• Health: Key first steps to inflammatory arthritis identified

    Representational imageBoston: In an advance that may lead to new therapies to treat inflammatory arthritis, scientists have identified the initial steps leading to joint inflammation
    using a novel approach for imaging movement of immune cells in living animals.Researchers found that expression of a specific molecule - complement C5a - is required to cause the immune cells called neutrophils to adhere to joint surfaces and migrate into the joint, a process known to set off the inflammatory casca
  • Porn not addictive, effective in detecting future fathers!

    Representational pictureA recent study on the effects of viewing pornography has revealed that, porn is not as addictive as other vices like substance abuse.The study was conducted on over 100 men and women out of which half admitted to viewing excessive pornography. They were shown images categorised as pleasant, neutral and unpleasant. The pictures that were termed as pleasant were erotic.Those who said they had experienced "major problems" with porn usage "showed decreased brain reactions wh
  • Mark Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease

    A charitable foundation backed by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife has said it has bought a Canadian artificial intelligence startup as part of a mission to eradicate disease.
    The post Mark Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • 60 percent women unaware about age to begin heart screenings: Study

    Representational imageNew York: 60 percent of women in US think of heart screenings as necessary only after age 40, whereas health experts recommend that screenings should begin in the 20s, a study has found.According to the American Heart Association recommendations, screenings should start at 20, as the age may cause the onset of various heart-related disease."Women cannot wait until they're 40 to start paying attention to their risk factors. They can begin developing atherosclerosis, plaque
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  • Glucose may cut induced labour duration in childbirth

    Representational imageToronto: Administering glucose supplements to women during childbirth, especially for the first birth, may shorten the labour time, researchers say.A prolonged labour, or a failure to progress, is a labour that takes more than 20 hours for first-time mothers and more than 14 hours for mothers who have given birth before.A prolonged labour is not only defined by the duration, it is regarded as prolonged but, when cervical dilation takes place at less than 1 centimetre per h
  • Sitting for long can age women faster

    New York: Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary, a new study has found.Researchers from University of California (UC) found that women who have a sedentary lifestyle have cells that are biologically older and invite cardiovascular diseases and diabetes as compared to women who are active and exercise regularly."Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary li
  • Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

    Represantational PictureLondon: Heavy use of alcohol for a long time by adolescents can alter cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, a study has found.Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital observed these alterations in physically and mentally healthy but heavy drinking adults."The cortical response to the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) pulse was stronger among alcohol users. They demonstrated greater overall electrical
  • HIV treatment may up susceptibility to syphilis

    Toronto: Gay/bisexual men who take antiretroviral drugs, to treat HIV infection, might inadvertently be boosting their susceptibility to the bacteria responsible for syphilis, a study has found.The findings showed that the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has eliminated the fear factor, which conversely prompted higher rates of sexually transmitted infections because of risky, unprotected sex.This may explain the reason behind the rapidly increase in the rates of syph
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  • Every meal triggers inflammation that may protect us

    Representation ImageLondon: Every time we eat food, it may trigger an inflammatory response that acts as a protective mechanism to fight the bacteria consumed along with the food, a study has found.The findings showed that this inflammatory response, which acts as a protective mechanism, fails in overweight individuals leading to diabetes.On the other hand, in healthy individuals, short-term inflammatory responses play an important role in sugar uptake and the activation of the immune system.The
  • Brain stimulation used like a scalpel can improve memory

    Representational pictureNew York: Non-invasive brain stimulations can work like a scalpel to improve the precise memory of a human and can also be used as a treatment for those who have memory problem because of brain injury, a new study has found.Precise memory is critical for knowing details such as the specific colour, shape and location of a building you are looking for, rather than simply knowing the part of town it is in.Researchers from the Northwestern University found that by stimulati
  • Health: Experts list effective ways for better skin and hair care

    Pigmentation, skin darkening, blemishes, black spots, or the more blatant, imperfections — a quick TV scan is likely to throw up these terms, pointing you in the direction that anything but an even skin tone is a problem that needs rectification, or at least, concealing.A recent survey on Indian skin and hair via a collaboration between the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists and an international cosmetics company has shown a higher frequency of pigmentati
  • Delirium could accelerate dementia-related mental decline: Study

    Delirium, a condition in which people become acutely confused and disorientated, may have long-lasting consequences, including accelerated dementia-related mental decline, a new study has warned.The post Delirium could accelerate dementia-related mental decline: Study appeared first on The Financial Express.
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  • Depressed men look for quick fixes during therapy

    London: While visiting a psychologist for therapy to deal with depression, men are more likely to prefer a quick fix than women who want to talk about their feelings, a study has shown.Despite the fact that men commit suicide at three to four times the rate that women do, men do not seek psychological help as much, the study said."This might be because the types of treatment on offer are less appealing to men because many psychological interventions are more about talking than about fixing probl
  • Gestational diabetes may up postpartum depression risk

