Virtual reality therapy could help alleviate chronic pain

Chronic painWashington, June 6 - Researchers have described in several articles that virtual reality as a means of distraction, inducing positive emotions, or creating the perception of "swapping" a limb or bodily area affected by chronic pain in a virtual environment can be a powerful therapeutic tool.

New TB blood test could eliminate unnecessary treatment

blood testWashington, June 6 - A new screening process for tuberculosis (TB) infections in Canadian prisons could mean that more than 50 per cent of those screened won't undergo unnecessary treatment due to false positives.

What puts mother and child at greater risk for preterm birth

Preterm babyWashington, June 5 - Researchers have demonstrated that women who have shorter birth spacing between the last delivery and their next conception have shorter pregnancy lengths, which puts mother and child at a greater risk for preterm birth.

The study also shows that African-American women have shorter intervals of birth spacing and higher preterm births overall.

Blame 4 new genes for upping familial breast cancer risk

breast cancerWashington, June 5 - Researchers have added four new genes to the growing list of those known to cause increased breast cancer risk when mutated.

Weight loss surgery may help lower cancer risk amongst obese people

Weight loss surgeryWashington, June 5 - Researchers have said that weight loss surgery could also help reduce the risk of cancer to rates almost similar to those of people of normal weight.

'Night owls' likelier to sit more and exercise less

sleep lateWashington, June 4 - A new study has revealed that people who sleep late at night tend to spend more time sitting and are less motivated to continue an exercise schedule.

Physically fit kids have 'superior language skills'

Physically fit kidsWashington, June 4 - Researchers have claimed that kids who are physically fit have faster and more robust neuro-electrical brain responses during reading than their less-fit peers.

Babies even at three months can visually identify stand-out objects

babiesWashington, June 3 - Researchers have said that even by three months of age, babies are visually able to locate objects that stand out from a group.

Psychology Professor Scott Adler in the Faculty of Health, who led the research, said for example, an infant can pick a red umbrella in a sea of grey ones, added that this indicates that babies at a very young age are able to selectively extract information from the environment, just like adults.

25 pc smokers with gene defect likelier to develop lung cancer

smokersWashington, June 2 - 25 percent of smokers who carry a defect in the BRCA2 gene would be developing lung cancer at some point in their lifetime, a large-scale, international study reveals.

The defect in BRCA2 - best known for its role in breast cancer - increases the risk of developing lung cancer by about 1.8 times.

New genes involved in food preferences set to revolutionize diets and improve health

diets and improve healthWashington, June 2 - Researchers have said that new understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences could lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases like cancer, depression, and hypertension.

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