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DNA plays a role in selection of partners for educational achievement

DNA plays a role in selection of partners for educational achievement

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to a recent study published in the journal Intelligence, people with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with, people with similar DNA.

Humans generally do not choose their partners randomly, but rather mate 'assortatively', choosing people with similar traits.

Among the highest ranking qualities people look for in a potential partner are intelligence and educational attainment.

While it is well known that humans mate assortatively in relation to education - people with similar education levels marry each other - this is one of the first studies to show that this has significance at a DNA level.

High blood alcohol levels suppress appetite and weight gain: Study

High blood alcohol levels suppress appetite and weight gain: Study

WashingtonD.C [US], Nov. 25 : A recent series of studies published in the journal 'Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior', explored the relationship between feeding and alcohol consumption.

Conducted on rats, the studies showed laboratory rats will drink alcohol if it's available, and may even get a little tipsy. However, they won't voluntarily drink until they're drunk. And while ethanol is calorie-rich, rats that drink it eat less food and their total energy intake remains steady.

"I was looking at whether alcohol intake affects overall caloric intake and body weight change," said Nu-Chu Liang, who led the research.

Adding, "And the result, in terms of voluntary drinking, is that it does not - at least in rats."

RAW Pressery launches another delicious flavor with cold pressed 'Valencia Orange'

RAW Pressery launches another delicious flavor with cold pressed 'Valencia Orang

New Delhi [India], Nov 25 : RAW Pressery, India's first and largest clean label F&B company is fast changing conversations as to how the Indian consumer has come to accept as fresh juice. Replacing packaged, pasteurized and preserved with natural, fresh and sugar-free RAW Pressery has made it place to breakfast tables across homes, hotels, airports and hospitals alike.

Adding to its enviable arsenal of fresh, cold-pressed juices, RAW's Valencia Orange is yet another delicious flavor that contains no preservatives, added sugar, colors or chemicals and not even added water. Available in 250 ml and one liter bottles, the brightly colored blend offers customers a true 'slice of life'.

Parental health behaviors are associated with child sleep duration

Parental health behaviors are associated with child sleep duration

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : A recent research published in journal of Clinical Sleep Medication indicates that children's sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence.

This further implies that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions.

Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an increased child sleep duration of 0.67 hours per day, after controlling for potential confounders such as child age, gender, race/ethnicity, and parent education.

Overall, 57 percent of parents reported feeling "very" or "extremely" confident that they could help their child get enough sleep.

Home-based telemental health services help elderly under depression

Home-based telemental health services help elderly under depression

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to the results of a clinical trial in 241 depressed elderly veterans, home-based telemental health for depression is well received by patients and delivers as good a quality of life as in-person visits.

The study has been reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Depression affects 10 percent of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and mortality. And yet, only an estimated 56 percent of patients with depression seek treatment.

Barriers to treatment include mobility issues, transportation costs, missed days of work, geographic isolation and fear of the associated stigma.

Hemophilia Federation India brings its reason, consequences to light

Hemophilia Federation India brings its reason, consequences to light

New Delhi [India], Nov. 25 : Hemophilia Federation India (HFI) organised an event to commemorate its Founder's Day on November 24 to spread awareness about the disease and its consequences and also measures that have been taken into consideration to extend a helping hand to the patients suffering from this dreadful disease.

This year, on its founder's day, HFI focused on to lay a proposal to the Central Government for proper budgeting and provisions to initiate Anti - Hemophilia Factor (HFI) under NACO. The federation has also forwarded the desired proposal to National Health Mission of India to help people cure this communicable disease across the country by setting up centres in different cities.

Age is no bar to keep your heart healthy!

Age is no bar to keep your heart healthy!

New Delhi [India], Nov. 24 : Winning a medal for a run in a half marathon event is no mean feat especially when it is achieved at the age of 64 years.

Dr Tarlochan Singh Kler, Executive Director, Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has proved his mettle for that.

In the Airtel Half Marathon held on November 20, 2016, Dr T S Kler took part to run a distance of 21.097 kilometers in a record time of 2.50 hours. He also won a medal for having completed it within a stipulated time span.

Dogs remember events from past, just like humans

Dogs remember events from past, just like humans

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to a recent study, dogs have kind of "episodic memory", which gives them remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past.

The study, published in the Current Biology journal, found that dogs can recall a person's complex actions even when they don't expect to have their memory tested.

"The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between non-human animals and humans," said researcher Claudia Fugazza.

"Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever,' and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and their owners may share some mental abilities despite our distant evolutionary relationship," she added.

Boozing may lead to some particular types of stroke

Boozing may lead to some particular types of stroke

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov.24 : A study says that though moderate boozing up to two drinks per day is associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke, it seems to have no effect on a person's risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

High-to-heavy drinking was found to be associated with increased risk of all stroke types.

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and University of Cambridge, UK, suggest that the divergent associations of alcohol consumption with different types of stroke may explain some of the inconsistent findings of previous studies which investigated the association between alcohol consumption and stroke but did not discriminate between different stroke types.

Mothers take note! Your guidance helps kid improve his or her math skills

Mothers take note! Your guidance helps kid improve his or her math skills

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 23 : A mother's support helps their children develop better math skills.

