcare AccessUCLA Develops Palm-Held Portable Microscope For Healthcare Access

    August 31 2011 6:19 AM

    Researchers at the University of California (UCLA) have built an on the go compact, light-weight, dual-mode microscope that is not only portable but also efficient. The prototype dual-mode microscope uses holograms instead of lenses as in the case of a traditional microscope. Published in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, the UCLA researchers explain that the prototype not only weighs the same as a medium-sized banana but also fits within the ...

  • Doctors Report Improving Prediction of Cancer Survival Rates

    August 28 2011 11:21 PM

    A new prognostic model may predict whether patients with advanced cancer are likely to survive for days, weeks or months, researchers say.

  • Radio-Protective Melanin Viable For Space ScienceRadio-Protective Melanin Viable For Space Science

    August 25 2011 2:36 AM

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) have studied aspects of melanin’s radio-protective properties, which is a breakthrough for future biomimetic material. Scientists are now probing melanin’s self-restorative and radio-protective properties for space science.

  • Usefulness of Grim Anti-Smoking Warnings DoubtedUsefulness of Grim Anti-Smoking Warnings Doubted

    August 24 2011 1:04 AM

    Mandatory anti-smoking warnings on U.S. cigarette packs are being challenged, this time by researchers who say the combination of grotesque images and explicit messages may not be effective in curbing smoking.

  • Studies Warn on Dangerous Liaisons in Drug Supply Chain as Shortages Loom LargeStudies Warn on Dangerous Liaisons in Drug Supply Chain as Shortages Loom Large

    August 19 2011 7:52 AM

    The U.S. healthcare sector is being challenged by a surge in gray market drug deals and illegal online pharmacies.

  • Addiction Redefined As Chronic Brain Disorder, Not Bad BehaviorAddiction Redefined As Chronic Brain Disorder, Not Bad Behavior

    August 17 2011 1:03 AM

    Can't let go of that one pint of lager? What then is the reason behind such compulsive drinking bouts? Scientists have now redefined addiction as a case of brain disorder, so beware!

  • Brown Fat Found in Thin Children Could be the New Antidote to Obesity: StudyBrown Fat Found in Thin Children Could be the New Antidote to Obesity: Study

    August 14 2011 6:28 AM

    New findings by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Children's Hospital Boston have shown the presence of a type of "good" fat or "brown" fat that might be able to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Researchers foresee this new revelation as a tool to combat childhood obesity.

  • Study On Organic Poultry Hopes To Trigger A Wakeup Call For U.S. RegulatorsStudy On Organic Poultry Hopes To Trigger A Wakeup Call For U.S. Regulators

    August 12 2011 8:53 AM

    Organic agriculture, long seen as the best foot forward for supporting good health has now found new proof in a recent study that expects to reduce existence of drug-resistant bacteria on U.S. farms that "go organic".

  • Breakthrough 'Buddy' Virus to Wipeout AIDS VirusBreakthrough 'Buddy' Virus to Wipeout AIDS Virus

    August 11 2011 5:17 AM

    Tagging the HIV virus with a new viral vector; the subject of a new research has aroused much interest in the quest to find the ultimate cure for HIV induced AIDS. Healing victims of HIV could perhaps find a new meaning from this new study conducted by Dr Pin Wang of the USC (University of South California) Viterbi School of Engineering.

  • Dementia in Older Women Linked to Sleep ApneaDementia in Older Women Linked to Sleep Apnea

    August 10 2011 4:43 AM

    A recent study relates irregular breathing as a measure of oxygen deficiency during sleep, leading to memory loss at later stages.

  • Makers of Post Cereals Ties $545 million Deal with Sara LeeMakers of Post Cereals Ties $545 million Deal with Sara Lee

    August 09 2011 3:18 PM

    Makers of Post Food cereals, Ralcorp Holdings has forged a $545 million deal with Sara Lee for its North American refrigerated dough business that includes private label toaster pastries, specialty biscuits, crescent rolls, pizza and pie crusts in the retail segment. The sale formalities and closure is expected by 2012.

  • Soy Not Good For AllSoy Not Good For All

    August 09 2011 2:50 AM

    For those who believed Soy supplements could relieve one of menopausal symptoms and bone loss in women, a new research data proves soy isoflavone supplements does little to ease menopausal symptoms or help bone loss in women.

  • Macmillan Cancer Support Launches Its ?Move More? Campaign For Cancer Survivors

    August 08 2011 10:56 AM

    Macmillan Cancer Support, UK?s leading charity foundation launched its ?Move More? campaign that urges cancer survivors to undertake recommended levels of physical activities to sustain themselves. A new study released by the charity notes that a little physical activity not only improves the chances of recovery for cancer patients but can also prevent a relapse in most cases.

  • OTC Statins: How Safe is it to Swallow the Pill?OTC Statins: How Safe is it to Swallow the Pill?

    August 06 2011 11:52 PM

    Recent industry buzz on Pfizer's alleged strategy to sell its cholesterol reducer-blockbuster drug, Lipitor as an over-the-counter pill, reinforces debate on the safe compliance of prescription drugs when sold as OTC's.

  • New 3D High Speed Imaging to Screen CancerNew 3D High Speed Imaging to Screen Cancer

    August 04 2011 8:53 AM

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has extended the use of 3D imaging technology to screen oesophageal and colon cancer. The new imaging system is based on Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and has the advantage of detecting underlying microscopic pre-cancerous tissues.

  • President Obama, LaHood Urge Lawmakers To Rethink FAA ExtensionPresident Obama, LaHood Urge Lawmakers To Rethink FAA Extension

    August 04 2011 8:51 AM

    President Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to end the 12 day long FAA shutdown, as they recessed for the summer. The President remarked that members need not even return to town to resolve the dispute, and that it could be done through a procedural agreement when the debate resumes in September. He stated, "This is a lose, lose, lose situation that can be easily solved...."

  • Brain Cells To Blame For Failed Diets, Obesity and Weight Gain: StudyBrain Cells To Blame For Failed Diets, Obesity and Weight Gain: Study

    August 03 2011 9:31 AM

    Did you feel guilty the last time your diet did not work? Did you blame yourself for giving into food temptations? Now, you may let go off these guilt feelings as new research suggests that specialized neurons in the brain are responsible for those uncontrollable ?hunger pangs?. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have studied a biochemical mechanism that challenges human willpower.

  • FAA Stalemate: Airlines to Refund Passengers Directly

    August 03 2011 1:40 AM

    Delta Air Lines took the lead as they offered to process tax refunds to passengers who bought tickets on or before July 22, flying at a time when federal ticket taxes were being suspended.

  • Medicare Slashes Nursing Home Payments by 11 pc

    August 02 2011 7:49 AM

    Medicare payments to nursing homes would now be slashed 11.1 percent beginning October 1, 2011. This has led to the health care sector witnessing the first triggers of Medicare hospital reimbursement cuts in lieu of raising the federal debt ceiling.

  • Study Reveals Technique For Safer BiofuelsStudy Reveals Technique For Safer Biofuels

    August 02 2011 3:33 AM

    The buzz around biofuels is not new but the ability to measure the toxicity of these fuels much before production levels are standardized, could definitely save the environment.