Health

Did you know! Smokers with mental illness wish to quit smoking

Did you know! Smokers with mental illness wish to quit smoking Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 30 : Smoking cessation is beneficial to the mental health of psychiatric patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression, suggests a study.

The research has been published in the Community Mental Health journal.


Cycling in bed aids quick recovery of ICU patients: Study

Cycling in bed aids quick recovery of ICU patients: Study Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 30 : In-bed bicycle exercise during a patient's stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) of hospital might help him recover more quickly, suggests a study.

The research was published in the journal of PLOS ONE.


Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer

Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 29 : A team of researchers has found that a combination of a diabetes medication and hypertension (high blood pressure) drugs can effectively combat cancer cells.

The study, published in Science Advances, also reported that specific cancer cells respond to this combination of drugs.

The findings indicate the cocktail of these two drugs is effective in a wide range of cancers.


Teen perception changed after legalisation of marijuana?

Teen perception changed after legalisation of marijuana? Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 29 : A new study has found that the use of marijuana increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among teenagers in Washington after it was legalised for recreational use by adults.


Here's how you can stop your farts from smelling so bad

Here's how you can stop your farts from smelling so bad London [UK], Dec. 28 : Want to get rid of smelly farts? A team of researchers has found that food rich in starch - potatoes, bananas, legumes, cereals, artichokes - can act as a resistant to hydrogen sulphide gas by up to 75 percent.

The findings were presented at a Gastroenterological Society of Australia conference in Adelaide.


Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease

Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 27 : Researchers have decoded the genetic sequence of the ash tree to help the fight against fungal disease.

Tens of millions of ash trees across Europe are dying from the Hymenoscyphus fraxinea fungus -- the most visible signs a tree is infected with ash dieback fungus are cankers on the bark and dying leaves.


Even two drinks can raise risk of cancer

Even two drinks can raise risk of cancer London [UK], Dec. 23 : Busting the myth that only excessive drinkers put their lives in danger, a new study has revealed that two alcoholic drinks a day will also raise the risk of breast and bowel cancer.

According to researchers, alcohol is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, larynx and liver.

Lead author professor Jennie Connor, said the breast cancer findings are worrying.


Vitamin D improves gut flora, metabolic syndrome

Vitamin D improves gut flora, metabolic syndrome Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 23 : Extra Vitamin D can restore good bacteria in the gut, according to a study on mice, giving hope in the fight against risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Scientists have now discovered that Vitamin D deficiency is necessary for this syndrome to progress in mice, with underlying disturbances in gut bacteria.


Researchers find new drug to prevent heart attack, stroke in high-risk patients

Researchers find new drug to prevent heart attack, stroke in high-risk patients Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 22 : Researchers have developed a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases by finding a protein inhibitor drug that can stop blockage development in blood vessels.


Three genes could explain why some people are obese but healthy, say scientists

Three genes could explain why some people are obese but healthy, say scientists Copenhagen [Denmark], Dec. 22 : Scientists have offered a genetic explanation for why some people are obese and healthy while others develop diabetes and heart disease as a result of their excessive weight.

Three genes were identified, which influence whether fat is stored around the outside of the body or whether it passes into the circulatory system.


Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, doctors warn

Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, doctors warn London[UK], Dec. 21:Grapes, the third most common cause of food related choking after hot dogs and sweets, account for over half the episodes of fatal choking among infants. But public awareness of this potential hazard is not widespread, doctors write in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.


Urban teen girls lag way behind in physical activity

Urban teen girls lag way behind in physical activity Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 21 : Girls buck up! A new study reveals that urban teenage girls lag far behind from the expected levels of physical activity compared to their suburban and rural counterparts.


Pregnancy leads to changes in a mother's brain

Pregnancy leads to changes in a mother's brain Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 21 : For would-be-mothers! A new study has revealed that pregnancy causes long-lasting alterations in brain structure by improving the mother's ability to protect and interact with her newborn.

The study was published in journal of Nature Neuroscience.

Researchers from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain compared the structure of the brain of women before and after their first pregnancy.


