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Artificial Intelligence system can identify cancer tumours better than humans

Washington, Aug 26: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately detect tiny specks of lung cancer in CT scans, which radiologists often have a difficult time identifying. The AI system is about 95 per cent accurate, compared to 65 per cent when done by human eyes, researchers said.

“We used the brain as a...

Alcohol causes 2.8 million deaths each year worldwide: Report

Washington, Aug 24: In a shocking revelation, a recent study has found that alcohol is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old.

Overall, according to the research that estimates levels of alcohol use and health effects in 195 countries between 1990 to 2016, 2.8 million deaths occur each year worldwide.

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E-cigarettes can damage DNA, up cancer risk

Washington, Aug 21: E-cigarettes -- often touted as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking -- may modify the DNA in the oral cells of users, potentially increasing the risk of cancer.

Introduced to the market in 2004, e-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that heat a liquid, usually containing nicotine, into an aerosol that the user inhales.

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Have milk for breakfast to lower blood glucose

Washington, Aug 20: Whether you pour a glass or have it with cereal, consuming milk for breakfast is the perfect energy boost your body needs to get you through the day.

H. Douglas Goff, Ph.D., and the team of scientists from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the University of Guelph, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, examined...

Almond snacking may lower cholesterol, blood glucose, says study

Los Angeles, Aug 18: A morning snack of almonds may reduce total cholesterol, and improve the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar in breakfast-skipping college students, a study claims. Many college students tend to skip meals, mostly breakfast, while they transition to a more hectic independent lifestyle, said researchers from the University of California Merced in the US. According to...

E-cigarette vapour disables lung's protective cells

London, Aug 14: E-cigarette vapour disables key immune cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, say scientists who warn that vaping may be more harmful than traditional smoking.

The vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences...

New potential breast cancer drug identified

Scientists, including an Indian-American researcher, have identified a molecule that can help treat breast cancer, giving hope to patients who have become resistant to traditional therapies.

The first-in-class molecule shuts down oestrogen-sensitive breast cancer in a new way, researchers said.

First-in-class drugs are those that work by a unique mechanism - in this case a...

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness

Washington, Aug 9: Blue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye's retina into cell killers, a study has found.

Macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person's 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the...

Novel vaccine proven effective against Zika virus

Washington, Aug 8: A uniquely designed experimental vaccine against Zika virus has proven powerful in mice, scientists have found, paving the way for preventing the infection that causes babies to develop serious birth defects.

The vaccine, developed by researchers at Ohio State University in the US employs an uncommon two-pronged approach to fighting the virus, which is spread by...

Low-calorie diet benefits men, women differently

Washington D.C, Aug 8: Did you know! Women and men experience different benefits from low-calorie diets.

In the study of more than 2,000 overweight individuals with pre-diabetes who followed a low-calorie diet for eight weeks, men lost significantly more body weight than women, and they had larger reductions in a metabolic syndrome score, a diabetes indicator, fat mass and...