Go green to ward off chronic diseases

Washington D. C, Apr 22 - A recent study has revealed that green neighbourhoods lead to reduction in chronic diseases.

Led by researchers at the University of Miami, the study of a quarter-million Miami-Dade County Medicare beneficiaries showed that higher greenness was linked to significantly lower rates of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, as well as fewer chronic health conditions.


Work factors that predict sleep problems revealed

Washington D. C, Apr 19 : A recent research has revealed the specific psychological and social work factors that are associated with sleep problems.

Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict and support from a superior in the workplace were the most consistent predictors of troubled sleep, which was characterized by difficulty initiating sleep or disturbed sleep.

Findings remained significant after adjustment for potential con-founders such as age, sex and occupation skill level.


This treatment takes just 6 wks to cure hepatitis C patients

Washington D. C, Apr 17 : A team of scientists has found a way to cure the acute hepatitis C with 6 weeks of a new treatment.

The study found that all patients with acute HCV, who were treated with a direct-acting antiviral treatment over a 'short- duration' of six weeks, had undetectable HCV after a 12 week follow-up.

The investigator-initiated study demonstrated that the combination of sofosbuvir and ledipasvir for only six weeks is sufficient to treat patients with acute HCV.


Parasitic worms can help treat inflammatory bowel disease

Washington D. C, Apr 15 : A recent study has suggested that a certain type of parasitic worm has the potential to actually help treat the inflammatory bowel disease.

The findings provide important insights into how intestinal worms, or helminths, manipulate the gut microbiota in a way that is beneficial for its host.


Obese people too can keep those lost kilos off

Washington D. C, Apr 15 : Dropping fat and keeping it off can be difficult for obese people, but a recent study suggests that they too can maintain a stable weight loss.

The University of Copenhagen study has allowed researchers new insights into the complex processes involved in obesity and especially weight loss in obesity. It is now possible to offer overweight people a clearer understanding of how to sustain weight loss.


Online comments may affect your views on health issues

Washington D. C, April 6 : One important domain, wherein the Internet plays an increasing role is health information access. Now, a study has revealed that one-sided comments posted on online news articles may influence readers' opinions about health-related topics.

This raises questions about how health social media should be moderated, especially considering the potentially polarized nature of these forums.


Can videogames improve kids' health?

Washington D.C, Mar 31 : Video games sometimes get a bad rap for negative effects on public health, but if chosen wisely, it may help improve health outcomes in children.

The videogames for health (G4H) field is pursuing innovative, potentially highly effective methods for changing behaviors and affecting health outcomes in children, but more research, defined guidelines and targeted funding are needed to drive game design, determine optimal use, and minimize possible adverse effects, according to a study.


Zika causes fetal brain damage in unborn babies confirmed

Washington D. C, Mar 31 : The Zika virus has been linked to an increased risk of brain damage in an unborn baby and now, a recent study has confirmed the same.

The research led by Olli Vapalahti from University of Helsinki, Finland, found that small amounts of genetic material from the Zika virus can be detected from a blood sample taken from a pregnant woman even weeks after the acute rash caused by the infection has passed, when the development of brain damage in the fetus is underway.


Eat your way to slimmer you with pulses

Washington D.C, Mar 31 : If you want to drop those extra kilos and also keep them off, then eat foods like beans, peas, chick peas and lentils, which according to a new study, can rev up your weight-loss engine.

Eating about 3/4 cup (130 grams) each day of these foods known as pulses led to a weight loss of 0.34 kilograms, in a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available clinical trials on the effects of eating pulses.


New genetic front in war against malaria

Washington D. C, Mar 30 : They are as old as the dinosaurs and kill nearly 250,000 people a month. The war against malaria is now proceeding on many fronts, from preventative measures to the introduction of more effective drugs.

Now, a group of scientists, including one from the University of California, Riverside, has discovered a long-hypothesized male determining gene in the mosquito species that carries malaria, laying the groundwork for the development of strategies that could help control the disease.