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Chemo-radiotherapy prevents bladder cancer recurrences
A study has revealed that combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy could benefit bladder cancer sufferers. ANI

Statins could help stave off seizures
A new research has discovered that statins, the family of drugs used to lower cholesterol, might also reduce the risk of epileptic seizures in people with cardiovascular disease. ANI

Substantial consumption of fluoride ups chance of mild fluorosis
A new research has found that young children who consume substantial amounts of fluoride through infant formula and other beverages mixed with fluoridated water or by swallowing fluoride toothpaste have an increased chance of developing mild enamel fluorosis. ANI

Heat acclimation boosts athletic performance in cool weather
A new study by human physiology researchers at the University of Oregon has found that turning up the heat might be the best thing for athletes competing in cool weather. ANI

What can country of birth tell about childhood asthma?
Researchers from Tufts University have suggested that your country of birth can decide your susceptibility to asthma. ANI

Haiti quake caused by unknown fault, say scientists
A team of researchers has found that a previously unmapped fault was responsible for the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti and that the originally blamed fault remains ready to produce a large earthquake. ANI

Scientists discover new target for multiple sclerosis
A new study has brought scientists closer to solving one of the many mysteries of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. ANI

High-resolution microarray used to advance malaria research
Scientists have developed and used a high-density SNP array for the malaria vector mosquito, which has established 400,000 genetic markers capable of revealing new insights into how the insect adapts to outsmart insecticides and other preventive measures. ANI

Flamingos apply natural make-up to look good and attract mates
A new study has revealed that flamingos apply natural make-up to their feathers to look good and attract mates.he study by the Juan Amat, from the Estacion Biologica de Donana Spain, and colleagues, it is the first study to demonstrate that birds transfer the color pigments (carotenoids) from the secretions of their uropygial gland for cosmetic reasons. ANI

Ecstasy users unlikely to suffer worse health problems: Study
A new study has found that young ecstasy users are unlikely to suffer worse health or behavioural problems than non-users of the party drug. ANI

Increased shipping likely to accelerate climate change as Arctic warms
Scientists have revealed that as the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world. ANI

New study gives clues about carbon dioxide patterns at end of Ice Age
A new study has put to rest the mystery of where old carbon was stored during the last glacial period. ANI

Genetic code of sudden death cardiac killer cracked
Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a sudden death cardiac killer. ANI

Now, listen to your heartbeat through your iPhone
Monitoring your heartbeat might soon be as easy as listening to music on your iPhone. ANI

Soon, batteries that could store sun's heat instead of electricity
MIT researchers have discovered how a molecule works to store and release heat on demand - a find that could form the basis of a rechargeable battery to store heat rather than electricity. ANI

Brain neurons 'trigger chain reaction like a cascade of falling dominos'
Scientists at MIT have identified a "chain reaction" of brain activity that appears to control the timing of a bird song, saying that neurons in brain fire a chain reaction, much a like a cascade of falling dominos. ANI

World's largest marine virus is 'major player in ocean ecosystems'
Researchers at UBC have identified the world's largest marine virus that infects an ecologically important and widespread planktonic predator. ANI

Listeria 'tricks' intestinal cells to cause sickness: Indian origin scientist
A new study has found that pathogenic listeria tricks intestinal cells into helping it pass through those cells to make people ill, and, if that doesn't work, the bacteria simply goes around the cells. ANI

Plant stem cells pave way for low-cost cancer drug
A new study has suggested that a well-known cancer drug could be produced cheaply and sustainably using stem cells derived from trees. ANI

Modern humans emerged far earlier than thought, fossils in China suggest
Researchers have discovered well-dated human fossils in southern China that markedly change anthropologists' perceptions of the emergence of modern humans in the eastern Old World. ANI

Common anxiety disorders make it tougher to kick the butt
Researchers may now have a reason to explain why many smokers struggle to kick the butt. ANI

