HEALTH

Women with Type 1 Diabetes Die Earlier Than Men: Study

Women with type 1 diabetes face 40% more risk than men and have more than twice the risk of dying from heart disease, said a large meta-analysis involving more than 200 000 people with type 1 diabetes published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. So fat, researchers are aware that people with type 1 diabetes have shorter life expectancies than ...

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Brain Marker Hints at Depression Later in Life: Study

A car accident, the loss of a loved one and financial trouble are just a few of the myriad stressors we may encounter in our lifetimes. Some of us take it in stride, while others go on to develop anxiety or depression. How well will we deal with the inevitable lows of life? A clue to this answer, according to ...

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Red wine, peanuts, berries prevent memory loss, says study

Resveratol, a compound found in red grapes, red wine, peanuts and some berries may help prevent age-related dementia or memory loss, according to a study conducted by an Indian-origin scientist. Resveratrol, an antioxidant that has been found to have positive effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is critical to memory functions, learning and mood, has been ...

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E-cigarettes impair immune response in body, warns new study

E-cigarettes, suggested to minimize cigarette smoking is found to compromise the immune system in the lungs and generate some of the same potentially dangerous chemicals found in traditional nicotine cigarettes, says a team of researchers including an Indian-origin scientist. “Our findings suggest that e-cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the effects on the lungs,” said Shyam Biswal, professor at ...

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Drinking green tea better than taking supplements

If you are planning to take supplements based on green tea extracts as a measure to lose weight, think again. Researchers have warned that the supplements could result in harmful side effects including liver toxicity. Drinking green tea, instead of taking the supplements, could help you enjoy the benefits associated with the beverage while avoiding the risk of liver toxicity, ...

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Simple, Low-Cost Device to Disgnose HIV, Syphilis in 15 Minutes

A new device to identify antibodies for HIV and syphilis has been developed by scientists at Columbia University in New York, which can be used as an accessory to smartphone plugged into the audio jack for tests ten times faster and at far less cost. Priced $34, the device called dongle can perform all mechanical, optical and electronic functions of ...

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Australia to test breakthrough stroke treatment machine

Australia has been chosen as the first site in the world to test a portable stroke-diagnosing machine which could greatly help up to 80 percent of patients, it was reported Wednesday. The sudden brain traumas usually cause severe physical disabilities and are often fatal. Fast treatment within four hours is the key to reducing the effects of strokes, but patients have ...

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World cancer Day: WHO warns 70% rise in cases in next 20 years

On World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) put out figures to warn that the number of new cancer cases would rise by 70 percent in the next 20 years from the current figure of 14 million cases reported and eight million deaths caused by the dreaded disease. Noting the 60 percent of deaths are reported from Africa, Asia, ...

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World Cancer Day: Cervical Cancer, Lung Cancer largest killers in India

An estimated 73,000 new cases of Cervical Cancer are reported in Indian Women and the incidence is reported to about 1,32,000 cases annually, which is 30% of the total 4,70,000 new cases reported every year, said WHO. These deaths owing to the cervical cancer cause are largely preventable and are likely to significantly reduce the cost burden of disease, delivering ...

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World Cancer Day: Tobacco biggest cause of cancer

Tobacco is the single most important factor which causes cancer, but the disease can be prevented by taking simple steps like eating a healthy diet, managing obesity and proper exposure to the sun, say experts. Vinit Talwar of the capital’s Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute said while in women, cancer is caused due to over exposure to hormones, in men, the ...

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Eat Good Diet, Nuts, Stop Smoking to Keep Chronic Lung Disease Away: Study

Besides quitting smoking, eating a diet rich in whole grains, polyunsaturated fats and nuts can help reduce the risk of chronic lung disease, a new research has found. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is an umbrella term for chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and bronchitis, which block the airways and restrict oxygen flow around the body. “Although efforts ...

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‘Vitamin A’ Highly Effective in Saving Kids from Malaria: study

Vitamin A, known for its properties to fight off infection, is highly effective in  protecting children against the mosquito-borne malaria parasite, a study said. Children under the age of 5 in sub-Saharan Africa were 54 percent less likely to develop malaria if they had been given a single large dose of vitamin A, the study showed. “Our research found that ...

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Why Some Superagers Have Sharp Memory Power?

Some “superagers” or people aged 80 and above, have sharper memories or as sharp as those of healthy people with a unique brain signature, finds a research. The team from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine found that brains of 80-year-old superagers look 30 years younger, revealing why the memories of these cognitively elite elders do not suffer the usual ...

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Schizophrenia is not 1 but 8 different types: New study

In a key finding, researchers have found that brain disorder schizophrenia has eight different types and not a single type, as earlier thought. Schizophrenia consists of a group made up of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms, said researchers. It was believed that almost 80 percent of the risk of suffering ...

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US Agency Approves Binge Eating Disorder Drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED) in adults named Vyvanse, a first of its kind prescription drug, the US-based Obesity Society (TOS) said. “TOS has long supported new tools to assist with treating obesity. Given that if untreated, BED has shown in some people to lead to ...

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Music Training in Childhood Helps Brain Remain Alert in Old Age: Study

Musical training in the younger years can enhance speech comprehension skills in later life and prevent the decay of the brain in relation to different cognitive functions that can diminish with age, said new research. “Musical activities are an engaging form of cognitive brain training and we are now seeing robust evidence of brain plasticity from musical training not just in ...

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Switch off smartphone one hour before bed time or else face sleep disorders: Warn researchers

Teenagers should switch off their smartphones at least one hour before bedtime to avoid depression, sleeplessness and other problems, said experts in a new study. Constant use of the mobile phone late into the night increases the risk of sleep-related problems, symptoms of depression and fear of isolation later in life, said researchers who have studied the effect of smartphones ...

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Overheated, Fried Food Inceases Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

In a surprising reveation, it was found that eating food cooked at high temperatures increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Either over-cooked or aged food for a long time such as in hard cheese increases the content of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), or compounds of sugars and proteins and other large molecules. AGEs increase the risk of various chronic diseases ...

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