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Smokeless tobacco products may escalate death risk in prostate cancer patients

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 13 : Consumption of smokeless tobacco product 'snus' on a regular basis may prove fatal to men with prostate cancer and can even lead them to the risk of premature death, suggests

a new study led by researchers at Harvard University.

The findings, which are also influenced by previous studies showing increased risk of death from prostate cancer in smokers with the disease, suggest that nicotine or other non-combustion-related components of tobacco may play a role in prostate cancer progression.

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Exercise beneficial for patients with type 1 diabetes

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 13 : Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients on insulin pumps stand to benefit by engaging in aerobic exercise, showed a recent three-month observational study on two groups of diabetics.

The patients in the study group who engaged in aerobic exercise benefited by improving their metabolic control and reducing their insulin requirement as compared to those who did not exercise.

They also witnessed a reduction in the number of hyperglycemic events which they experienced.

Absence of parents during early childhood linked to smoking, drinking before teens

Washington D.C. [India], Oct. 11 : Parental absence in early childhood due to death or relationship break-down is linked to a heightened risk of starting to smoke and drink alcohol before the child reaches his teens, suggests a recent research.

Earlier researches suggest that childhood adversities are associated with poorer mental and physical health in adulthood and the 'loss' of a parent has been linked to a heightened risk of smoking and drinking in adolescence and later life.

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Warm childhood environment can lead to better relationship quality 60 years later

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 11 : Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in the age of 80s, suggests a recent research carried out at Harvard Medical School.

The findings show that men who grew up in caring homes were more adept at managing stressful emotions when assessed as middle-aged adults, that helps to explain why they had more secure marriages late in life.

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Cell protein may help fight aging: Study

Washington D. C. [USA], Oct. 10 : A protein found within the powerhouse of a cell could be the key to holding back the effects of aging, a recent study revealed.

The discovery could offer new target for drugs that may help to slow the debilitating effects of aging on our bodies.

And their research could have special significance for combating age-related decline and halting the progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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Changing 'flavor' of humans could help in fight against malaria: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct.10 : A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that a specialized area of the mosquito brain mixes tastes with smells to create unique and preferred flavors.

The findings advance the possibility of identifying a substance that makes "human flavor" repulsive to the malaria-bearing species of the mosquitoes, so instead of feasting on us, they keep the disease to themselves, potentially saving an estimated 450,000 lives a year worldwide.

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Lesser probability of ADHD in children whose mothers take Vitamin D during pregnancy

Washington D. C [USA], Oct. 8 : A recent research shows that children, whose mothers take Vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood, have fewer symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) till the age of two and a half years.

Lead researcher Niels Bilenberg explained, "for every 10 nmol/L increase in the Vitamin D concentration in umbilical blood, the risk of a being among the 10 percent highest score on the ADHD symptom scale fell by 11 percent."

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New survey brings out financial stress in cancer patients

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 8 : For most cancer patients, the uncertainty and stress that can come with its treatment is compounded by what is now known as "financial toxicity", suggests a recent study.

An earlier research demonstrates how a survey can measure a patient's risk for and ability to tolerate financial stress.

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Simple blood test may enhance diagnosis rate of severe liver disease

Washington D. C. [USA], Oct. 7 : Using information collected in a liver biopsy study, researchers at Cardiff University have developed a method of determining the onset of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) through the analysis of lipids, metabolites and clinical markers in blood.

The new non-invasive method of predicting the risk of developing a severe liver disease could ensure that patients receive early and potentially life-saving medical intervention before irreversible damage is done.

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Vitamin E may prevent non-smoking men from pneumonia

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 6 : A recent research conducted at the University of Helsinki states that consumption of Vitamin E may prevent the risk of pneumonia in non-smoking, middle-aged men.

The researchers studied whether Vitamin E supplementation might influence the risk of community-acquired pneumonia.

They analyzed the data of the randomized trial (Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention [ATBC] Study) which was conducted in Finland between 1985-1993 and included male smokers aged from 50 to 69 years.

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