A study has found that young children whose mothers supported them during play, specifically in their labeling of object quantities, had better math achievement at ages 4-½ and 5 years.

The study, conducted by researchers at Boston College, is published in the journal Child Development.

Early math knowledge is as important as early literacy for children's subsequent achievement. It can also predict later school success, income in adulthood.

The researchers developed ways to assess mothers' support of their children's math skills by examining how moms supported and guided their 3-year-olds' learning as they played with a toy cash register and blocks.

Smoking fatal for diabetic patient: Study

Smoking fatal for diabetic patient: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 23 : It is well known that smoking is injurious to health and causes lung cancer, but a recent study has found that smoking is fatal for diabetic patients.

A study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) suggested that heavy smokers with diabetes are at increased risk of death.

Diabetes is a chronic illness in which there are high levels of glucose in the blood. One in four people with diabetes doesn't know he or she has it. Having diabetes can also put people at risk for numerous other health complications.

Father's involment in childcare lessens kid's behavioural problems

Father's involment in childcare lessens kid's behavioural problems

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 23 : A father who embraces parenthood confidently, helps the child to cope with behavioural problems, says a study.

A recent study published in the online journal BMJ Open found that kids whose dads adjust well to parenthood and feel

confident about their new role may be less likely to have behavioural problems in the run-up to their teens.

It's how fathers see themselves as parents in the child's early years, rather than the amount of direct childcare they give, that seems to be important, the findings suggest.

The nature of parenting in a child's early years is thought to influence their short and long term wellbeing and mental health, which are in turn linked to development and educational attainment.

Combining Ritalin with cognitive therapy helps traumatic brain injury patient

Combining Ritalin with cognitive therapy helps traumatic brain injury patient

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 23 : Combining methylphenidate with a cognitive therapy can help a traumatic brain injury patient , Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have reported.

Methylphenidate is a drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and better known by its trade name, Ritalin.

The study, believed to be the first to systematically compare the combination therapy to alternative treatments, was published online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a Nature publication.

Regular walking routine helps prevent heart disease

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : A recent study has found that keeping a regular walking regime can help combat fatal heart diseases.

The study, titled "Walking for Heart Health: A Study of Adult Women in Rural New York" was published in Creative Nursing journal.

The researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York suggested that moderately intensive walking improves cardiovascular risk factors in the short term.

"We know walking is an excellent form of exercise, but research has been mixed on how successful a walking program can be in changing biological markers such as cholesterol, weight, blood pressure," said Pamela Stewart Fahs, associate dean, professor, and Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker.

Musical training helps treat autism: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development and may as well be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to a new study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and ADHD.

"It's been known that musical instruction benefits children with these disorders, but this study has given us a better understanding of exactly how the brain changes and where these new fiber connections are occurring," said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez in Mexico City.

Men take note! Sexism may harm your mental health

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : Being sexist may affect your mental health, says a study published by the American Psychological Association.

The study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, suggested that men who see themselves as playboys or as having power over women are more likely to have psychological problems than men who conform less to traditionally masculine norms.

"In general, individuals who conformed strongly to masculine norms tended to have poorer mental health and less favourable attitudes toward seeking psychological help, although the results differed depending on specific types of masculine norms," said lead author Y. Joel Wong, PhD, of Indiana University Bloomington.

Your child's favourite video game might be putting him at increased risk of early diabetes

New Delhi [India], Nov. 20 : Is your child always glued to his play-station or is always found playing video games on the smart-phone?

Has he taken to staying indoors all day foregoing his daily evening outdoor playing session with friends? If yes, you must be more concerned than you are!

Doctors at Columbia Asia Hospital, Ahmedabad say that the increasing prevalence of the video game culture among children is putting them at increased risk of early type 2 diabetes.

According to the World Health Organization, type 2 diabetes has increasingly been reported in children and adolescents in recent years, so much so that in some parts of the world type 2 diabetes has become the main type of diabetes in children.

Arunachal Pradesh gets its first Department of Reproductive Medicine at RKM Hospital

Itanagar [India], Nov. 20 : Arunachal Pradesh gets its first Department of Reproductive Medicine at Rama Krishna Mission hospital, Itanagar.

The inaugural program was graced by Partho Maharaj, Dr Deepak Gowinkar, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology and officials of the hospital.

When asked about the new service, Dr Gowinkar told, "Infertility is not only a medical problem but also a social issue today. A lot of taboos have been established along with the infertility, one of the main factor leading to the practice of polygamy is infertility among women, social insecurity among the women folks due to infertility."

Obesity increases risk of blood cancer: Study

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that obesity increases the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood.

The study, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found that being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after age 60.

Multiple myeloma is preceded by a blood disorder called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) in which abnormal plasma cells produce many copies of an antibody protein. This precancerous condition does not cause symptoms and often goes undiagnosed.

Food with avocado extract could prevent bacterial illness

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : A recent study has found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria.

The study has been published in the Journal of Food Science.

Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems.

Food products formulated without synthetic additives can be harmful for health therefore, food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives with natural ones.

Researchers from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico compared enriched acetogenin extract (EAE) from avocado seeds with two name-brand synthetic antimicrobials.

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