Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar

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 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.

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 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 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.

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

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.

A Silky Heart: Scientists Develop Artificial Heart Tissue From Tropical Silkworm

In a breakthrough effort, scientists at Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany have build an artificial cardiac tissue using silk from the tropical “tasar” silkworm. According to the researchers, the fiber produced by the tasar silkworm had several advantages over other substances that were tested in the past.

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

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.

Teardrops Could Enable Early Detection of Cancer

University of California (UC) Irvine scientists have established the existence of a disease-fighting protein in human tears that could go a long way in early detection of cancers and other chronic diseases.

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

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.

Now Decode Your DNA for $1000

The wish to decode your own DNA for as much as $1000 is no longer a pipe-dream. A new bio-technological innovation has made it possible to sequence an individual's genome in a day's time for $1000.

Study: Nicotine Patches Could Heal Mild Memory Loss

Nicotine patches as a quit-smoking aid have two advantages. The good news is that nicotine patches have now been shown to combat memory loss in elderly people and those who have stopped smoking. According to a study published in the current issue of Neurology, published by the American Academy of Neurology, wearing a nicotine patch could help people with mild cognitive or memory impairment.

Viagra Can be a Wonder Drug Against Heart Failure: Study

Viagra has finally been proven as a savior for heart aches. The new discovery on Viagra’s surprising 'relaxing' effect might actually save lives, according to researchers from the Ruhr Universitat Bochum (RUB), Germany in collaboration with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Soccer-Japan Roar Back Again To Shock Spain And Top Group

Japan staged their second stunning turnaround of the World Cup to beat 2010 champions Spain 2-1 on Thursday to surge into the last 16 along with their beaten opponents and dump Germany out in one of the greatest nights for the Samurai Blue.