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Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function post cardiac arrest

Washington, Oct 19 : A new study has revealed that Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of poor brain function after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold.


iPhone app to ensure eye health

Washington, Oct 19 : Researchers have successfully used an iPhone app for imaging the inside of the eye of immobile and paediatric patients.


As cancer cases spiral, government to focus on prevention, care centres

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty, New Delhi, Oct 19 : With the number of cancer cases in India set to explode in the coming decade, the Narendra Modi government is planning a network of tertiary care centres for cancer patients across the country besides launching a major screening campaign.


You're less likely to be irritated if you were born in winters

Washington, Oct 19 : A new study has revealed that the season one is born has a significant impact on their risk of developing mood disorders, as it has been found that those in the winter were significantly less prone to irritable temperament than those born at other times of the year.


'Depressed' people likelier to suffer from ageing-related disease

Washington, Oct 19 : A new study has observed that people who suffer from psychiatric disorders are at a higher risk to suffer from aging-related diseases.


How a rare pathogen could infect the healthiest of people

Washington, Oct 19 : A unique evolutionary trait in a rare pathogen called Cryptococcus gattii allows it to infect even the healthiest of hosts through a mechanism that neutralises the body's immune response against it, a study showed.


Implantable eye devices that improve vision

Washington, Oct 19 : Scientists have developed implantable eye devices that improve vision and could soon become a viable alternative for ageing eyes.


Virus infection ups diabetes risk in kids

Taipei, Oct 19 : Children who have been infected with enterovirus are around 50 percent more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes, says a study.


Depression and ageing linked to single gene

London, Oct 19 : A group of researchers from Germany and the US has found that both ageing and depression are associated with changes in a single gene.


Fluoride intake increasing bone fractures (Oct 20 is World Osteoporosis Day)

By Shradha Chettri, New Delhi, Oct 19 : Fluoride was till a few years ago being used as a chemical for treating osteoporosis as it was known to increase bone mass. Several studies have however revealed a deadly side-effect: it increases the chances of bone fractures, especially of the hips.


How sperms compete to win

London, Oct 19 : In situations where a female copulates with several males in quick succession, only the best sperm, marked by speed, size and viscosity, wins the race to fertilise the egg, says a study.


Fatty meals can be more harmful for males

Washington, Oct 18 : A new study has found that consuming high-fat meals can prove more harmful for males than females.


How brain tricks you into believing that you have sharp vision

London, Oct 18 : A new study has recently explained that how human brain leads people to believe that they have sharp vision and they see the world uniformly detailed.


It's Official! 'Man flu' is not a myth

London, Oct 18 : A new study has revealed that "Man flu" is real and they have weaker immune systems, with less resistant to pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.


Smoking during pregnancy alters newborn's DNA

New York, Oct 18 : Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy may find it difficult to cope with stressors of daily life later due to an alteration in DNA of a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to foetus, a study says.


Now, get that extra weight off your waist with 'adenosine'

Johannesburg, Oct 17 : Scientists have found a new way to get rid of the extra body weight.


Recalling past events can keep dementia at bay

London, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that taking a trip down memory lane could be the key to keeping dementia at bay.


Human brain uses geometric relationship to navigate from one place to another

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has revealed that the brain uses geometrical relationships from spatial environment to track the movements one made to move from one place to another.


S-equol supplements improve reproductive health in post-menopausal women

Washington, Oct 17 : In a recent pilot study it was discovered that after 12 weeks of daily 10 milligram (mg) doses of an investigational fermented soy germ-based nutritional supplement S-equol, have led to improvements in post-menopausal women who experienced in vaginal atrophy.


Ebola outbreak may not end until development of effective vaccine

London, Oct 17 : Scientists have warned that the Ebola outbreak has gone "completely out of hand" and it wouldn't end until the world has developed an effective vaccine.


Drink red wine to boost spinal bone density

Washington, Oct 17 : A new research has revealed that a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, resveratrol, helps in boosting spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome.


Teen soda drinkers know how many miles to run to burn calories

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has demonstrated that teens who noticed the printed signs that explained the number of miles they would need to walk to burn off the calories in a sugary drink were more likely to leave the store with a lower calorie beverage, a healthier beverage or a smaller size beverage.


How Jet lag can lead to obesity revealed

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has observed that disruption of the gut microbes due to jet lag can lead to obesity.


Omega-6 fatty acids help you get rid of 'bad' cholesterol

Washington, Oct 17 : A new research has revealed that "bad" LDL cholesterol can be lowered by supplementing the diet with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.


Study links sugary drinks to cell aging

Washington, Oct 17 : A new study has found that consuming sugary drinks leads to cell aging and it also might promote disease independently from its role in obesity.


Plan diet well to avoid worsening diabetes

New Delhi, Oct 17 : Control animal protein intake and steer clear of sweetened drinks as they can spike your blood sugar levels, says an expert.


Government to review programme for control of blindness

Bangalore, Oct 17 : The National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) will be reviewed to check its implementation and progress, union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.


Weight loss race not for the slow and steady

Melbourne, Oct 17 : Gradual weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly, a study says.


How omega-6 fatty acids lower bad cholesterol

London, Oct 17 : A study has detected a gene that affects blood cholesterol levels by generating a compound from omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, called lipoxins with anti-inflammatory properties.


Fatty foods may harm men more than women

New York, Oct 17 : Women who love fatty foods can take solace from a study that suggests gorging on high-fat meals may make men more vulnerable to diseases than women.


