Tall tale: gene variants can add 2cm to your height

Researchers on Wednesday unveiled 83 rare gene variants which exert a strong influence on human height, with some capable of adding or subtracting more than two centimetres (0.8 inches). The discovery could lead to drugs to make short people taller or vice versa, or tests to identify people at risk of developing growth disorders, the […]

Malaria vaccine wears off

AN EXPERIMENTAL vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix – or RTS,S – weakens over time and is only four per cent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said last Wednesday (29). The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on a phase II clinical trial with over 400 young children in […]

New painkiller could replace morphine, says study

SCIENTISTS last Wednesday (17) unveiled a synthetic drug that appears to neutralise pain as effectively as morphine, but without the side-effects that make opioids so dangerous and addictive. The big-data methods used by the researchers also open up a promising avenue in drug innovation, they reported in the journal Nature. In experiments with mice, the […]

People who read books live almost two years longer than non readers

Anew study titled A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity published in the Social Science and Medicine journal recently suggests that being engrossed in a good book can make people’s brains sharper, give them more empathy and is one of the best forms of stress relief. The study also claimed that it […]

Rajah Spices launches its delicious new range of Heat & Stir Dals

A delicious dal is a cornerstone of Asian households and nothing quite comes close to tucking into a hot dal with rotis, chapatis or rice in these cold winter days. But after a long hard day at work, just thinking about coming home and cooking makes you tired…now thanks to Rajah Spices’ newly launched Heat […]

Polio vaccine makers failing to make enough doses: WHO experts

Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization. With polio on the brink of eradication globally, the WHO wants to see a worldwide switch from […]

New painkiller could replace morphine, says study

SCIENTISTS last Wednesday (17) unveiled a synthetic drug that appears to neutralise pain as effectively as morphine, but without the side-effects that make opioids so dangerous and addictive. The big-data methods used by the researchers also open up a promising avenue in drug innovation, they reported in the journal Nature. In experiments with mice, the […]

India stem cell bank could help UK patients

Plans for a public stem cell bank in India could help Asians in Britain suffering from leukaemia and other diseases, doctors claim. Dr Himanshu Katatiya, global business director at Indu Stem Cell in India, told Eastern Eye how a public cell bank could considerably improve the chance of UK Asians finding the donor they need. […]

Test hope to battle infection

AN inexpensive blood test could one day tell doctors whether an infection is caused by a virus or a bacteria, and prevent unwarranted prescribing of antibiotics, researchers said last Wednesday (6). The diagnostic test, described in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine, is being developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. The […]

Better health in old age may be ‘down to mum’

A TINY repository of DNA inherited only from one’s mother may be key for healthy ageing, according to researchers who swapped out mouse genes to prove the point. For a study published last Wednesday (6), the team created two sets of lab mice identical but for their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) – and found that one […]