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Diverse forests are stronger against drought

Diversity is strength, even among forests. In a paper published in Nature, researchers led by University of Utah biologist William Anderegg report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous ... Read More »

India, Malta join hands against terrorism

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is in Malta on the second leg of his three nation Eastern European tour. On Monday he held delegation level talks with the Maltese President, Marie Louise coleiro preca in Valleta. Three important agreements in the areas of diplomatic training, tourism, and maritime cooperation were ... Read More »

Scanning thousands of molecules against an elusive cancer target

Researchers at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health, have developed a system to accelerate the discovery of chemical compounds that inhibit an enzyme implicated in a number of cancers. The set of tools and methods, which the researchers used to test ... Read More »

Synthetic DNA vaccine effective against influenza A virus subtype

Currently available vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza virus infection have limited ability to induce immunity against diverse H3N2 viruses, an influenza A subtype that has led to high morbidity and mortality in recent years. Now, Wistar scientists have engineered a synthetic DNA vaccine shown to produce broad immune ... Read More »

Experts advise against routine testing for prostate cancer

Routine testing for prostate cancer is not recommended for most men because the benefit is small and uncertain and there are clear harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. But they acknowledge that some men, such as those with a family history of prostate cancer, may ... Read More »

Marriage protects against malnutrition in old age

More and more elderly people are suffering from malnutrition. People who are unmarried, separated or divorced are most often affected, whilst men and women who are either married or widowed tend to take better care of themselves. Those who have difficulty walking or coping with stairs or who have just ... Read More »

Body’s own ‘bomb squad’ can help protect against brain tumors

Researchers have discovered how a molecule can help prevent certain types of brain tumors by recognizing and ‘disarming’ harmful proteins that cause them. Their study in fruit flies, published in the journal eLife, could lead to a potential new treatment approach for brain tumors in future. Most multicellular organisms possess ... Read More »

When neurons turn against themselves

Rasmussen’s encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease that primarily affects children and can lead to seizures. As the disease is resistant to drug treatments, it frequently requires surgical interventions aiming to remove or disconnect the affected part of the brain. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Geneva ... Read More »

HDFC Bank launches Digital Loans against Mutual Funds (LAMF)

Udaipur : In a first in the country, HDFC Bank today launched its Digital Loan against Mutual Funds (LAMF), in partnership with transfer agent CAMS. Customers can now pledge mutual fund assets online and get overdraft limit set in their account in under 3 minutes. Customers can now avail of this ... Read More »