• Health: Heavy drinking during youth can disrupt brain development

    Representational pictureLondon: Excessive alcohol use during adolescence can disrupt the development of brain and increase risk of substance use disorder later in life, a study says."The maturation of the brain is still ongoing in adolescence, and especially the frontal areas and the cingulate cortex develop until the twenties. Our findings strongly indicate that heavy alcohol use may disrupt this maturation process," said first author of the study Noora Heikkinen from University of Eastern Fin
  • Mobile health apps not reliable for chronic patients: Study

    Representational pictureNew York: Depending on smartphone-based health applications for managing chronic conditions or complex health needs may prove to be risky as such apps are falling short on many counts, a study led by Indian-origin scientist has found."Clearly, there is a large-scale proliferation of apps happening related to health and people have made the switch-over to smartphones. But the question is, to what extent are apps serving the needs of patients with chronic diseases and thei
  • New mothers increasingly moving toward bottle-feeding: Study

    Representational pictureToronto: An increasing number of new mothers are turning towards using expressed breast milk -- either pumped or expressed by hand -- instead of directly breast feeding their babies, a research has revealed.Breast feeding has previously been deemed important for the nutrition, immunology, growth and development of infants and toddlers."Breast feeding is the unequalled method for feeding infants. Anything that contributes to shortening the recommended six months of exclus
  • Health: 5 smart tips to avoid the obesity trap

    Representational imageOwing to people's lifestyles, eating fast food has become an essential part of their life. Most people are also tired to exercise because of the tight work schedules, ultimately leading to obesity. Try out five ways to avoid excess body fat, says an expert.Vandana Luthra, Founder and Vice-chairperson, VLCC, suggests how:* Eat breakfast every day, it is the most important meal of a day.* Watch out for empty calories and take food which are low on sugar and fat content. It i
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  • Suffering from high blood pressure? Try yoga

    Representational imagePractising hatha yoga, a combination of asanas, pranayam and meditation daily as well as maintaining healthy lifestyle may help reduce blood pressure in patients with prehypertension, a study has found.Prehypertension, slightly elevated blood pressure, is blood pressure readings with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg. Readings greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg are considered hypertension, or high blood pressure."Patie
  • Beware! Shaving pubic hair increases the risk of developing STDs

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    Women and men who trim their pubic hair are at a higher risk of developing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), a new study published in the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections' has found out. The study revealed that women who groom their pubic hair at least 11 times a year are more prone to the risk of STDs. Various attempts to shave or groom pubic hair may not only harm the sensitive parts around the genitals but also lead to a number of sexually transmitted disea
  • Revealed! How Zaheer Khan and Jonty Rhodes got fighting fit

    Zaheer KhanPlan for Zaheer Khan
    Kinita Kadakia Patel, Sports nutritionist
    'Zaheer and I have been connecting on and off. He is a mesomorph. He has a super-fit sportsman's body and responds immediately to the structure of his routine. For the upcoming IPL 2017, I am trying to create a mixed food pattern with a balance of carbs, protein and fat.'Six pages of comments from the likes of cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Jonty Rhodes, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, ace shooter Ronak Pandit, actor Ji
  • Shaving pubic hair increases the risk of developing Sexually transmitted Diseases

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    Women and men who trim their pubic hair are at a higher risk of developing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), a new study published in the journal 'Sexually Transmitted Infections' has found out. The study revealed that women who groom their pubic hair at least 11 times a year are more prone to the risk of STDs. Various attempts to shave or groom pubic hair may not only harm the sensitive parts around the genitals but also lead to a number of sexually transmitted disea
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  • Health: Here's the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening and is being treated at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital.Heart attack and cardiac arrest and are two different terms that people often mistake as being the same disease of the cardiovascular system. Well, cardiac arrest and heart attack are two completely different heart conditions with different and varying symptoms. Unfortunately, both can turn out to be fatal if not diagnosed and treated on time.Here are so
  • Here's the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening and is being treated at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital.Heart attack and cardiac arrest and are two different terms that people often mistake as being the same disease of the cardiovascular system. Well, cardiac arrest and heart attack are two completely different heart conditions with different and varying symptoms. Unfortunately, both can turn out to be fatal if not diagnosed and treated on time.Here are so
  • Mental health experts, therapy seekrs give a lowdown on counselling

