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.

Flame retardant exposure could lead to lower IQs in 5-year-olds

HyperactivityWashington, May 29 - Researchers have discovered that prenatal exposure to flame retardants can be significantly linked to lower IQs and greater hyperactivity in five-year old kids.

The researchers found that a 10-fold increase in PBDE concentrations in early pregnancy, when the fetal brain is developing, was associated with a 4.5 IQ decrement, which is comparable with the impact of environmental lead exposure.

Cure for dry eye closer to reality

dry eyeWashington, May 29 - Researchers have said that computer simulations that map the way tears move across the eye's surface could one day lead to the treatment for dry eye - a burning, gritty condition that can impair vision and damage the cornea.

Just 25 min of daily exercise could help you stay active in your 70s and 80s

exerciseWashington, May 28 : Researchers have said that older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency.

The findings reinforce the need for exercise programmes to help older people stay active. It could also reduce reliance on NHS services and potentially lead to cost savings.

E-ciggies 'not a healthy alternative to smoking'

E-cigarettesWashington, May 28 : Researchers have said that "buyer beware" caveat holds true when it comes to the unknown health effects of e-cigarettes.

Their article examines the idea that one of the initial "health benefits" proposed by e-cigarettes makers was that it would help those who smoke cigarettes cut back.

'Smart' pills your gateway to super health?

'Smart' pills your gateway to super health?Washington, May 26 - Do you know that smart pills carrying miniature chips, sensors, cameras and robots can analyse your body from the inside?

These implantable chips that claim to help patients track the condition of their bodies in real time have sparked debate among experts, a Washington Post report says.

Blame your genes for aggressive form of pancreatic cancer

pancreatic cancerWashington, May 26 - Researchers have identified a mutated gene common to adenosquamous carcinoma (ASC) tumors - the first known unique molecular signature for this rare, but particularly virulent, form of pancreatic cancer.

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