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SRU team finds copper can help cure ulcer

A team of researchers at the Sri Ramachandra Medical University in the city claim to have come up with a cure for ulcers using copper (thamira parpam) in the right proportion with herbo-mineral Siddha formulations. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, the university’s pro-chancellor (research), Prof S.P. Thyagarajan, recalled that copper in Siddha literature was referred to as Gunma Kaalan ( cure for ulcers). “Our team prepared the thamira parpam (TP)

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Indian team decodes TB bacteria genome

Indian scientists have decoded the genetic makeup of a friendly bacterium, which, incidentally, is the progenitor of the harmful tuberculosis and leprosy bacteria worldwide. This is the first time that an Indian team has decoded the complete genome of a bacterium without the support of foreign scientists. The decoding of the genome of the soil-inhabiting and friendly Mycobacterium indicus pranii (MIP) will give scientists an insight into the evolutionary

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New map reveals how 80% of human genome works

Only about 1 per cent of the human genome contains gene regions that code for proteins. What the rest of the DNA is doing has been a big question- until now. A new study from a large international team of researchers has found that 80 per cent of the genome is biochemically active, and likely involved in regulating the expression of nearby genes, according to a study from a large international team of researchers. The consortium, known as ENCODE

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Green tea extract ‘eradicates 40% of skin cancer tumours’

Scientists hope that a powerful new anti-cancer drugs based on green tea could soon be developed after they found that an extract from the beverage could make almost half of tumours vanish. The University of Strathclyde team made 40 per cent of human skin cancer tumours disappear using the compound, called epigallocatechin gallate, in a laboratory study. Green tea has long been suspected of having anti-cancer properties and the extract has been investigated

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Scientists discover genetic ‘hotspot’ of diabetes

In a breakthrough, scientists have discovered a clutch of genes that dramatically increase the risk of diabetes, paving way for cheap drugs to tackle the disease that affects millions across the world. The 10 latest genes discovered take the total linked to the condition to more than 60 and provide a fuller picture of the biological processes underlying Type 2 diabetes. Scientists, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, the Broad Institute

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Migraines hurt your head, not brain: Study

Migraines only cause unbearable headaches and are not related to cognitive decline, a new study on women's health has found. According to a new research by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), migraines, which affect about 20 per cent of the female population, are not associated with cognitive decline. "Previous studies on migraines and cognitive decline were small and unable to identify a link between the two. Our study was large enough to draw the

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Stem cells determine our level of creativity

A newly discovered type of stem cell could be the key to higher thinking in humans, a new study has revealed. Researchers have identified a family of stem cells that may give birth to neurons responsible for abstract thought and creativity. The cells were found in embryonic mice, where they formed the upper layers of the brain's cerebral cortex. In humans, the same brain region permits abstract thinking, planning for the future and solving problems.

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Breakthrough in Malaria vaccine research

Australian researchers are a step closer to developing a malaria vaccine after discovering the mystery behind immunity to the parasite. The scientists claim to have found adults and children with malaria in Kenya who became immune to the parasite over time, developed antibodies to a key malaria protein called PfEMP1, AAP reported. A Team from Melbourne's Burnet Institute found that the protein could be a key target for a future vaccine. The protein

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