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SYDNEY: Australian researchers said on Friday they have helped develop a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, in a move that could diagnose tumors before they spread and increase patients’ chances of survival. Jeanne Tie and Peter Gibbs, professors from Australia’s Walter and Eliza Hall…

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CANBERRA: Climate change is driving a collapse of the marine food chain, an Australian study published by the University of Adelaide on Wednesday has found. The study found that rising ocean temperatures was reducing the flow of energy from algae at the bottom of the chain to herbivores or predators,…

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Tuberculosis patients may have a quicker way to recover. A new study on mice and tissue cultures suggested that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it took these drugs to eradicate this pathogen. The study was published on Thursday in the US journal of…

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SYDNEY: Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity. The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight mothers. Scientists at the University…

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SYDNEY: An Australian-led international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema. The study is touted as the first of its kind “designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common…

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CANBERRA: Age-friendly workplaces and allowing employees to retire voluntarily contribute to longer careers and better overall health of retirees, according to Australian researchers who undertook a study of older Australians in the workplace. Using data from a decade-long national survey of 1,700 people aged between 45 and 64, medical doctor…

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CHICAGO: A key difference between the way immune cells attack bacteria and the way antibiotics do may provide a roadmap for combating the rising threat of drug-resistant pathogens. Researchers of the University of Michigan (UM), in collaboration with colleagues at Harvard University, have discovered that while drugs typically attack a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Two experimental Ebola vaccines can safely elicit immune responses by one month after initial vaccination that last for at least one year, results from a large clinical trial in Liberia showed on Wednesday last week. The trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have discovered that the animal brain reinforces motor skills during deep sleep. In the study published in Nature Neuroscience, the researchers found that during non-rapid eye movement, or non-REM, sleep, slow brain waves bolster neural touchpoints that are directly…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Global trade through the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) totalled $28 trillion from 2008 to 2016, with annual value rising from $2.61 trillion in 2008 to $3.37 trillion in 2016, a leading US think tank said in a report on Friday. The data came from a team…

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