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How an ancient mutation may predispose humans to heart disease

WT24 Desk Humans are the only mammals to naturally develop atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries that can fuel heart disease. Researchers link this to the loss of a single gene in our ancestors around 2–3 million years ago, MNT reports. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. In the United States, more than 600,000 people die due to the condition ...

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Dengue infects 7,700 in seven months

1,823 dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals WT24 Desk Dengue has taken a severe turn this year with official figures showing 7,766 people getting infected since January and six of them losing their lives, UNB reports. Dr Mostafijur Rahman, associate professor of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, argued that the number is much higher since only 10 percent ...

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Civil Surgeon dies of ‘dengue virus’

WT24 Desk Civil Surgeon of Habiganj died at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College & Hospital (SBMCH) in the capital on Sunday night reportedly after being affected by dengue virus, Agencies report. Confirming the death, Shah Alam, administrative officer of Civil Surgeon Office, said Civil Surgeon Dr Shahadat, 53, joined the office with fever on July 20 on completion of his leave ...

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Alzheimer’s: Common gene explains why some drugs fail

WT24 Desk New insights into a specific gene variant may help to explain why some Alzheimer’s drugs work in certain people but may fail in others. The findings call for a more personalized approach to drug testing, according to MNT. Earlier this year, a study led by Dr. Kinga Szigeti, Ph.D., who is the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders ...

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‘Dengue in Bangladesh alarming But not out of control’

Situation better than Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, claims DSCC Mayor WT24 Desk Claiming that the dengue prevalence in Bangladesh is under control compared to other countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon urged city dwellers to remain alert and not to be panicked, Agencies report. He made the remarks while talking to reporters ...

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Bison burgers linked to E. coli outbreak

WT24 Desk Experts have linked ground bison meat to 21 Escherichia coliinfections, which have led to eight hospitalizations. To date, the outbreak has affected people in seven different states, MNT reports. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they have traced the outbreak to the production of infected ground bison meat by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc. The company have ...

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Menstrual cups vs. pads and tampons: How do they compare?

WT24 Desk Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular, especially in Western countries, primarily thanks to their reusability. But are they as safe as other disposable menstrual products? And how many people globally actually know about them? A new review attempts to offer some answers., according to MNT. Menstrual cups have been around at least since 1932 when L. ...

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Ancient survival mechanism may contribute to obesity epidemic

WT24 Desk New research on mice suggests that a mechanism that likely evolved to prevent starvation could be contributing to obesity, according to MNT. The mechanism involves the protein receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). The new finding reveals that RAGE functions as a brake on the release of fat from fat cells. A study that features in the ...

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Could targeting this enzyme halt ovarian cancer?

WT24 Desk High-grade serous ovarian cancer is the most common form of ovarian cancer. In most people, the cancer develops resistance to chemotherapy and returns. Now, a new study raises hopes for a different kind of treatment, according to MNT. Working with cell cultures, researchers found that an enzyme they call isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) encourages the proliferation of high-grade ...

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