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India to help boost health care
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 ‪ #Healthtips‬   #Healthcare     #Chandigarh   #Mohali   #Panchkula   #Zirakpur   #Patiala   #Jalandhar   #Ludhiana   #Health  
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Health effects of carbs: Where do we stand?
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Reach out for that fruit basket for better health!
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#Chandigarh   #Mohali   #Zirakpur   #Panchkula   #Patiala    #Jalandhar   #Ludhiana   #health   #Healthcare   #Healthbenfit   #Fruit  
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World's largest toxin database to help develop new drugs
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The European project Venomics has succeeded in creating the largest database of toxins in history after analyzing 203 species of poisonous animals, which will in turn help develop new medicines.

The pharmaceutical applications being worked on are chiefly focused on cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes, leaders of the project told a press conference here, EFE reported on Saturday.

The project, financed by the European Commission, was developed by a consortium of several companies and international research centres with the goal of speeding the development of drugs by using high-yield omics technologies.

One of these companies is Spain's Sistemas Genomicos, which led the development of the database.

To create it, venom was extracted from the various species and analysed to obtain small amounts of toxins in order to determine their potential uses.

Species including snakes, tarantulas, wasps, sea anemones and a very poisonous blue octopus were collected for study during the 2012 and 2013 expeditions to such places as French Guiana, Mayotte and Polynesia.

"The analysis has been a challenge because in the smallest species it was very hard to extract the venom. We have adjusted our methods with the new technology," Rebeca Miñambres, a project director of the Spanish company, told the press conference.

That company, a leader in next-generation sequencing and its bioinformatic analysis, worked up the database that contains all the data from different areas of the project that will serve for future research.

"The main achievement has been to show that the use of these new omics technologies eliminates much of the complexity of the process and also the time, because using classic procedures would have taken us years," Miñambres said, adding that "the technology used can be valid for more industries than pharmaceuticals."

Venomics is a project financed by the European Commission with a budget of 6 million euros ($6.8 million), and boasts of the participation of institutions like Belgium's University of Liege, the Portuguese company and leader in molecular biology NZYTech and the Danish pharmaceutical company Zealand Pharma.
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Six amazing health benefits of eating potatoes!  http://goo.gl/5lGmKa 
Potatoes are a very popular food stuffed with phytonutrients - carotenoids, flavonoids and caffeic acid, which are thought to promote health. The vitamin C in potatoes also acts as an antioxidant.
In contrary to the common belief that potatoes make people fat, studies have claimed that eating potatoes could actually help in losing weight if they are prepared in a healthy manner.
Though potatoes are a high-carbohydrate food, eating them in moderate quantities won't make you fatter.
Much of the world's population make potatoes as a staple dietary item owing to their immense health benefits.
Here are some amazing health benefits of this popular food:
• Potatoes help maintain healthy blood pressure because they are loaded with kukoa-mines (plant chemicals that help lower blood pressure).
• Aid in digestion due to their high fiber content.
• Prevent heart disease as potatoes also contain carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin), which are beneficial for heart health and the functioning of other internal organs.
• Potatoes contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous which are all essential nutrient for a healthy skin.
• Boost immunity due to their high vitamin C content.
• Contain high levels of flavonoid antioxidants which are credited with protecting against many types of cancer. 
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Major breakthrough as bowel cancer classified into four distinct groups http://goo.gl/p5ChIb   #chandigarh   #Mohali   #Panchkula   #Zirakpur   #Patiala   #Ludhiana   #Jalandhar   #Health  
Bowel cancer consists of four distinct diseases, each with its own set of biological characteristics, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

The research could allow doctors to treat each type of bowel cancer differently - and drive the design of distinct sets of targeted drugs for each type.

"Our study has identified four distinct types of bowel cancer, each with a definite set of genetic and biological characteristics, and some of which are more aggressive and more likely to be fatal than others,” said study co-leader Anguraj Sadanandam, team leader in precision cancer medicine at The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

"This could allow doctors to pick out those patients with more aggressive disease and treat them accordingly,” Sadanandam pointed out.

The study combined data from 3,443 patients with bowel cancer from all over the world to form the largest collection of molecular and clinical data on the disease ever assembled - including genetic mutations, gene activity, immune system activation, cell metabolism, cancer cell type and ability to invade neighbouring tissues, the researchers said.

They aimed to group bowel cancers using mathematical algorithms that combined all these parameters, in order to improve on various existing attempts to classify types of the disease based on smaller datasets.

