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Engaging in music linked to better brain health in older age: Study

Engaging in music linked to better brain health in older age: Study

Researchers have discovered that engaging in music throughout your life is linked with better brain health in older adults, a new study has said. In the study published in the journal International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the researchers examined data from over a thousand adults above 40 to see the effect of playing a musical instrument -- or singing in a choir -- on brain health.

Israeli army kills over 350 in Gaza's Khan Younis during past 48 hrs: Hamas

Israeli army kills over 350 in Gaza's Khan Younis during past 48 hrs: Hamas

The Hamas-run government in Gaza said in a statement that the Israeli army killed at least 350 Palestinians in the past 48 hours in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Medical teams were unable to reach dozens of bodies scattered on the streets, the statement added on Sunday, noting that local residents had to bury the dead in the courtyard of the city's Nasser Hospital as they could not take them to the Khan Younis cemetery.

How common cold virus boosts immune system to fight Covid

How common cold virus boosts immune system to fight Covid

Scientists have found direct evidence that exposure to common cold coronaviruses can train T cells to fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19. In fact, prior exposure to a common cold coronavirus could also partially protect mice from lung damage during a subsequent SARS-CoV-2 infection, revealed the team from La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), US.

US CDC warns of rising measles cases

US CDC warns of rising measles cases

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that measles cases are rising in the country, urging health providers to watch for the outbreaks. Between December 1 last year and January 23 this year, the CDC was notified of 23 confirmed cases of measles, including seven direct importations of measles by international travellers and two outbreaks with more than five cases each.

Low protein diet in pregnancy may up prostate cancer risk in kids later

Low protein diet in pregnancy may up prostate cancer risk in kids later

Children born to women who were malnourished during pregnancy tend to face a higher risk of prostate cancer in adulthood, according to two studies in mice. In the first study, researchers at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil detected alterations in gene expression that may have been associated with the hormone imbalance observed in the rats’ offspring and the heightened risk of prostate cancer.

New gene therapy restores hearing in kids with hereditary deafness

New gene therapy restores hearing in kids with hereditary deafness

Researchers have developed a gene therapy that can help restore hearing function for children suffering from hereditary deafness. In the first human clinical trial that took place in December 2022, the team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the US administered gene therapy to six children in China.

Early treatment key to HIV remission: Study

Early treatment key to HIV remission: Study

Starting treatment early may promote long-term control of the HIV virus if treatment is not discontinued, finds a study. People living with HIV need to take antiretroviral treatment for life to prevent the virus from multiplying in their body. But some people, known as "post-treatment controllers," have been able to discontinue their treatment while maintaining an undetectable viral load for several years.

Diabetes drug Ozempic can reduce severe liver disease risk too

Diabetes drug Ozempic can reduce severe liver disease risk too

Novo Nordisk's Ozempic and other GLP1 agonists -- popular diabetes drugs -- are also associated with a reduced risk of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer in people with Type 2 diabetes and chronic liver disease, according to a study. GLP1 agonists like Ozempic reduce blood sugar levels and are mainly used to treat Type 2 diabetes. However, as the drug also reduces appetite, it is now increasingly used to treat obesity and has become a popular weight-loss drug.

India’s coronary drug-eluting stents mkt to register 4% CAGR by 2033: Report

India’s coronary drug-eluting stents mkt to register 4% CAGR by 2033: Report

The coronary drug-eluting stents market in India is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent between 2023 and 2033, according to a report on Tuesday. This is driven by the growing incidence of coronary artery diseases, improved access to the latest treatment options, higher diagnosis rates, and technological advancements in the country.

New Covid variants learn old tricks to stay ahead of immune defences: Study

New Covid variants learn old tricks to stay ahead of immune defences: Study

Recent SARS-CoV-2 variants such as BA.4 and BA.5 developed abilities missing from the first Omicron variants that allowed them to overcome humans’ innate immunity, revealed a study. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, new variants of concern emerged independently from the first wave SARS-CoV-2 virus. Alpha, Delta and then Omicron in turn became the dominant variants in circulation.

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