Asthmatic women's infertility blues

Asthma not only takes its toll on lungs, but can also make it harder for women to get pregnant.

A new study has revealed that asthmatic women may take more time to concieve and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung diseases.

Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, gynaecologist and obstetrician, Nurture IVF Centre, explained that asthma's effect on fertility increases with time and age and so, the female patients should conceive at an early age and step up their asthma treatment before getting pregnant.

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Cherry juice `as good as` pills for lowering BP

People with hypertension often need a lot of medications to control their blood pressure. But now, a new study has found that drinking tart Montmorency cherry juice can ratchet it down too and maybe even eliminate the need for pills.

The research from Northumbria University, Newcastle found that men with early signs of hypertension saw a 7 percent reduction in blood pressure after drinking Montmorency cherry concentrate when compared to drinking a fruit- flavoured cordial.

This reduction is comparable to the level achieved by anti-hypertensive medication.

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Social networks cause stress to children

A lot of research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health, but children's perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development is still untapped.

A research team from the University of Missouri has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause.

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Human skin cells turned into sperm

What if men with fertility problems could grow new sperm from their own skin cells? A team of researchers has made this possible by growing human gametes in a lab.

Scientists in Spain used a cocktail of genes to turn human skin cells into germ cells, which can eventually be developed into sperm or eggs.

Researcher Carlos Simon from the Valencian Infertility Institute said, "What to do when someone who wants to have a child lacks gametes (eggs or sperm)? This is the problem we want to address: to be able to create gametes in people who do not have them."

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Living with ocean view can improve mental health

Washington D. C, Apr 29 : Did your weekend trip to the beach leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed? Well, now there's science that proves residents with a view of the water are less stressed.

The study, co-authored by Michigan State University's Amber L. Pearson, is the first to find a link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space.

"Increased views of blue space are significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress," said Pearson. "However, we did not find that with green space."

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Longer you work, longer you live

Washington D. C, Apr 28 : Turns out, taking early retirement isn't the key to a long life. Instead, it's the people working past age
65 who live the longest, according to a recent study.

The Oregon State University researchers found that healthy adults who retired one year past age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes, even when taking into account demographic, lifestyle and health issues.

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Rotational shiftwork puts women at increased heart risk

Can changing work shifts risk your heart? Yes, according to a recent study.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) researchers found that women, who work more than 10 years of rotating night shift work, had a 15 to 18 percent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), the most common type of heart disease, as compared with women who did not work rotating night shifts.

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Study links video game addiction to ADHD

Researcher Cecilie Schou Andreassen revealed that video game addiction is more prevalent among younger men and among those not being in a current relationship, than others.

Schou Andreassen has carried out a study with more than 20 000 participants who answered questions related to videogame addiction.

The study showed that video game addiction appears to be associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression.

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Lab-grown `mini brains` reveal how Zika takes its toll

Washington D.C, Apr 24 : A team of researchers has discovered how the Zika virus stunts head and brain development, thanks to the sophisticated "mini-brains."

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its outer layer, the cortex.

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Controlled BP, cholesterol can ward off heart disease in oldies

Age modifies the link between blood pressure, cholesterol and adverse cardiovascular outcome in older adults and now, a new study suggests that older patients are not too old to benefit from individualized preventive heart therapy.

The review by clinical experts of the best available evidence concluded that cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure-controlling therapy are the most effective treatments for reducing cardiovascular events in older adults, but that treatment needs to be individualized.

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