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Facebook use may trigger psychotic symptoms

Facebook use may trigger psychotic symptomsWashington, 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.


How general health check ups can do more harm than good

How general health check ups can do more harm than goodWashington, 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.


Teens involved in arts likelier to be depressed

Teens involved in arts likelier to be depressedWashington, 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.


Why fat people are jollier than others

Why fat people are jollier than othersWashington, 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.


Fungus effective in ridding bed bugs

Fungus effective in ridding bed bugsWashington, 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.


Unable to quit smoking? Try cutting back instead

Unable to quit smoking? Try cutting back insteadWashington, 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.


Potential cause of Parkinson’s disease identified

Potential cause of Parkinson’s disease identifiedWashington, 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.


Music found to be soothing in surgery

Music found to be soothing in surgeryWashington, 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.


Alcohol protects from death in injuries?

Alcohol protects from death in injuries?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.


Does being shy make you nervous?

Does being shy make you nervous?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.


Robust heart can extend lifespan by 14 years

Robust heart can extend lifespan by 14 yearsWashington, 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.


4 simple ways to boost your mood

4 simple ways to boost your moodWashington, 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.


Faltering kidneys can hit mental functioning

Faltering kidneys can hit mental functioningWashington, 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,


Shortening telomeres linked to wandering minds

Shortening telomeres linked to wandering mindsWashington, 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.


Bobby Jindal, other Republicans embrace Obamacare

ObamacareWashington, 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.


Exercise could help ward off bone disease in teens

Exercise could help ward off bone disease in teensWashington, 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


Gene predicts time of day that you’ll die

Gene predicts time of day that you’ll dieWashington, 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.


Kids who swim grow smarter

Kids who swim grow smarterWashington, 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.


Asthma `not linked to lower educational attainment`

Asthma `not linked to lower educational attainment`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.


Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes risk

Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes riskWashington, 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.


Genetic link to serious pregnancy complication revealed

Genetic link to serious pregnancy complication revealedWashington, 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.


Alcohol accounts for 6 percent of adults’ calorie intake

Alcohol accounts for 6 percent of adults’ calorie intakeWashington, 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.


Gene variation nearly triples risk of Alzheimer''s

Gene variation nearly triples risk of Alzheimer''sWashington, 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.”


Protein inhibition halts spread of fatal skin cancer in lab test

Protein inhibition halts spread of fatal skin cancer in lab testWashington, 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.


Genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer''s disease

Genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer''s diseaseWashington, 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.


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