Zika outbreak worse than reported, projects study

Washington D. C, Aug 3 : There's a large disparity between the number of reported and projected Zika cases, reveals a new study.

With the report from Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday that 14 people in the state have been infected with the Zika virus most likely through mosquito transmission, the concern about outA-breaks in the U. S. has intensified.

The news comes on the heels of new research by Northeastern University's Alessandro Vespignani that can help countries in the Americas plan a response.


Here`s why some fat risks your health, while others don't

Washington D. C, Jul 30 : If you are trying to shed those extra kilos, you may want to steer clear of lard, butter and fried foods, suggests a recent study. According to the University of Naples Federico II study, a diet high in saturated fat affects a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which helps regulate hunger, making it struggle to control what you eat.


Few nuts a day can keep inflammation at bay

Washington D.C, Jul 30 : You may want to add a handful of almonds and walnuts to your day as a recent study has linked greater intake of nuts with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation.

This finding of the Brigham and Women's Hospital study of more than 5,000 people may help explain the health benefits of nuts.


Smartphone exercises: 5 minutes to a happier you

Washington D.C, Jul 29 : Feeling down? These brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve your mood, suggests a new study.

Participants in the University of Basel study felt more alert, calmer and uplifted after - using five-minute video tutorials on their smartphones as a guide - they had, for example, practiced concentrating on their bodies.

Low physical capacity, a 'second-deadliest' risk factor for men

Washington D.C, Jul 27 : A new study in middle-aged men has shown that the impact of low physical capacity on risk of death is second only to smoking.

Lead author Per Ladenvall of the University of Gothenburg said, "The benefits of being physically active over a lifetime are clear. Low physical capacity is a greater risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol."


Zika risk at Rio Olympics 'low'

Washington D.C, Jul 26 : People traveling to Brazil for the Olympic Games next month can breathe a little sigh of relief as a team of researchers has claimed that the risk of international spread due to the event is low.

In a worst-case scenario, an estimated 3 to 37 of the thousands of athletes, spectators, media and vendors traveling to Rio for the Olympics will bring the Zika virus back to their home countries, the researchers at Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) concluded.


Twitter can help spread the word on healthcare

Washington D.C, Jul 21 : A new study has shown the power of Twitter for sharing the physician-generated medical news.

Over a 1-year period, academic cardiovascular physicians at the Mayo Clinic used a new Twitter account to share medical news and gained more than 1,200 followers, with tweets of original journal content garnering the greatest response.


Soon, a 'needle-free' vaccine for STI Chlamydia

Washington D.C, Jul 20 : World's first vaccine for an insidious sexual transmitted infection (STI) has come closer to reality in the form of a nose spray.

Researchers at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster have developed the first widely protective vaccine against chlamydia, a common STI that is mostly asymptomatic but impacts 113 million people around the world each year and can result in infertility.


Concussions in teens more common than you think

Washington D.C, Jul 11 : Just because your child doesn't bend it like Beckham, doesn't mean he is safe from head injuries. According to a recent study, concussions are on the rise for adolescents.


Birth control pills may protect women against STIs

Washington D.c, May 8 : According to a recent study, popping contraceptive pills could protect against one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The McMaster University study in mice suggested that a female sex hormone, estradiol (E2), exerts its protective effect against herpes virus by shifting the immune response in the vaginal mucosa toward a more effective antiviral one.