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Noise at basketball games may cause hearing loss

Noise at basketball games may cause hearing lossWashington, December 10 : Noise generated during an exciting basketball game can damage your hearing capability, says an expert.

That noise may not cause people to become deaf, but it most certainly can result in hearing loss, according to Wichita State University audiologist Ray Hull.


Bats with white-nose fungus may help fight AIDS

Bats with white-nose fungus may help fight AIDSWashington, December 10 : Scientists have found that bats with white-nose fungus sometimes suffer in the same way that humans with AIDS do.

Carol Meteyer, a scientist for the U. S. Geological Survey, peered through a microscope at hundreds of little bats and started to notice something very weird.


Are e-cigarettes really harmful?

Are e-cigarettes really harmful?Washington, December 8 : By carrying out a new, independent study, researchers hope to introduce a degree of objectivity into the emotional topic of weather e-cigarettes harmful to users.

Electronic cigarettes are experiencing somewhat of a boom at the moment. An estimated two million people in Germany have already turned to the vapour cigarette, which many view as a healthy alternative to conventional smoking.


New class of drugs may help relieve depression within hours or days

New class of drugs may help relieve depression within hours or daysWashington, December 7 : Million of people are suffering from depression, but the drugs available to treat them haven't changed much in 25 years.

Two recent studies that focus on a new class of drugs are offering a new hope to these patients.


Treadmill testing can help predict heart disease in women

Treadmill testing can help predict heart disease in womenWashington, December 7 : Exercise treadmill test (ETT) can accurately predict coronary artery disease in women over the age of 65, UC Davis researchers have found.

They also found that two specific electrocardiogram (EKG) indicators of heart stress during an ETT further enhanced its predictive power.


How `ketogenic diet` increases longevity

How `ketogenic diet` increases longevityWashington, December 7 : Gladstone Institutes' scientists have identified a novel mechanism by which a type of low-carb, low-calorie diet-called a "ketogenic diet"-could delay the effects of aging.

This fundamental discovery reveals how such a diet could slow the aging process and may one day allow scientists to better treat or prevent age-related diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and many forms of cancer.


What we eat affects healthy ageing

What we eat affects healthy ageingWashington, December 7 : Molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat, a new research has revealed.

The study showed that whilst age had the biggest effects on these molecular changes, selenium and vitamin D status reduced the accumulation of epigenetic changes, and high blood folate and obesity increased them.


Fitter kids also perform better in classroom

Fitter kids also perform better in classroomWashington, Dec 7 : School students who stayed in the best physical shape also performed better than their classmates and took home better report cards, says a new research.

The first ever study by the Michigan State University linked children's fitness to both improved scores on objective tests and better grades, which rely on subjective decisions by teachers.


Fewer, larger meals healthier for obese women

Fewer, larger meals healthier for obese womenWashington, Dec 7 : Consuming three huge meals instead of six small ones lowered the amount of fat in women's blood and gradually decreased risk of heart disease, says a study.


New technique to be tested in India may help damaged eyes regain sight

New technique to be tested in India may help damaged eyes regain sightWashington, December 6 : A technology designed to treat damage to the cornea, which is one of the major causes of blindness in the world, will be tested on Indian patients.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield described a new method for producing membranes to help in the grafting of stem cells onto the eye, mimicking structural features of the eye itself.


Blocking memories could help treat PTSD or drug addiction

Blocking memories could help treat PTSD or drug addictionWashington, December 6 : Researchers from Western University has revealed a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex that can control the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction.


Smoking while drinking may worsen hangover

Smoking while drinking may worsen hangoverWashington, December 6 : People who like to smoke when they drink may be at greater risk of having a hangover the next morning, according to a study.

Researchers found that college students were more likely to report hangover symptoms after a heavy drinking episode if they smoked more heavily on the day they drank. And it wasn''t simply because they smoked more when they drank more.


Obesity reversed in mice

Obesity reversed in miceWashington, December 6 : An international team of has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2
(Tyk2).


