Articles by Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar

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Computerized Text Analysis to Track Killer Instincts in Psychopaths

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

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

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.

Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer

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

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

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

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.

iPhone, iPad App to Convert SmartPhone Into Mobile Medical Monitor

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.

New Computational Analysis Forecasts New Targets to Control HIV

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.

More Than a Sleep Indicator, Yawning Cools the Brain Naturally

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.

USC Links Enzyme Depletion to Ageing

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.

UCLA Develops Palm-Held Portable Microscope For Healthcare Access

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 ...

Radio-Protective Melanin Viable For Space Science

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 Doubted

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.

Breakthrough 'Buddy' Virus to Wipeout AIDS Virus

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.

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