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Workplace stress heightens diabetes risk

Workplace stress heightens diabetes riskTel Aviv, May 13 : Scientists in Israel have linked development of diabetes to stress at the workplace, made worse by low social support.

Cases of type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the US. And while the development of the disease is more commonly associated with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity, research has shown that stress can also have a significant impact.


Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer's

Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer'sTel Aviv, April 20 : Short bursts of brain activity may help protect from Alzheimer's, says a study conducted by researchers in Israel.


Lifting heavy loads can damage nerves

Lifting heavy loads can damage nervesTel Aviv, Feb 22 : School children lifting heavy backpacks or soldiers and fire fighters carrying occupational gear could damaged their nerves, according to an Israel study.

The damage includes simple irritation to diminished nerve capacity, which limits the muscles' ability to respond to brain's signals, inhibiting movement of the hand.


Blame parents for avoiding commitment in relations

Blame parents for avoiding commitment in relationsTel Aviv, Dec 11 : Adults avoiding commitment in a romantic relationship may be trying to live out experiences from their childhood needs, says an Israeli research.


Sounds, smells help people learn while asleep

Sounds, smells help people learn while asleepTel Aviv, Aug 27 - People can pick up new information with the help of specific sounds and smells, even while asleep, says an Israeli study.

For instance, if certain odours are presented after specific tones during sleep, people will start sniffing when they hear the tones alone -- even when odour is absent, both during sleep and later, when awake, say researchers.


Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancer

Childhood obesity linked to bladder, urinary cancerTel Aviv, July 24 - Obesity in childhood has a direct link with bladder and urinary tract (urothelial) and colorectal cancers in adulthood, warn Israeli researchers.

Hence, maintaining a healthy weight has become a dire necessity. Besides extra pounds are tied to the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and joint and muscle pain.


Mole rat may hold key to human longevity

Mole rat may hold key to human longevityTel Aviv, July 3 - Compared to the average three-year life span of a common rat, the 10 to 30-year life of the naked mole rat, an underground rodent native to East Africa, is amazing.

Now, researchers from Israel and the US are working to uncover the secret to the small mammal's long - and active - lifespan, which could have implications for human longevity.


Dessert with breakfast can benefit dieters

Dessert with breakfast can benefit dietersTel Aviv, June 26 - Dieters will have less hunger and craving through the day if they eat a carbohydrate-rich, protein-packed breakfast that includes a dessert.

"The goal of a weight loss diet should be not only weight reduction but also reduction of hunger and craving, thus helping prevent weight regain," said Daniela Jakubowicz, the study's principal investigator.


Air pollution increases risk of repeat heart attack

Air pollution increases risk of repeat heart attackTel Aviv, June 6 : Air pollution elevates risk of repeat heart attacks besides other major health risks linked with respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease, a study says.


Israeli scientists open prospect of repairing damaged hearts

Tel Aviv, May 23 - In a unique feat, Israeli scientists reprogrammed skin cells from heart failure patients to grow into healthy, new heart muscle cells capable of integrating with existing heart tissue.

The research opens up the prospect of treating heart failure patients with their own, human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to repair their damaged hearts.

As the reprogrammed cells would be derived from the patients themselves, this could avoid the problem of the patients' immune systems rejecting the cells as "foreign," the European Heart Journal reported.


Exercise vital for mental fitness too

Exercise vital for mental fitness tooTel Aviv, Feb 24 - Avoiding exercise could be bad for our mental health too, pushing us into the pit of depression and causing burnout at work.

Sharon Toker, management expert at the Tel Aviv University, with Michal Biron from the University of Haifa, discovered that employees who did engage in physical activity were less likely to experience a deterioration of their mental health, including symptoms of burnout and depression.


Blues invite re-hospitalization among cardiac patients

Blues invite re-hospitalization among cardiac patientsTel Aviv, Feb 15 - Heart attack patients given to depression may be re-hospitalised later for cardiac complications and chest pains and for longer stints as indoor patients than their happier counterparts.


