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Autistic kids find it difficult to read facial expressions

Autistic kids find it difficult to read facial expressionsWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 31 : Children with autism have difficulty judging facial expressions, according to a recent study.

A team from Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology aimed to find out whether six basic facial expressions differing in intensity are challenging for young people with autism to recognise.

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There's a placebo for broken hearts too

There's a placebo for broken hearts tooWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 : Turns out, placebos alleviate not only physical pain, but also emotional one.

In a new functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, researchers examined the impact of a placebo on social pain stemming from a recent romantic breakup.

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Now, a method to measure potentially damaging cigarette smoke radicals

Now, a method to measure potentially damaging cigarette smoke radicalsWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 : A team of researchers has come up with a method for measuring free radicals, which are atoms or groups of atoms with unpaired electrons thought to be partly responsible for making smokers sick, and this could help improve the understanding of the relationship between these substances and health.

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Common sanitisation practices for lettuce may not be sufficient

Common sanitisation practices for lettuce may not be sufficientWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 : You may want to keep your plate devoid of romaine lettuce as a recent study has suggested that common sanitisation practises may not remove all the bacteria present from the crisp veggie.

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Virtual reality therapy puts pain to rest in hospitalized patients

Virtual reality therapy puts pain to rest in hospitalized patientsWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 30 : Pain of the hospitalized patients can be eased by immersing them in a virtual reality world, according a recent study.

In the study, investigators examined 100 hospitalized patients who reported pain scores of greater than 3 on the Numeric Pain Rating Scale from zero to 10.

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Just 100 grams of protein daily reduces heart disease, cancer risk in old age: study

Just 100 grams of protein daily reduces heart disease, cancer risk in old age: studyWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 29 : For a longer life, eat higher proportion of carbohydrates - grains, pulses, vegetables, sweet potato - and about 100 grams of protein in middle-age daily to cut the chances of heart disease, cancer and other diseases in old age, suggests a study.

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Drinking tea may prevent you from diabetes

Drinking tea may prevent you from diabetesWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 29 : After understanding the health benefits of a cup of tea, a study finds that drinking tea can prevent diabetes.

It is because natural plant compounds in tea leaves may block the absorption of sugar in the blood.

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Ask grandparents to keep doing housework, to keep heart attack at bay

Ask grandparents to keep doing housework, to keep heart attack at bayWashington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 27 : After a heart attack, ask your grandparents to make their bed, do laundry or carry groceries as it may start the road to recovery soon, suggests a study.

According to researchers, a daily walk is proven to be beneficial, and tai chi, yoga and balance training can also help, but encouraging patients to do more chores around the house is the simplest way to get people moving.

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Just 10 minutes of play a day can keep cardiometabolic risk at bay

Just 10 minutes of play a day can keep cardiometabolic risk at bayWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 : A new study has found that as little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

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Genetic discovery offers hope for Alzheimer's disease

Genetic discovery offers hope for Alzheimer's diseaseWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 : A team of researchers has discovered a new gene that is associated with Tau accumulation, which is one of the defining features of Alzheimer disease (AD).

Investigators at BWH and Rush University Medical Center described the identification and validation of a genetic variant within the protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor-type delta (PTPRD) gene.

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Stem cell therapy can help repair damaged lungs

Stem cell therapy can help repair damaged lungs Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 : Scientists have found that stem cell therapy repairs damaged lungs - raising hopes of a cure for the crippling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.

Though still at a pre-clinical stage, these findings have important potential implications for the future treatment.

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New fluorescence-based assay offers hope in fighting antibiotic resistance

New fluorescence-based assay offers hope in fighting antibiotic resistanceWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 : A team of researchers has come up with a fluorogenic probe that can detect the activity of multidrug-resistant pathogens in an assay system.

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Survivors of childhood brain tumours have more fat

Survivors of childhood brain tumours have more fatWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 25 : A team of researchers has shed light on why survivors of childhood brain tumours may be prone to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and early death.

