Better diet and nutrition critical in maintaining mental health

Better diet and nutrition critical in maintaining mental healthLondon, Jan 30 : Scientists claim that a good diet and proper nutrition is essential in maintaining mental health.

A new international study led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin University has stated that as with a range of medical conditions, psychiatry and public health should now recognise and embrace diet and nutrition as key determinants of mental health.

Brain circuit responsible for overeating, sugar addiction identified

Brain circuit responsible for overeating, sugar addiction identifiedWashington, Jan 30 - A new research has found the brain circuit responsible for making us feel addicted to sugar and overeating.

The reward-related neural circuit specifically controls compulsive sugar consumption in mice without preventing feeding necessary for survival, providing a novel target for the safe and effective treatment of compulsive overeating in humans.

The Lego effect: Blocks and puzzles do increase spatial skills in kids

kidsWashington, Jan 29 - Playing with blocks and puzzles and board games can help boost spatial skills of your children, claims a new study.

Lead researcher Jamie Jirout of Rhodes College said that as per their findings, spatial play specifically is related to children's spatial reasoning skills. This was important because providing children with access to spatial play experiences could be a very easy way to boost spatial development, especially for children who typically have lower performance, such as girls and children from lower-income households.

Beer ingredient could help fight Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Beer ingredient could help fight Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseasesWashington, Jan 29 - A new study has demonstrated that an ingredient from beer could protect brain cells from damage and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

The study conducted by American Chemical Society suggests that oxidative damage to neuronal cells contributes to the development of diseases that originate in the brain.

Health Ministry to put spl stress on breast, cervical cancer screening

breast cancerNew Delhi : The Union Health Ministry is going to come up with new guidelines which will focus on ensuring wider cervical and breast cancer screening in India even as doctors say that women are becoming increasingly vulnerable to these diseases.

The government is looking to put a strong emphasis on the screening and early detection of cervical and breast cancer and the treatment of the same at the district level and in villages, said a doctor who was part of the expert panel which drafted the guidelines.

Scientists use stem cells to generate new hair

Scientists use stem cells to generate new hairWashington, Jan 28 - in a new study, scientists have used human pluripotent stem cells to grow new hair.

The study by researchers of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss.

Swine Flu: 70 fresh cases registered

70 fresh cases registeredNew Delhi, Jan. 28 - With temperatures remaining low across the country, Delhi, Haryana and Telangana have registered around 70 more cases of swine flu.

So far, 33 casualties have been reported in total.

In Delhi, 26 fresh cases of swine flu were reported on Tuesday, taking the total number infected by the H1N1 virus in the national capital to 285 so far this year.

In Haryana, 41 cases of swine flu have been registered, out of which seven causalities have been reported.

Cradle of thirst in the brain identified

thirstWashington, Jan 27 - In a new study, scientists have identified the 'switch' or neurons in brain, that's responsible for switching thirst on or off.

A team of neuroscientists from Columbia University Medical Center hypothesized that there are at least two types of neurons in the subfornical organ (SFO), in the hypothalamus including ones that drive thirst and others that suppress it. "Those electrostimulation experiments were probably activating both types of neurons at once, so they were bound to get conflicting results," said lead author Yuki Oka, PhD.

Why Oatmeal breakfast is best for dieters

oatmealWashington, Jan 27 - Having oatmeal for breakfast can make you feel fuller, with lower hunger ratings and fewer calories at lunch.

Scientists at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital randomly assigned 36 subjects (18 normal weight and 18 overweight) to each receive 3 different breakfasts. The breakfasts consisted of 350 calories of similar amounts of carbohydrates, fat and liquid from either quick-cook oatmeal or sugared corn flakes. A third control breakfast was only 1.5 cups of water. To evaluate appetite, ratings of hunger and fullness were obtained at frequent intervals before and after the breakfast until a lunch test meal 3 hours later.

Taking statins in 30s can help prevent heart disease later in life

Taking statins in 30s can help prevent heart disease later in lifeWashington, Jan 27 - Scientists have claimed that adults between the ages of 35 and 55 with even slightly high cholesterol are at risk of facing heart disease later in life.

Lead author Ann Marie Navar-Boggan at the Duke Clinical Research Institute likens the cumulative effects of elevated cholesterol to the long-term impacts of smoking, with every decade of high cholesterol increasing their chances of heart disease by 39 percent.

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