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More than half of women and 40 pc of men with arthritis are couch potatoes
Being physically active is one of best ways people with arthritis can improve their health, but researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have found that more than half of women and 40 percent of men with arthritis are virtually couch potatoes. ANI

Gene therapy to get a boost with genetically engineered spider silk
A new study has suggested that genetically engineered spider silk might boost the therapeutic usage of genes in everyday medicine. ANI

Laser-shined bone marrow stem cells reduce heart scarring after stroke
Combining the therapeutic benefits of low-level lasers - a process called "shining" - and bone marrow stem cells, a Tel Aviv University researcher has developed a new treatment to reduce heart scarring after stroke, in which the heart is injured by a lack of blood supply. ANI

ADHD genes also associated with autism
A new study has identified more genes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and found that there is an overlap between some of these genes and those found in other neuropsychiatric conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ANI

Purify your glass of water by slipping a banana peel into it
Banana peels, useful in polishing silverware and leather shoes, may have another surprising use -as a water purifier. ANI

Popular muscle-boosting pill does not up blood flow as it claims
A popular nutritional supplement that is marketed with tall claims of boosting muscle strength does not increase blood flow, refuting the alleged supposition and manufacturer's claims. ANI

LCD displays could solar-charge future smartphones
Future electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops would soon be able to charge themselves with the help of displays that can double up as solar cells. ANI

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity reaches huge Martian crater
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater after a journey of almost three years and will now begin to study rocks that have never seen before, NASA announced Wednesday. ANI

Robot-assisted therapy improves arm function in stroke patients
Robot-assisted therapy has measurable benefits for patients with a weaker arm following a stroke, according to a new research. ANI

Knowing the end of story ahead of reading actually enhances enjoyment
We get angry with friends who reveal fictional secrets or endings of stories we have yet to read or see, because of fear that it would kill our interest in the books or movies. ANI

Earth 'recycles' itself four times faster than thought
The volcanic recycling of the Earth's crust that sinks deep into the earth due to the movement of tectonic plates happens much faster than scientists had previously thought, a new research has found. ANI

Why some men can't help acting on impulse
The lack of a chemical in the brain makes men lose their temper very easily, driving them to act on impulse and make snap decisions, a new research has found. ANI

New US anti- censorship system could make it impossible to block individual websites
A group of computer science researchers have devised a new system that would turn the Internet into a proxy server thus making it impossible to block individual websites. ANI

Blood tests for active TB widely used in India 'not accurate or cost-effective'
A new study has revealed that commercial blood serum antibody tests-widely used in India and other developing countries to diagnose active tuberculosis-are not accurate or cost-effective. ANI

Why narcissism may help in adolescence but not adulthood
A new study has suggested that some forms of narcissism are - at least in the short term - beneficial, helping children navigate the difficult transition to adulthood, but not in late life. ANI

Gibbons' extraordinary jumping secrets lie in great technique
Much of gibbons' incredible jumping abilities are down to a great technique, a new research has found. ANI

Why people pine for dates or products that are hard to get
Dates who are hard-to-get or products that are stuck on the back of a shelf are more attractive to consumers than those that are easily attainable, according to a new study including an Indian-origin researcher. ANI

Light, like dark, can up fear and anxiety
Biologists and psychologists have long known that light affects mood, but a new study has indicated that light may also play a role in modulating fear and anxiety. ANI

'Serial killer' T cells treatment wipes out leukaemia within 3 weeks
In what is being hailed as a cancer treatment breakthrough, three men suffering late-stage leukemia were cured in just three weeks after being treated with genetically engineered versions of their own immune cells. ANI

Afraid of all the wrong things? An enzyme deficiency might be to blame
People lacking a certain enzyme due to a genetic mutation are afraid of all the wrong things and lack emotional flexibility, a new research has found. ANI

Paper money worldwide teeming with toxic chemical bisphenol A
Paper money worldwide contains bisphenol A (BPA) - a potentially toxic substance found in some plastics, thermal paper and other products, a new research including an Indian-origin researcher has revealed. ANI

Hypersonic aircraft that could fly from Sydney to London in 49 mins set to take off
An experimental aircraft that could fly from Sydney to London in less than an hour at blistering speeds of 20,921km/h is set for trial this week. ANI

SETI search for aliens back on track after Hollywood-backed campaign
Astronomers will now resume their hunt for extraterrestrial life, thanks to backers, including Hollywood star Jodie Foster, whose funding helped raise 200,000 dollars for the project. ANI

Using touchscreen smartphones accurately while walking gets 'closer to reality'
We have to slow down while walking to use a touchscreen phone accurately, but we may no longer have to do it. ANI

Twitter launches own photo- posting application
Twitter has launched a new camera button, allowing its users to post a photograph within the body of a tweet without the use of a third party photo-sharing site. ANI

Facebook's new mobile messaging service locks horns with Blackberry Messenger
Social networking site Facebook has launched its own mobile messaging service to challenge the marketing space occupied by the Blackberry Messenger (BBM). ANI

Indian curry spices curb oxidative effects of fatty meals
Adding Indian curry spices like turmeric and cinnamon to a high-fat meal could help reduce oxidative stress and thus thwart the risk of chronic disease, according to a new study. ANI

Women smokers 25pc more likely to get heart disease than men
Women who smoke have a 25 per cent higher risk of developing heart disease than men smokers, scientists have warned. ANI

Why tanning is as addictive as booze or drugs
Tanning pulls off an addictive reward-and-reinforcement trigger in the brain, a new research has found. ANI

29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis identified
Scientists have identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of a very debilitating neurological disease. ANI

Soon, a revolutionary pill to cure any viruses like common cold, flu and HIV
Scientists are developing a new drug, which is showing great potential to revolutionize the world of medicine with its ability to cure everything from colds to HIV. ANI

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