Antidepressant may improve mental functions in HIV patients

New York, Feb 26 : An antidepressant can improve decision-making and reaction time, and suppress inflammation in people with HIV-associated cognitive impairment, new research has found. The drug paroxetine belongs to a class of medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). “Over a period of 20 years and after 10 clinical trials, this is […]

Mouth-watering truffles not contaminated by radioactivity: Study

London, Feb 26 : Burgundy or summer truffles – fungi that range among the most expensive foods in the world – are safe to eat, say researchers, suggesting that these truffles found mostly in central Europe contain only negligible amounts of radioactive compounds. The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine released substantial quantities of radioactive […]

Cancer patients suffer from sleep disturbances

London, Feb 26 : People with cancer significantly suffer from sleep disturbances and insomnia prior to undergoing radiotherapy treatment, finds a study. According to researchers, sleep disturbances are linked to progression of cancer, prior treatments — chemotherapy and other psychosomatic symptoms — anxiety and fatigue. “Insomnia-related problems were significantly higher in patients with a more […]

Single antibody from human survivor show promise against Ebola

New York, Feb 26 : In an important advancement towards an effective treatment against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), researchers have found that a single monoclonal antibody isolated from a human survivor completely protects monkeys from lethal infection with the virus. The study, published online in the journal Science, showed that the antibody, known […]

Zika infection may cause stillbirth, loss of brain tissue -report

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Feb 25 : A case study of a stillborn baby whose Brazilian mother was infected with Zika raises suspicions that the virus may be capable of doing more damage to fetal tissue than previously thought, researchers said today. The study showed the baby’s brain was absent, a condition known as hydranencephaly. […]

NHRC notice to Delhi government, police over pregnant woman’s abduction

New Delhi, Feb 25 : The NHRC on Thursday issued notice to the Delhi government’s health department and Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi over alleged inaction in the abduction of a pregnant woman from a hospital here. “The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that an expectant woman went […]