Researchers create a smart underwear that prevents lower back pain

Engineers in the US have designed a smart, mechanised undergarment that may help prevent lower back pain by reducing muscle fatigue. While solutions for back pain are aplenty, most of them have at least one of three problems — they are unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. “People are often trying to capitalise on a huge societal problem with devices that are unproven or unviable,” said co-investigator Aaron Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, US. “This smart clothing concept is different. I see a lot of health…

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Researchers Unveil Advances in Cancer Diagnostics

Scientists have unveiled a test for detecting pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms, in less than a drop of blood. The diagnostic method is fast, cheap and ultra-sensitive, and can be adapted to test for other diseases whose fingerprints are detectable in blood, they wrote in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering. A team in the United States and China identified a protein dubbed EphA2 found in pancreatic tumours. They then developed a test to detect its presence in as little as 0.001 millilitres of blood plasma — the liquid…

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These 3 Sports May Help You Live Longer, Researchers Say

Photo: Getty Images Looking for a new hobby? Try tennis, swimming, or dance, and you may just extend your lifespan, suggests research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In an analysis of six sport and exercise categories, researchers found that people who pursued these activities actually lived longer than those who got their fitness on in other ways. The study surveyed more than 80,000 adults in England and Scotland, ages 30 and up, who were asked about the physical activity they had done in the last four weeks. Along with things like housework…

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Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

“Excess calories ‘turn off a hormone in the intestine that blocks colon cancer’,” the Mail Online reports. Obesity is a known risk factor for bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer). There is evidence that a diet rich in processed meats, which contain the potentially cacogenic compound nitrates, increases bowel cancer risk. However, it is unclear why other high-calorie diets also increase risk. This latest study, conducted in genetically engineered mice, found that obesity caused by a diet rich in fats or carbohydrates “silenced” a hormone called guanylin. This, in turn, led…

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Researchers identify protein that boosts memory

Researchers identify protein that boosts memory (Getty Images) Researchers have discovered a link between higer levels of a protein and better memory and more brain volume, suggesting a new way to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. The research, published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, found a correlation between lower levels of the protein neuronal pentraxin-2, or NPTX2 and diminished memory and less brain volume. “NPTX2 seems to exert a protective effect,” said one of the researchers Ashley Swanson from Iowa State…

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Yale Researchers Find the Part of the Brain That Determines How Well You Handle Stress

Humans are amazingly resilient in crises, but some cope with life’s stresses better than others. On any given day people face any number of minor annoyances such as being stuck in traffic or spilling coffee on their shirts or forgetting their keys. Then there’s the persistent stressors that come from work, relationships and finances. And there’s the uncontrollable anxieties of global terrorism, mass shootings and Zika-carrying mosquitoes. But why are some people able to deal with it all so calmly, while others freak out? A team of researchers at Yale…

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Eyes Help Researchers ‘See’ Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms

PhotoCredit:istock Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have discovered that eyes could help them see progression of Alzheimer’s disease even before the onset of symptoms. The research may help overcome a major roadblock in the development of therapies for the brain disorder characterised by memory impairment. Looking through the eye to see the brain is a key advantage of the new technology. “The retina of the eye is not just ‘connected’ to the brain — it is part of the central nervous system,” said author Swati More of the University of…

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Austrian researchers develop potential AIDS treatment breakthrough

Austrian researchers have developed a treatment that could spell a breakthrough in the treatment of AIDS, the Krone newspaper reported on Monday. The research duo of Thomas Szekeres, a human geneticist who also serves as President of the Vienna Medical Association, and Walter Jaeger, a pharmacist, said the arduous research project spanned 15 years. Jaeger said while it was “full of setbacks”, there were also often “new hopes”, and they are now satisfied with the research results and ready to make them public, Xinhua reported. The research is based on…

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‘terrible’ ldl cholesterol no longer in the back of aged Deaths: Researchers

Older humans with high ranges of “awful” or low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C) cholesterol stay as long, and regularly longer, than their peers with low degrees of the identical cholesterol, a university of South Florida professor and an global team of experts have observed.The findings, which came after analysing past studies related to extra than sixty eight,000 contributors over 60 years of age, name into query the “cholesterol speculation,” which suggested that human beings with excessive cholesterol are greater liable to death and would need statin tablets to decrease ldl cholesterol.acting inside…

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New AceDeceiver Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices: Researchers

Researchers claim to have found a new strain of malware that can infect a large pool of iPhone and iPad devices. The iOS malware, dubbed AceDeceiver, is said to affect non-jailbroken devices without the user’s knowledge. Apple has reportedly pulled three apps from the App Store that were believed to be from the AceDeceiver family. AceDeceiver was designed to exploit a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) protection mechanism, reports security firm Palo Alto Networks. The DRM technology protects unauthorised download of apps and other content on the…

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