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Happy sex life ensures super oral health

Happy sex life ensures super oral health Sydney, Nov 21 : If you are not happy with your bedroom life, check your dental hygiene. Teeth stand witness to your happy love life, says a study, suggesting that individuals who are in a trusting, secure and loving relationship may have good oral health compared to those in a bad one.


Half the world's people to become myopic by 2050, says study

Half the world's people to become myopic by 2050, says study Sydney: Nearly five billion people, that is about half the world's population, are poised to become myopic or short-sighted by the end of 2050, indicates a study.

Also called nearsightedness, myopia is a vision condition in which people can see clearly the objects that are close to eyes but objects far away appear to be blurred to the sight.


Even placenta helps baby girls survive battle for life

Even placenta helps baby girls survive battle for lifeSydney, May 28 : Know why there are significantly increased rates of pregnancy complications and poor health outcomes for baby boys? Because there is a distinct sex bias in the regulation of genes in the human placenta that makes girl babies win the battle for survival.

According to a significant study, male and female babies develop in very different ways and the placenta plays a key role in these gender differences.


3 mins or less termed as premature ejaculation

3 mins or less termed as premature ejaculationSydney, May 22 : An international group of specialists have said that three minutes or less can be termed as premature ejaculation.

One of the authors of the report, a Sydney sexual health doctor, Chris McMahon, said vague definitions had left doctors confused and led many men to falsely believe they suffered from the condition.


How depression ups heart disease risk

How depression ups heart disease riskSydney, May 12 - A new study has revealed that depression is one of the major risk factors behind heart risk.

According to Professor Gavin Lambert, National Health and Medical Research Fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, depression is a risk factor that needs to be taken as seriously as any other and it may also exacerbate existing heart disease, Sydney Morning Herald reported.


'Super pill' to save millions from cardiovascular disease

'Super pill' to save millions from cardiovascular diseaseSydney, May 7 - A 'super pill' containing a combination of commonly-used blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering medications has been developed which, scientists claim, can prevent heart attacks and strokes globally.

According to researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, the cheap 'polypill' - to be taken once a day - also has aspirin and all of these medications help to prevent cardiovascular disease.


'Sexting' among kids a modern day courtship: Survey

'Sexting' among kids a modern day courtship: SurveySydney, May 5 - Have you caught your kid 'sexting' on his/her cell phone lately? There is no reason to panic, say researchers, as 'sexting' online and via mobile phone is so widespread that parents should accept it as a form of “modern day courtship”.


Reverse erectile dysfunction with lifestyle changes

Reverse erectile dysfunction with lifestyle changesSydney, March 29 - Reduce weight, improve nutrition, exercise more, drink less alcohol and have a better night's sleep to bring sexual pleasure back in life without medication, a promising research shows.

Men suffering from sexual dysfunction can be successful at reversing their problem by focusing on lifestyle factors and not just relying on medication, according to researchers at University of Adelaide.


When brain tells you to stop drinking water

When brain tells you to stop drinking waterSydney, March 27 - Although we cannot predict if our brain signals us to stop taking that extra glass of champagne, our brains are hardwired to stop us from drinking more water than what is healthy.

Scientists have found a "stop mechanism" that determines brain signals telling the individual to stop drinking water.

The study provides a new insight into the human instincts that determine survival behaviour and are also of medical importance.


33 pc girls and 25 pc boys in high schools are depressed: Study

33 pc girls and 25 pc boys in high schools are depressedSydney, March 9 - Researchers have found that one in three girls and a quarter of boys are depressed , with many turning to violence, alcohol and unwanted sex to deal with their problems.

The research of almost 4500 year 7 to 12 students also found that 34 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys were constantly under strain and unable to deal with their difficulties, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Smokers put their kids' heart in danger

Smokers put their kids' heart in dangerSydney, March 5 : Do you smoke when your kids are around? It's time to change your habits as exposure to passive smoking can increase risks of heart attacks and strokes in your children at later ages, a study said.

The team of researchers from Tasmania, Australia and Finland found that exposure to smoking in childhood thickens arteries' walls which, in turn, ups the risks of heart attack and stroke.


Check needles closely when you go for acupuncture therapy

Check needles closely when you go for acupuncture therapySydney, Feb 13 - Acupuncture, a frequently used therapy, needs better needles to avoid potential problems, such as pain and skin reactions.

According to new research, despite improvements in the needle manufacturing process, surface irregularities and bent tips have not been completely eliminated.


Blocking key molecule key to curb autoimmune disease: Study

Sydney, Feb 11 - Scientists have discovered a key molecule that holds promise for people who suffer from chronic inflammation as their immune systems overreact to 'self' tissue.

Known as 'Interleukin 21', it is one of a group of chemical messengers known as 'cytokines' which affect the behaviour of immune cells.

