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Married women get better sleep

Looking for a good night’s sleep? Well, you can start by finding a husband for yourself, suggest researchers.

According to a research, being stably married or gaining a partner is associated with better sleep in women than being unmarried or losing a partner.

During the eight years of the study, results showed that women who were stably married or who had gained a partner had better sleep than women who were unmarried or who had lost a partner over the course of the study follow-up.

According to Wendy Troxel, University of Pittsburgh, women who were stably married had the highest quality sleep measured objectively and subjectively, and these results persisted even after controlling for other known risk factors for sleep, including age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and depressive symptoms.

“Women who had ‘gained’ a partner over the eight years of the study had similar subjective sleep quality as compared to the stably married women; however, after looking at specific objective sleep measurements we discovered that these women had more restless sleep than the always married women,” said Wendy.

Prickly pear may help fight obesity

Prickly pear may be the key to people losing weight, says a new study. The exotic ‘fruit’, which was loved by Baloo the bear in the classic Disney film ‘The Jungle Book’, has been found to have fat-binding properties.

Now, going by the fruit’s extraordinary properties, scientists have developed a new organic product derived from it named Proactol which has been clinically proven in trials to bind with fat.

After a meal when the easy-to-swallow tablet is taken it allows the body to expel around 30 per cent more fat — meaning the body absorbs almost a third less fat from food.

Proactol product manager Katie Downing-Howitt said: “We aren’t claiming Proactol is a miracle cure for obesity but it is clinically proven to bind with fat and, as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle, does assist weight loss”.

Accurate diagnostic test for swine flu

Scientists have come up with a fast and cost-effective way to detect the emerging H1N1 swine-derived influenza A virus in human clinical samples using standard lab equipment.
The molecular strategy is based on proven and widely used Real-Time, Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) technology.

The authors of the report say that the new molecular probe improves on the existing PCR assay used to diagnose seasonal influenza and enables detection of both the seasonal and H1N1 influenza A viruses in the same patient sample using a simple test protocol.

In positive samples this is followed by the addition of two probes that are able to discriminate between the seasonal and swine H1N1 viruses to yield a definitive diagnosis.

Chemotherapy can cause fatal reaction

A chemotherapy drug used to treat cancer is associated with fatal allergic reactions, say US researchers.

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine identified 287 unique cases of hypersensitivity reactions submitted to the FDA’s Adverse Event Report System from 1997-2007, with 109 deaths in patients who received Cremophor-based paclitaxel, a solvent-administered taxane chemotherapy.

Adverse event reports generally only represent from one to 10 per cent of actual incidence, so the number of hypersensitivity reactions and deaths is likely significantly higher, the researchers said.

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