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Exercise could prevent childhood obesity

Child ObesityNew York, May 24 : Parents of "healthy weight" children would do well to promote exercise so their kids can avoid the onset of obesity as researchers have found that physical activity can improve body composition.

"The (FITKids) study demonstrates the extent to which physical activity can improve body composition, and that is important because it matters to your health where fat is stored," said Naiman Khan, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois in the US.


How to keep youngsters away from hookah smoking

How to keep youngsters away from hookah smokingNew York, May 22 - Combating positive perceptions of hookah use as attractive, fun and romantic, rather than focusing on the harmful components of tobacco smoke, could be key to keeping youngsters away from hookah smoking, a study suggests.


High cholesterol levels may impair pregnancy

High cholesterol levels may impair pregnancyNew York, May 21 - Not able to go the family way? Go get your cholesterol levels checked as high cholesterol levels may impair fertility in couples trying to achieve pregnancy.

According to a study, couples in which each partner had a high cholesterol level took the longest time to reach pregnancy.


Airplane surfaces harbour deadly bacteria: Study

Airplane surfaces harbour deadly bacteria: StudyNew York, May 21 - Are you a frequent air traveller? Watch out for armrest, plastic tray table, metal toilet button, window shade, seat pocket cloth and leather inside the airplane as these may be harbouring disease-causing bacteria.

MRSA and E coli bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days - even up to a week, research warns.


Genetic match! People choose partners with similar DNA

Genetic match! People choose partners with similar DNANew York, May 20 - Stop the fight and tell your spouse that you both are more than a perfect match - an ideal genetic match!

According to research, people are more likely to pick mates who have similar DNA - a strong reason for tying the knots other than religion, age, race, income, body type and education.


Bacteria trigger urge to urinate

Bacteria trigger urge to urinateNew York, May 19 : If you are one of those affected by the “gotta go” feeling - the sudden urge to urinate that you cannot control, it may be because of the bacteria in urine, a study showed.

Contrary to popular belief, urine is not sterile and the bacteria in it may be associated with overactive bladder (OAB) in some women, the study noted.


Just one night of binge drinking detrimental for health

Just one night of binge drinking detrimental for healthNew York, May 18 - Not a daily alcohol lover but love to binge drink over weekends? Threat this as a statutory warning, especially if you are a woman.

Even one night of heavy drinking can cause bacteria to leak from the gut - causing an increased level of toxins to build-up in the blood, researchers warn.

This occasional indulgence could cause permanent damage to their health.


Rogue gene behind multiple heart disease risks identified

New York, May 17 - In a major breakthrough, researchers have identified a key gene, mutation of which could lead to a cluster of disorders such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes - together know as metabolic syndrome.

Having any or combinations of these factors could significantly increase risks of heart diseases and strokes.

The mutation was in the gene 'Dyrk1B' - an enzyme that in normal conditions regulates the balance of muscle to fat as well as stable glucose levels by controlling the signaling pathways.


Are you wired to have more sex?

New York, May 17 - Unable to figure out why you can't get to bed with her after several attempts while your closest friend is never short of offers? Your brain is simply not wired for sex.

According to a fascinating research, some people are actually wired to have more sex - or at least be really, really motivated to hook up.


New technology may improve light-based cancer treatment

New technology may improve light-based cancer treatmentNew York, May 16 : Researchers have developed a new technology that could bring photodynamic therapy (PDT), which uses lasers to activate special drugs to treat easily accessible tumours such as oral and skin cancer, into areas of the body which were previously inaccessible.

The procedure, till now, has not been adept at fighting cancer deep inside the body.


`Temporary tattoos may trigger skin problems'

`Temporary tattoos may trigger skin problems'New York, May 15 - Want a tattoo to impress your friends but worry about the pain of real ink? Do not fall for temporary tattoos as these may cause allergic reactions to skin.

Allergic reactions to press-on temporary tattoos can involve rashes and blisters while long-term effects might include scarring, skin changes and increased sensitivity to sun, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report has warned.


Prolong exposure to paint, glue detrimental for brain

Prolong exposure to paint, glue detrimental for brainNew York, May 13 - Do you often get migraine or nausea if exposed to the smell of paint of glue? Shift to a safer location as people who are exposed to paint, glue or degreaser fumes may experience memory and thinking problems later.

According to research, brain may never fully recover from exposure to paint, glue or degreasers at work.


Even neighbour's foreclosed property can give you BP

Even neighbour's foreclosed property can give you BPNew York, May 13 - Are you living next to a property that is caught in legal tangles? Go get your blood pressure checked as living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, an alarming research indicates.

