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Women better than men in fighting flu

Women better than men in fighting fluNew York, Dec 25 - When it comes to immunity, women seem to leave men -- especially those with high testosterone levels -- way behind.

If we are to believe a new study, women have a stronger immune response than men when given the flu vaccine shot.

“Now we have literature to say that women have better responses in general to infectious diseases, including flu,” Mark Davis, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, was quoted as saying.

“Vaccinated women are better protected against catching the flu than vaccinated men,” he added.

'Disgraced' ex-NYC Governor Eliot Spitzer splits with wife Silda

Eliot SpitzerNew York, Dec. 25 - Former Governor of New York City, Eliot Spitzer, who had resigned in the aftermath of a prostitution scandal, has confirmed that his marriage to estranged wife Silda is over.

The couple said in a joint statement that they regret the fact that their marital relationship has come to an end and they have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject, the New York Post reported.

The declaration came just days after it was rumored that Spitzer was dating former aide Lis Smith , who is the spokeswoman for New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Eliot Spitzer caught 'sneaking around' with Bill de Blasio's aide

Eliot Spitzer caught 'sneaking around' with Bill de Blasio's aideNew York, December 24 : Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was caught twice while visiting Bill de Blasio's spokeswoman's house.

The 54-year-old politician showed up late in the evening at Lis Smith 's apartment and didn't come back until early next morning, the New York Post reported.

Spitzer was spotted again as he walked to her door from Prince Street at around 10 p. m, before emerging with her an hour later and going to Le Pescadeux restaurant on the ground floor of her building.

The pair was seen sitting at a back table, while holding hands and enjoying a candlelit dinner. (ANI)

Hear it loud! Beatboxing good for throat

New York, Dec 24 - And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid’s voice?

Not really. If we believe H. Steven Sims of University of Illinois in Chicago, beatboxing may actually be gentler on vocal cords - even softer than singing itself!

Beatboxing (also beatbox) is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

“Little is known about the structures involved in beatboxing and if it poses a risk of injury to the vocal tract,” said Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology.

Get 'excited' to give your best

Get 'excited' to give your bestNew York, Dec 24 - What do you do when asked to address your client over a conference call or prepare for that crucial entrance exam? Try to remain calm or get excited?

Contrary to popular belief, the answer is not to stay calm, but to get excited and improve your performance during anxiety-inducing scenarios, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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.

Evolve like plants to withstand freezing cold

Evolve like plants to withstand freezing coldNew York, Dec 23 - As north India, especially the hills, reels under freezing cold and dipping mercury, there are some lessons to be learnt from plants on how to cope with the cold.

Unlike animals, most plants can’t move to escape the cold or generate heat to keep them warm.

A team of researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis, University of Tennessee, has found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather.

Let there be light, on moon!

New York, Dec 23 - As India gears up to send Chandrayaan 2, its second lunar exploration mission to the moon, in the near future, there is some heartening news for those manning our Moon Mission.

Scientists have proposed a system of mirrors, processed lunar soil and a heat engine to provide energy to rovers and crew during the lunar night.

The invention also means that during the lunar night, there would be no need for batteries and nuclear power sources used by the Chinese rover that recently landed on the moon.

The lunar night lasts approximately 14 days, during which temperatures as low as -150 ºC have been recorded. This complicates a rover’s movement and equipment functioning on the lunar surface, requiring heavy batteries from earth or the use of nuclear energy.

Some females do die for males!

New York, Dec 21 - In some species, mothers apparently live just so as to produced the male's progeny. And die soon after giving birth.

In what has been described as a shocking discovery, a team of researchers studying the Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) roundworm found that the presence of the male sperm and seminal fluid cause female worms to shrivel and die after giving birth.

“The demise of the female appears to benefit the male worm by removing her from the mating pool for other males,” said the Princeton University researchers.

The researchers found that male sperm and seminal fluid trigger pathways that cause females to dehydrate, prematurely age and die.

Ancient Peruvians did cranial surgery

Ancient Peruvians did cranial surgeryNew York, Dec 20 - For even the best of modern hospitals, cranial surgery remains a tough act. So it’s a surprise to learn that medieval Peruvians had mastered the art.

As many as a 1,000 years back, healers in Peru undertook what is called trepanation -- a procedure that involved opening the cranial vault using a drill - to treat injuries to the head as well as other ailments.

Researchers have come to the conclusion after excavating burial caves in the Andean province of Andahuaylas in Peru, according to an article in the current issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

How meditation helps overcome addictions

How meditation helps overcome addictionsNew York, Dec 20 - Rehabilitation therapies that use meditation are likely to have a higher success rate when it comes to helping trying to overcome addiction.

This is the conclusion of a new survey of animal and human studies by a computer scientist who used a computational model of addiction, a literature review and an in silico experiment.

The findings of the survey -- by computer scientist Yariv Levyof the University of Massachusetts Amherst, neuroscience researcher Jerrold Meyer, and computer scientist Andrew Barto -- has been published in the latest issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

How the gym boosts brain, not brawn, power

How the gym boosts brain, not brawn, powerNew York, Dec 20 - You all are aware of the plethora of health benefits that regular exercise brings. Now add enhanced intelligence to that list.

According to a new study, fitness has a long-term effect on a wide range of cognitive abilities like reasoning, remembering, understanding and problem solving.

For John Ratey, a neuropsychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, regular physical activity may also play a vital role in enhancing brainpower as we reach an advanced age.

“It’s a really amazing effect,” added David Raichlen, a biological anthropologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, in a report that appeared in the Washington Post.

Parents worry about kids using e-cigarettes: poll

Parents worry about kids using e-cigarettes: pollNew York, Dec 19, - E-cigarettes that were launched to let people to kick the tobacco habit have left many parents worried.

Adults are concerned that the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens would later encourage them to use tobacco products.

A poll on children's health by the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital raises the alarm that parents are concerned about their children trying e-cigarettes, which are battery-operated devices that look like cigarettes but don't burn tobacco.

Cheers! Moderate alcohol consumption boosts immunity

Cheers! Moderate alcohol consumption boosts immunityNew York, Dec 19 - Several studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption -- such as a glass of wine with dinner -- does improve cardiovascular function and overall health.

Now add the immune system to that list.

A new study claims that moderate alcohol consumption bolsters the body's immune system and helps it fight infections, also improving its ability to respond to vaccines.

US Marshals justify Khobragade arrest

New York, Dec 18 - The US Marshals Service (USMS) has justified the "search procedure" of Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, saying it found that her detention was in accordance with their directives and protocols.

US Marshals justify Khobragade arrestThe USMS also confirmed that the ranking Indian diplomat was subject to the "same search procedures" as other "arrestees held within the general prisoner population".

The Marshals said in a statement that they had nothing to do with the Dec 12 arrest of Khobragade and they were merely following "standard arrestee procedures".

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