70% to 90% of cancers are due to external risk factors: Study

70% to 90% of cancers are due to external risk factors: Study

A new study has cancelled ‘bad luck hypothesis’ in cancer occurrence by unveiling that outside influences play a far greater role. Nine out of 10 cancers take place due to environmental and external factors like smoking, drinking, and sun exposure and air pollution.

It means that there are many cancers that may be preventable than previously thought. The researchers have suggested that people should be introduced healthy lifestyle changes in order to reduce their risk of getting diagnosed with cancer.

Elderly ESRD patients have 50% less chances of getting infected with shingles after taking shingles vaccine

1A--Elderly ESRD patients have 50% less chances of getting infected with shingles after taking shingles vaccine

According to a latest study, elderly patients suffering from end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, who get the shingles vaccine, were 50% less likely to be get shingles infection. Shingles itself is risky for people above 65 years.

A separate research recently discovered that shingles patients were over twice as likely as other people above age 65 to suffer a stroke and almost double as likely to suffer a heart attack during first 7 days post diagnosis.

Dinosaur with Sail on its Back Discovered in Spanish Province

Dinosaur with Sail on its Back Discovered

On Wednesday, scientists have unearthed fossilized remains of a medium-sized dinosaur they named Morelladon, a four-legged herbivore that measured 6 meters (20 feet) long near the town of Morella in Spain's Castellón Province. On analyzing the series of bony spines on the back of the dinosaur, scientists predicted that the unusual sail-backed dinosaur was having sail like structure that roamed around Spain some 125 million years ago. Morelladon is known from a partial skeleton including the spines, other vertebrae, pelvic bones, a thigh bone and teeth.

Greater Vasa Male Parrots found using tools to make calcium powder

Greater Vasa Male Parrots found using tools to make calcium powder

Greater vasa parrots use tools to make calcium powder for their own use, finds a new study. The method was completely-self-initiated, which also represents a new usage of tools among birds. It is the first time that any non-human has been observed making a nutritional supplement in order to accomplish its own needs.

Giant salamander over 200 years old found in Chinese cave

Giant salamander over 200 years old found in Chinese cave

A giant salamander that could be more than 200 years old has been recently found in the wild in south-western China. The endangered amphibian measuring 1.4m and 52kg was discovered in a cave in Chongqing municipality and was then taken to an official facility for protection purposes and further study.

Chinese giant salamander is said to be in existence for more than 170 million years and is known to move slowly and can be easily hunted. Its nick-name is wa wa yu, or baby fish, in Chinese, because of the high-pitched voices it takes out.

Lake temperatures across globe on alarming rise: Study

Lake temperatures across globe on alarming rise: Study

After studying 235 lakes across the world for at least 25 years, researchers have concluded that climate change is increasing the temperature of lakes. The study is unique as it is the first one to use a combination of satellite temperature data and long-term ground measurement.

The study, which is largest of its kind, has found lakes to be warning an average of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit every decade. It is greater than the warming of ocean and atmosphere, said the researchers.

Study Links Exposure to Secondhand Smoke with Infertility in Women

Study Links Exposure to Secondhand Smoke with Infertility in Women

Researchers through a recently conducted study have found that exposure to secondhand smoke can cause infertility in women. It can even result in early menopause, warned researchers.

The study researchers compared their findings with lifetime non-smoking women who are not at all exposed to passive smoking.

Researchers for their study involved over 93,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI OS) between 1993 and 1998. They analyzed the data on natural menopause age fertility issues and smoking habits.

With arrival of peak flu season, medical officials urging people to get flu shots

With arrival of peak flu season, medical officials urging people to get flu shots

As the Tri-state is heading into peak flu season, local medical officials have recommended people to get their flu shots. Monique Murphy-Mijares, Valley View Medical Center spokeswoman, has suggested everybody to ‘get vaccinated’.

Murphy-Mijares added that this was the best accessible kind of protection from the virus. She mentioned that though there are still chances of contracting the flu after getting a vaccination, they are quite low.

Every year, on average, 5 to 20% Arizona population contracts the flu, and over 4,000 people were hospitalized from flu complications.

Drug developer Advaxis Inc’s shares up as much as 38%

Drug developer Advaxis Inc’s shares up as much as 38%

On Wednesday, drug developer Advaxis Inc said that the US Food and Drug Administration had lifted a clinical ban on its three experimental cancer therapies. The move has sent the shares of the company up by as much as 38%.

In October, the US health regulator had put the mid-stage trials of the lead therapy of the company, axalimogene filolisbac, on hold following the death of a patient.

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FDA gives green-signal to Basaglar, cost-effective version to Lantus, to treat diabetes

FDA gives green-signal to Basaglar, cost-effective version to Lantus, to treat diabetes

Basaglar, a cheaper alternative to the drug Lantus from Sanofi AG, to treat diabetes has received a go-ahead by FDA. The diabetes drug by Eli Lilly & Co. is the first ‘follow-on’ insulin glargine product meant to improve glycemic control in adult and pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and adults having type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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