2 persistent environmental pollutants may still have adverse effects on infant growth

2 persistent environmental pollutants may still have adverse effects on infant growthWashington, Mar 29 - A new study has revealed exposure to two persistent environmental pollutants may affect infant growth.

As per Norwegian Institute of Public Health's study, even though the levels of the two environmental pollutants have declined over the last 20 years, they may still have adverse effects on children's development.

Roseroot herb may treat depressive disorders

RoserootWashington, Mar 27 - A recent study has suggested that Roseroot herb could be a potential beneficial treatment option for the treatment of major depressive disorders.

According to a research conducted by Aassociate Professor Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania, the study was the first randomized, double-blind, placebo- controlled, comparison trial of oral R. rosea extract versus the conventional antidepressant therapy sertraline for mild to moderate major depressive disorder.

Fatty-food consumption triggers psychiatric disorders, increases depression risk

high fat dietWashington, Mar 27 - A new study has revealed that high-fat diet alters behavior and produces signs of brain inflammation.

High-fat diets have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders.

The study at Louisiana State University raises the possibility that a high-fat diet produces changes in health and behavior, in part, by changing the mix of bacteria in the gut, also known as the gut microbiome.

New method developed to track early signs of Alzheimer's

AlzheimerWashington, Mar 26 - Researchers have validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease.

A University of California led team has developed a gold standard method i. e. the atrophy of the part of the brain known as the hippocampus.

The finding marks the final step in an international consortium's successful effort to develop a unified and reliable approach to assessing signs of Alzheimer's-related neurodegeneration through structural imaging tests, a staple in the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease.

India's top neuro-oncologists to meet in Kochi to deliberate on tumour treatment advances

tumour treatmentKochi (Kerala), Mar. 26 - India's top neuro-oncologists will deliberate for three days, advancements in treatment and understanding of brain tumours.

In fact, for the first time, they intend to come out with a researched cancer guidelines for clinicians and oncologists in the country for specific tumours.

'Fats' may help treat type 2 diabetes

type 2 diabetesWashington, Mar 25 : A new research has discovered that fats were a 'new weapon' in the war against type 2 diabetes and play an important role to treat it.

Alan Saghatelian, Ph. D at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with Barbara Kahn, M. D. conducted the research and found a new class of potentially therapeutic lipids, called fatty-acid esters of hydroxy fatty acids (FAHFAs), found in people with insulin resistance. The FAHFAs when administered to diabetic mice improved their glucose metabolism and insulin secretion, and opened an avenue for the development of novel medications for the disease.

Conscientious kids less likely to smoke later in life

Conscientious kidsWashington, Mar 24 : A new study has recently revealed that conscientious kids are less likely to smoke later in life.

It was also mentioned that the personality trait could help explain the health inequalities.

It had been well known that people belonging to lower socio-economic groups have lower life expectancy and more health problems than those who are in higher groups, and certain health behaviors, such as smoking, follow a similar pattern, suggesting they could be partly responsible for health inequalities.

WHO's 'End TB Strategy' shaping up

TBLondon, March 24 - WHO has called for global solidarity and action in a bid to put TB infection to an end.

On May 19, 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted WHO's "Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015". This post-2015 global tuberculosis strategy, labeled the End TB Strategy, was shaped during the past 2 years.

How air pollution, climate change make your allergies worse revealed

ALLERGIESWashington, Mar. 23 - A new has provided a deeper insight into air pollution and climate change that are involved in the increasing prevalence of allergies worldwide.

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season.

The gases, nitrogen dioxide and ground-level ozone, appear to provoke chemical changes in certain airborne allergens that could increase their potency. That, in combination with changes in global climate, could help explain why airborne allergies are becoming more common.

Older people should keep moving to stay moving

Older people should keep moving to stay movingWashington, Mar 22 - A new study has revealed that exercise may help keep seniors moving longer, despite old age brain decline.

Many older people have small areas of damage in their brains seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as white matter hyperintensities. Higher levels of this damage have been linked to more problems with movement, such as difficulty walking, but this new study found that people who were the most physically active did not have a drop-off in their movement abilities, even when they had high levels of brain damage.

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