New Delhi, July 15 - "I have a splitting headache". Be it your colleague at work or your spouse at home, this has probably become one of the most often heard complaint today.
Considering the statistics - one-third of Indian women and one-fifth of Indian men suffer from migraine - the frequency is hardly of any surprise. Doctors blame lifestyle changes and stress for this literally gnawing headache and say that women suffer more than men.
New Delhi, July 9 - Raman Thapa (name changed) came to Delhi some 15 years ago. Alone and lonely in an alien city, he soon started visiting a brothel. After some time, he noticed non-itchy skin ulcers in his body and on visiting a doctor got the shock of his life when told he was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.
Mexico City, July 4 - A coalition of civic groups is asking Mexicans to use social networks to condemn ads for junk food and sugary soft drinks that many blame for rampant childhood obesity in the Aztec nation.
The campaign aims to elicit "a citizen testimonial to demand that authorities regulate this type of advertising, fulfilling their obligation to protect the rights of children and adolescents", the Alliance for Nutritional Health, or ASA, said in a statement.
Washington, July 4 - Five Indian-American children are among 54 winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative invited to a "State Dinner" at White House Tuesday.
London, May 29 - Researchers have found that childhood bullying could increase the risk of self-harm among individuals during their adolescent years.
Self-harm behaviours may stem from a desire to relieve tension or communicate stress, and in the most extreme cases may represent a suicidal intent in the individual, according to researchers.
London, May 21 : Cold weather affects blood pressure, shows a study that assessed a staggering 169,000 blood pressure measurements.
The study has found that some people's blood pressure is affected more by the cold weather and this blood pressure sensitivity to temperature may be a marker of early mortality, said a statement from the University of Glasgow.
Washington, May 21 : Scientists have found a compound in foods associated with Mediterranean diet that deprives cancer cells of their immortal nature, says a study.
By altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled.
Tel Aviv, April 20 : Short bursts of brain activity may help protect from Alzheimer's, says a study conducted by researchers in Israel.
Beijing, April 4 - China's health authorities have promised transparency and cooperation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over human infections from a new strain of bird flu.
London, Mar 6 : A blood pressure pill, which is taken by tens of thousands of patients, could be the key to beating Alzheimer's disease.
British scientists believe that the 3p a day tablet could slow progression of the disease and even combat devastating memory loss, the Daily Express reported.
Washington, March 6 - The report of an American toddler "functionally cured" of HIV has raised hopes of a breakthrough in the global fight to end the AIDS epidemic, but researchers suggest treating the development with caution.
Calling it "The Intriguing Case of a Baby Cured of HIV", The New York Times editorially said: "There are reasons to treat this apparent breakthrough cautiously."
London, Mar 6 : A quick and simple breath test can diagnose stomach cancer, a new study has revealed.
Scientists from Israel and China found the test was 90 percent accurate at detecting and distinguishing cancers from other stomach complaints in 130 patients.
According to the British Journal of Cancer, the test could revolutionise and speed up the way this cancer is diagnosed, the BBC reported.
London, Mar. 5 : A simple once-a-day injection, which last for 40 hours instead of a maximum of 18 hours, could offer hope to millions of diabetics.
The ground-breaking drug - a longer-lasting type of insulin - costs just 2.20-pound-a-day, the Daily Express reported.
In order to keep their problems under control, many diabetic patients inject themselves with insulin several times a day to keep their blood sugar level steady.
London, March 4 : An international team of investigators has identified seven new genetic regions associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of blindness in older individuals.
The findings could point to new biological pathways and therapeutic targets for AMD, according to the researchers.
London, February 25 : Carnosine, which is taken as a dietary supplement, could help protect against a host of diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's disease, scientists have claimed.
The powerful antioxidant tablet is already used in anti-ageing products and by athletes to delay muscle fatigue.
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London, Feb 25 : Scientists from the University of Southampton have identified the molecular system that contributes to the harmful inflammatory reaction in the brain during neurodegenerative diseases.
London, Feb. 20 : Men who eat fried foods more than once a week may increase their risk of prostate cancer by a third, a new research has suggested.
According to the research, junk food staples like chips, fried chicken, battered fish and doughnuts could play an important role in the formation of aggressive and life-threatening forms of the disease, the Daily Mail reported.
London, Feb. 20 : Hair dyes that are being used by millions of women contain chemicals that are linked to cancer, scientists have warned.
They say that both home hair colouring kits and the dyes, which are used at expensive salons pose a potential risk to women's health.
The warning comes from scientists at Leeds-based company Green Chemicals, who conducted a review of the chemistry surrounding hair dye.
London, February 19 : Pregnant women should avoid drinking coffee because even a single cup of it a day could harm their unborn babies, researchers have warned.
They reported in the journal BMC Medicine that caffeine content is linked to low birth weight and prolonged pregnancies, according to the Daily Express.
The researchers used information about almost 60,000 pregnancies over 10 years.
Toronto, Feb 18 - Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.
Arrhythmia, characterised by the heart beating too fast, too slow or inconsistently, may precipitate a decrease of blood flow to the brain and body, resulting in heart palpitation, dizziness, fainting, or even death. It may be too tiny for a microscope to observe.
Berne, Feb 18 - Tiny, ultra-flexible electrodes could be the answer to more successful treatment of Parkinson's, which afflicts an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), currently the standard practice in treating this condition, can involve long, expensive surgeries with dramatic side-effects.
Washington, Feb 17 - Increasing urbanisation is cutting off people from adequate sunlight, which helps the skin produce vitamin D, facilitating the absorption of calcium, says a study.
About two million years ago, permanent dark skin colour imparted by the pigment -- melanin -- began to evolve in humans to regulate the body's reaction to ultraviolet rays from the sun, said Nina Jablonski, professor of anthropology at Penn State University.
London, February 15 : Many women with low-grade serous carcinoma of the ovary or peritoneum have seen their tumors stabilize or shrink after taking a regular dose of the compound selumetinib, researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have found.
London, Feb 11 - Scientists have delinked work-related stress from development of colorectal, lung, breast or prostate cancers.
Around 90 percent of cancers are linked to environmental exposures, and while some exposures are well recognised (such as UV radiation and tobacco smoke), others are not (psychological factors such as stress).
London, Feb 9 : Scientists have made a key breakthrough by discovering that the body can destroy cancerous tumours itself.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have identified a molecule, known as TIC10, which activates a protein that helps fight the disease, the Daily Mail reported.