The scientists found that 87 percent of bowel cancers could be robustly assigned to one of the four groups. 

Tumours within the four 'consensus molecular subtypes', or CMSs, each had a pattern of irregularities that could leave them vulnerable to a treatment strategy.

Patients with one particular type of bowel tumour - CMS4 - were often diagnosed late (stage III and IV), had high levels of spread to other sites in the body, and had significantly worse survival rates than the other types.

Patients with another type, CMS2, had much better survival rates even if the cancer had relapsed.

"Ultimately, it could lead to development of new molecular diagnostic tests to diagnose patients by their particular type of bowel cancer, and give them the most effective treatments for that type,” Sadanandam said.
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Vitamin D may help rebuild muscle after menopause http://goo.gl/6nKF4f
Consuming vitamin D may help reverse muscle mass loss in postmenopausal women, researchers at the Botucatu Medical School at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil have found.

While scientists have debated the benefits of vitamin D for postmenopausal women, authors of the current research saw a 45 percent increase in muscle strength in women receiving the supplements over the study’s nine-month period, compared to a 23 percent loss in the control group. The women in the control group lost an average of 6.8 percent muscle mass, while the supplement group showed no loss.

“This amount of strength gain was above our expectations,” lead author Dr. L.M. Cangussu told FoxNews.com by email.

Following menopause, vitamin D deficiency is common.

“The menopause process causes hypoestrogenism, which causes decreased strength and muscle mass,” Cangussu said. “This loss of muscle mass and strength leads to increased risk of falls and fractures.”

The study, which was presented Wednesday at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), consisted of 160 women ages 50 to 65. Women in the supplement group received 1000IU of cholecalciferol, a form of vitamin D3, daily. The team used vitamin D3, as it has the highest absorption in the body, which leads to a quicker benefit compared to other forms of vitamin D.

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According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in few foods and is produced when ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun hit the skin and start synthesis. The body uses it to promote calcium absorption in the gut, as well as for bone growth and remodeling.

Researchers observed that supplementation could increase loss of body muscle mass in women as late as over 12 years after menopause. Study authors said this is the first study to prove vitamin D supplementation alone was protective against musculoskeletal complications in younger women, and they noted that previous studies were associated with an older population.

“The recommended dosage depends on the clinical condition of the individual patient, but according to IOF (International Osteoporosis Foundation), the minimum daily dosage recommendation is 800IU per day for postmenopausal women,” Cangussu said.

The study is expected to be published in two parts in early 2016 in the journal Osteoporosis International and Menopause.
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Vitamin D may help rebuild muscle after menopause http://goo.gl/6nKF4f
Consuming vitamin D may help reverse muscle mass loss in postmenopausal women, researchers at the Botucatu Medical School at Sao Paulo State University in Brazil have found.

While scientists have debated the benefits of vitamin D for postmenopausal women, authors of the current research saw a 45 percent increase in muscle strength in women receiving the supplements over the study’s nine-month period, compared to a 23 percent loss in the control group. The women in the control group lost an average of 6.8 percent muscle mass, while the supplement group showed no loss.

“This amount of strength gain was above our expectations,” lead author Dr. L.M. Cangussu told FoxNews.com by email.

Following menopause, vitamin D deficiency is common.

“The menopause process causes hypoestrogenism, which causes decreased strength and muscle mass,” Cangussu said. “This loss of muscle mass and strength leads to increased risk of falls and fractures.”

The study, which was presented Wednesday at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), consisted of 160 women ages 50 to 65. Women in the supplement group received 1000IU of cholecalciferol, a form of vitamin D3, daily. The team used vitamin D3, as it has the highest absorption in the body, which leads to a quicker benefit compared to other forms of vitamin D.

More on this...

·        

More evidence menopause symptoms may affect overall wellbeing



·        

7 nutrients you need after turning 50



According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in few foods and is produced when ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun hit the skin and start synthesis. The body uses it to promote calcium absorption in the gut, as well as for bone growth and remodeling.

Researchers observed that supplementation could increase loss of body muscle mass in women as late as over 12 years after menopause. Study authors said this is the first study to prove vitamin D supplementation alone was protective against musculoskeletal complications in younger women, and they noted that previous studies were associated with an older population.

“The recommended dosage depends on the clinical condition of the individual patient, but according to IOF (International Osteoporosis Foundation), the minimum daily dosage recommendation is 800IU per day for postmenopausal women,” Cangussu said.

The study is expected to be published in two parts in early 2016 in the journal Osteoporosis International and Menopause.
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