‘Junk DNA’ May Be Responsible for Certain Diseases, Scientists Say

‘Junk DNA’ May Be Responsible for Certain Diseases, Scientists Say

Researchers had long suspected that only a small percentage of DNA is responsible for some of the most significant tasks in the body. But a four-year computational study has found that so-called “junk DNA” may play a bigger part in health. Junk DNA is genomic DNA that does not encode proteins, and it has been called junk because previously researchers didn’t know what it did, if anything. While it accounts for about 97 percent of…

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How research works out what really leads to an increased disease risk

How research works out what really leads to an increased disease risk

A study showed it’s social circumstance, and not biology, that explains most of the differences in the occurrence of diabetes among racial and ethnic groups. Credit: Omar Lopez/Unsplash, CC BY Science is only ever as good as the research that sits behind it. That means the methods we use to conduct science must be robust, repeatable and suitable to the questions we want to ask. When these questions become very complex – for instance,…

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Chemists develop unique nano-grenades to help fight cancer and other diseases- Technology News, Firstpost

Chemists develop unique nano-grenades to help fight cancer and other diseases- Technology News, Firstpost

Indo-Asian News Service Nov 25, 2018 15:07 PM IST Russian chemists have developed a unique “transforming nanoparticle” that can help fight cancer and other diseases. Professor Ekaterina Skorb and her team from ITMO University in St. Petersburg created hollow nanoparticles with a covering of polymer filaments and granules of titanium oxide and silver, the Sputnik reported on 23 November. When illuminated with an infrared laser, the structure of the nanoparticle collapses from heat and oxygen,…

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Over 2,000 die of infectious diseases in China in October

Over 2,000 die of infectious diseases in China in October

A total of 2,138 people died as a result of infectious diseases in China in October, official data showed. The Health News quoted the National Health Commission as saying earlier this week that there were 604,282 cases of infectious diseases reported on the mainland last month. One case of cholera was reported in November and no cases of plague was reported. No fatalities caused by these diseases have been reported, the newspaper report said. Cholera…

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To Crack the Puzzles of Alzheimer’s, a Foundation Takes a Laser Approach — Inside Philanthropy

To Crack the Puzzles of Alzheimer’s, a Foundation Takes a Laser Approach — Inside Philanthropy

As Alzheimer’s disease inflicts an ever rising toll on aging populations in the U.S. and overseas, the race is on for research breakthroughs that can slow the devastating march of this and other neurodegenerative diseases. The latest good news on this front is that the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, one of the largest independent funders of neurodegenerative disease research, recently announced that it is launching the Rainwater Prize Program. The foundation is offering up to $10 million for ground-breaking discoveries, making it…

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Study seeking to identify tick-borne diseases in Indiana

Study seeking to identify tick-borne diseases in Indiana

Female and male black-legged deer ticks carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease as well as other disease-causing pathogens.(Photo: Purdue University) EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Think you’re safe from tick bites in fall and winter outdoors? Not so, says a researcher studying tick-borne diseases in Indiana. “People make the assumption when the weather turns cooler or colder that ticks go away,” said Catherine Hill, a professor of entomology at Purdue University. While the risk for tick bites and infections…

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The ten English beaches unsafe for swimming from dirty water and “sewage debris”

The ten English beaches unsafe for swimming from dirty water and “sewage debris”

Ten English beaches have reportedly been deemed unsafe for swimming. The annual Environment Agency study of of water quality at 420 swimming spots over the warmer month found 92 per cent of all beaches passed the test. But 10 beaches were rated as being “poor” for water quality – up from six bathing areas last year, the Daily Mail reports. In the north, they included Tynemouth Cullercoats, Allonby South in Cumbria and Scarborough South Bay….

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Tanzania: Shock As Government Bans GMO Trials

Tanzania: Shock As Government Bans GMO Trials

By Rosemary Mirondo Dar es Salaam — An air of resignation characterised reactions yesterday to the government’s surprise ban on all genetically modified organism (GMO) trials in the country. Members of the research community were in shock that the government did not only ban ongoing trials on GM seeds but also directed the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (Tari) to immediately destroy evidence of the research. Tanzania has been carrying out GM seeds confined field trials…

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Regimen design and pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic science: lessons learned

Regimen design and pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic science: lessons learned

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‘Contact lens’ patch used to treat eye diseases

‘Contact lens’ patch used to treat eye diseases

Researchers from Singapore have developed a contact lens patch type system to deliver drugs to the eye in order to combat various eye conditions… Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a ‘contact lens’ patch with microneedles that could provide a painless and efficient alternative to current methods of treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Current localised treatment methods such as eye drops and ointments are hindered by the eye’s…

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Smart toilets could spot diseases, says health expert

Sameer Berry says that a smart toilet is ‘desperately needed’ to prevent needless deaths Health tracking toilets could be the key to spotting diseases by monitoring and tracking faecal matter. Gastroenterologist Sameer Berry says that a smart toilet is ‘desperately needed’ to track patient’s health data. Although the technology does not exist as of yet, Berry says that he would love to see medical-technologists design hardware with features that monitor and diagnose gastrointestinal disease Examples…

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Dirty Water gets expanded liquor license – News – Wicked Local Plymouth

Dirty Water gets expanded liquor license – News – Wicked Local Plymouth

Adults may soon be able to saddle up to the counter at the town’s first distillery. PLYMOUTH – Adults may soon be able to saddle up to the counter at the town’s first distillery. Dirty Water Distillery, located at 10 Water St., applied for what is called a farm distillery pouring permit and received a thumbs up Tuesday from Select Board members. The state must now approve the license – that could take a month…

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7 Good Natural Cures for Inflammation

7 Good Natural Cures for Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural response to illness or injury, and many seek natural cures for the condition marked by redness, swelling, pain and heat. Spices, including turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, black pepper and clove have been found to reduce inflammation in the body, Healthline noted. Foods, including bell peppers, pears, mackerel, spinach, black tea, buckwheat, pomegranate seeds, may help reduce inflammation, Time magazine noted. Special: New Aging Research Reveals Key to Long, Healthy Life…

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Families Launch Lawsuit Over Diseases, Decades Of Tainted Groundwater « CBS New York

Families Launch Lawsuit Over Diseases, Decades Of Tainted Groundwater « CBS New York

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Diane Curley suffers from Graves Disease and rare autoimmune disorders. Her brother has Parkinson’s Disease, and her father died of cancer. All were born and raised in Bethpage, reports CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan. “The fact that so many in our community are ill with cancer is disturbing,” said Curley. Neighborhood streets abut the water tower and plant where the district will be closing five of its nine drinking water wells. Below ground,…

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