Inadequate diet during pregnancy predisposes baby to diabetes

Inadequate diet during pregnancy predisposes baby to diabetesWashington, December 6 : Maternal diet quality during pregnancy is fundamental to foetal growth as well as insulin and glucose levels at birth, a new study has concluded.

Increased insulin and glucose levels are indicators of diabetes and metabolic syndrome risk.


World’s most powerful X-ray laser reveals drug target for sleeping sickness

World’s most powerful X-ray laser reveals drug target for sleeping sicknessWashington, December 6 : Using the world's most powerful X-ray laser, an international team of scientists has revealed the three dimensional structure of a key enzyme that enables the single-celled parasite that causes African trypanosomiasis (or sleeping sickness) in humans.


See-through `MitoFish` may pave way for new drugs for brain diseases

See-through `MitoFish` may pave way for new drugs for brain diseasesWashington, December 6 : Scientists have turned to the zebrafish to find a new way to investigate mechanisms at work in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

They developed a transgenic variety, the "MitoFish," that enables them to see - within individual neurons of living animals - how brain diseases disturb the transport of mitochondria, the power plants of the cell.


Rice bran promising in cancer prevention: Study

Rice bran promising in cancer prevention: StudyWashington, Dec 6 : A clinical trial is underway to test the efficacy of rice bran - a byproduct produced from milling - in preventing colon cancer.

"There's a delicate balance of bioactive components in rice bran that together show anti-cancer activity," says Elizabeth P. Ryan, assistant professor of radiological health sciences, University of Colorado, who led the study.


Teen girls who smoke put bones at risk

Teen girls who smoke put bones at riskWashington, December 5 : Teenage girls who smoke carry a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, according to new research.

Researchers t Cincinnati Children''s Hospital Medical Center have found that girls who lit up more frequently accumulate less bone during this critical growth period.


Anger may exacerbate anxiety disorders

Anger may exacerbate anxiety disordersWashington, December 5 : For millions of individuals around the world who suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), anger is an agent that exacerbates their illness, according to a new study from Concordia University.


Infants learn by looking

Infants learn by lookingWashington, December 5 : Infants create knowledge by looking at and learning about their surroundings, according to a new study carried out at the University of Iowa.

The researchers also explained that this learning is vital to forming memories.

"The link between looking and learning is much more intricate than what people have assumed," said John Spencer, a psychology professor at the UI.


Fish oil helps heal bedsores of critically ill patients

Fish oil helps heal bedsores of critically ill patientsWashington, December 5 : Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, has been found to help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, and promote healthy fetal development.

Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has revealed that it has a positive effect on bedsores, too.


3-4 cups of coffee daily may help cut diabetes risk by up to 25 pc

3-4 cups of coffee daily may help cut diabetes risk by up to 25 pcWashington, December 5 : Moderate coffee consumption - which equals to three to four cups of coffee per day- may help to prevent risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers.

The finding was highlighted in a session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.


Male fertility problems `may arise due to frequent sex`

Male fertility problems `may arise due to frequent sex`Washington, December 5 : Some fertility problems may arise because men simply have intercourse too frequently, researchers say.

An increasing number of men suffer from fertility problems, especially in western society and the general belief is that many problems may be related to stress.

Fertility tests frequently reveal that males have problems with the quality of their sperm.


Secrets to younger life revealed

Secrets to younger life revealedWashington, December 5 : A nutritionist has shared his stay-young strategies and top tips for age-proofing your body against the ageing clock.

"Research shows that every one point increase in blood sugar makes you appear five months older! Drink more water and get enough oily fish and seeds," Fox News quoted Patrick Holford, author of `The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing', as saying.


New drug shows promise of checking prostate cancer

New drug shows promise of checking prostate cancerWashington, Dec 5 : A new drug, cabozantinib, produced dramatic and rapid effect on prostate cancer that had spread to the bone, according to an American study.

About two-thirds of patients treated with the drug showed improvements on their bone scans. These bone scans assess the degree to which cancer is in the bone. Improvements on these scans suggest a response to the drug.


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