The McMaster University researchers discovered that while survivors of childhood brain tumours have a similar Body Mass Index (BMI) to healthy children with no cancer, they have more fat tissue overall, and especially around the abdomen.

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Rejoice beer lovers! A pint a day keeps heart problems at bay

Rejoice beer lovers! A pint a day keeps heart problems at bayWashington D.C. [U.S.A.], Mar. 24 : Drinking a pint of ordinary beer, lager or two small pub measure (25 ml) of spirits a day may lower the risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, suggests a study.

The study appeared in the journal of BMJ.

According to researchers moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases compared with abstinence or heavy drinking.

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Did you know? Blind have enhanced hearing, smell, cognitive functions

Did you know? Blind have enhanced hearing, smell, cognitive functionsWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 23 : A study finds that people who are born blind have heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, suggesting that their brain "rewires" itself in the absence of visual information to boost other senses.

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Insulin resistance linked with cognitive performance: Study

Insulin resistance linked with cognitive performance: StudyWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 23 : Higher level of blood sugar and insulin resistance, accompanied by obesity and physical inactivity, is also linked to more rapid decline in cognitive performance, says a new study.

The study, by Tel Aviv University, finds that both diabetic and non-diabetic subjects with insulin resistance experienced accelerated cognitive decline in executive function and memory.

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Changes in blood may spur Alzheimer's disease

Changes in blood may spur Alzheimer's diseaseWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 22 : A recent study has linked changes in the vascular system to Alzheimer's disease.

A team of Rockefeller scientists has found that a plasma component normally involved in blood clotting and inflammation may also be part of the problem in some patients.

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Could over-the-counter pills ward off booze addiction?

Could over-the-counter pills ward off booze addiction?Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 22 : A team of scientists has brought fresh hope to alcoholics as they are trying to find out whether or not treating the addiction is as simple as popping over-the-counter pills.

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Targeting immune cells in obese can treat diabetes, hypertension

Targeting immune cells in obese can treat diabetes, hypertensionWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 20 : In over-weight people, immune cells prevalent in the fatty tissue get reduced in number which may contribute to cause diabetes and hypertension, according to a recent study.

The research has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Healthy diet, exercise can reverse the condition of diabetes

Healthy diet, exercise can reverse the condition of diabetesWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 20 : Good news! Healthy diet, exercise and an intensive medical treatment for two to four months can reverse the condition of Type-2 diabetes by up to 40 percent, suggests a study.

The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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This can signal severity of your arthritis post knee ligament surgery

This can signal severity of your arthritis post knee ligament surgeryWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 19 : A majority of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction patients develop posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) and now, a recent study has found how a set of biomarkers on the day of surgery may explain why some individuals have worse PTOA than others after two years.

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The clot-busting drug that outperforms aspirin

The clot-busting drug that outperforms aspirinWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 19 : Turns out, the blood thinner rivaroxaban is as safe as aspirin and more effective clot-buster.

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Sexual abuse may accelerate early puberty in girls: Study

Sexual abuse may accelerate early puberty in girls: StudyWashington D.C. [USA], Mar. 18 : A study reveals that girls, who experience physical abuse early in life, may hit puberty eight to 12 months earlier than their non-abused peers, thus increasing their chances of developing depression, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

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Higher use of Social Media can lead to brain imbalance, says Study

Higher use of Social Media can lead to brain imbalance, says StudyWashington D.C. [USA], Mar.18 : Are you one of those people, who frequently check Facebook or Twitter, even while driving or in a meeting? Well, you might have to think about it now.

According to a new study, whenever there is an imbalance between two cognitive-behavioral systems in the human brain, there is a higher rate of problematic use of social networking sites (SNS).

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New 'gene silencer' cholesterol drug can 'switch off' heart disease

New 'gene silencer' cholesterol drug can 'switch off' heart diseaseWashington D.C [USA], Mar. 18 : A breakthrough ' gene silencer' drug has the power to 'switch off' heart disease by reducing cholesterol by over 50 percent.

The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. The technique, known as RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, essentially 'switches off' one of the genes responsible for elevated cholesterol.

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