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Speech Signals: biomarkers for heart failure

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October 10, 2021

Madhu Keerthana from IIT Kharagpur and collaborators from Finland have come up with an automated system to identify heart problems from speech signals of patients. A medical technology in the making.

Snacks with Resveratrol: Fortifying by encapsulation 

Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, is found to be useful to reduce stress and risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases. Is it possible to use it to fortify foods? Researchers from Kashmir University investigate.

Anti-Alzheimer’s Compounds Found in Red Cedar Leaves

Medicines used for treating Alzheimer’s tend to damage liver. Researchers from the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University have now found five compounds in the red cedar leaf extract that could be used to treat Alzheimer’s.

Controlling Blood Pressure: Essential oil from Hrivera root

Researchers from Tamil Nadu delve into the secrets of the Siddha medicine used for treating high blood pressure. The essential oil from the root of Hrivera is indeed effective and acts on the calcium channels as most other antihypertensives do, they find.

Tobacco Smoking: Death and disease burden

Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. But how many people actually die due to smoking related diseases? What is the magnitude of disability caused by smoking? Researchers from India collaborate with researchers worldwide to inquire.

Fucoidan: A Natural Polysaccharide for Cervical Cancer

The drug, SAHA, used for treating cervical cancer has too many side effects. Ilora Ghosh and team from JNU has now suggests a nontoxic alternative, fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide from brown seaweed.

Nanoparticles for Pain Relief

Injections are painful. But what if drugs and vaccines that can’t be taken orally are administered nasally? Especially those that need to be delivered to the brain? How do we make such nanocapsules for nasal spray?

Malaria-Parasite Hijacks Mosquito Gut Microbiota and Immunity

Mosquitoes suffer because of Plasmodium, the malarial parasite. The parasite undermines the normal gut microbiota and weakens its immune system, makes it ill. Probiotics for mosquitoes may reduce malarial transmission, say researchers

Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

Why are people getting reinfected after CO||VID-19? Will the vaccine protect you from infection? A review by scientists in JNCASR Bengaluru will soon answer such questions.

Ashwagandha: Wait for winter or grow in lab?

Ashwagandha sown in winter produces more active ingredients, say scientists from CIMAP Lucknow. Why waste time, produce more active ingredients by hairy root culture, say researchers from Tamilnadu.

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