    New York: Gestational diabetes is likely to raise the risk of depression after childbirth in first-time mothers, a study has found.Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.The findings showed that women with a history of depression are more than 20 times more likely to experience postpartum depression than mothers without a previous clinical diagnosis of depression."While having diabetes increases postpartum depression risk for all women, for those women who ha
  • Drink less water to stay fit, says book

    Representational imageNew Delhi: It is well known that one should drink a sufficient amount of water for keeping oneself healthy. However, here is a book which says that water consumption should not be in excess.Written by health expert Parmeshwar Arora, the book titled "Water - Elixir or Poison" talks about important facts on water consumption."This research about water would not only give us better health by avoiding the possible damages from drinking excess water but it would also help in co
  • Exercise may cut bad effects of breast cancer drugs

    Representational pictureNew York: A combination of weight training and 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity -- such as brisk walking or jogging -- every week may help mitigate the side-effects of hormone-therapy drugs that significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in post-menopausal survivors, shows a recent study.Because most breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive -- that is, they use estrogen or progesterone to grow and spread -- survivors often rely on hormone thera
  • Laugh your worries away at this philosophical discussion on humour in South Mumbai

    Did you know that children laugh over 100 times a day, while adults do only for a maximum of 15 times? If you feel like you could do with a fun lesson on the importance of humour, attend a session titled Art of Humour this weekend.Organised by philosophy school New Acropolis, the session will be conducted by 43-year-old Sivan Barzilay, a veterinarian by profession and an instructor at the school. She holds a diploma in eastern and western philosophy. In the two-hour session, Barzilay will narrat
  • Now you can soon find nutritional value of your food on app

    Representational imageNew Delhi: Consumers can soon find out the nutritional value of their food while ordering it from a restaurant or dining at home as the Union Health ministry is set to launch a mobile app to provide this information. The proposed app will be linked to the revised Indian Food Composition Tables-2017, which was unveiled on Wednesday by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who termed it a 'historic' moment as India now joined the league of nations having its own complete food com
  • Big relief to heart patients: Stent prices to be fixed in 10-15 days, says government

    With an aim of providing relief to heart patients, the government today said it will fix prices of stents in the next 10-15 days.
    The post Big relief to heart patients: Stent prices to be fixed in 10-15 days, says government appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Dear men, work-related stress may cause cancer

    Dear men, beware! Prolonged exposure to work-related stress may increase likelihood of cancer.
    The post Dear men, work-related stress may cause cancer appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Are you a coffee addict? 10 ways to kill the addiction

    Did you know that your favourite cup of cappuccino or cafe latte can be a silent killer? Even for that matter, cups of the strong caffeinated drink you often have at workplace can also pose a threat to your health. Yes, coffee helps lower the risk of depression, protects against Parkinson’s disease, increases fibre intake, lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, to name a few. However, one of the world’s most popular and favourite beverages when consumed in excess, is capable of damaging you
  • Poor diagnosis of fungal infections ups antibiotic resistance

    Fungal infections that are often poorly diagnosed worldwide causes doctors to over-prescribe antibiotics, increasing harmful resistance to antimicrobial drugs, resulting in 1.5 million deaths a year, according to a study.
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  • Acupuncture to reduce excessive crying in babies

    London: Acupuncture may have the potential to effectively reduce incidences of excessive crying in babies with infantile colic, researchers say.Infantile colic, also known as baby colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.Excessive crying in babies is an issue for up to one in five families, causing pain for the baby and stress for the parents, the study said.The findings showed that nee
  • Fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty -- inner and outer

    With a host of vitamins anti-oxidant properties, as also some essential minerals in their natural form, fruits are a natural source for enhancing beauty -- inner and outer. Here is a dossier:Mango: This luscious fruit is a rich source of vitamins like A, C, E, K and minerals like phosphorous, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also contains bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants and help to neutralise free radical damage.Mangoes help to tone and rejuvenate the skin. They also help to d
  • Eating red chilli may help you live longer

    New York: Wish to live longer? Eating hot red chilli peppers with cholesterol lowering properties may help, researchers say.The findings showed that consumption of hot red chilli peppers can lead to a 13 per cent reduction in total mortality, primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke.People who were regular consumers of hot red chilli peppers showed lower cholesterol.Although the researchers are not certain about the mechanism by which peppers could delay mortality, "transient receptor
  • 20-minute exercise is all you need to be fit

    New York: If you can spare 20 minutes everyday for moderate exercise, it will stimulate your immune system and make you less prone to diseases like arthritis and fibromyalgia, a new research has found.Scientists at the University of California (UC) in San Diego found one session of moderate exercise can act as an anti-inflammatory."Our study found one session of about 20 minutes of moderate treadmill exercise resulted in a five per cent decrease in the number of stimulated immune cells producing
  • Exercise may boost brain activity, memory in elderly

