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Now, device that can reduce sleep apnea episodes by 70 pc

Now, device that can reduce sleep apnea episodes by 70 pcWashington, Jan. 09 - Researchers have developed a new device called Inspire(r) Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS), implantation of which can lead to significant improvements for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

It was found that after one year, patients using the device had an approximately 70 percent reduction in sleep apnea severity, as well as significant reductions in daytime sleepiness.

The multicenter, prospective Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) trial was conducted at 22 medical centers in the United States and Europe, and is the first to evaluate the use of upper airway stimulation for sleep apnea.


Americans think marijuana poses less threat than alcohol or tobacco

Americans think marijuana poses less threat than alcohol or tobaccoWashington, Jan 8 - A new survey suggests that Americans do not consider marijuana as dangerous as other legal substances like alcohol and tobacco.

The do not consider it as wicked as other illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine, CNN reported.

That's one reason why a CNN/ORC International survey indicates that support for legalizing marijuana is soaring, and why that same support does not extend to hard drugs.

A CNN/ORC poll released Monday showed that 55 percent of all Americans think that the use of marijuana should be legal - a solid majority and more than triple the 16 percent who said the same thing a quarter century ago.


Now, device that allows you to workout just about anywhere

Tao WellShellWashington, Jan. 6 - A new device unveiled at CES trade show in Las Vegas on Sunday, allows people to work out anywhere - a desk, an airplane seat and even while watching there are busy watching TV.

The handheld device, dubbed the Tao, looks similar to a computer mouse, and comes with an accompanying app (iOS and Android), Mashable reported.

The Tao coaches user through 50 exercises related to isometrics - science of applying pressure - that is the basis of many popular workouts like pilates and plank exercising - and adds a gaming element.

By holding the device portion (called the Tao WellShell) in hands and pushing hard, its internal pressure sensor works at muscles.


Special immune cells keep TB in control: study

Special immune cells keep TB in control: studyNew York, Jan 3 - A special class of immune cells called 'invariant natural killer T cells' keep the deadly tuberculosis infection in check - a heartening news for India that has the most number of tuberculosis cases in the world.

“Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of death worldwide. Most healthy people can defend themselves against tuberculosis, but they need all parts of their immune system to work together. We were interested in identifying the mechanisms that different types of T cells use to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection," said senior author Samuel Behar of University of Massachusetts Medical School, US.


Celeb-loved fitness fads here to stay

Celeb-loved fitness fads here to stayLos Angeles, Jan 2 - Fitness fads come and go, but some of them, including flywheel and trampoline workouts, are here to stay.

Eonline. com shares a list of fitness fads that the stars plan on using in 2014:

* Aerial fitness: Being suspended from their air is also a way to stay fit too. Aerial fitness classes will still be a huge trend for 2014 especifically aerial yoga, like AntiGravity Fitness, which is loved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and has been used on tour by singers Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Pink.


Imaging technology helps fight bad cold virus

Imaging technology helps fight bad cold virusNew York, Dec 31 - Is your toddler suffering from bad cold again? It could be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

A new high-end imaging technology studying the structure of the RSV virion and its activity in living cells could help researchers unlock the secrets of the virus - how it enters cells, replicates, how many genomes it inserts into its hosts and perhaps why certain lung cells escape the infection relatively unscathed.


New Year's resolution tips that can help improve mental health revealed

New Year's resolutionWashington, Dec 30 - All set to make a New Year's resolution? Just consider few tips suggested by an expert to make a broad lifestyle change by better managing your emotional health.

William Manard, M. D., assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University, said that a healthy change in attitude and lifestyle can make a difference to your life.

Manard offered six simple tips for mental well-being that will not only help you relieve your stress, but also impact your other New Year's resolutions.


First 3D printed liver expected by 2014

First 3D printed liver expected by 2014Washington, Dec. 27 - A bio-printing company based in San Diego is expecting to unveil the world's first printed organ - a human liver - by next year.

The major stumbling block in creating tissue has remained with manufacturing of the vascular system that is needed to provide it with life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients.

Organovo, however, said that it has been able to overcome that vascular issue to a degree.


Mid-life job stress could raise health problems later in life

Mid-life job stress could raise health problems later in lifeWashington, Dec 27 - A new study has suggested that more mid-life job stress means more health problems during old age.

The research from Finland found that both physical and mental job strain were linked to illness later in life, Fox News reported.

Mental job strain is generally a result of tight deadlines, high demands and having little control over one's work, while physical strain includes sweating, breathlessness and muscle strain.

Lead researcher Mikaela von Bonsdorff explained that occasional feelings of job strain are not necessarily a bad thing, but persistent high job strain has been identified as a health hazard.


Vaccination key to combat cervical cancer

Vaccination key to combat cervical cancerNew York, Dec 26 - Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and is responsible for nearly 10 percent of cancer deaths in women - particularly in developing countries. In India, it kills over 74,000 women every year.

Now, researchers have completed a systematic and comprehensive genomic analysis of cervical cancer in two different populations - identifying recurrent genetic mutations that were not previously found in cervical cancer.

The findings also capture the role that human papillomavirus (HPV), a common viral infection of the reproductive tract, plays in the development of cervical cancer.


Cure for rheumatoid arthritis found in genes

Cure for rheumatoid arthritis found in genesNew York, Dec 26 - Rheumatoid arthritis, which afflicts nearly one crore people in India and affects the young and the old alike, is not merely a physical disability but also affects the human life span.

Here is a good news for such patients. Large-scale genetic studies can assist in identifying new drugs for complex disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, says an international study.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease leading to inflammation and damage of the joints.


Ingredients and drinks that help you relax under stress revealed

Ingredients and drinks that help you relax under stress revealedWashington, Dec. 26 - Looking for some quick remedies that will help you relax and calm down after a stressful day at the office? Well, look no further.

Food Technology magazine's contributing Editor Linda Milo Ohr has jotted down some ingredients and beverages that may have a calming effect when consumed.

Some popular ingredients currently being used in products to promote relaxation or reduce stress include botanicals such as chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.


Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solution

Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solutionNew York, Dec 26 - Are your knees troubling you? Physical therapy may be a better solution than undergoing surgery, especially an unnecessary one, according to a new study.

Arthroscopic surgery on the torn meniscus -- the crescent-shaped cartilage that helps cushion and stabilise knees -- is quite common, but if we are to believe the study conducted in Finland, thousands of people may be undergoing unnecessary surgery.

According to the study, meniscal surgery should be aimed at a narrower group of patients and for many, physical therapy may be a better option, said a report in The New York Times.


2-drug combo can help kids with ADHD and aggression

2-drug combo can help kids with ADHD and aggressionWashington, Dec. 26 - A new study has revealed that prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behaviour management techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioural problems in the children.

The study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was conducted in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh, Stony Brook University in New York and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.


Popping dietary pills can harm the liver

Popping dietary pills can harm the liverNew York, Dec 23 - Next time you gulp down your favourite dietary supplement, or even take that concentrated green tea pill to burn fat, think twice.

New data suggests that the unregulated dietary supplements industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries, up from 7 percent a decade ago.

According to a new study, reported by New York Times, teenagers are not the only consumers at risk, many are middle-aged women who turn to dietary supplements that promise to burn fat or speed up weight loss.


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