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Birth control shot Depo Provera may impair memory

Birth control shot Depo Provera may impair memoryWashington, Nov 2 : The birth control shot Depo Provera offers a convenient alternative for a woman who doesn’t want to remember to take a daily contraceptive pill, but it may impair her memory, according to a new research from Arizona State University.

The ASU study connects medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), the hormone active in Depo Provera and many widely used menopausal hormone therapies, to impaired memory in rodents.


Fever improves immunity against infections

Fever improves immunity against infectionsWashington, Nov 2 : Having a fever might be uncomfortable, but it actually helps us fight off infections.

Scientists have found more evidence that elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells to work better.


High dose of vitamin D supplements combat deficiency in obese kids

High dose of vitamin D supplements combat deficiency in obese kidsWashington, Nov 2 : Giving a high-dose of vitamin D supplements everyday can help fix its deficiency in overweight and obese adolescents, according to a new study.

Vitamin D deficiency is common in overweight and obese adolescents, according to the National Institutes of Health.


New tool can tell calorie intake from snap of your meal

New tool can tell calorie intake from snap of your mealWashington, Nov 2 : For those trying to lose weight but do not want to spent money consulting trained nutritionists or too busy to go through self-help book, help is at hand.

Computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a tool that lets you snap a photo of your meal and let the crowd estimates its nutritional value.


Active life cuts risk of old age depression

 Active life cuts risk of old age depressionWashington, Nov 2 : Regular physical activity could help lower risk of suffering depression in old age, a new study has suggested.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, among others found that elderly people who are physically active are less depressed.

They also revealed that self-determined motivation and perceived competence are important factors in persuading elderly people to exercise more.


GE Healthcare's new imaging system captures live cells

GE Healthcare's new imaging system captures live cellsBangalore, Nov 1 : The US-based GE Healthcare's firm Applied Precision Inc Tuesday unveiled a high-end resolution imaging machine that will capture live cells to understand the mechanism in diseases like cancer and HIV at the molecular level.


Tech-savvy teens more likely to use medication for acne

Tech-savvy teens more likely to use medication for acneWashington, Nov 1 : A regular Internet-based communication can play a key role in reducing teen’s acne, a new study has revealed.

Investigators from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center decided to test whether a weekly Internet-based communication could improve teenagers’ use of topical acne therapy. And it did, Newswise reported.


Geographical variation plays role in chronic digestive conditions

Geographical variation plays role in chronic digestive conditionsWashington, Nov 1 : Geographic variation does play a role in determining occurrence of chronic digestive diseases, US researchers say.

The new research points to a potential role for UV light exposure and vitamin D levels in chronic digestive conditions, Crohn’s disease, which is a serious inflammatory condition in the small intestine and ulcerative colitis (UC), which similarly affects the colon.


New tool may help improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer

 New tool may help improve diagnosis and treatment of cancerWashington, Nov 1 : Scientists have come up with new computer-based tools, which would assist doctors in speeding up the process of identifying and treating cancer.


Lack of brain substance linked to eating disorders

Lack of brain substance linked to eating disordersWashington, Nov 1 : Shortage of a substance in the brain may contribute to anorexia nervosa and bulimia, a new study has suggested.

Endocannabinoids are substances made by the brain that affect brain function and chemistry in ways that resemble the effects of cannabis derivatives, including marijuana and hashish.

These commonly abused drugs are well known to increase appetite, i. e. to cause the “munchies”.


Muscles become `shorter than short` and buckled when relaxed

Muscles become `shorter than short` and buckled when relaxedMelbourne, Nov 1 : Australian researchers have discovered that when muscles are completely relaxed, the muscle fibres don’t just shorten, but actually become wavy and buckle.

The finding by Professor Simon Gandevia, of Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales, and colleagues, has implications for treating stroke and multiple sclerosis.


`Vampire` bacteria could serve as living antibiotic for infectious diseases

`Vampire` bacteria could serve as living antibiotic for infectious diseasesWashington, Nov 1 : Scientists have found that a vampire-like bacteria that leeches onto certain other bacteria – including certain human pathogens –could serve as a living antibiotic for a range of infectious diseases.


Nail salons and barbershop could up hepatitis transmission risk

 Nail salons and barbershop could up hepatitis transmission riskWashington, Nov 1 : According to a new report, the risk of contracting hepatitis from reusable instruments used in nail salons and barbershop visits cannot be excluded.

