HEALTH

Cash for weight loss?

one fifth of India will be obese by 2025, says study.

A new study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, has shown that selling rewards programs to participants entering a weight loss program is a low cost strategy to increase both the magnitude and duration of weight loss. A team from the Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) led the research, which has implications for insurance ...

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70% of Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate, Finds Study

A study led by Jennifer Ringrose, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alberta, examined dozens of home blood pressure monitors and found that most were unacceptable inaccurate. CREDIT Melissa Fabrizio

Many patients of high blood pressure or hypertension keep a monitor at home these days to check their readings but a new study by UAlberta warns that 70% of readings from home BP monitors are unacceptably inaccurate. “High blood pressure is the number one cause of death and disability in the world,” said medical researcher Jennifer Ringrose, who led the ...

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Cancer Patients Open About Symptoms Survive Longer, Finds Study

Cancer patients who are undergoing treatment survive longer if they are pro-active and report their symptoms to their doctors immediately, preferably using the Internet, found a survey conducted by a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher. Ethan Basch, director of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program, has presented findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology ...

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Why More Blacks Die of Prostate Cancer?

In a telephonic survey of 1,171 prostrate cancer patients, researchers were surprised to note that Black men were more concerned about the impact and cost compared to white men, thus resulting in more Blacks die of prostate cancer than the whites. The survey results, presented on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, ...

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Wiping out T-Cells’ Memory Key to Treat Asthma, Allergies: Study

University of Queensland Associate Professor Ray Steptoe (Univ of Queensland Photo)

Researchers form the University pf Queensland, Australia have found the T-Cells which are prime reason behind developing asthma or food allergies can be turned off in a single treatment providing life-long protection. The immune response in the body causes allergic reaction such as asthma or lethal food allergies and the root cause of it was in T-Cells which have been ...

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Pre-Mature Babies Exposed to Mozart Music Gain Desired Weight Faster: Study

Researchers  from Tel Aviv University found that premature babies who are exposed to music by 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gain weight faster — and therefore become stronger — than those who don’t. The study by Dr. Dror Mandel and Dr. Ronit Lubetzky of the Tel Aviv Medical Center affiliated with Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine has found that ...

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Mozart’s Symphony Music Helps Epilepsy Patients: Study

Several studies have found that the people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the normal people. According to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention in 2015 was one such finding. “We believe that music could potentially be used as an intervention to help people with epilepsy,” said neurologist Christine Charyton the Ohio State ...

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Putting Brakes on Cell Growth Effectively Slows Down Cancer: Study

All cells go through the "cell cycle," a series of events that culminate in orderly cell growth and division. In cancer, the cell cycle is out of whack; cells divide uncontrollably and invade surrounding tissues. By removing a specific protein from cells, researchers were able to slow the cell cycle. The findings were made in kidney and cervical cancer cells and are a long way from being applied in people. But, the study suggests that targeting this protein could inhibit fast-growing cancer cells and be the basis of a treatment option in the future. CREDIT: University of Rochester Medical Center

Cancer is characterized by the abnormal and uncontrollable growth of cells and researchers from the University of Rochester’s Center for RNA Biology have found a new way to slow down the fast-growing cells that characterize cancer. Generally all cells go through the “cell cycle” and culminate in orderly cell growth and division but in cancer, the cell cycle is out ...

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Why 32% of Indians Suffer from Thyroid, a Latest Phenomenon?

A study by SRL Diagnostics, also owned by Singh brothers of Fortis, showed that 32% of Indians are suffering from thyroid disorders including thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism, goiter, thyroiditis and thyroid cancer, with symptoms such as unusual weight gain and hormonal imbalances. It has also thrown light on sub-clinical hypothyroidism, which is the most prevalent form of thyroid disorder and mostly ...

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Marijuana, Without THC, Helps Treat Epilepsy: New Study

A study by NYU Langone Medical Center studied the impact of a medicine made from marijuana after removing its hallucinogenic ingredient THC and found it effective in bringing down epilepsy seizures among children. The medicine called Epidiolex, contains a liquid form of cannabidiol, one of marijuana’s more than 100 ingredients. It doesn’t contain THC, the hallucinogenic ingredient found in marijuana ...

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Poor Sleep? It’s Linked to Air pollution, Says Study

  Your exposure to air pollution or nitrogen dioxide and small particulates known as PM 2.5s are linked could impact the body note merely with breathing problems but also irritating your nose, your sinuses and the back of your throat, all leading to sleep disruption as well, said researchers. Martha Billings of the University of Washington said air pollutants entering ...

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Microwaving Mushrooms Bolster Antioxidants: Study Shows

Grilled and microwaved mushrooms lose barely any nutritional properties. CREDIT SINC

The most mushrooms are commonly cooked before being consumed but scientists from Mushroom Technological Research Center of La Rioja (CTICH) studied different cooking methods like boiling, microwaving, grilling and frying and found out that the second one is the best in terms of proximate composition and antioxidant capacity of most cultivated mushrooms worldwide. Next comes grilling. Mushrooms are have a ...

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Fat Boys Face Risk of Colon Cancer Later: Study

one fifth of India will be obese by 2025, says study.

A study found that overweight boys may be at greater risk of colon (bowel) cancer when they grow up but those who shed the pounds and achieve a healthy weight by young adulthood can skip the risk significantly. Colon cancer is the 4th most common cancer in adults and several previous research findings have shown that overweight children are at ...

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Baker-Scientist Comes to Rescue of Heart with Friendly Muffin

The bakers call it ‘good heart’ muffin and claim that it reduces cholesterol and it was developed by University of Queensland scientists to keep hearts healthy, a good alternative to popping up pills to reduce cholesterol. UQ Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences scientist and herself a good baker Nima Gunness who developed the muffin said it contained three grams ...

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, Finds Study

Omega 3 fatty acids may increase blood flow to the brain reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, found a study done by the Amen Clinics Inc in the US Alzheimer’s affects and destroys memory causing immense irreversible damage to the brain memory functions. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in — flaxseed oil, walnuts, salmon, soybeans, and spinach — have shown anti-amyloid, ...

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Australian Researchers Develop New Diabates Drug to Replace Insulin Jabs or Metformin

Scientists have developed a safer drug that can replace potentially the insulin jabs or diabetes needles that the patients undergo almost daily once they are diagnosed with the slow-killer disease. Instead of traditional Metformin drug, the new drug targets a protein receptor known as PPARgamma found in fat tissue throughout the body, by activating it to achieve lower blood sugar ...

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World Hypertension Day: Just look Around for Handy Home Remedies

Fruit and Vegetable Market

As today is observed as World Hypertension Day to increase awareness among the people about the increasing incidence of high blood pressure, which WHO says might affect 60% of the world population by 2025. Here are some home remedies or Ayurvedic advisory which have been practised in India over centuries: Eat Banana: Eating banana regularly controls high blood pressure as ...

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