For many parents wondering why their child's inhaler does not seem to help their asthma, here's the reason. According to a recent study conducted by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the University of Dundee, one in seven children have been found to be resistant to Salmeterol. It is a regular ingredient of Seretide and Servent inhalers, also popularly known as the purple and green inhalers. These inhalers are prescribed to children whose asthma has become resistant to the normally used blue inhalers.
Who thought a routine Pap smear can do anything apart from detecting a cervical cancer? However, the U.S researchers have found a possibility to diagnose ovarian and endometrial cancer, all using the Pap smear! The Papanicolaou test or commonly known as the Pap test has successfully been used on a regular basis to spot cervical cancer in women. In this method, cells from the cervix are tested for the possibility of them being cancerous.
The recent discovery of an antibiotic resistant strain of gonorrhea has the medical fraternity worried about its effective course of treatment. Until recently Cefixime which, incidentally, is the solitary cephalosporin antimicrobial administered orally, was the common antibiotic prescribed for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In a recent research conducted on a group of patient in Toronto, the researchers have found the failure rate of Cefixime to be an around seven percent.
With the possible appearances of two comets, stargazers are in for a fabulous treat this year. Comet Pan-STARRS will make its appearance in March. It will be visible for people across the northern Hemisphere. Comet ISON will appear in October 2013 and will move from the Southern Hemisphere across the Northern Hemisphere. Whether these comets will be a shiner or a dud is yet to be seen. It all depends on their capacity to tolerate the immense heat emanated from the sun. Comet ISON or C/2012 S1 (as it is officially known), was discovered by two Russian astronomers - Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok Sept. 21, 2012.
Here is a shocker for those who think that biofuels are environment-friendly. A recent study indicates that biofuels are not that environment-friendly after all, as their emission leads to the release of a chemical in the environment, which, when mixed with other pollutants, can result in reduced crop yield. At a time when the world is looking for ways to conserve energy, this research could come as a major setback.
For smokers who are thinking of leaving the habit, here is another incentive to do so. In a recent study undertaken and published by The British Journal of Psychiatry, it was observed that the level of anxiety was less in smokers who quit smoking and refrained from smoking even after six months. The study was conducted taking 491 smokers who attend National Health Service smoking cessation clinics in England. The data was then followed up with another study after 6 months.
People who can speak more than one language with equal fluency since childhood may be in for a good surprise. In a recent study conducted by the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine, scientists have found that older bilingual people have a better ability to switch between tasks than their monolingual counterparts.