Health

Are women avoiding pregnancy due to Zika virus?

A new study reveals that more than 50 percent of women in Brazil are avoiding pregnancy due to the Zika epidemic.

The study was published online in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

According to researchers, there is an urgent need to reconsider abortion criminalisation and also to improve reproductive health policies to ensure women have access to safe and effective contraceptives.

Since the outbreak of Zika in Brazil, there have been 1,845 confirmed cases of congenital Zika syndrome in babies.

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Free sanitary pads, puberty lessons can improve girls' school attendance

Giving free sanitary pads and lessons on puberty to teenage girls can be an effective way in boosting their attendance at schools, which can have long-term economic implications for women in low and middle-income countries, reveals a new study.

The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers from the University of Oxford in London indicated that in schools where sanitary pads and puberty education were not provided absenteeism among girls were 17 percent higher compared with schools where girls received pads, education or a combination of both.

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Another benefit! Sunlight can boost your immune system

The best-known benefit of sunlight is that it boosts our body's vitamin D supply, but a new study has revealed that sunlight also energises T cells that play a central role in human immunity.

This study, published in the journal of Scientific Reports, showed that sunlight directly activates key immune cells by increasing their movement.

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Heart attacks, strokes prevented through health checks-ups

A study led by Queen Mary University of London has revealed that health check-up programmes may prevent heart attacks, strokes or death from these causes in its first five years.

According to researchers, the NHS Health Check program in England may have prevented an estimated 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes or death from these causes in its first five years.

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World's first Chikungunya vaccine developed

US researchers have developed a vaccine for chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific virus that does not have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective.

The study indicated that the vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus.

The findings were published in journal of Nature Medicine.

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New world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders

A team of doctors at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have recently set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders.

"We've set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders," said researcher Hans M. Nordahl.

A team of doctors and psychologists from NTNU and the University of Manchester in England, led by Nordahl, examined the effects of structured talk therapy and medication on patients with social anxiety disorders.

This study has been published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

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Rushing into surgery can up death risk in some uterine cancer patients

New Delhi [India], Dec. 18 : For those diagnosed with uterine cancer, delaying surgery may not be a good idea, but for some, rushing into an under-the-knife session can be as detrimental, according to a recent study.

In the Penn Medicine study, women who had surgery (usually to remove the uterus) within the first two weeks after diagnosis had a significantly increased risk of death within five years, compared to those who had surgery three or four weeks after their initial diagnosis.

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Medikoe teams up with Yogaksema clinic to promote stress-free lifestyle!

Medikoe, the first online medical platform to provide value-added offers on 360-degree Healthcare and Wellness products and services has tied up with a first-of-its-kind international chain of Integrative Medicine Clinics - Yogaksema Clinic for Stress-Pain-Lifestyle and Nutrition.

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Keep your joints healthy and strong this winter

With a drop in the mercury, there is a whole set of health issues which suddenly pop up from nowhere. The problem of joint pains is one of them. That's why people struggling with the issue dread the onset of the winter season. During winters, joints become painful, extremely inflexible, and creaky, making it difficult to move. People with orthopedic problems like arthritic knees, issues in shoulders and hip joint struggle the most.

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That lemon slice in your drink can do more harm than good

That pre-sliced pieces of lime in your festive gin or non-alcoholic beverage in bars and restaurants might not be the best thing as these slices may cause infectious diseases at various body sites, warns a new study.

The Journal of Environmental Health conducted and published a study that investigated how hygienic lemon slices in bars and restaurants are.

Researchers from New York University's school of medicine swabbed lemon slices which accompanied drinks at 21 different restaurants.

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