    New York: Maintaining high levels of fitness through physical activity such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing may increase brain function and boost memory -- the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer's disease - in older adults, researchers say.The finding showed that the age-related changes in memory performance and brain activity largely depend on an individual's fitness level.Older adults who exercised showed good cardiac fitness levels which improved their memory performance and increase
  • Health: Expert tips on how to deal with anxiety issues

    Kendall Jenner is learning to cope with anxiety by diverting her thoughts. pic/AFP“I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out...I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb,” wrote Kendall Jenner, on her website recently, about a panic attack she suffered. The American model and television personality opened up on how anxiety had been a huge hurdle for her in the year 2016, which got further aggravated by the infamous incid
  • Top 5 beauty tips for Lohri

    Use natural ingredients to bring out your inner glow on the festival of Lohri, which falls on Friday. Ensure that you have a proper sleep and rest before the celebrations, says an expert. Naresh Arora, Founder of Chase Aromatherapy Cosmetics and aromatherapist and cosmetologist, lists some tips:During winter, the skin becomes extremely dry and if make-up is not applied properly, it may appear flaky. You need to choose the right kind of lotion which should be applied before doing your make-u
  • Stress may increase heart disease, stroke risk: Study

    People with heightened activity in the amygdala - a region of the brain involved in stress - may have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet journal today that may lead to new treatments for stress-related cardiovascular problems.
    The post Stress may increase heart disease, stroke risk: Study appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Health: Top 7 fruits rich in vitamin C

    A glass of orange juice or a glass and strawberry shake, both the drinks are packed with high quantity of Vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins required to boost the body’s metabolism. Vitamin C has the power to fight cold and flu and boost immunity. Found mostly in fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is therefore recommended for daily consumption during winter season. Here is a list of top 7 super fruits rich in Vitamin C: Oranges: This is the most common and readily available citrus
  • Study finds how stress raises heart disease and stroke risk

    People with heightened activity in the amygdala, an area of the brain linked to stress, may be at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, scientists said.
    The post Study finds how stress raises heart disease and stroke risk appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Top 7 fruits rich in vitamin C

    A glass of orange juice or a glass and strawberry shake, both the drinks are packed with high quantity of Vitamin C, one of the most important vitamins required to boost the body’s metabolism. Vitamin C has the power to fight cold and flu and boost immunity. Found mostly in fruits and vegetables, Vitamin C is therefore recommended for daily consumption during winter season. Here is a list of top 7 super fruits rich in Vitamin C: Oranges: This is the most common and readily available citrus
  • Blood pressure rising globally including in India: Report

    The rate of elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) has increased substantially across the globe between 1990 and 2015, researchers report, warning that the situation has put more people at an increased heart attack and stroke risk including in India.
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  • Has Cancer found its bane in Vitamin C?

    US researchers have found that giving Vitamin C intravenously can produce super-high concentration in the blood, which has ability to attack cancer cells.The post Has Cancer found its bane in Vitamin C? appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Health: Being bilingual may ward off ageing, dementia

    Representational pictureToronto: If you know two or more languages, chances are that you will save more brain power as you age compared to those who missed out.A team of researchers has established that years of bilingualism change how the brain carries out tasks that require concentrating on one piece of information without becoming distracted by other information.This makes the brain more efficient and economical with its resources."After years of daily practice managing interference between
  • Health: Drug that 'melts' cancer cells approved for human use

    Representational pictureSydney: A drug that could "melt away" cancer cells has been approved for human use in Australia, a media report said on Tuesday.Developed in Melbourne, Venetoclax, which will be sold as Venclexta, has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use by patients with advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, Xinhua news agency reported.The drug, which was approved for use in the US in August 2016, would be made available to patients who have not
  • Health: Beginner's guide to glowing skin

    Representational pictureNew Delhi: Get glowing healthy skin by using skin care products with ingredients like humectants, says an expert.Rohit Batra, dermatologist at Dermaworld Skin Clinic, has rolled out tips that will help to revive and maintain the natural glow of skin:A moisturiser is the lifeline for a healthy skin. But if it contains skin repairing humectants, it can improve the hydration of your skin. Humectants like glycerin and propylene glycol pull water and reduce wrinkles and dry s
  • Planning a detox diet in 2017? Here's what works and what does not

    From ancient Egyptians using colonic hydrotherapy and coffee enemas as a means of decongesting bodies, to fasts, grapefruit diets and even the bizarre taco cleanse, where you eat nothing but tortillas for an entire month — there are too many detox diets available at a click of the mouse. But what is a detox all about? “Detoxification is a natural process by which the human body rids itself of toxins. Physiologically speaking, it is the primary biochemical process for removing toxins
  • Living near a highway or a busy traffic junction? You have a high risk of developing dementia

