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Children can suffer brain damage if left in hot car

Children can suffer brain damage if left in hot carSydney, Jan 4 - Children can die or suffer serious brain damage if they are left in a hot car for even a short time, reveals a study.

Some 1,500 children were reportedly rescued from cars in the last 12 months. During November and December 2011, nine children were found in locked cars, with four such cases in the last four days.


Cancer patients seek to reclaim life

Cancer patients seek to reclaim lifeNew Delhi, Jan 2 : It has been a year since Shalu left school, and all that the 13-year-old cancer patient can think about these days is going back and joining her friends.

"I am hopeful of getting well soon," says Shalu, who has been admitted at the Delhi State Cancer Institute for the last six months.


Why obesity drugs have limited efficiency

Why obesity drugs have limited efficiencyWashington, Dec 28 : Drugs used to treat obesity usually show limited efficiency and numerous serious side effects, mainly due to our restricted understanding of the effects of obesity on our natural mechanisms of body weight control, researchers say.


New ‘sensitive’ test may help diagnose heart attack within hours

New ‘sensitive’ test may help diagnose heart attack within hoursWashington, Dec 28 : A highly sensitive new test may soon enable quicker diagnosis of heart attack than is currently possible, a new study has suggested.

One of the most common reasons patients seek care in an emergency department is for acute chest pain.


New faster technique to gauge health risk from chemicals

New faster technique to gauge health risk from chemicalsWashington, Dec 27 : Nearly 80,000 industrial chemicals are in use and about 700 new chemicals are introduced annually in the US, according to the US Government Accountability Office. A new technique is now being developed for faster assessment of health risks from these.


Blood tests no ‘magic bullet’ for diagnosing allergies

Blood tests no ‘magic bullet’ for diagnosing allergiesWashington, Dec 26 : Blood tests and skin-prick testing should not be used as the only diagnostic strategies in allergy, a new study has suggested.

An advisory from two leading allergists, Robert Wood of the Johns Hopkins Children''s Center and Scott Sicherer of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, urges clinicians to use caution when ordering allergy tests and to avoid making a diagnosis based only on test results.


Protein shakes ‘partly to blame for baldness’

Protein shakes ‘partly to blame for baldness’Perth, Dec 26 : Protein shakes are partly responsible for increase in baldness as they lead to the production of certain chemicals in the body, which causes or worsens hair loss, a new study has revealed.

WA's only hair transplant surgeon Jennifer Martinick said that she was booked out for more than six months and performing more than 400 procedures annually - up about 30 per cent from a year ago.


Going to church lowers BP

Going to church lowers BPLondon, Dec 26 : Attending services in church is not only good for the soul but also for health, as it helps lowering blood pressure, a new study has revealed.

The research also revealed that the frequency of attending the church also has an impact on lower blood pressure levels.


Early detection may delay Alzheimer’s development among patients

Early detection may delay Alzheimer’s development among patientsWashington, Dec 24 : A researcher has found a new way to approach early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

The researcher at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) Xabier Elcoroaristizabal is looking for complementary genetic factors.


Doctors claim mood swings from PMS my be easily treatable

Doctors claim mood swings from PMS my be easily treatableLondon, Dec 24 : Scientists have claimed that women who battle monthly mood swings, irritability and insomnia as a result of PMS could soon find relief as it may be easily treatable.

Research in to premenstrual syndrome, which affects up to eight percent of women, showed that the affliction was due to a hormone that occurs naturally in the body.


France advises breast implant removal over cancer risk

France advises breast implant removal over cancer riskParis, Dec 24 - French health authorities Friday urged 30,000 women to remove the locally-made breast implants, pledging that relevant expenses would be covered by the state.

The health ministry said in a statement that they spot "no increased risk of cancer currently in women wearing the PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) brand compared with other implants", reported Xinhua.


Scientists genetically alter mosquito to fight malaria

Scientists genetically alter mosquito to fight malariaWashington, Dec 23 : Scientists have genetically engineered innate immune system of Anopheles mosquito to block the transmission of malaria-causing parasites to humans.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute revealed that the genetic modification had limited impact on the mosquito's fitness under laboratory conditions.


Eating vegetables, fish helps you live longer

Eating vegetables, fish helps you live longerLondon, Dec 22 - Eating large amounts of vegetables and fish can make you live three years longer, experts say.

