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Death, morbidity from asbestos-related diseases in Asia to increase in 20 years
A new study has revealed that the sharp increase in asbestos use in Asia would witness a surge of mortality and morbidity from asbestos related diseases in the next 20 years. ANI

Aussie Govt bans Nintendo game following 'child p*rn' concerns
The Australian government has banned the Nintendo 3DS handheld video game following concerns that it may promote child pornography. ANI

'Super varieties' of wheat to ease deadly threat to world's food supply
Scientists say they are close to producing super varieties of wheat that will protect the world's most important food crop from variants of Ug99, a new and deadly form of wheat rust, while boosting yields by as much as 15 percent. ANI

Wood-digesting bacterial enzyme to boost biofuel production
Researchers have discovered a bacterial enzyme, which could help in extracting energy-rich sugars used to produce bioethanol from woody plants and inedible by-products of crops. ANI

'Brain imaging study' links smaller brain volume to ADHD symptoms
Researchers have conducted a brain imaging study to show the difference between the brains of children suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developing kids. ANI

Lowering protein in cancer cells may aid radiation therapy
A team of researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has uncovered a protein in cancer cells, which could sensitise cancerous tumours to radiation. ANI

Gene linked to emphysema also implicated in lung cancer
Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both emphysema and lung cancer, but now a new study has uncovered the genetic link between both the diseases. ANI

Scientists demonstrate new strategy for treating diabetes
Scientists have developed a promising new strategy for treating human type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 200 million people worldwide. ANI

New 'gene-activating' technique converts skin cells directly into brain cells
Scientists at Lund University in Sweden have developed a new technique that converts mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage. ANI

Nutrient in broccoli, cauliflower kills cancer cells
Scientists have found that a nutrient present in broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables can selectively target and kill cancer cells while leaving normal prostate cells healthy and unaffected. ANI

Scientists discover 'molecules essential for life' in asteroids, comets
A team of scientists has discovered molecules essential for life in material from certain kinds of asteroids and comets that have fallen to Earth. ANI

Hormone test in early IVF cycle helps predict likelihood of pregnancy
A new study has found that a blood test for levels of a hormone called AMH, or antimullerian hormone, at the beginning of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle can help predict likelihood of pregnancy. ANI

Revolutionary flash processing that makes stronger steel in under 10 secs
A US entrepreneur has shocked Ohio State University engineers by inventing a heat-treatment that makes steel 7 percent stronger than any steel on record - in less than 10 seconds. ANI

Soon, vaccine to cure 'hard to diagnose swift to kill' meningitis B
UK could soon have medical shops selling the first vaccine to cure the deadly meningitis B, which kills nearly 120 people annually, half of whom are under-five years of age. ANI

New 'laser pulse' tech to diagnose cardiovascular disease, diabetes
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new imaging technology to diagnose cardiovascular disease and other disorders. ANI

Now, a simple urine test to detect certain cancers even before symptoms
A simple urine test could detect early stage cancers of the gut, stomach and pancreas, suggests a new research. ANI

Animal study shows promising new treatment for Parkinson's disease
A new study has revealed that platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) could be a promising treatment for Parkinson's disease. ANI

New evidence of genetic 'arms race' against malaria found
A study has found new evidence about the way human genome fights back malaria parasites. ANI

Study unearths well-kept secret of our immune system's success
A new study has unearthed the secret behind how our immune cells are able to kill infected or cancerous cells without killing themselves in the process. ANI

B Vitamins in mums diet reduces colorectal cancer risk in offspring
Babies born to mothers who are fed a diet supplemented with B vitamins, particularly folate, are less likely to develop colorectal cancer, suggests a new research. ANI

Heat can cause photoreceptors to give 'false alarms' to eyes
Researchers have found that the light-capturing pigment molecule in photoreceptor cells (rhodopsins) in the eye can be triggered by heat giving rise to false alarms- a misfiring of signal to the brain as if they have captured photons. ANI

Sun's magnetic field at edge of solar system billows like a ballerina's skirt
Scientists have found that the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles- thanks to NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels. ANI

Soon, smokers can kick the butt sans the weight gain!
Fear of weight gain has always discouraged some smokers who would like to quit. ANI

How dogs think, learn about human behaviour
A study has found how dogs think and learn about human behaviour, and how they respond to their body language, verbal commands, and to attentional states. ANI

Genome sequence may reveal 'Achilles' heel' of wheat disease
A new study has identified the genome sequence of a fungal disease which kills cells in the wheat crop and destroys the resistance of the plant to defend itself. ANI

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