Super-futuristic cars will be 'grown from seeds' rather than built
Some of the world's most famous car manufacturers have come up with futuristic designs for vehicles that would be "grown" rather than built and which will be powered by compressed air. ANI

Mouse brain viewed in sharpest detail ever
An online atlas of an ultra-high-resolution mouse brain offers the most detailed magnetic resonance images ever obtained of a mammalian brain. ANI

Pregnancy outcome linked to immune system genes
A new study has shed light on the genetic factors that increase susceptibility to and provide protection from common disorders of pregnancy, specifically recurrent miscarriage, preeclampsia, and fetal growth restriction. ANI

Prostate cancer screening improves patients' quality of life
A new study demonstrated that men treated for prostate cancer who were diagnosed after the start of routine screening are less vulnerable to disease spreading to other body parts (metastases) within 10 years of treatment, compared to men who were treated prior to the use of routine screening. ANI

Falling in love 'only takes about a fifth of a second'
Remember the expression 'losing your heart to someone'? Well you might have lost your brain instead, according to a new study that claims it's your brain and not your heart that makes you fall in love. ANI

Large doses of B-complex vitamins may help slow progression of dementia
A two-year clinical trial in England has shown that large doses of B-complex vitamins could reduce the rate of brain shrinkage by half in elderly people with memory problems and slow the progression of dementia. ANI

New study on lead exposure paves way for blindness treatment
Scientists have discovered some unexpected effects of lead exposure that may one day help prevent and reverse blindness. ANI

Daily dose of whole body vibration may help aging bones stay healthy
Researchers of Medical College of Georgia have suggested that a daily dose of whole body vibration may help reduce the usual bone density loss that occurs with age. ANI

Heavy smoking in midlife 'doubles dementia risk'
Heavy smoking in middle age is linked to more than double the risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia two decades later, according to a new study. ANI

India 'may not have been an isolated island-continent 50mn yrs ago'
Scientists have discovered amber deposits containing bees, termites, spiders, and flies - the find has challenged the assumption that India was an isolated island-continent in the Early Eocene, or 52-50 million years ago. ANI

'Universal' robotic hand runs on coffee and party balloons!
Researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have created a versatile robotic gripper using ground coffee and a latex party balloon. ANI

Odor coding in mammals much more complex than previously thought
A new study has shown that the contribution of odorant receptors (ORs) to olfactory response in mammals is much more complex than previously thought, with important consequences for odorant encoding and information transfer about odorants to the brain. ANI

Ocean asteroid impact could damage Earth's protective ozone layer
If a medium-sized asteroid were to land in the oceans a tsunami wouldn't be the only worry, say scientists- the Earth's Ozone layer could be at risk too. ANI

Why some women make excuses for not wanting to have sex
Some women claim to have a headache while others pretended they are too tired. But now, experts have a scientific explanation as to why such women give their husbands excuses for not wanting to have sex. ANI

Why lack of sleep keeps some chirpy while others grumpy
Ever wondered how some stay perky all day with just a few hours of sleep, while others remain cranky all day? Scientists believe it's all in the genes. ANI

Aspirin use 'cuts risk of death from prostate cancer by more than half'
A new study has suggested that men with prostate cancer who take anticoagulants like aspirin in addition to radiation therapy or surgery may be able to cut their risk of dying of the disease by more than half. ANI

Men never forget sexy women's sexual overtures even years after event
A new study suggests that college-aged men are very likely to remember a woman's initial sexual interest (attraction or rejection), especially when the woman in question is thought to be attractive, is dressed more provocatively, and expresses positive sexual interest. ANI

Pompeii victims 'killed by intense heat not suffocation'
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 70 AD, temperatures shot up to 600 degrees Celsius, killing residents instantly within a span of ten seconds, a study has revealed. ANI

Now, a gel that could replace the Pill
The day may not be far when all you have to do is rub some gel on your body to avoid getting pregnant, for New York scientists claim they have developed a body cream that works exactly like the Pill. ANI

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