    People who live near high-traffic roadways may face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live farther away, warns a new study which suggests that air pollution from vehicles may be a factor in the development of the neurological disorder.
    The post Living near a highway or a busy traffic junction? You have a high risk of developing dementia appeared first on The Financial Express.
  • Lacking in Vitamin D? Include these 5 fishes in your diet

     Are you a fish lover? Do you crave for non-vegetarian food? If so, then you might be on the right track. This is only because, fish is one of those non-vegetarian items, that is rich in vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids. Oily fishes provide natural vitamins, something that the human body cannot make on its own. Here is a list of fishes that are rich in Vitamin D and should therefore be included in your daily diet.1. Mackerel: The fish is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. A small portio
  • Winter skin care for men: Top 6 tips to avoid dryness

    Representational imageLike women, men too must take care of their skin during the winter season. Why will women take away all the beauty tips and skin care products when men too deserve a share of the same? This post is exclusively for men, men who want to look handsome and retain a glowing skin even during the dry winter months. Take a look at these top 6 tips to avoid dryness:1. Apply winter care face cream: It is very important to apply specific winter care creams rather than normal face cre
  • Experimental vaccine shows promise in fight against breast cancer

    New York: An experimental vaccine is safe and effectively stimulates the immune system leading to regression of early-stage breast cancer, show results of a clinical trial.The researchers created the vaccine from immune cells called dendritic cells that are harvested from each individual patient to create a personalised vaccine.The immune cell vaccine targets the HER2 protein on breast cancer cells. The HER2 protein is overexpressed in 20-25 percent of all breast cancer tumors and is associated
  • Detecting misinformation can boost memory: Study

    Representational pictureNew York: People who can notice misinformation that is inconsistent with the original event may have better memory compared with people who never saw the misinformation, a study has found.The findings showed that although exposure to misinformation seemed to impair memory for the correct detail, detecting and remembering misinformation in the narrative seemed to improve participants' recognition later on.Details that were less memorable, relatively speaking, were more vu
  • New imaging technique to detect onset of vision loss

    Representational pictureNew York: Researchers have developed a new non-invasive retinal imaging technique that could prevent vision loss in diseases like glaucoma -- the second leading cause of acquired blindness worldwide.The new technique called multi-offset detection, which images the human retina -- a layer of cells at the back of the eye that are essential for vision -- was able to distinguish individual retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which bear most of the responsibility of relaying visua
  • Health: Little extra zinc in diet may reduce DNA damage

    Representational imageNew York: A modest increase in dietary zinc - about four milligrams - can help reduce everyday wear and tear on our DNA, says a study.While most DNA damage is harmless, some can have serious ramifications and a decrease in the body's ability to fix this wear and tear may be an important component of ageing."We were pleasantly surprised to see that just a small increase in dietary zinc can have such a significant impact on how metabolism is carried out throughout the
  • Health: What are the top fitness trends of 2017?

    'Fitness freak' is the trending phrase of the present era, especially amongst youngsters. Over time, there has been a rapid rise in gymnasiums and in the demand of prescribed diet charts. As people became health conscious, fitness industry also witnessed an unprecedented growth with time. With the dawn of 2017, the fitness freaks are seen putting incorporating one health resolution after the other in their bucket list. Here is a list of some of the top fitness trends of 2017:Outdoor workout: Out
  • Stretching: 6 reasons why it is essential for good health

    Representational imageRegular exercising is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but stretching solely forms an integral part of every workout plan. Flexibility is one of the most important components of fitness and good health, and stretching helps achieve a flexible body. There are many reasons why your fitness expert emphasises on stretching before starting the regular workouts. Here are some of those:1. Helps reduce risk of injuries: Stretching considerably reduces the risk of alm
  • It's not laziness: Why obese people can't stick to gym programmes

    Representational pictureNew York: Obese people may have altered dopamine receptors, causing them to have little motivation to exercise, according to a new study which may explain why some overweight people find it difficult to stick to exercise programmes.Researchers from the US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) fed the mice either a standard or a high-fat diet for 18 weeks.Beginning in the second week, the mice on the unhealthy diet had higher body weight
  • Indian girl able to hear after surgery in UAE

    Representational pictureDubai: An eight-year-old Indian girl was able to hear sounds for the first time since she was born after a cochlear implant procedure was performed on her in the UAE.After a two-week break to recover from the operation, Nafiya returned to a hospital for a follow up where the cochlear implant was activated for the first time by Muhammed Ayas, senior audiologist at the University Hospital Sharjah.Ahmad Munzer Al Waa, Head of ENT Department, said: "This was the first cochle