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Diabetes cases hit record and half go undiagnosed

Source : Agencies | 15 Nov 2012

Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed, according to a report on Wednesday.

The number of people living with diabetes is now put at 371 million, up from 366 million a year ago, with numbers expected to reach 552 million by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) said.

Diabetes is often viewed as a western problem, since the vast majority of people have type 2 disease which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise.

Islam open to stem cell research

By Dr Daud Batchelor | NST | 07 Nov 2012

The Malaysian medical fraternity has shown a timely initiative in holding on Oct 29 the first National Stem Cell Congress, opened by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

As the minister highlighted, "stem cells are arguably the hottest area of research" in many parts of the world, particularly for their potential to provide regenerative cures for heart, kidney and spinal cord diseases. This is potentially the "glorious light at the end of the tunnel" for hopeful patients suffering debilitating diseases.

Emotional Memories Can Be Erased From Our Brains

By Sarah Glynn | Medical News Today | 22 Sep 2012

Yogurt may reduce high blood pressure

Source : UPI | 20 Sep 2012

Long-term yogurt-eaters were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn't eat yogurt, U.S. researchers found.

During the 15 year study, the researchers tracked more than 2,000 volunteers who did not have high blood pressure at the beginning of the study.

Yogurt consumption was measured by questionnaires filled out by the volunteers at three intervals over the study period.

Smokers may have more sleep problems: study

Source : Agencies | 15 Sep 2012

Smokers may get fewer hours of sleep and have less restful slumber than non-smokers, according to a German study that looked at more than two thousand people.

Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Addiction Biology found that of nearly 1,100 smokers surveyed, 17 percent got fewer than six hours of sleep each night and 28 percent reported "disturbed" sleep quality.

Stressed at work? Look out for your heart

Source | Reuters | 14 Sep 2012

People who have highly demanding jobs and little freedom to make decisions are 23 percent more likely to have a heart attack compared with their less stressed out colleagues, according to research published on Friday.

But lighting up a cigarette or remaining chained to your desk rather than getting out to do some exercise is far more damaging for your heart health, researchers said.

Fish Oil No Lifesaver, Study Finds

By Dr. Heather Hawthorne | ABC News | 12 Sep 2012

Fish Oil May Not Help You Live Longer

Fish oil -- a supplement taken daily by millions of Americans -- may not help you live longer, a new study released today suggests.

The study is the latest piece of research feeding the debate over whether regularly taking omega-3 supplements -- most commonly in the form of fish oil -- helps the heart.

Scientists turn skin cells into beating heart muscle

Source : Reuters | 22 May 2012

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition.

The researchers, based in Haifa, Israel, said there were still many years of testing and refining ahead. But the results meant they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts.

Tiny electrical shocks to the brain enhance memory: study

Source : Reuters | 10 Feb 2012

Lightly shocking a person's brain just before they learned a new task appeared to strengthen memory in a handful of patients with epilepsy, a tantalizing result that could have implications for Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Pacemaker devices known as deep brain stimulators made by Medtronic and St. Jude Medical are already used to calm muscle tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and are being tested for a host of other conditions such as treatment-resistant depression.

Turkish scientist's research findings may help cure Type 1 diabetes

Source : World Bulletin
Istanbul | 17 Feb 2011

A Turkish molecular biologist has said his research had shown that facilitating the production of a protein called XBP1 could lower blood sugar back to normal in lab rats both with Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes.

"It was very exciting to see that boosting X-Box binding protein 1 genetically in the liver of the rats brings the blood sugar back to normal in not only Type 2 diabetes but also in Type 1," Assistant Professor Umut Ozcan from the Harvard University told the Anadolu Agency.

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