WHO: Processed meats are Group 1 carcinogens, making them as cancerous as tobacco and asbestos

WHO: Processed meats are Group 1 carcinogens

Bacon, sausages, and other processed meats are now classified as Group 1 carcinogens according to an announcement made by the World Health Organization on 26 October 2015. The organisation also mentioned red meat as a likely cause of cancer. These conclusions came from the review study of a scientific panel that examined 800 epidemiological studies from […]

Scientific breakthroughs from ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Scientific breakthroughs from ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

A year after the phenomenal global fundraising campaign, scientists are crediting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the accompanying public interest for modern breakthroughs in ALS research. It was in August 2014 when the research campaign went viral on several social networking websites. Dubbed as the Ice Bucket Challenge, the campaign dared people to do […]

Groundbreaking study establishes link between the brain and immune system

Study establishes link between the brain and immune system

For several decades, scientific and popular understanding had characterised the central nervous system as lacking of a classical lymphatic drainage system despite an established consensus that the central nervous system undergoes constant immune surveillance that takes place within the meningeal compartment. The mechanisms involving the movement of immune cells in and out of the central […]

Smell of our sweat may communicate positive and negative emotions

Smell of our sweat may communicate positive and negative emotions

Sweat it. Sniff it. We might be communicating positive or negative emotions through the smell of our sweat. A study revealed that whenever we experience a particular emotion, we are producing chemical compounds or chemosignals and we release them through our sweat. Thus, others unknowingly receive these chemosignals and interestingly, experience similar emotions whenever they […]

Wound healing and a better wound dressing using the skin of tilapia fish

A better wound dressing made from the skin of tilapia fish

Tilapia is a favourite dinnertime fish in the United States and several parts of Asia. Its mild flavour and affordability makes it one of the most commercially important aquaculture species. Scientists, however, have found a new use for this fish Researchers Jiao Sun, Xiumei Mo, and their colleagues have found out that a protein found […]

Omega-3 fatty acids prevent prostate cancer by suppress growth of cancer cells

Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent prostate cancer by suppressing growth of cancer cells

Researchers from the Washington State University have found out that omega-3 fatty acids may help in suppressing the growth of cancer cells in the prostate, thus opening a new possibility for developing novel anti-cancer drugs. The link between omega-3 and cancer, especially prostate cancer is controversial. A 2013 study that appeared in the Journal of […]

Researchers are developing a covalent bond-inspired “warhead” molecule to hunt down deadly bacteria

Researchers are developing a covalent bond-inspired “warhead” molecule to hunt down bacteria

A team of chemists from Boston College has developed a novel approach to identify and target deadly bacteria using a so-called warhead molecule. Researchers in medicinal chemistry have long been seeking to develop several approaches to effectively identify and target bacterial pathogens within the human body. In addition, targeting deadly, drug-resistant bacteria poses a serious […]

Powerful dengue cure, Antibody 5J7 discovered

Breakthrough in dengue cure: Antibody 5J7 discovered

Researchers discovered a powerful antibody capable of neutralising the dengue serotype 3 virus (DENV-3). This finding opens newer possibilities for developing a more effective treatment against the deadly pathogen. By studying blood samples from a dengue infected patient, the researchers have isolated antibody 5J7 from 200 different candidate antibody molecules. It appeared this antibody is […]

Retail cold cuts may still come with deadly Listeria pathogen

Retail cold cuts might still come with deadly Listeria pathogen

The next time you feel the urge to grab sliced cured meats from your local grocer or order a deli sandwich for a quick hunger fix, you might want to rethink your purchase. Retail cold cuts might still come with deadly Listeria pathogen according to a study from Purdue University. Actually, Listeria pathogen remains prevalent […]

Better sleep in younger years may aid memory in old age

Quality sleep in younger years may aid memory in old age

Sleep researchers found an interesting link between sleep, memory, and old age. Accordingly, people who had quality sleeps during their younger and middle-aged years appear to have better mental functioning in old age than their sleep-deprived counterparts. Researchers Michael K. Scullin, PhD. and Dr. Donald Bliwise, PhD. detailed the results of their extensive reviews of […]

Pre-sleep drink impairs sleep and daytime function

Pre-sleep drink impairs sleep and daytime function

Capping the night off with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer causes sleep disruption leading to poor daytime functioning. Research revealed that although alcohol initially acts as a sedative, it subsequently triggers frontal alpha activity, which is thought to reflect disturbed sleep. Findings from previous research have described how alcohol can help […]

Researchers found possible cure for hair loss

Researchers found possible cure for hair loss

There is still no cure for alopecia or excessive hair loss despite several breakthroughs in the treatment and management of more dreaded diseases. However, cancer researchers may have finally found an exciting new way to trigger hair growth that involves tapping the immune system. A study conducted by researchers Mirna Perez-Moreno, Donatello Castellana, and Ralph […]

Blood test could tell how to quit smoking

Blood test could tell how to quit smoking

Do you want to quit smoking? Take a blood test. At least, according to a new research, the best way to break the habit is to understand how fast your body metabolises nicotine. A group of researchers, in partnership with Perelman School of Medicine at Pennsylvania University, undertook a four-year-long study to understand better the […]