Having desserts for breakfast good for slimming

Having desserts for breakfast good for slimmingTel Aviv, Feb 8 - Those with a weakness for sweets can now include cookies and cake in a 600 calorie breakfast menu with some proteins and carbs to shed weight in a pleasurable way and also stay slim.

Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term, explains Daniela Jakubowicz, professor at Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, who led the study.


Endurance tests can detect nerve disease early

Endurance tests can detect nerve disease earlyTel Aviv, Jan 27 - Muscle endurance tests can detect abormalities in the early stages of multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings, reveals a study.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurodegenerative disease, is characterised by symptoms such as loss of balance, muscle spasms, numbness or abnormal sensation in any area, problems of moving arms or legs, etc.


Stressed employees avoid communicating with supervisors

Stressed employees avoid communicating with supervisorsTel Aviv, Jan 5 - Employees coping with abusive treatment avoid direct communication even though it would be the most effective in terms of emotional wellbeing, reports a study.

"Our study shows that the strategies being used by employees to cope with the stress caused by such behaviour do not lead to the most positive outcomes," said Dana Yagil, professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, who led the study.


Found! Cells that drive brain's adaptability

Found! Cells that drive brain's adaptabilityTel Aviv, Jan 2 - Glia cells, derived from the Greek word for glue, hold the brain's neurons (cells) together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviours.

Researchers say that glia cells, which had long puzzled scientists, are central to the brain's adaptability, learning and information storage.


Beware! MP3 players cause early hearing loss

Beware! MP3 players cause early hearing lossTel Aviv, Dec 29 - One in four teenagers are in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of listening to music on their personal listening devices (PLDs) like MP3 players and iPods.

Personal listening devices permit users to listen to crystal-clear tunes at high volume for hours on end, a radical improvement over Walkman.


Excessive ritualism linked to mental disorder

Excessive ritualism linked to mental disorderTel Aviv, Dec 29 - Hypersensitivity and sticking to childhood rituals may be an early warning sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) later.

Its symptoms include excessive washing or cleaning, repeated checking, preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts and nervous rituals such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room.


Chilling out does promote obesity

Chilling out does promote obesityTel Aviv, Dec 2 : Stretching out in front of your TV screen can be promoting 'active inactivity', causing you to pack on the pounds, reveals a study.

Such inactivity encourages the body to create new fat in fat cells, said Amit Gefen, researcher in biomedical engineering at the Tel Aviv University.


Smart bugs inspire better robotics design

Smart bugs inspire better robotics designTel Aviv, Nov 18 : Bugs which collectively thrive in challenging environments are inspiring scientists to design smart bots for diagnostics and drug delivery, computers and artificial intelligence.


Baby girl returns to life five hours after being pronounced dead

Baby girl returns to life five hours after being pronounced dead Tel Aviv  - A baby girl born prematurely Monday as a result of induced labour at a northern Israeli hospital "came back to life" after being pronounced dead by doctors and spending five hours in the cooler at the hospital's cryogenic laboratory.


Unborn baby to spend up to 3 months in womb of brain-dead mother

Unborn baby to spend up to 3 months in womb of brain-dead motherTel Aviv  - A brain dead Palestinian woman in her sixth month of pregnancy is being kept on life support in an Israeli hospital until doctors can deliver her unborn baby, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

The baby may have to spend the full three months in the womb of his dead mother, said Leah Malul, the spokeswoman of Barzilia hospital.


UN stops Gaza food deliveries over fuel shortage

Tel Aviv/Gaza  - The United Nations has stopped food aid deliveries for 650,000 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip because of fuel shortages, a UN spokesperson told local media late Thursday.

Because there is no petrol for vehicles, the packages of food will not be able to reach the distribution points, the spokesman for the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA said.

Meanwhile, a high ranking officer of the Israeli Army has announced a direct delivery of fuel to UNRWA for Friday.


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