Foreclosures are legal courses of action that are taken against people who can not make house payments.


Alcohol use killed more than 3M people globally in 2012

Alcohol use killed more than 3M people globally in 2012New York, May 13 -: World Health Organisation has revealed that more than 3 million people have died globally due to alcohol use in 2012.

According to the report, the reasons of death ranged from cancer to violence and the agency has called on governments to do more to limit the damage, the New York Daily News reported.


Now, 'internal' bra that gives sagging breasts long-lasting lift

BraNew York, May 12 : An Israel-based medical device company has designed a new "internal bra" that could give their saggy breasts along lasting lift.

In Orbix Medical's OrbiShape Breast Supporting System a thin silicone sling is anchored to the woman's rib cage by titanium screws and surgical thread, the New York Daily News reported.


Eating grapes reduces knee pain

Eating grapes reduces knee painNew York, May 10 - Suffering from knee pain? Adding grapes to your diet can help you lessen that excruciating knee pain.

Daily grape consumption may help alleviate pain associated with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee and improve joint flexibility and overall mobility, a research said.

This is possible because of polyphenols (antioxidants) found in grapes.


Molecule in soy sauce may treating HIV patients

Molecule in soy sauce may treating HIV patientsNew York, May 8 : A new study has revealed that a molecule in soy sauce may help treating HIV.

According to the scientists, the molecule, EFdA, which is molecule used to enhance the flavors of soy sauce, may prevent HIV patients from becoming quickly resistant to drug therapies, the New York Post reported.


In kids, snacks quality goes down with age

In kids, snacks quality goes down with ageNew York, May 7 : Adolescents, better watch out what you munch between the meals as a study has found that older kids tend to eat less nutritional snacks than the younger ones.

Snacking may substantially contribute to overall energy intake of kids, but the impact is more positive among younger kids.


Avoid swallowing 'bacteria' from pool water in summer

Avoid swallowing 'bacteria' from pool water in summerNew York, May 7 : Love to take that evening dip in the neighbourhood swimming pool in this frying summer? Go take one but beware of swallowing pool water as this may be abound with bacteria and parasites.

And do not go by the smell of chlorine as it does not mean that it is devoid of bacteria and dirt.


Faulty DNA copying machine may print cancer: Study

Faulty DNA copying machine may print cancer: StudyNew York, May 6 : A fully functional DNA-copying machinery is essential to stall the growth of cancerous tumours.

A glitch in copying the 46 chromosomes every time a cell divides can leave gaps or breaks, giving rise to chromosomal rearrangements at “fragile sites” that could act as breeding ground for cancer, according to a study.


Be in horses' company to ease Alzheimer's symptoms

Be in horses' company to ease Alzheimer's symptomsNew York, May 6 : Taking care of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease may not be an easy task, but if you let them take care of a horse under supervision, the symptoms of dementia eases to a great extent, a significant study revealed.


Weight-loss surgery may reverse liver damage in obese: Study

Weight-loss surgery may reverse liver damage in obese: StudyNew York, May 5 - Weight-loss surgery in severely obese liver patients can reverse early-stage liver fibrosis - the thickening and scarring of liver tissue - by reducing fat deposits, a promising study reveals.

Bariatric surgery can also result in significant improvement in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to new research.


Hit the treadmill to sharpen your memory

Hit the treadmill to sharpen your memoryNew York, May 3 - No point hopping on to that massive burger while shopping if you cannot remember where you parked your car. For, a fit body has a friend in long-term memory.

Those who are less fit have a harder time retaining information, research says.

“The findings show that lower-fit individuals lose more memory across time,” said Kimberly Fenn, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.


Take low-fat diet to avoid fatigue in multiple sclerosis

Take low-fat diet to avoid fatigue in multiple sclerosisNew York, May 2 : Following a plant-based low fat diet may help people who suffer from fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), research says.

"This study showed the low-fat diet might offer some promising help with the fatigue that often comes with MS,” said Dennis Bourdette, chair of department of neurology, Oregon Health & Science University.


Kids go spiritual if they spend time outdoors

Kids go spiritual if they spend time outdoorsNew York, May 2 - Take your kid to the park today if you are convinced after reading this. According to an interesting study, children who spend significant time outdoors could have a stronger sense of self-fulfillment and purpose than those who do not.

Kids who played outside five to 10 hours per week said they felt a spiritual connection with the earth and they have a role to protect it, said researchers from Michigan State University.


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