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4 or more babies could prevent heart disease in women

4 or more babies could prevent heart disease in womenLondon, November 28 : Mothers who have four or more children are one third less likely to die from stroke, a new study suggested.

Research involving 1300 women in California suggested those who had more children were one third less likely to due from cardiovascular disease.


Internet could help elderly people cope with loneliness

Internet could help elderly people cope with lonelinessLondon, Nov 28 : An Internet entrepreneur claims that elderly people would be less lonely if they were "plugged in" to the Internet.

Martha Lane Fox founder of Lastminute. com, now the Government's "digital champion", said that grandparents could speak to their families over Skype, could order groceries online and learn more about their favourite pastimes.


‘Internet misuse’ could soon be classified as mental health disorder!

‘Internet misuse’ could soon be classified as mental health disorder!Adelaide, Nov 28 : Teens are becoming so addicted to computer games and the Internet that health experts are calling it a disorder.

Distressed parents have been flooding psychiatrists with pleas for help for their children hooked on the cyber space.


Want smart kids? Space siblings at least 2 years apart

Want smart kids? Space siblings at least 2 years apartLondon, Nov 28 : The secret to smart children is as simple as giving birth to them two years apart, a new study has claimed.

According to the Sunday Times, Kasey Buckles, an economist whose own children are, rather fortunately, just over two years apart in age, said that if the difference is any shorter, the reading and maths skills of the older child are dipped.


Robin Gibb wants to tour again despite liver cancer

Robin Gibb wants to tour again despite liver cancerLondon, Nov 27 : Robin Gibb, who is battling liver cancer, wants to go back to tour.

The Bee Gees co-founder has told his friends that he wants to play live again to thank all the fans who have been praying for his health.

Brother Barry has been by the 62-year-old singer's side all this week, and suggested that when he is healthy they should return to the stage.


Breakthrough may pave way for new malaria drugs

Breakthrough may pave way for new malaria drugsSydney, Nov 27 : Researchers have shown how the malaria parasite can survive in a type of white blood cell in the spleen -- a breakthrough that could lead to new malaria drugs and vaccines.

Traditionally, it was believed the parasite's development was restricted to the liver and red blood cells.


Fatty liver disease has no affect on longevity

Fatty liver disease has no affect on longevityWashington, Nov 27 : Surprisingly, fatty liver disease that targets the obese or patients of heart disease poses no risk to one's longevity.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition tied with obesity and heart disease, undermining health and longevity.

But a new study by researchers suggests the condition does not affect survival, the British Medical Journal reports.


Diabetes drug reduces cancer risk

Diabetes drug reduces cancer riskWashington, Nov 27 : A low-cost diabetes drug seems to beat the growth of breast cancer, especially by preventing a number of natural and man-made chemicals that promote it.

James Trosko from Michigan State University and a team from South Korea's Seoul National University have thrown up evidence to show that use of metformin for Type-2 diabetes reduces risk of cancers.


Paedophile held for soliciting sex

Paedophile held for soliciting sexLondon, Nov 27 : An HIV afflicted paedophile, who arranged online to have sex with three children, has been jailed in Britain as the 'contact' he was chatting with to fix the 'deal' was actually an undercover policeman.

Steven King, who worked in the accounts department in a solicitors' office, made the two hour journey from his home thinking he was going to abuse the children aged five, six and 10, the Daily Mail reported.


Aspirin ‘not worth the risk’ for healthy women

Aspirin ‘not worth the risk’ for healthy womenLondon, Nov 26 : Aspirin is not a good investment for healthy women who want to prevent heart attacks or stroke, Dutch researchers say.

They said 50 women would need to take the medication for 10 years for just one to be helped - assuming they are all at high risk to begin with.

"There are very few women who actually benefit," the Daily Mail quoted Dr Jannick Dorresteijn of University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands, as saying.


Fatty liver disease poses no excess threat for mortality

Fatty liver disease poses no excess threat for mortalityWashington, Nov 26 : Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is a common condition associated with obesity and heart disease long thought to undermine health and longevity, does not pose excess risk for death, a new study has claimed.


Warning labels don’t slow down junk food sales

Warning labels don’t slow down junk food salesLondon, Nov 26 : An alarming number of shoppers ignore warning tags on food packets and buy whatever they want, a new survey has revealed.

The findings have come as a shock for the UK government, which has pressurised food manufacturers to display calorie, fat and salt content prominently on packaging so that consumers can opt for healthier choices.


