HEALTH

Swine flu spreads to Kolkata, Rajasthan reports 73 deaths, Telangana 41

Ten people have tested positive for swine flu in Kolkata, with the dreaded virus disease fast spreading in all corners of the country, triggering the initial signs of an imminent outbreak. “So far there are 10 positive cases in Kolkata. The tests are being run at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) facility in Beleghata,” a Swasthya ...

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Smoking shrinks part of brain: Study

Long-term smoking could cause thinning of a vital brain part in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place, a new study has warned. Smoking appears to accelerate the thinning of the brain’s cortex, the outer layer of the brain. A thinner brain cortex is associated with adult cognitive decline. "Smokers should be informed that cigarettes ...

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Vitamin D deficiency in childhood harmful to heart later in life: Study

Low vitamin D in children is hardly noticed for medical intervention and often passed off with ease but latest research has shown that the deficiency may turn into a bigger risk when later in life for them. Low levels of vitamin D in childhood were associated with subclinical atherosclerosis tahat correlates with cardio-vascular disease after 25 years in adulthood, the ...

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Diabetes: ‘Smart’ Insulin Found to Automatically Adjust Sugar Levels

Novel ‘Smart’ insuling for patients with type 1 diabetes eliminates the burden of constantly monitoring their blood sugar, self-injecting and even worse, a miscalculation. Lapse in regimen leads to high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), potentially leading to heart disease, blindness and other complications, or it leads to too low levels (hypoglycemia), which can result in coma or even death. To ...

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Energy drinks trigger hyperactivity in school children

Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, reveals a new study. The finding has implications for school success and lends support to existing recommendations to limit the amount of sweetened beverages school children drink. The authors also recommend that children avoid energy drinks, which in ...

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Prenatal smoking ups diabetes risk for children

Children exposed to tobacco smoke from their parents while in the womb are predisposed to developing diabetes as adults, warns a new study. “Our findings are consistent with the idea that gestational environmental chemical exposures can contribute to the development of health and disease,” said lead author Michele La Merrill, an assistant professor of environmental toxicology at University of California, ...

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Eat berries to lose weight, advise researchers

No need to skip a meal or head to a gym as easy ways to lose weight but replacing just one between-meal confectionery snack with a handful of berries can do the trick, say researchers. Research shows that when people swapped a confectionery treat for a berry snack with the same energy content, considerably fewer calories were consumed at their ...

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Lung cancer can be treated with SapC-DOPS technology: Study

New research provides hope that the therapeutic agent SapC-DOPS could be used for treatment of lung cancer as it caused cell death in cancer, while sparing normal cells and tissues, researchers said. SapC-DOPS consists of a lysosomal protein, saposin C (SapC), and a phospholipid named dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS), which are combined and assembled into tiny cavities, or nanovesicles, to target and ...

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Coconut oil coupled with exercise reduces high Blood Pressure

Brazil researchers have found that a daily intake of coconut oil and exercising daily would help bring down blood pressure or hypertension to its normal levels. The researchers have attributed the results to the reduction in baroreflex sensitivity and in oxidative stress in the serum, heart and aorta, which are key factors in regulating blood pressure. “The possibility of using ...

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50+ unlikely to get job again: Study

A new report published today by Business in the Community suggests that people over the age of 50 have a higher chance of becoming permanently jobless compared to younger people. The report ‘The Missing Million: Pathways back into employment’ follows previous research carried out by Business in the Community and research partner the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK), which set out ...

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Simple blood test to predict dementia risk

UK researchers have identified a new biomarker that would test blood to could predict the possibility of developing dementia or memory loss in old age. If it shows a low level of the biomarker apolipoprotein E in our blood, then it increases the risk of developing dementia in the future, the findings of the study involving 76,000 people showed. "The ...

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Chili pepper can burn fat, prevent weight gain: study

Junk food lover? Then add as much as pepper as possible and chilli pepper in daily eatables to prevent weight gain, if not weight loss overnight, according to a new study involving an Indian-origin researcher. The chief ingredient in chilli peppers, capsaicin, stimulates energy burning, hence developing a dietary supplement could be developed to do away with controls on calorie ...

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Why Swine Flu is Fast spreading in Gujarat, Elsewhere?

Swine flu or the H1N1 virus is fast spreading in Gujarat with 10 more deaths reported on Sunday alone and the total swine flu deaths in the state reaching 81 this year, reports said. Swine flu director of Gujarat Dr Kamlesh Upadhyay has attributed the dramatic rise in deaths due to initial treatment with anti-biotics instead of anti-viral drugs. “There ...

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Health ministry reviews swine flu situation in country as it spreads to more states

With the swine flu scare reaching more states, the union health ministry has reviewed the swine flu situation in various states, including Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat recently. The meeting, chaired by additional secretary in the health ministry, A.K. Panda and attended by senior health officials of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and ...

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Swine flu in UP: Agra, Lucknow report 4 cases each

Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, has reported 4 new suspected cases of swine flu taking the total number to 14 so far forcing the health administration in the district to be on high alert. This is in addition to four cases reported in state capital Lucknow, where 40 cases have been reported so far.  “Four new patients have been ...

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Swine flu spreads to neighbouring Karnataka, claims six lives

The dreaded swine flu has begun spreading in neighbouring Karnataka from Andhra Pradesh and claimed six lives in the state, including 4 in Bangalore and one each in Bidar and Raichur districts, a senior health official said on Sunday. “Though 95 people, affected by the H1N1 influenza over the last two weeks, tested positive and have been under treatment, six ...

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