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Atherosclerosis: Scientists identify new protein target in immune cells

WT24 Desk The inflammatory condition atherosclerosis, where fatty, waxy deposits build up in arteries, raises the risk of stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease. Now, using mice and human samples, scientists have shown for the first time that a protein in cells called macrophages promotes the disease, according to MNT. Macrophages are a large group of cells that do many ...

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Some narcissistic traits may be useful for mental health

WT24 Desk Narcissism is a personality disorder that gets a bad rap due to some of its characteristic traits, such as an inflated sense of self-importance and poor regard for others. But researchers now suggest that some of these traits might help safeguard a person’s mental health, according to MNT. Narcissism is a personality disorder characterized by traits such as an inflated ...

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Study challenges link between depression and inflammation

WT24 Desk In recent years, a growing body of evidence has suggested that inflammation and depression are intimately linked. But new research challenges this notion, according to MNT. The idea that inflammation may be what drives and characterizes depression has been gaining more and more ground in recent years. A study published in 2015, for instance, found that clinical depression is linked with 30% more inflammation ...

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New tuberculosis treatment to cost $1,040 in developing countries

WT24 Desk A newly approved three-drug treatment for tuberculosis will be available in 150 countries including India and South Africa, priced at $1,040 for a complete regimen, more than twice the cost proposed in the past by advocacy groups for other treatments, Reuters reports. The United Nations-backed Stop TB Partnership said on Monday that BPaL would be obtainable in eligible ...

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Researchers activate problem-solving during sleep

WT24 Desk Using sound cues, scientists have made study participants solve puzzles in their sleep, according to MNT. In dreams, fragments of reality, imagination, and memory intermingle in timeline-agnostic narratives that make little sense upon waking. It seems to have something to do with memory reshuffling, and, indeed, studying before sleep is said to be a good way to retain ...

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Does sunlight change our gut microbiome?

PV Desk Scientists show that ultraviolet (UV) light exposure leads to changes in the gut microbiome, but only in volunteers who were deficient in vitamin D, according to MNT. There is plenty of evidence that links vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, to health outcomes. Living at higher latitudes, which means less exposure to UV light and a greater chance of being vitamin ...

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A new drug could improve dermatitis after a single dose

WT24 Desk Atopic dermatitis is a common form of eczema that affects millions of people in the United States. Now, a new proof-of-concept study suggests that a novel drug could relieve symptoms after just one dose, according to MNT. Researchers estimate that about 16.5 million adults in the United States have atopic dermatitis. This is a chronic condition that causes skin to ...

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Man dies of dengue in Khulna

186 patients hospitalised in 24 hrs PV Desk A man died of dengue at Khulna City Medical College Hospital (KCMCH) while 186 new patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Friday morning, Agencies report. The deceased was identified as Ibrahim Sheikh, 77, of Brokkhogati village of Khulna’s Dighalia upazila. Khulna Civil Surgeon Dr ASM Abdur Razzak said ...

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Prostate cancer: Investigating the impact of diet

WT24 Desk A recent review searches for links between dietary choices and prostate cancer. The authors conclude that there may be an association between plant based diets and a decreased risk of prostate cancer, as well as a link between dairy intake and increased risk, according to MNT. According to the National Cancer Institute, there will be an estimated 174,650 new cases ...

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Heart and brain health are connected, but what influences both?

WT24 Desk Studies have shown that there is a link between cardiovascular health and brain health, but it is unclear whether genetic or environmental factors are most important in determining them both. A new study in twins suggests that nurture, rather than nature, may be decisive, according to MNT. Evidence from different studies has suggested that there is a strong linkTrusted ...

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