Health

15 percent of people with HIV remain unaware

In a recent study published in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, researchers have estimated that some 15 percent of people living with HIV remain unaware of their infection.

Despite evidence that HIV incidence rates in the United States are decreasing modestly in recent years, at least 44,000 people are still infected with HIV each year.

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User-friendly designs in medication packaging can reduce probability of errors

Washington D. C. [US], Dec. 11 : A recent research published in the journal Human Factors suggests that a simple redesign of medication packages can lead to a decrease in the frequency of patient errors and accidental overdoses.

Medication errors are a common patient safety issue in the United States, with 1.5 million adverse drug events reported annually, often occurring in a home or other outpatient setting.

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Shooting exposure can lead to PTSD in women

New York, Dec 11 : Witnessing shooting incidents or gang violence can lead post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women, warns a study.

Those with PTSD had more severe depression symptoms than other women in the study who did not exhibit signs of PTSD, said principal investigator Inger Burnett-Zeigler, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US.

"Even if you do not meet the full criteria for PTSD, you can have enough symptoms to impact your well-being," Burnett-Zeigler said.

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Depression drug cuts joint pain for women with breast cancer

New york, Dec 11 : A drug typically used to treat depression and anxiety can significantly reduce joint pain in postmenopausal women being treated for early stage breast cancer, says a study.

The researches conducted a trial to test whether duloxetine, a depression and anxiety drug, could alleviate pain caused by aromatase inhibitors, a common breast cancer treatment that's particularly effective with postmenopausal women.

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Here's how to keep joints healthy and strong this winter

With a drop in mercury, there is a whole set of health issues which suddenly pop up from nowhere. The problem of joint pains is one of them.

During winters, joints become painful, extremely inflexible, and creaky, making it difficult to move. People with orthopaedic problems like arthritic knees, issues in shoulders and hip joint struggle the most.

What Causes Joint Pains in Winters?

Due to the cold temperature, the pain threshold of the body decreases as the nerve endings become sensitive, exceeding the pain tremendously.

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Unconditional love of pets helps manage mental health problems

The unconditional love and support of pet provides an immediate source of calm and therapeutic benefits for owners with long-term mental health conditions, says a new study.

The findings were published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry.

Researchers from the University of Manchester suggested that pets should be considered as main source of support in the management of long-term mental health problems.

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Do yoga daily to prevent prehypertension

Practicing yoga for one hour daily can reduce blood pressure in people with prehypertension, says a new study conducted by Indian researchers.

The study was presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) in Kochi, India.

"Patients with prehypertension (slightly elevated blood pressure) are likely to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) unless they improve their lifestyle," said lead author Dr Ashutosh Angrish, a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, India.

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Inhale through nose to enhance memory: Study

A recent study reveals that inhaling through nose heightens memory and response to fearful stimuli, whereas the effects disappear while mouth breathing.

The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

According to Northwestern Medicine, the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

They found that individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly, if they encountered the face when breathing in compared to breathing out.

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Read e-book to your kids to increase their vocabulary: Study

Do you encourage your children in reading and writing? A study reveals that four-year-old kids with average and low vocabulary skills learn more effectively with an adult reading an e-book to them than relying solely on the e-book's voiceover.

The study has been published in the journal Early Education and Development.

Researchers from University of Toronto divided the four-year-old kids into two groups -- one group with children of higher than average vocabulary level and one group with average and lower English vocabulary.

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SC to hear plea seeking release of cured patients languishing in mental hospitals

New Delhi [India], Dec. 6 : The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the plea filed by advocate Gaurav Bansal seeking the release of underprivileged people still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured.

Bansal, who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in his personal capacity, stated that underprivileged people are still languishing in mental hospitals despite being cured of their ailments, and there was no policy in place to ensure their well-being after release.

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