Soft drinks may age you as fast as smoking

New York, Oct 17 : Daily consumption of half-a-litre of sugared soda is linked with 4.6 years of additional biological aging, effects comparable to that of smoking, finds a new study.


Red wine stimulates spinal bone density in men

London, Oct 17 : Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine and grapes, increases spinal bone density in men with metabolic syndrome, says Danish researchers, adding that this holds promise as a treatment for osteoporosis.


Diabetics with low testosterone risk heart disease

Washington, Oct 17 : Low testosterone could increase risk of heart disease in men with diabetes, research shows.


'Hidden' consciousness found in vegetative patients

London, Oct 17 : A team of researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist Srivas Chennu from University of Cambridge has found hidden signatures of consciousness in the brains of people in a vegetative state.


Simple test to predict post-surgery complications

New York, Oct 17 : A simple test may be able to identify which patients are most likely to experience wound-healing complications following a cancer surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas.


Personalised vaccine to treat ovarian cancer

New York, Oct 17 : With a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells, an Indian-origin researcher has developed a technique to create personalised vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer.


'Polyunsaturated' oil can keep your heart healthy

Washington, Oct 16 : A new study has revealed that consuming sufficient amount polyunsaturated oil is a healthier option people to keep their heart stay healthy.


Retina protein could prevent blindness

Toronto, Oct 16 : A protein found in the retina plays an essential role in the function and survival of light-sensing cells that are required for vision, researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist, have found.


Lavender to be classified as 'skin sensitiser'

London, Oct 16 : In view of reports that products made with lavender oil can cause allergic reactions for some people, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said it will classify the oil as a 'skin sensitiser'.


Missing out on breakfast makes young adults overeat, gain weight

Washington, Oct 16 : A new study has revealed that eating protein-rich breakfast regularly can help young adults to control cravings and overeating, which sometimes ultimately leads to weight gain and other health problems.


Now, 'photodynamic therapy' to kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo

Washington, Oct 16 : A new research has revealed about an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy that on being combined with a new type of nanoparticle effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage to surrounding tissue and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.


Exercising three times a week cuts depression risk

Washington, Oct 16 : A new study has demonstrated that people who are physically active three times a week are less likely to go under depression.


Females sex hormone key to warding off lung infections

Washington, Oct 16 : Females have been known to be naturally more resistant to respiratory infections than males. Now, scientists have shown that the increased resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female mice is linked to an enzyme that is activated by the release of the female sex hormone oestrogen.


Trauma deaths can be prevented with emergency care (Oct 17 is World Trauma Day)

By Sreeparna Chakrabarty, New Delhi, Oct 16 : Dubbed the "epidemic" of modern times, trauma claims nearly 400,000 lives in India every year. The deaths and disabilities can be prevented if proper training is imparted to the common man on how to handle emergency care in accident cases, experts say.


Now, less invasive brain surgery through cheek

Washington, Oct 16 : A new research has revealed that the brain surgery through the cheek can make the treatment of severe epilepsy less invasive and dangerous.


Why crash diets are best bet for long term weight loss

London, Oct 16 : A new study has revealed that crash diets may actually be beneficial, as slow and steady weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly.


Parkinson's disease progression may be reversed

London, Oct 16 : Certain drugs can help reverse the effects caused by Parkinson's disease, a study on fruit flies shows.


Skipping breakfast leads to weight gain

New York, Oct 16 : If you wish to prevent obesity, eat breakfast every day as skipping the first meal of the day increases food cravings and eventual weight gain.


Physical activity keeps depression at bay

London, Oct 16 : Engaging in leisure time physical activities could improve your mental health.


Psoriasis could lead to high BP

New York, Oct 16 : Patients with severe psoriasis - a common skin disease - are more likely to have uncontrolled hypertension, found a study.


Brain surgery through cheek bone for epilepsy patients

New York, Oct 16 : Researchers have developed a robotic device for people suffering from epilepsy that would enter through the cheek bone, thereby avoiding having to drill through the skull besides being much closer to the target area.


A new drug soon to treat heart attack

New York, Oct 16 : Some scar-forming cells in the heart have the ability to turn into cells that form blood vessels, which are required to boosts the heart's ability to heal after an injury, an Indian-origin researcher has found, suggesting a new approach to treat heart attack.


'21-day quarantine period for Ebola not enough'

New York, Oct 16 : The deadly Ebola virus may take longer than 21 days as currently thought to show symptoms in a person infected with the disease, says a study.


Alzheimer-hit Glen Campbell releases what may be final song ever

Washington, Oct 2014 : Glen Campbell is out with his new and final song ever, "Not Gonna Miss You."


Washing hands can prevent disease, death: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Oct 15 : The deaths of children due to preventable causes is "shameful" and simple measures like hand-washing which can prevent it should be promoted, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday.


Energy drinks pose danger to public health, warn scientists

Washington, Oct 15 : A new study has revealed that increased consumption of energy drinks may pose danger to public health.


Mediterranean diet reverses symptoms of metabolic syndrome

Washington, Oct 15 : A scientific study showed a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts to people with metabolic syndrome may help reverse the condition.


Fish oil supplements ineffectual for reducing irregular heartbeat

Washington, Oct 15 : A new study has revealed that consuming high doses of fish oil supplements that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids do not reduce irregular heartbeat.


New protein with 'anti-tumor factor' for breast cancer discovered

Washington, Oct 15 : Scintists have discovered a new protein called Erbin, which is believed to be an anti-tumor factor in aggressive breast cancer.


Children who play better do better in school

Washington, Oct 15 : A new study has revealed that just two hours of extra physical activity each week can improve school performance.


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