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Next big step in the medicine world: Mini human heart developed in a lab by an Indian -origin scientist

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Human heart has been replicated under laboratory environment by Anurag Mathur, an Indian-origin scientist with the University of California at Berkeley. This will help researchers predict if a certain kind of medicine will adversely affect the human body or how much dosage of a drug is required.

“Many times doctors and researchers fail to predict a response to a certain drug or medicine because of the inaccuracy of the models used, like mice, that don’t have the same reactions as human tissue.” Mathur was quoted by Xinhua.

The mini-heart is created with human-induced Pluripotent stem cells that can form many different types of tissues. A special silicon microchip in the mini heart makes these tissues mimic blood vessels.

The researchers are calling this the next big step in the medicine world. With this kind of development medicine can become completely personalized. The doctors will just require a sample from the patient and he/she will be able to have his or her heart modeled in a lab with all the tests done.

“Doctors will be able to predict how certain drugs react on specific patients, thus preventing many illnesses and loss of valuable time,” a hopeful Anurag Mathur said.

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Health and Wellness: A mediterranean diet can reduce risk of heart disease

Astonishingly, a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of death even if you already have a history of cardiovascular disease. Read to know more

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Mediterranean food. Image Source: Wikimedia commons
  • Cholesterol-lowering statins have long been thought of as the most effective way to treat heart disease
  • Experts say that even for those taking statins, adopting a Mediterranean diet could add further health benefits
  • A Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of death even if you already have a history of cardiovascular disease

For some patients with heart disease, a Mediterranean diet could better treat their condition than cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, according to a recent study.

A Mediterranean diet favors fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil over red meat, dairy products and processed foods.

Speaking at a global heart disease conference in Rome, an Italian expert said the study sought to answer a specific question.

“So far research has focused on the general population, which is mainly composed of healthy people,” said Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy. “What happens to people who have already suffered from cardiovascular disease? Is the Mediterranean diet optimal for them too?”

For the study, the researchers looked at 1,200 Italians with a history of heart disease over a period of seven years. What they found is those who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean diet were less likely to be among the 208 people who died during the course of the study.

After adjusting to age, sex, socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, the researchers found that people who ate a mostly Mediterranean diet had a 37 percent less chance of dying during the study period.

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Cholesterol-lowering statins have long been thought of as the most effective way to treat heart disease, which kills nearly 615,000 Americans annually. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 28 percent of Americans over 40 were taking some kind of statin when surveyed in 2011 and 2012.

Statins are popular worldwide and several studies have shown they can lower cholesterol levels, reducing the likelihood of major heart problems.

Experts say that even for those taking statins, adopting a Mediterranean diet could add further health benefits.

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“It is good to know that even if you already have a history of cardiovascular disease, adhering to a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of death, said Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation in an interview with the Telegraph newspaper.

“This study suggests that even if you are already receiving medical care, if you add a Mediterranean diet, it will have further benefit. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even if you have had a heart attack or stroke is really important and continues to benefit you.” (VOA)

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Terror Strikes Somalia: Five killed in Twin Car Bomb Blast in Mogadishu

Al-Shabaab, which means "The Youth" or "The Youngsters" in Arabic, is a terrorist group based in East Africa

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Five killed in Somalia attack. Representational Image source: Wikimedia Commons

In twin car bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, five people were killed and several got injured badly on Sunday, July 31.

Police said the blasts hit the gate of the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters before militants stormed the building. Spontaneous gunfire could be heard, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, which is fighting against the Somali government, frequently stages attacks in Mogadishu.

Five killed in Somalia attack. Representational Image Wikimedia Commons.
Five killed in Somalia attack. Representational Image Wikimedia Commons.

“There were two huge bombings near Somali’s CID headquarters. I have seen black smoke rising from the place,” a witness said.

The death toll could rise as the injured were in critical condition, a police official told Xinhua. The CID headquarters is located alongside on a busy road.

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Al-Shabaab, which means “The Youth” or “The Youngsters” in Arabic, is a terrorist group based in East Africa.

The group battles with the UN-backed government in Somalia and has carried out a string of attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

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Allied to Al Qaeda, the group has been pushed out of most towns it once controlled but it remains a potent threat to peace and stability in the region. (IANS)

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US woman buys second hand freezer for $30 and finds dead body parts of the seller’s mother

The woman did not open it immediately as the seller had told her that it was being used as a “time capsule”

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Goldsboro in 1979. Image source: Wikipedia
  • A Woman in North Carolina bought $30 freezer from her neighbour’s garage sale 
  • The seller asked the woman not to open it as it was being used as a “time capsule”
  • Police has confirmed that human remains were found inside the freezer

Goldsboro, N.C., June 1,2016: A woman in North Carolina bought $30 freezer from her neighbor’s garage sale and chill ran down her spine when she found dead body parts inside it.

The woman from Goldsboro, North Carolina was in utter shock when she looked into the freezer. She said “I was just in shock. I opened it up for a second time and my heart went into my throat. I ran out of the house and called 911.”

According to The WNCN, the buyer did not open the freezer for 3 weeks and when she did, women found the dead body parts of human inside it. The woman did not open it immediately as the seller had told her that it was being used as a “time capsule”.

The seller of the freezer told the women that it was a part the project she was doing with her church school class and that people from church will come and pick the freezer’s contents. But they never came, so the women opened it and believes she found her neighbour’s dead mother.

“She sold me her frozen mother for $30. How do you do something like that??” the woman said.

Goldsboro Police. Image source: policecararchives.org
Goldsboro Police. Image source: policecararchives.org

Goldsboro Police confirmed that human remains were found.

When police asked the women about the seller she said, “(She was) Just the sweetest lady. I mean quiet, kept to herself, stayed at home. Just unbelievable how she could just stick her mom in a freezer.”

The freezer seller has reportedly left the town after the sale, claiming she is headed to West Virginia to take care of her mother. Currently, police are investigating this incident as felony concealing or failing to notify the death of a person.

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran, a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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