HEALTH

Make more friends to shed those extra kilos, says new study

Online dieters who log in regularly lose more than eight percent of their body weight in six months, a new study shows adding that the less users interacted in the community, the less weight they lost. “Our findings suggest that people can do very well at losing weight with minimal professional help when they become centrally connected to others on ...

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Follow Guidelines in Blood Pressure to Avoid Heart Attack Later, Suggests Study

First blood pressure and then comes heart attack and the best was to prevent death from heart diseases is to follow the hypertension guidelines, said an analysis conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). “Our findings clearly show that it would be worthwhile to significantly increase spending on office visits, home blood pressure monitoring and interventions to improve ...

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Drinking Green Tea May Protect You From Oral Cancer

A recent study reveals that drinking green tea may help you reduce the risk of cancer as a compound found in it has the potential to trigger a process that kills oral cancer cells at the same time leaving healthy cells alone. Food scientists from Pennsylvania State University said that the research could lead to treatments for oral cancer as ...

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Ebola virus death toll touches 8,800, says WHO

The number of people killed by the Ebola virus disease has reached 8,795, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. A total of 22,057 cases of the Ebola virus disease have been reported, WHO said in a statement Tuesday. In line with statistics, the maximum number of Ebola-related deaths has been registered in Liberia. There have been a total of ...

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Colas, Sugary Drinks Trigger Early Periods in Girls: Study

Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks like Coke or Pepsi or any other sweetened drink tend to start their menstrual periods earlier than girls who do not, new research shows. The team from the Harvard Medical School in the US looked at the relation between sugar-sweetened drinks and the age at which girls have their first period. They followed 5,583 ...

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Scientists identify brain’s thirst switches, to turn on and off

What makes us feel thirsty and not? Neuroscientists have identified neurons that trigger the sense of thirst and the ones that turn it off too i a new finding that could also lead to new therapies for dehydration and excessive thirst. For years, researchers have suspected that thirst is regulated by neurons in the subfornical organ (SFO) in the hypothalamus ...

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New Zealand Scientists Develop New Virtual Reality Therapy for Stroke Survivors

Stroke? Survivors of stroke face immense difficluty to lead life thereafter and to ease their pains, New Zealand scientists from the University of Canterbury have developed a new ‘Virtual Reality’ therapy to remember time and event-based prospective memory tasks. The prospective memory or the ability to remember to perform actions in the future is crucial for everyday life for stroke ...

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Pollinator Population Dwindling, Risk of Malnutrition Increases

A new study reveals that over half the people in some developing countries could be at the risk of malnutrition if crop-pollinating animals like bees continue to decline. Scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University have connected what people actually eat in four developing countries to the pollination requirements of the crops that provide their food and nutrients. ...

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Flexible work hours good for employees’ health: study

Giving employees flexible work hours help curb sleep deficiency and improve overall health, researchers suggest employers. “In the absence of sufficient sleep, we are not as attentive or alert, process information more slowly, miss or misinterpret social and emotional cues and decision making is impaired,” said Orfeu M. Buxton, associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. Buxton and ...

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WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’ in West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. At an emergency session in Geneva, director-general Margaret Chan said Ebola had taught the world and the WHO how they must act in the future, BBC reported. She said the corner had been ...

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Daily drinking ups risk of alcoholic cirrhosis

Investigators have now established that alcohol drinking pattern has a significant influence on the risk of cirrhosis of the liver and that daily drinking increases that risk compared with drinking less frequently. “For the first time, our study points to a risk difference between drinking daily and drinking five or six days a week in the general male population,” said ...

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Stress in Pregnant Women Can Affect Baby Growth: study

Pregnant women are often advised not to take too much of stress and now a study has revealed that stress hormones in the mother can affect foetal development impeding glusoce to the baby. In an exepriment conducted on pregnant mice, researchers found that high stress levels had an impact on their offspring, by giving the pregnant mice the natural gluco-corticoid ...

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5 genetic links influence size of brain structures: study

 Scientists have discovered five genetic variants that influence the size of structures in the human brain after analysing genetic data and MRI reports from 30,717 reports. Nearly 300 researchers studied the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from 30,717 individuals from around the world to evaluate genetic data from seven subcortical brain regions and intracranial volume from the scans, in a ...

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Indian Medical body to open 1,700 clinics to educate adolescents

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said 1,700 adolescent clinics in the country will be opened this year to educate the adolescents on lifestyle and on reproductive and mental health. Currently, two lakh children die of diarrhoea and three lakh due to pneumonia every year, which is not acceptable to the medical profession, IMA secretary general K.K. Aggrawal said on Saturday. ...

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Swine Flu Scare Spreads in Hyderabad as 50 More Cases Reported

  Hyderabad: Fifty new cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana this year, taking the total number of cases in the state to 290 so far after the outbreak last December. Government-run hospitals in Hyderabad have sent blood samples of 100 more people for H1N1 tests to the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) in Hyderabad. Nizam’s Institute of Medical ...

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Beetroot juice before exercise boosts heart function in patients: study

A significant study conducted on heart patients before starting their exercise showed that giving them beetroot juice has significantly improved their exercise function, especially in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study conducted by Wake Forest University team monitored a small group of COPD patients who were given beetroot juice and compared them with another group given a ...

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How gut bacteria affect brain health?

The hundred trillion bacteria living in our gut have a significant impact on human behaviour and brain health, reports an Indian American researcher. “The diverse gut bacteria can impact normal brain activity and development, affect sleep and stress responses, play a role in a variety of diseases and be modified through diet for therapeutic use,” said Sampath Parthasarathy, Florida Hospital ...

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Invest in Sleep When Young, Reap Memory Benefit When Old: Study

Reverse the age-old saying that too much sleep by teenagers or youth is not good. Parents should now relax to see that a latest study has shown that sleeping more when young helps retain memory during the old age. In the middle age, more sleep during the day including afternoon naps helps the memory and protects against its decline as ...

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