David A. Johnson, M. D., FACG of Eastern Virginia Medical School said that transmission of hepatitis from instruments like nail files, nail brushes, finger bowls, foot basins, buffers, razors, clippers, and scissors cannot be negated.


‘Freshman 15’ weight gain busted as ‘myth’

‘Freshman 15’ weight gain busted as ‘myth’Washington, Nov 1 : An average college student gains between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds during the first year of college as opposed to the popular “the freshman 15” belief, a study has revealed.

According to researchers from the University of Ohio, most college students don’t gain anywhere near 15 pounds during their freshman year and college has little to do with weight gain.


Leg muscle exercise important for heart failure recovery

Leg muscle exercise important for heart failure recoveryWashington, Nov 1 : Leg muscle dysfunction is closely related to the severity of symptoms in heart failure patients, a new study has said.

According to researchers from the University of Leeds, doctors should not only treat the heart muscle in chronic heart failure patients, but also their leg muscles through exercise.


Targeted brain stimulation increases cigarette cravings

Targeted brain stimulation increases cigarette cravingsWashington, Nov 1 : Scientists have found that stimulating brain activity may provoke relapse when smokers are attempting to quit.

These astonishing new findings could pave the way for more targeted treatments for everything from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive-compulsive disorders.


Lifetime psychological traumas may lead to irritable bowel syndrome

Lifetime psychological traumas may lead to irritable bowel syndromeWashington, Nov 1 : Researchers have revealed that psychological and emotional traumas experienced over a lifetime - such as the death of a loved one, divorce, natural disaster, house fire or car accident, physical or mental abuse - may lead to adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


Listening to Mozart may help docs detect colon cancer faster

Listening to Mozart may help docs detect colon cancer fasterWashington, Nov 1 : A new study has revealed that listening to Mozart’s music while performing colonoscopy may help physicians increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps.

The study by Catherine Noelle O’Shea, DO and David Wolf, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, found adenoma detection rate increased when done with the music compared to without it.


Why women score lower in technical aptitude tests

Why women score lower in technical aptitude testsWashington, Nov 1 : Boys are more interested in technical things as compared to girls, which is the root cause as to why boys fare better in technical aptitude tests, a new research has claimed.

According to Frank Schmidt from the University of Iowa, author of the new paper, aptitude tests predict how well people will do in schools and on jobs, and doing well in them depends on general intelligence rather than specific aptitudes.


Even 1 drink a day can cause gastrointestinal problems

Even 1 drink a day can cause gastrointestinal problemsWashington, Nov 1 : Moderate alcohol consumption - just one drink per day for women or two for men - could lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and subsequently cause gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, a new study has suggested.


Impact of cigarette smoking continues even after quitting

 Impact of cigarette smoking continues even after quittingWashington, Nov 1 : A new study including an Indian-origin scientist has found that cigarette smoking may impair pancreatic duct cell function even after quitting, putting all smokers at risk of compromised digestive function regardless of age, gender and alcohol intake.


Calorie intake reduction key to longer life

Calorie intake reduction key to longer lifeWashington, Nov 1 : Consumption of fewer calories can slow down the process of ageing and the development of age-related diseases like cancer and type 2 diabetes can be delayed, says a new research.

According to researchers at the University of Gothenburg, the earlier the calorie intake is reduced, the greater is the effect on ageing.


New drugs used to tackle hospital superbugs up risk of infection

New drugs used to tackle hospital superbugs up risk of infectionLondon, Nov 1 : Experts have warned that new antibiotics used to tackle hospital superbugs can actually increase the risk of infection.

They warning comes after a study found the number of infections in patients given a new regime of drugs after certain surgeries was higher than among those on the old regime.


Yoga meditation has ‘wide-ranging effects’ on health and performance

Yoga meditation has ‘wide-ranging effects’ on health and performanceWashington, Nov 1 : Mindfulness meditation, which is an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions, is now entering mainstream due to its effectiveness in combating stress and improving quality of life.


Kids born in summer ‘less likely to attend top universities’

Kids born in summer ‘less likely to attend top universities’London, Nov 1 : Children who are born in summer are considerably less likely to attend top universities than pupils with autumn birthdays, a new research has revealed.

The youngest children lag behind older classmates by the age of seven and struggle to properly catch up throughout compulsory education, according to the report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


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