Broccoli packs powerful punch against oral cancer

Washington D. C, Jun 24 : Love it or hate it, broccoli is touted as a superfood, offering an array of health benefits and now, a recent study has found that it can protect you against oral cancer recurrence.

Potent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a "detoxification" gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to a trial by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, confirming preliminary results presented last year at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.

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Walnuts can knock years off your age

Washington D. C, Jun 23 : Ladies, you may want to add walnuts to your diet as a recent study has found that they can keep age-related health issues at bay.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital research suggested that consuming 1-2 servings of walnuts per week was associated with reduced risk of developing impairments in physical function, which helps enable older women to maintain independence throughout the aging process.

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Smoking puts your sperm at risk

Washington D. C, Jun 23 : Do you smoke? You could be unwittingly lowering your sperm quality, a new study warns.

The research that included 20 nonsmoking men and 20 men who smoked found that that sperm of smokers has a greater extent of DNA damage than that of non-smokers.

Researchers also assessed 422 proteins in participants' sperm. One protein was absent, 27 proteins were underrepresented, and 6 proteins were over-represented in smokers. Analyses of these proteins suggest that cigarette smoking may promote an inflammatory response in the male reproductive tract.

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Improved treatment for bladder cancer could soon be on its way

Washington D. C, Jun 20 : A new research has paved the way for an improved individual treatment of the patients with bladder cancer.

A research team from Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University headed by professor Torben A~rntoft and professor Lars DyrskjA, t has been in charge of a larger European research project mapping the molecular mechanisms of early stages of bladder cancer in 460 patients in Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Serbia.

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Exercise can help turn back clock on aging muscles

Washington D. C, Jun 20 : Finding a way to stop the ageing process has been an elusive, age-old dream. Now, a team of researchers has found that turning back the clock is as simple as hitting the gym.

The report shows that regular exercise plays a critical role in helping muscles repair themselves as quickly as possible after injury. For many mammals, including humans, the speed of muscle repair slows as they grow older, and it was once thought that complete repair could not be achieved after a certain age.

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Viagra can cut heart attack risk

London, Jun 20 : The little blue pill that helps men have sex can also be used to ward off heart attacks and heart failures, according to a recent study.

Lead scientist Andrew Trafford told the Daily Express that the findings are "incredibly exciting."

The University of Manchester researchers studied 6,000 diabetic patients in Cheshire who had been given Viagra, which works by increasing blood flow, to boost a flagging sex life.

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Middle-age heart fitness tied to teenage weight

Washington D. C, Jun 18 : Your weight as a teenager can be a good measure of how well your heart will be doing in middle age, according to a recent study.

The research found that in men with a BMI of 20 and over, the risk of heart failure increased by 16 percent with every BMI unit, after adjustments for factors that could affect the findings, such as age, year of enlistment into the Swedish armed forces, other diseases, parental education, blood pressure, IQ, muscle strength and fitness.

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Memory-boosting trick: Exercise 4 hours after learning

Turns out, going to the gym not only makes you stronger, but also smarter.

A new study has suggested an intriguing strategy to increase your chances of remembering new information: Just hit the gym four hours later. The findings show that physical exercise after learning improves memory and memory traces, but only if the exercise is done in a specific time window and not immediately after learning.

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Those who never lose childhood sweet tooth likelier to be fat

Washington D. C, Jun 16 : Obese people pile on the kilos because they never grow out of their childhood sweet tooth, suggests a recent study.

As young people reach adulthood, their preferences for sweet foods typically decline. But for people with obesity, new research suggests that the drop-off may not be as steep and that the brain's reward system operates differently in obese people than in thinner people, which may play a role in this phenomenon.

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Childhood obesity, an 'exploding nightmare'

Obesity has adverse effects on health as well as the psychology of the children, says an expert.

Childhood obesity is a condition in which a child is significantly overweight for his or her age and height. India reportedly witnesses 10 million cases of childhood obesity annually. The condition can't be cured but the treatment can help severely.

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