Being overweight likely to cause depression, even without health complications

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research, jointly led by the University of Exeter and the University of South Australia, suggests that it is the psychological impact of being overweight that causes depression, rather than associated illnesses. This furthers understanding of the […]

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Scientists shine new light on link between obesity and cancer

Scientists have made a major discovery that shines a new, explanatory light on the link between obesity and cancer. Their research confirms why the body’s immune surveillance systems—led by cancer-fighting Natural Killer cells—stutter and fail in the presence of excess fat. Additionally, it outlines possible paths to new treatment strategies that would see “fat-clogged” Natural Killer cells molecularly re-programmed and […]

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Pakistan launches another vaccination drive against polio

Pakistan has launched yet another vaccination drive against polio, trying to eradicate the crippling disease from the country. The three-day, nationwide campaign started on Monday and is aimed at vaccinating millions of children under 5 years of age. Pakistani authorities have provided security to thousands of medical and other workers taking part in the drive by going house to house […]

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Study shows immunotherapy drug helps patients with metastatic melanoma

When melanoma turns metastatic, it spreads to the brain in more than 40% of patients. A study by Yale Cancer Center researchers published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) shows a checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy drug has meaningful benefit for these patients. The study is one of the first clinical trials aimed at treating the brain metastases with this […]

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Fish bogradski loach is recognized as the most useful

Fish bogradski char (char) is recognized as the most useful fish in the world, reported head of the Department aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of Siberian Federal University (SFU) Mikhail Gladyshev. Bogradski char, as expressed by a scientist is an “absolute champion of usefulness.” The study showed that in such a fish as bogradski trout contain very high levels of docosahexaenoic […]

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Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development—now a study links the two

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although it is unclear whether zinc deficiency contributes to autism, scientists have now defined in detail a possible mechanistic link. Their research shows how zinc shapes the connections or ‘synapses’ between brain cells that form during […]

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To lose weight hampered by the lack of long-term group support

Foreign scientists named constraint to drop excess weight and presented methods to overcome it. As shown by recent studies, regardless of proper diet and intensity of physical activity, often after a short time the pounds still come back, because of the lack of long-term group support. In order to strengthen a person’s struggling with overweight, in his endeavour to achieve […]

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