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World Health Day: Let's talk about depression

World Health Day: Let's talk about depression

New Delhi [India] Apr. 7 : The first mistake that we make is not listening, we don't read between the lines, we turn a blind eye to the details. If only we listened, if only we said "let's talk", things would be so different.

Satish Kannan, the CEO and founder of DocsApp says that with the changing lifestyle, the run to get to the top of the ladder, the pressure to fit in, the fear of losing out and the dance with deadlines, we are losing ourselves. We end up feeling like lab rats at the end of the rat race; if we manage to survive till the end. The blues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, burnout.

Female weed smokers at high risk of failing addiction treatments

Female weed smokers at high risk of failing addiction treatments

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 : A new study has suggested that the use of cannabis may impact treatment in women undergoing methadone treatment therapy.

Researchers from McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have found that women in methadone treatment who use cannabis are 82 per cent more likely to continue using opioids. This means that women who use cannabis are at high risk of failing methadone treatment.

"About 60 per cent of men and 44 per cent of women who are undergoing methadone treatment therapy also use cannabis," said senior author Zena Samaan. "Tailoring treatment to the patient's sex can help us to assess the patient's risk better and deliver more accurate, personalized treatment."

India facing a hypertension epidemic, confirms latest NFHS survey

India facing a hypertension epidemic, confirms latest NFHS survey

New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 : The findings of the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 confirm what we all knew from clinical evidence - that hypertension has become a major health concern among the Indian population, with as many as 22% Indians hypertensive.

According to the data, more men suffer from hypertension (15%) as compared to women, though the number of hypertensive women is also sizeable (9.6%).

While the prevalence of hypertension is widespread, what is more worrying is that awareness about its potentially serious complications is very low. In fact, researches have indicated that only one out of five people are on treatment, putting a majority of untreated hypertensive patients at serious risk of stroke and heart attack.

Under-nutrition makes children susceptible to TB: Doctors

Under-nutrition makes children susceptible to TB: Doctors

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 : Emergence of multi drug resistant TB and complications aggravated by high rates of co-infection with HIV-AIDS has renewed the threat of TB epidemic in India. With widespread prevalence of the infection, children experience a serious risk of contracting Tuberculosis, especially if they are under-nourished.

As we observe World TB day, doctors at Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka say under nutrition in children (especially below 5 years of age) is a significant risk factor for the disease. Contrary to perception, not just children living in slums and unhygienic conditions, even those from relatively affluent backgrounds are diagnosed with Tuberculosis.

Absence of specific protein in brain may cause OCD: Study

Absence of specific protein in brain may cause OCD: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 17 : A team of German researchers has discovered that absence of a specific protein in regions of the brain may be the major cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Around two percent of the general population suffer from some kind of OCD, at least once in their life, where a person suffers from persistent intrusive thoughts by repetitive ritualised behaviour.

"We were able to show in mouse models that the absence of the protein SPRED2 alone can trigger an excessive grooming behaviour," said Professor Kai Schuh from the Institute of Physiology at the Julius-Maximilians-Universitat (JMU) Würzburg in Germany.

Bariatric surgery ideal to address acute obesity

Bariatric surgery ideal to address acute obesity

New Delhi [India], Mar. 15 : Obesity in India has been increasing at an alarming rate over the past three decades.

India is under siege; junk food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyle are leading us to silent self-destruction, making one in every five Indian men and women either obese or overweight.

According to a study published in the noted journal Lancet, India is just behind US and China in this global hazard list of top 10 countries with highest number of obese people.

Time to take that headache seriously

Time to take that headache seriously

Washington D.C.[USA], Mar. 5 : Headaches affect hundreds of people every day - but sometimes pain in the head can indicate a more serious condition.

The most common cause of headaches are tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and hormone headaches.

They can also be caused by colds and flu, sleep apnoea or temporomandibular disorders, which affect the muscles and joints between the lower jaw and the skull.

Dr Clare Morrison, GP at www.MedExpress.co.uk, has set out when people should be concerned about their headache and seek medical attention.

"Headaches can vary in severity from harmless and fleeting to meaning something far more sinister.

Doctors successfully remove 838 gallstones from patient's gallbladder

Doctors successfully remove 838 gallstones from patient's gallbladder

New Delhi [India], Mar. 3 : Doctors at Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, recently managed a highly unusual and complex case where a patient, suspected of having a cancerous tumour, was instead found with 838 stones in her gallbladder.

After a correct diagnosis was reached, the surgery was successfully conducted ensuring patient recovery.

Pushpa had been experiencing acute stomach pain along with intermittent episodes of fever. She was nauseated, feverish and in extreme pain when she presented herself at the hospital recently.

Healthy food may benefit people with HIV, diabetes: Study

Healthy food may benefit people with HIV, diabetes: Study

Washington D. C. [USA], Jan. 26 : Mediterranean diet loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats for six months may benefit people with HIV and Type 2 diabetes.

According to researchers, through healthy food and snacks HIV-positive people were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, and people with type 2 diabetes, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare.

The study, which appeared online in the Journal of Urban Health, was designed to evaluate whether helping people get medically appropriate, comprehensive nutrition would improve their health.

Include green leafy vegetables, nuts in your daughter's diet to boost her grades

Include green leafy vegetables, nuts in your daughter's diet to boost her grades

Washington D. C. [USA], Jan. 26 : Dear parents, boost your daughter's iron intake with green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and pulses as a new study reveals that physically fit female students with normal iron levels may perform better academically.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pennsylvania State University have found that a student's fitness level and iron status could be the difference between making an A or a B.

