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Study finds new drug target for heart failure patients

Study finds new drug target for heart failure patients

According to a recent study, researchers have found a new target for drug developers who are seeking ways to improve cardiac output in heart failure patients.

The study was published in journal Science Advances.

The researchers bypassed complex cell signaling pathways that are dysregulated in failing hearts by directly targeting proteins that help heart muscles contract.

Common cancer drugs may up chemo toxicity

Common cancer drugs may up chemo toxicity

A new study has found that the common drugs widely used in cancer therapy, known to increase blood sugar, appeared to also up chemo-related cell damage in mice, raising possible risks for cancer patients taking similar drug combinations.

A short-term fast appeared to counteract increases in blood sugar and protect healthy cells in mice from becoming too vulnerable to chemotherapy, according to the new research from the University of Southern California.

So where do babies cry the most?

So where do babies cry the most?

According to an interesting and a first of its kind research, babies cry more in Britain, Canada and Italy, than the rest of the world.

The study, performed by the University of Warwick, states:

-Psychologists have created world's first universal charts for normal amount of crying in babies during first three months

-On average, babies around the world cry for around 2 hours per day in first two weeks, peak at 2 hours 15 mins at six weeks -- and crying reduces to 1 hour 10 minutes by week twelve.

Time strawberries to bloom just after apples for better harvest

Time strawberries to bloom just after apples for better harvest

You may want to set your strawberry alarm clock for the post-apple bloom as according to a recent study, doing so can reap a better harvest.

When apple trees blossom, the sheer abundance of flowers attracts most of the pollinators, which leaves fewer bees for other nearby crops such as strawberries and lowers their yields.

But if growers time their strawberries to flower directly after a neighbouring apple bloom, strawberries produce higher yields than they would if there were no apple trees nearby.

Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

All the would-be moms, look before you booze!

A study finds, binge drinking before conceiving, may lead to high blood sugar in kids, increasing the risk of developing diabetes in their adulthood.

The results were presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

"The effects of alcohol use during pregnancy on an unborn child are well known, including possible birth defects - learning and behaviour problems," said principal investigator Dipak Sarkar from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Diabetic women who sleep late have higher risk of depression: Study

Diabetic women who sleep late have higher risk of depression: Study

Diabetic patients, especially women, who work at night, may have more symptoms of depression than those who sleep and wake-up early, regardless of the quality of their sleep, finds a study.

According to researchers, people with Type-2 diabetes, who are "night owls" and prefer the evening for activity report, have more symptoms of depression than those who are early to bed and early to rise.

The results are scheduled to be presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Hepatitis B, C may heighten risk of Parkinson's disease later in life: Study

Hepatitis B, C may heighten risk of Parkinson's disease later in life: Study

A team of Briton researchers has found viruses of hepatitis B and C may increase the risk of developing a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow, imprecise movement later in life.

The findings, published in the online journal of Neurology®, indicated that people with hepatitis B were 76 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, and people with hepatitis C were 51 percent more likely to develop it.

The fatter you are, the faster is aggressive breast cancer growth

The fatter you are, the faster is aggressive breast cancer growth

If you are overweight, you may want to shed those extra kilos as a recent study has found that the aggressive breast cancer grows faster in an obese environment.

It's not just what's inside breast cancer cells that matters, it's also the environment surrounding cancer cells that drives the disease, according to the researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Americans over 60 booze more: Study

Americans over 60 booze more: Study

Nowadays, Americans over 60 tend to booze more than they used to do 20 years ago.

A study, published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, found that regular consumption among older populations is on the rise.

According to the study author Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist at the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as quoted by CNN, "Given the larger number of Americans we are going to have (as the population ages), that's going to increase the need for more public health programming."

New find offers hope for some Hemophiliacs

New find offers hope for some Hemophiliacs

A team of researchers has improved the vectors for delivering human factor VIII (hFVIII) gene therapy to treat Hemophilia A.

The University of Pennsylvania study examined 42 combinations of promoters and enhancers for hFVIII gene expression to identify the optimal adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapy delivery vector constructs to take forward into development.

Evaluation of the different combinations in mice that lack factor VIII demonstrated the significant and differing effects the vector components had on liver-specific expression of the hFVIII transgene.

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