Washington, November 21 : A new study has found a connection between the gradual development and exacerbation of psychotic symptoms, including delusions, anxiety, confusion, and intensified use of computer communications such as Facebook.
Washington, November 21 : General health checks do not reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer, a new study has found.
They do, however, increase the number of new diagnoses, the researchers said.
Health checks were defined as screening for more than one disease or risk factor in more than one organ system offered to a general population unselected for disease or risk factors.
Washington, November 21 : Teens who participate in after-school arts activities such as music, drama and painting are more likely to battle depression than students who are not involved in these programs, according to new research.
Washington, November 21 : Canadian researchers believe there could be genetic evidence which explains why fat people are often happier than their skinny friends.
McMaster scientists have uncovered evidence that the gene FTO – the major genetic contributor to obesity – is associated with an eight per cent reduction in the risk of depression. In other words, it''s not just an obesity gene but a "happy gene" as well.
Washington, Nov 21 : A natural fungus could get rid of blood sucking bed bugs which infest thousands of homes and deprive inmates of sound sleep.
Preliminary tests on the effect of a natural fungus, B. bassiana, in controlling bed bugs, have shown encouraging results, said Nina Jenkins, senior research associate in entomology at the Penn State University.
Washington, November 20 : Quitting smoking can lower the risk of disease, increase your life expectancy and improve quality of life. However, old habits die hard and quitting can be a long and difficult process.
Researchers now say instead of being discouraged and just stopping trying to quit, just limiting the number of the sticks you inhale everyday can reduce the risk of an early death by 15 percent.
Washington, November 20 : A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has made a breakthrough discovery that could lead to new targets for Parkinson's that may be useful in preventing the actual condition.
They have pinpointed a key factor controlling damage to brain cells in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease.
Washington, Nov 20 : Music therapy helps soothe patients before, during and after surgery, besides reducing pain and speeding up recovery time, says a study.
A review by the University of Kentucky examined the use of music in the pre-operative, operative and post-operative stages of surgery, and music was shown to have positive results in all three stages.
Washington, Nov 20 : Injured patients were less likely to die during hospitalisation if they had alcohol in their blood, according to a new study.
"This study is not encouraging people to drink," cautions University of Illinois, Chicago injury epidemiologist Lee Friedman, who authored the study.
Washington, Nov 20 : For people who feel jittery before a presentation at the board meeting or get a bit anxious thinking about approaching an attractive stranger at a party, where is the line between normal shyness and social anxiety disorder? Read on to know...
Rhode Island Hospital psychiatry researcher Kristy L. Dalrymple, explores the variances between the two.
Washington, Nov 20 : A robust heart in the middle age may help extend your lifespan by a maximum of 14 years, than peers who have two or more cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, says a study.
Washington, Nov 19 : Researchers have identified four simple ways to bring out positive emotions in people.
The researchers from University of Zurich said by writing a letter or an e-mail to a person who has supported us or gone out of her way to help us recently, and letting that person know that it mattered, can bring out positive emotions that play a key role in boosting mood, ABC News reported.
Washington, Nov 19 : Faltering kidneys can hit mental processes involved in thinking, understanding, reasoning or remembering, according to a American study.
"The brain and kidney are both organs that are affected by the cardiovascular systems," said Adam Davey, associate professor of public health in Temple's College of Health Professions and Social Work, who led the study,
Washington, Nov 19 - A mind that strays from the present or the one that is solidly rooted in the here and now, could be linked to the length of telomeres - the DNA caps that protect the ends of chromosomes, according to an American research.
Telomeres prevent chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing with neighbouring chromosomes. They are also emerging as bio-marker for cellular and general bodily ageing.
Washington, Nov 18 - Just ten days after the elections, governors of several Republican ruled states led by Louisiana's Indian American governor Bobby Jindal are all set to embrace, albeit reluctantly, President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
Washington, November 17 : Teenagers have been urged to play sports or run for at least three hours a week to counteract the potential damage to their bone health caused by prolonged spells of sitting.
An international team, including an expert from the University of Exeter, has found evidence that adolescents who spend long
Washington, November 17 : Scientist have identified a common gene variant that helps determine the time you will wake up each day.
Furthermore, this new discovery not only demonstrates this common polymorphism influences the rhythms of people’s day-to-day lives -- it also finds this genetic variant helps determine the time of day a person is most likely to die.
Washington, November 17 : Kids who start swimming at a young age achieve several milestones in areas of cognitive, physical, and language development earlier than their peers.
Researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research surveyed parents of 7000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years.
Washington, November 16 : Asthma does not adversely impact a child’s educational performance, a new study has concluded.
In contrast, ethnicity and social deprivation were associated with poorer educational outcomes, the researchers said.
Washington, November 16 : Low levels of Vitamin D in the blood can contribute to a person’s risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, new research has found.
A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes.
Washington, November 16 : A potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication is linked with a gene mutation but women can lower their risk by controlling weight when they are expecting, Australian researchers say.
Pre-eclampsia involves high blood pressure and fluid retention and can cause damage to the kidneys and liver. About 7 percent of pregnancies are affected by pre-eclampsia.
Washington, Nov 16 : Sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages aren't the only drinks contributing calories to people's diets, as alcohol accounts for about 5 percent of adults' caloric intake, a new study has revealed.
Sugary drinks, often the target of public health campaigns and an upcoming New York City law, account for about 6 percent of adults' calories.
Washington, November 15 : A gene so powerful it nearly triples the risk of Alzheimer''s disease has been discovered by an international team of scientists.
Researchers have called the findings “the most potent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer''s identified in the past 20 years.”
Washington, November 15 : Scientists have eliminated metastasis, the spread of cancer from the original tumor to other parts of the body, in melanoma by inhibiting a protein known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9 (mda-9)/syntenin in laboratory experiments.
Washington, November 15 : A mutation in an immune system gene may contribute to a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer''s disease, Canadian researchers have found.