Blueprint of body’s heat sensor found

New York, Jan 19 : In an important step towards new therapies for a variety of conditions involving pain sensation including chronic pain, researchers have discovered the structure of a protein linked to pain and heat perception. “These receptors are gaining particular attention because they are so critical to how we sense and respond to […]

Popping pills to manage pain can prove fatal for you

New York, Jan 18 : The arrest of Indian-American psychiatrist Narendra Nagareddy for allegedly overprescribing opioids, leading to overdoses and several deaths, has once again highlighted how the use of narcotic pain medication and psychoactive drugs can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life and may ultimately prove lethal if taken long-term. […]

New Mumbai IVF centre to cut infertility treatment cost

Mumbai, Jan 18 : In a bid to make infertility treatment accessible to a larger section of the childless couples, the public trust Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital has opened a in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) centre in Mumbai that could dramatically bring down the cost of infertility treatment. The “Wadia Assisted Reproduction Technology Centre” recently inaugurated by […]

App to help doctors predict preterm birth risk

London, Jan 18 : A new app can help doctors better identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely. Called QuiPP, the app developed at King’s College London was tested in two studies of high-risk women being monitored at the clinics. The app uses an algorithm which combines the gestation of previous pregnancies and the […]

Diabetes drug slows down growth of pancreatic cancer

New York, Jan 17 : Researchers are likely to have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the common diabetes drug – metformin — to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. Diabetic patients taking metformin have a reduced risk of developing pancreatic cancer; and among patients who develop the tumor those taking the drug […]

Anti-cancer drug made more effective to reduce side effects

New York, Jan 17 : Researchers have found a way to make an existing drug used to treat breast, lung and pancreatic cancers effective in small dosage, thereby reducing its usage and associated side effects in course of the treatment. The scientists packaged the drug paclitaxel in containers derived from a patient’s own immune system, […]