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Stress hampers intestinal bacteria making immune system inactive
A new research has indicated that stress not only sends the human immune system into overdrive - but it can also wreak havoc on the trillions of bacteria that work and thrive inside our digestive system. ANI

Mechanism for esophageal cancer identified
Researchers have discovered that a gene thought to be associated with cancer development can be a tumour suppressor gene in mice. ANI

First look into genetic underpinnings of bee's lifestyle
A new study of bumble bees, honey bees, stingless bees and solitary bees has offered a first look at the genetic underpinnings of their differences in lifestyle. ANI

Women's voices remain steady throughout menstrual cycle
A new study has contradicted prior researches that suggested women's voices change at different times over the menstrual cycle, with the tone rising as ovulation approaches. ANI

Brain 'finds it difficult to multitask as we get older'
Older adults have a harder time multi-tasking than young adults because they have more difficulty switching their brain network between tasks, according to a new study. ANI

Physicists discover new way to visualize warped space-time
Physicists, who have been studying the effects caused by the collision of black holes, have discovered a new way to visualize warped space-time. ANI

Link between high-fat diets, type 2 diabetes clarified
A new study has clarified the link between high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes. ANI

High Vitamin D levels 'may prevent age-related vision loss'
A University at Buffalo study has found that omen under the age of 75 with high vitamin D status were less likely to have early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in adults. ANI

Obesity 'likely to upset key gene clock in cardiovascular system'
For the first time, researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta have found that that obesity might shut down a key gene clock that regulates the cardiovascular system. ANI

New 'Nanobody' agents help identify patients who will benefit from breast cancer drugs
A study has suggested that new "Nanobody" agents can help physicians identify patients most likely to benefit from breast cancer drug therapies. ANI

Cholesterol-lowering drug could protect kidneys after surgery
A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug called statin before having major elective surgery could potentially reduce serious kidney complications. ANI

New computer interface helps students tackle real-world problems
A new project led by a group of Iowa State University faculty is helping students use what they have learned in the horticulture classroom and apply it to problems they'll face when they are on the job site. ANI

Kids' meals consisting of white potatoes are rich in nutrients
A new research has suggested that consumption of white potatoes (non-fried) by children does not displace other vegetables from their meals, ANI

Kids' pain behaviour 'linked to the way their family deals with pain'
A new research has suggested that adult children's strategies for coping with pain come from watching how their parents react to and deal with pain. ANI

Brain scans may help early detection of Alzheimer's
A new research suggests that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could help detect Alzheimer's disease (AD) at an early stage, before irreversible damage has occurred. ANI

Targeted photodynamic therapy offers hope for skin cancer patients
The latest research by UK and Swiss scientists has concluded that targeted photodynamic therapy could completely eradicate some models of cancer. ANI

Drinking 100-pc fruit juice 'as healthy as eating whole fruits'
A research has suggested that drinking 100 percent fruit juices could have protective health benefits similar to those of whole fruits. ANI

Novel gene therapy for cancer pain proves successful in small trial
Researchers from the University of Michigan Department of Neurology have reported that a novel gene therapy treatment successfully reduced pain symptoms in patients with cancer pain. ANI

Scientist recommends regimen of drugs for treating gambling addicts
A psychiatrist has suggested that gambling addicts could be treated with a wide range of drugs to rid them of the disorder. ANI

World's smallest wedding rings from DNA created
A just-married German researcher has created the world's smallest wedding rings from DNA strands. ANI

People in different cultures 'make different assumption about people around them'
A study has suggested that people in different cultures make different assumptions about the people around them. ANI

Antibiotic resistance spreads rapidly between bacteria: Study
A research team at the University of Gothenburg in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology has indicated that the part of bacterial DNA that often carries antibiotic resistance is a master at moving between different types of bacteria and adapting to widely differing bacterial species. ANI

Apple boss Steve Jobs finally gives nod to authorised biog
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally given nod to an authorised biography. ANI

How bitter taste induces nausea
A new study from the Monell Center has highlighted the vital role taste plays as the body's gatekeeper. ANI

Parents of young kids 'eat more fatty foods, lead unhealthier lives'
A study has found that the parents of young children are unhealthier than their childless peers. ANI

Now, a new iPhone app that counts calories from food photos!
Ever wondered how many calories you will consume in a slice of pizza, chocolate cake or bag of chips? ANI

Pistachios support weight management, heart health
A study has found that fat in pistachios may not be completely absorbed by the body, making them effectively lower in calories than previously thought. ANI

Soon, oestrogen therapy with no side-effects!
Swedish researchers have found a way of utilising the positive effects of oestrogen in mice so that only the skeleton is acted on. ANI

Blueberries could help fight the flab
Blueberries have shown potential to have a positive effect on everything from aging to metabolic syndrome. ANI

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