Muscle relaxant cuts severity of Huntington’s disease

Muscle relaxant cuts severity of Huntington’s diseaseWashington, Nov 26 : A muscle relaxant is able to reduce the severity of Huntington's disease (HD), a new study has claimed.

HD is characterized by ongoing destruction of specific neurons within the brain. It affects a person's ability to walk, talk, and think, leading to involuntary movement and loss of muscle co-ordination.


‘Health timebomb’ ticking away for elderly on poor diet

‘Health timebomb’ ticking away for elderly on poor dietLondon, Nov 26 : Millions of older people in Britain are at risk of chronic health conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke because of a bad diet, experts have warned.

According to doctors, a health time-bomb is being stored up for many who face a future blighted by a poor quality of life simply because they are not eating the right foods.


Polio ‘nearly eradicated’ in India due to local leaders’ initiative but Pak struggling: WHO

Polio ‘nearly eradicated’ in India due to local leaders’ initiative but Pak struggling: WHOGeneva, Nov 26 : The World Health Organization has said polio is on the verge of eradication in India, but Pakistan is still struggling to counter the disease.

WHO spokesperson for the polio programme, Oliver Rosenbauer, said the virus was not detected in sewage in India, though cases surge during his time of the year.


Cure for eczema comes closer to reality

Cure for eczema comes closer to realityWashington, Nov 24: An effective cure for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema is a step closer to reality, researchers say.

Scientists have found that a strain of yeast implicated in skin conditions like eczema, can be killed by certain peptides and could provide a new treatment for these debilitating skin conditions.


Nighttime air purification device eases persistent asthma symptoms

Nighttime air purification device eases persistent asthma symptomsWashington, Nov 24 : Scientists have found that a simple device that filters out airborne asthma triggers during sleep can ease persistent symptoms of the condition during the day and improve quality of life.


Soon, artificial windpipe to cut transplant rejection risk

 Soon, artificial windpipe to cut transplant rejection riskWashington, Nov 24 : Scientists have come up with an artificial trachea made with patient’s own cells, which will help in performing successful transplant surgeries on patients suffering from tracheal tumours.


Fatty liver disease poses no excess threat for mortality

Fatty liver disease poses no excess threat for mortalityWashington, Nov 24 : Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is a common condition associated with obesity and heart disease long thought to undermine health and longevity, does not pose excess risk for death, a new study has claimed.


9 out of 10 Brit kids snub healthy meals

9 out of 10 Brit kids snub healthy mealsLondon, Nov 23 : Nine of ten youngsters in Britain ignore healthy eating messages, which is putting them at a higher risk of suffering from long term health problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease, a new survey has revealed.

The survey by the British Heart Foundation revealed that the majority of the youngsters binge on energy drinks, crisps and chocolate every day.


25 pc of Canadians exceed safe limit of calories

 25 pc of Canadians exceed safe limit of caloriesWashington, Nov 23 : Poor eating habits of most Canadians are making them more susceptible to obesity, a new study has revealed.

Despite this trend, individuals who eat well are 20 per cent less likely to be obese, according to a study by Concordia University economists.


Mutations in ‘metabolic’ gene cause some people to stutter

Mutations in ‘metabolic’ gene cause some people to stutterWashington, Nov 23 : Mutations in a gene governing not speech, but a metabolic pathway involved in recycling old cell parts, is responsible for at least some persistent stuttering, a new study has revealed.

The study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found the first evidence that mutations affecting cellular recycling centres called lysosomes actually play a role in causing some people to stutter.


Brain of psychopaths differ in structure and function

Brain of psychopaths differ in structure and functionWashington, Nov 23 : Brain of psychopaths is different in terms of structure and function compared to those who are not suffering from the disorder, a new study has suggested.

The results could help explain the callous and impulsive anti-social behaviour exhibited by some psychopaths.


Beer, wine similarly reduce risk of heart disease

 Beer, wine similarly reduce risk of heart diseaseWashington, Nov 23 : Italian researchers have found a very similar inverse association between the consumption of beer and the consumption of wine in relation to cardiovascular outcomes.

Research by Costanzo S, Di Castelnuovo de Gaetano G et al has sought to separate the effects of wine, beer or spirit drinking in relation to fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events.


Physical activity can help improve quality of sleep

Physical activity can help improve quality of sleepWashington, Nov 23 : Exercising at least 150 minutes a week can help people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day, a new study has suggested.

A survey conducted on more than 2,600 men and women, between ages 18 to 85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.


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