The findings, published in the journal of Nutrition, suggest that the difference in grade point average was as much as 0.34 -- enough to drop or increase a letter grade.

Don't prove how macho you are at risk of overeating

Don't prove how macho you are at risk of overeating

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Does food at social gatherings tempt you? A team of researchers has found that men in particular demonstrate their virility and strength on parties or at holiday meals at risk of overeating.

The study has been published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

"Even if men aren't thinking about it, eating more than a friend tends to be understood as a demonstration of virility and strength," said co-author of the study Kevin Kniffin from Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

The researchers recruited college going students of similar weight to participate in either a competitive chicken wing eating challenge with cheering spectators or a competitive chicken wing eating challenge with no spectators.

Read e-book to your kids to increase their vocabulary: Study

Read e-book to your kids to increase their vocabulary: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Do you encourage your children in reading and writing? A study reveals that four-year-old kids with average and low vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an e-book to them than relying solely on the e-book's voiceover.

The study has been published in the journal Early Education and Development.

Researchers from University of Toronto divided the four-year-old kids into two groups -- one group with children of higher than average vocabulary level and one group with average and lower English vocabulary.

For the study, either four-year-old children interacted with a digital book on their own using the book's voiceover or an adult read them the same book.

Attention men! Frequent exercise can improve sperm quality

Attention men! Frequent exercise can improve sperm quality

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 6 : Moderate Intensity Continuous Training (MICT) for three and five times a week is linked to improved sperm count and other measures of sperm quality in just a six months, reveals a study.

The study was published in the journal Reproduction.

Researchers from Urmia University in Iran found that men exercising moderately and continuously improved their sperm quality more than those following popular intensive exercise programs like High intensity interval training (HIIT).

The current advice for men, who are seeking to improve their chances of conceiving include combining healthy eating with regular exercise while giving up smoking and reducing the intake of alcohol.

Got kidney stones? Alpha-blockers may be effective

Got kidney stones? Alpha-blockers may be effective

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 4 : To help people get rid of large kidney stones, US Researchers have promoted a non-surgical way by suggesting off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers that can facilitate stone passage.

The study was published online in the British Medical Journal.

Physicians are eager to find non-surgical ways to help the two-thirds of kidney stone patients who need more than just extra hydration to pass their stones.

Contemporary practice guidelines recommend off-label use of drugs called alpha blockers to facilitate stone passage. These include drugs such as such as tamsulosin, known as Flomax.

However, a recent multicenter study of 1,136 subjects in the U.K. questioned the effectiveness of alpha blockers for this purpose.

Researchers develop radiation free technique to image brain molecules

Researchers develop radiation free technique to image brain molecules

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : In a path breaking discovery, scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new probe that allows them to image brain molecules without using any chemical or radioactive labels.

Currently, the gold standard approach to imaging molecules in the brain is to tag them with radioactive probes.

However, these probes offer low resolution and they can't easily be used to watch dynamic events, said researcher Alan Jasanoff.

Research sets new target for brain cancer therapy

Research sets new target for brain cancer therapy

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent study suggests that two recently discovered genetic differences between brain cancer cells and normal tissue cells could offer clues to tumor behavior and potential new targets for therapy.

Published in Acta Neuropathologica, the study identified alterations in a protein known as ATRX in human brain tumors that arise as part of a genetically inherited condition known as neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).

The disorder, marked initially by benign tumors on nerves, often leads to brain cancer, and although most NF1-related malignancies are nonaggressive, a fraction are "high-grade" and difficult to treat, experts say.

Cataract ups risk of depression in older adults

Cataract ups risk of depression in older adults

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 3 : Older adults, especially women, with cataract are more likely to have symptoms of depression, says a new study.

The study was published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal.

According to researchers from Soochow University in China, the link between cataract and depression is independent of other factors and appears strongest among older adults with lower education.

"Our study sheds further light on the complex relationship between aging, vision loss, cataract and depression and suggests that there may be a role for cataract surgery in improving mental health in the elderly," the researchers wrote.

Is saturated fat good for health?

Is saturated fat good for health?

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent diet intervention study (FATFUNC) raises questions regarding the validity of a diet hypothesis that has dominated for more than half a century: that dietary fat and particularly saturated fat is unhealthy for most people.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found strikingly similar health effects of diets based on either lowly processed carbohydrates or fats.

In the randomized controlled trial, 38 men with abdominal obesity followed a dietary pattern high in either carbohydrates or fat, of which about half was saturated.

Fat mass in the abdominal region, liver and heart was measured with accurate analyses, along with a number of key risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Pregnant women who consume antidepressants may have babies with major congenital anomalies

Pregnant women who consume antidepressants may have babies with major congenital

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 3 : In a recent dose-response analysis, scientists have found that pregnant women who take a specific type of antidepressant in early pregnancy have a small but significantly greater risk of having babies with major congenital anomalies (sometimes referred to as birth defects) or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these antidepressants.

Scientists develop new device to detect complicated prostate cancer

Scientists develop new device to detect complicated prostate cancer

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 3 : A recent research demonstrates that a novel imaging agent can quickly and accurately detect metastasis of prostate cancer, even in areas where detection has previously been difficult.

Published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, the Phase 1 dose-escalation study of Zr-89-desferrioxamine-IAB2M (Zr-89-Df-IAB2M), an anti-PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen) minibody, in patients with metastatic prostate cancer shows its effectiveness in targeting both bone and soft tissue lesions.

"This agent is imaged faster than other PSMA-targeting imaging antibodies due to its small size and has been shown to be safe for patients," explained lead researcher Neeta Pandit-Taskar.




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