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Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer

Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer

A team of researchers has found that a combination of a diabetes medication and hypertension (high blood pressure) drugs can effectively combat cancer cells.

The study, published in Science Advances, also reported that specific cancer cells respond to this combination of drugs.

The findings indicate the cocktail of these two drugs is effective in a wide range of cancers.

New drug may restore cardiac function after heart failure

New drug may restore cardiac function after heart failure

Scientists have discovered a new experimental drug called Cimaglermin that may help restore cardiac functioning after heart failure.

The study is published in the journal of JACC: Basic to Translational Science.

Vanderbilt University researchers have examined the safety and efficacy of a single infusion of Cimaglermin, which acts as a growth factor for the heart, helping the structural, metabolic and contractile elements of the heart to repair itself following injury.

Your emotional experience can affect how you remember future events

Your emotional experience can affect how you remember future events

Researchers in the United States have found that an emotional experience, which persists for over 20 to 30 minutes, can influence how you remember future experiences.

The study, which appeared in the journal Nature Neuroscience, also showed that this emotional " hangover" influences how we attend and remember future experiences.

"How we remember events is not just a consequence of the external world we experience, but is also strongly influenced by our internal state and these internal states can persist and color future experiences," said senior study author Lila Davachi.

Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease

Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease

Researchers have decoded the genetic sequence of the ash tree to help the fight against fungal disease.

Tens of millions of ash trees across Europe are dying from the Hymenoscyphus fraxinea fungus -- the most visible signs a tree is infected with ash dieback fungus are cankers on the bark and dying leaves.

A small percentage of ash trees in Denmark show some resistance to the fungus and the reference genome is the first step towards identifying the genes that confer this resistance.

Study maps how brain recognise extensively varied faces at one go

Study maps how brain recognise extensively varied faces at one go

Ever wondered how can you recognise whether your friend is happy or sad, at a glance? Also how can you recognise a friend, even if you haven't seen him/her in a decade?

Answering to all these, a recent study finds out how the brain recognise familiar faces with efficiency and ease, despite extensive variation in how they appear.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US are closer than ever before to understand the neural basis of facial identification.

Everyday discrimination linked to poor sleep quality

Everyday discrimination linked to poor sleep quality

Adults who perceive discrimination in daily life have higher rate of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, finds a study.

The findings, published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, indicated that higher discrimination scores were associated with 12 percent higher odds of poor sleep efficiency and a nine percent increase in the odds of poor sleep quality.

"Discrimination is an important factor associated with sleep measures in middle-aged adults," said study author Sherry Owens from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

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Internet surfing in class is linked to poorer test scores

Internet surfing in class is linked to poorer test scores

Surfing the internet in class is linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students, warns a study.

The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.

The researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes.

The students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos. And their academic performance suffered.

Certain high BP drugs cut spread of cancer in body

Certain high BP drugs cut spread of cancer in body

A team of researchers has found that drugs used to treat high blood pressure can block the spread of cancer.

The findings were published in journal of Nature Communications.

Calcium channel blockers are currently used to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, but their potential use in blocking cancer cell metastases has not been previously reported.

Got kidney stones? Alpha-blockers may be effective

Got kidney stones? Alpha-blockers may be effective

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 4 : To help people get rid of large kidney stones, US Researchers have promoted a non-surgical way by suggesting off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers that can facilitate stone passage.

The study was published online in the British Medical Journal.

Physicians are eager to find non-surgical ways to help the two-thirds of kidney stone patients who need more than just extra hydration to pass their stones.

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