“There are many people with chronic inflammation caused by defective T cell regulation and this research suggests that blocking IL-21 with drugs might help them,” said immunologist Cecile King, associate professor at Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney.


Kids of same-sex parents `better off ` than heterosexual counterparts

Kids of same-sex parents `better off ` than heterosexual counterpartsSydney, Feb 03 : A new study has revealed that children raised by same-sex parents do just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, but are more open-minded about sexuality, gender and family diversity.


Immunity at work 24/7 to kill blood cancer cells

Immunity at work 24/7 to kill blood cancer cellsSydney, Feb 3 - Scientists have found that our immune system is constantly on the job to prevent cancer by eliminating certain potentially cancerous immune cells in their early stages.

The whole idea is to improve your immunity levels so that the surveillance system can work at its best in killing cancerous immune B cells before they developed into B-cell lymphomas - blood cancer in the lymph glands.


New laser that can detect disease in your breath!

New laser that can detect disease in your breath!Sydney, Feb 1 - Here comes an exciting new laser that can detect very low concentrations of gases - paving the way for accurately analysing breath for disease diagnosis and remote sensing of critical greenhouse gases.

The physicists at University of Adelaide in south Australia have developed a new type of laser that produces 25 times more light emission than other lasers operating at a similar wavelength.


New drug that can ease effects of stroke discovered

New drug that can ease effects of stroke discoveredSydney, Jan. 28 - A team of Australian researchers has discovered a drug that may have the potential to reduce, and even stop, the effects of stroke.

A new study on mice showed the drug, which mimics some actions of oestrogen, protects females against stroke, while worsening the condition in males, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Long-living breast stem cells may cause cancer

Long-living breast stem cells may cause cancerSydney, Jan 27 - Breast stem cells and their "daughters" can live for a long time and harbour genetic defects or damage that could lead to breast cancer later, reveals a new research.

Researchers from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have discovered that breast stem cells and their "daughters" have a much longer lifespan than previously thought, and are active in puberty and throughout life.


Raise the toast for new era of low-alcohol wine

Raise the toast for new era of low-alcohol wineSydney, Jan 17 - Those who have switched to wine for health-related reasons but worried over its growing alcohol content, here is the time to say cheers again.

A team of Australian researchers have identified special yeast that produce a lower level of alcohol, helping to preserve the wine flavour.

In last 10-15 years, the alcoholic content of wine has gone up gradually - from 12-12.5 percent to beyond 15 percent.


Father's diet linked to obese, diabetic children

Father's diet linked to obese, diabetic childrenSydney, Jan 17 - We all know how crucial a pregnant woman's nutrition is for an healthy new born. Now, consider father's diet and weight equally important.

According to a new research, obese fathers cause altered gene expression in pancreas and fat of offspring - possibly leading to diabetes, obesity, chronic degenerative disease and premature aging.


Common sense prevails, not the sixth sense

Common sense prevails, not the sixth senseSydney, Jan 15 - Research has debunked the common belief that a sixth sense does exist.

"People could reliably sense when a change had occurred, even when they could not see exactly what had changed," said researchers from University of Melbourne.

According to lead researcher Piers Howe from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, the research is the first to show that people can reliably sense changes that they cannot visually identify.


Why girls are preferred over boys by IVF parents

IVF parentsSydney, Dec. 26 : A new research has found that a majority of IVF parents undergoing embryo screening are choosing girls over boys in order to decrease the child's risk of autism, as male babies are about 4 times likely as girls to develop the medical condition.

While commenting on the study, fertility doctors said that the problem of sex preference is the tip of the iceberg with a huge range of tests becoming available, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Australia's bushfires prompt health warnings

Australia's bushfires prompt health warningsSydney, Oct 18 - People with heart and lungs diseases need to be cautious as bushfires deteriorated air quality in many parts of Australia's New South Wales (NSW), government officials warned Friday.

Those with lungs and heart diseases should closely monitor their symptoms as smoke particles can travel long distances from the source, said Wayne Smith, director environmental health branch of NSW.


Avoid bacon and gorge on fish for better sperm count!

Avoid bacon and gorge on fish for better sperm count!Sydney, Oct. 15 : A new study has revealed that men should pass on bacon and other processed meats, and consume more fish to have a better chance at starting a family, since the latter improves the sperm count.

For the Harvard University study, researchers questioned 156 men, who were having trouble conceiving a baby with their partners, regarding their diet and the size and shape of their sperm, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Too much onscreen violence turning teens aggressive

Too much onscreen violence turning teens aggressiveSydney, Oct 5 - A new study suggests that heavy exposure to screen violence in adolescence is changing the development of young people's brains, which is leading to increased aggression and reckless behaviour and decreased empathy.


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