People on such a diet with low amounts of animal-based products like meat and milk have a 20 percent higher chance of living longer with an estimated average of two to three years, The Telegraph reports.


Rise in temperature can lead to stillbirths

Rise in temperature can lead to stillbirthsSydney, Dec 16 - Increase in temperature levels can affect pregnant women more than others, resulting in more stillbirths and shorter pregnancies, says an Australian study.

Adrian Barnett, associate professor at Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, led the study which looked at still and premature births over a four-year period from 2005.


Scientists isolate bug protein to trap viruses

Scientists isolate bug protein to trap virusesWashington, Dec 16 - With the help of a bug protein isolated from sewage, scientists have successfully trapped and neutralised enteric viruses -- which, surviving for a long time in water, can infect the intestinal tract and cause gastroenteritis.


Its official: Sex changes brain, and is different for men and women

Its official: Sex changes brain, and is different for men and womenLondon, Dec 13 : Engaging in sex alters structure of certain regions of the brain that differ in size between males and females, Japanese researchers say.

They have pointed out that there are several brain regions linked to sexual behaviour that differ in size between the sexes in humans and other mammals.


Detox diets’ ‘health boost’ claims unfounded, says expert

Detox diets’ ‘health boost’ claims unfounded, says expertLondon, Dec 12 : A leading scientist has rubbished claims that so-called "detox" diets can boost health and cleanse the body of chemicals.

According to the Daily Mail, David Bender - an emeritus professor of nutritional biochemistry- said the diets were based on an "unlikely" premise.

He insisted there was no "magic shortcut" to weight loss - which can be achieved simply by eating less and exercising more.


Cancer survival rates to fall with soaring treatment costs

Cancer survival rates to fall with soaring treatment costsLondon, Dec 12 : Cost of treating cancer will soar by 62 percent in the next ten years, which will evidently reduce the survival rates, a new study has revealed.

Healthcare analysts Laing and Buisson claimed that the costs are likely to go up from 9.4billion pounds in 2010 to 15.3billion pounds by 2021.


‘Abortion does not raise risk of mental illness’, say experts

‘Abortion does not raise risk of mental illness’, say expertsLondon, Dec 9 : Abortion does not raise the risk of a woman suffering mental health problems, health experts have concluded.

Data from 44 studies showed that women with an unwanted pregnancy have a higher incidence of mental health problems in general, but this is not affected by whether or not they have an abortion or give birth.


Potential vaccine against flu viruses identified

Potential vaccine against flu viruses identifiedWashington, Dec 9 : Scientists have found a potential universal vaccine to fight against infection caused by various influenza viruses, including the highly pathogenic avian H5 virus and the pandemic H1 ("swine flu") virus.


Drugs to tackle ‘bad’ cholesterol come closer to reality

Drugs to tackle ‘bad’ cholesterol come closer to realityWashington, Dec 9 : New drugs that could lower dangerous or `bad' cholesterol in a more targeted manner may soon be a reality, according to a new study.

Scientists from the University of Leicester and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have filed two patents for developing targeted drugs that would act as a catalyst for lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or `bad' cholesterol.


Smoking strongly associated with non-melanoma skin cancer in women

Smoking strongly associated with non-melanoma skin cancer in womenWashington, Dec 9 : Women who have non-melanoma skin cancers are more likely to have smoked cigarettes as compared to women without skin cancer, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., investigated the relationship between cigarette smoking and non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC).


Adolescent football players at higher risk for stroke

Adolescent football players at higher risk for strokeWashington, Dec 9 : Adolescent football players may be at a higher risk of suffering from stroke, a new study has found.

Jared R. Brosch and Meredith R. Golomb looked at various case studies of football players in their teens that suffered a stroke and found some potential causes for strokes in young football athletes.


How proteins regulate our appetite and insulin secretion

How proteins regulate our appetite and insulin secretionWashington, Dec 9 : Scientists have made an important discovery about the mechanism controlling the body's "fat switch", which sheds new light on how proteins regulate appetite and insulin secretion.


Seaweed to help lose more weight by creating ‘artificial feeling of fullness’

Seaweed to help lose more weight by creating ‘artificial feeling of fullness’Washington, Dec 9 : Dietary fibres from brown algae boost the sensation of satisfaction, thereby making people eat less and lose more weight, a new study has claimed.

According to researchers at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen, dietary fibres from brown algae, the so-called alginates, are excellent at creating an `artificial feeling of fullness" in the stomach.


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