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The Case Against Butter and Meat: They Can Double Your Risk of Diabetes

It seems unfair that most food items that we cherish so dearly are not really the best for our health. Take butter for instance, or even meat. The flavour of a steak done in butter or even a hot toast slathered with a generous spread of the fat makes it taste so good. But then again, health experts would always advise you against indulging in too much of it. While the debate seem to continue on whether saturated fats – such as butter – is good or bad for health,…

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Genetically-engineered mosquitoes give hope against dengue

In a first, researchers have genetically engineered mosquitoes that have an increased resistance to infection by the dengue virus. After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. Now, researchers report that mosquitoes carrying dengue virus (DENV) can be genetically engineered, giving an increased resistance to infection by the virus. When a mosquito bites someone infected with DENV, the virus needs to complete its lifecycle in the mosquito’s gut, eventually infecting its salivary glands, before it can…

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Vaccine shows promise in fight against breast cancer

An experimental vaccine is safe and effectively stimulates the immune system leading to regression of early-stage breast cancer, show results of a clinical trial. The researchers created the vaccine from immune cells called dendritic cells that are harvested from each individual patient to create a personalised vaccine. The immune cell vaccine targets the HER2 protein on breast cancer cells. The HER2 protein is overexpressed in 20-25 per cent of all breast cancer tumors and is associated with aggressive disease and poor prognosis. Researchers had previously shown that immune cells are…

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Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

The air we breathe has reached dangerous levels of pollution. People with no known respiratory problems are landing up in hospital emergency rooms. While the government does its bit to improve air quality, we would like to introduce you to some natural antioxidant nutrients that can help your body deal with this onslaught. The polluted air that we inhale introduces ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, diesel exhaust particles, etc. into our lungs. The protective antioxidants present in the lining of our lungs fight it out till they are outnumbered, thereafter…

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Aamir Khan Travels to Bhutan to Advocate Against Malnutrition

Actor Aamir Khan, who is a Unicef Regional Goodwill Ambassador, took time out from his schedule to meet children affected by malnutrition here and to witness how the organisation is working to address stunting across the country. “While Bhutan has made amazing progress in areas of health and nutrition, there’s still work to be done and every child is yet to be reached,” Aamir said in a statement. Stunting, caused by chronic malnutrition, is endemic in South Asia with an estimated 38 per cent – 64 million – of children…

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Food-as-Protection and the Fight Against Hypertension

When it comes to controlling blood pressure, dietary recommendations tend to focus on what not to eat. However, also emphasizing which foods to eat more of offers a positive and encouraging approach for patients and provides even better protection against hypertension. From examining total dietary patterns to honing in on which specific foods, nutrients and compounds potentially offer the most benefits, this “food as protection” perspective is at the center of many studies on preventing or managing hypertension. Identifying Potential Protectors For example, while potassium is often lauded for lowering…

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