Eating sausages, bacon linked to worsening of asthma

Eating sausages, bacon linked to worsening of asthma Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 21 : Beware! A high dietary intake of sausages, hot dogs, salami, bacon and ham is linked to worsening of asthma symptoms, warns a study.

The findings, published online in the journal Thorax, showed that four or more weekly servings of cured and processed meat seem to have the greatest impact on symptoms, as they are rich in nitrites, which may have a role in airway inflammation - a typical feature of asthma.


NSAIDs may prevent recurrence of colorectal cancer

NSAIDs may prevent recurrence of colorectal cancer Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 20 : A team of researchers has determined the effectiveness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and several supplements in preventing the recurrence of colorectal cancer after polyp removal.


Cancer survivors suffer from anxiety, depression

Cancer survivors suffer from anxiety, depression Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 19 : Study says, it's not only health, cancer has a major impact on your mental wellbeing.

The study has been reported at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore.

Results from a Malaysian study of 1,362 patients found more than four in five survivors were suffering from anxiety and a similar number had depression a year after diagnosis.


Tax on soft drinks can cut childhood obesity: Study

Tax on soft drinks can cut childhood obesity: Study London [England], Dec. 18 : Imposing sugar tax on soft drinks and other sugary drinks can potentially improve health of thousands of adults and children by reducing rates of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, reveals a study.


Childlessness, infertility affects urban women

Childlessness, infertility affects urban women New Delhi [India], Dec. 17 : In an endeavour to raise awareness about female infertility problems and to highlight the importance of regular health check-ups in women, Fortis Bloom IVF Centre is organizing a free check-up camp on December 16 and 17, where women with infertility problems can avail consultation free of cost.


Manipulating brain activity can boost confidence

Manipulating brain activity can boost confidence Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 16 : Scientists have found a way to manipulate people's brain activity to boost self-confidence as this method maybe used in the future to induce other positive states and behaviours.

The study was published in the journal of Nature Communications.

Self-confidence is an essential quality to succeed in the world, such as in business environments, politics or many other aspects of our everyday life.


Ask the experts! Cold weather exercise tips

Ask the experts! Cold weather exercise tips New Delhi [India], Dec. 15 : Winter gives you a chance to hibernate and bulk up, and this definitely will not help you to stay fit and burn calories.

Here are certain dos and don'ts by Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman and Dr. Peeyush Jain, Director and HOD, Non- invasive and preventive cardiology from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute that will help you burn those extra carbs even in this cold weather.

1. Drink Water before Going for a Long Walk


Teens' smartphones addiction can make them obese

Teens' smartphones addiction can make them obese Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 16 : A recent study reveals teenagers spending more than five hours on digital devices like tablets, smartphones and television are 43 percent more likely to become obese compared with adolescents who do not spend time on these devices.


Educating about bed bugs promote awareness, prevention in schools

Educating about bed bugs promote awareness, prevention in schools Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 13 : Educating teachers and students about bed bugs, parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood, can be a powerful tool to deal with spread of pests.

Schools are often a primary avenue through which the pest can spread, as it hitches a ride from one place to another in clothes and book bags.


Here's how! Underage binge drinking linked to sexual assault

Here's how! Underage binge drinking linked to sexual assault Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 13 : Underage college-goers, who frequently go to bars and parties, booze five or more drinks in a row, are more likely to have sexually assaulted a woman in the first five semesters of college, warns a new study.


You earn extra 4 kg along with a college degree

You earn extra 4 kg along with a college degreeNew York, Dec 12 : Completing a four-year degree course is likely to add more than 4.5 kgs to your body weight, along with the associated health risks, a study says.

"Our study shows that there is concerning weight gain among college students that happens over all four years they are in college," said the study's lead author Lizzy Pope, Assistant Professor at University of Vermont in the US.


Non-smoker women have high prevalence of breathing trouble, cough

Non-smoker women have high prevalence of breathing trouble, cough Washington D.C [US], Dec.12 : In a new study published in International Journal of Chronic Diseases, researchers suggest that women who have never smoked are susceptible to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and that African American women are particularly vulnerable.


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