     
    THERE is a sequence in the film Dear Zindagi, where Kaira, the character Alia Bhatt plays, reveals to her friend Fatty and domestic help Alka that she is undergoing therapy. Alka’s first reaction is the typical why-what’s-wrong-with-you one, but when Kaira breaks it down to the simple explanation that she’s seeking help for life ki pareshaniyaan, Alka is amazed that such a provision exists. "In that case, everyone should seek counselling," she declares.It is this matter-
  • Mental health experts, therapy seekers give a lowdown on counselling

     
    THERE is a sequence in the film Dear Zindagi, where Kaira, the character Alia Bhatt plays, reveals to her friend Fatty and domestic help Alka that she is undergoing therapy. Alka’s first reaction is the typical why-what’s-wrong-with-you one, but when Kaira breaks it down to the simple explanation that she’s seeking help for life ki pareshaniyaan, Alka is amazed that such a provision exists. "In that case, everyone should seek counselling," she declares.It is this matter-
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  • Antidepressants in pregnancy may up birth defects

    Women who take a type of antidepressant during their early pregnancy may significantly raise the risk of having babies with birth defects or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these pills, a study suggests.
    The post Antidepressants in pregnancy may up birth defects appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • Cataracts may increase depression symptoms: Study

    Older adults with cataracts are more likely to have symptoms of depression, a new study has found.
    The post Cataracts may increase depression symptoms: Study appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • E-commerce portals, baby food industry unethically market hazardously formula to mothers: Study

    Study says that more than 14 million babies in India risk their health as baby food companies flout laws and continue promoting their products in the market.The post E-commerce portals, baby food industry unethically market hazardously formula to mothers: Study appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • Taking aspirin daily may extend life, prevent heart attacks

    Taking low-dose aspirin every day may reduce the risk of a heart attack, prevent some cancers and extend lives over the course of 20 years in adults at high risk of heart disease, a new study has claimed.The post Taking aspirin daily may extend life, prevent heart attacks appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • More sex leads to better memory in women

    Toronto: Strengthening memory could not be more pleasurable, at least for women, than what new research suggests. Researchers have found that more frequent sexual intercourse may strengthen women's ability to remember words."These results suggest that PVI (penile-vaginal intercourse) may indeed have beneficial effects on memory function in healthy young women," said the study by researchers at McGill University in Montreal.Previous studies had reported the beneficial effects sexual intercourse
  • Cancer cases have increased: Government

    The cases have increased to 14,51,417 in 2016 from 12,70,781 in 2013, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste said citing ICMR's National Cancer Registry data.
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  • Drinking white wine may increase risk of skin cancer

    New York: Alcohol intake, especially white wine, may increase risk of invasive melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer, new research has found.Examining the link between alcohol consumption and melanoma risk, the researchers found that white wine carried the most significant association, and the increased risk was greater for parts of the body that receive less sun exposure."It was surprising that white wine was the only drink independently associated with increased risk of melanoma," said study
  • Young cancer survivors have twice the risk of suicide: Study

    Representational pictureLondon: Survivors of cancer diagnosed before the age of 25 may be at more than two-fold increased risk of suicide compared to their non-cancer peers, a new study has found.The study showed that the risk of suicide is more prevalent in survivors of brain tumours, leukaemia, bone and soft tissue sarcomas and testicular cancer.However, "it is not possible to say whether there is a connection between the cancer diagnosis and suicide on an individual level, but what we see is
  • Aerobic exercise can up brain volume, improve cognitive function

    New York: Individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who took part in aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, running, jogging or swimming four times a week were found to have greater increase in brain volume as well as better cognitive functioning, researchers say."Any type of exercise can be beneficial. But, aerobic activity may create potential benefits for higher cognitive functioning," said Jeongchul Kim from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, US.Individuals with MCI -- which a
  • New online tool lets everyone track epidemic outbreaks

    Representational pictureLondon: Researchers have developed a free, real-time epidemic visualisation and tracking platform that can be used to monitor outbreaks of Ebola, Zika and antibiotic-resistant microbes.The cloud-based system called 'Microreact' combines open data and web to provide real-time global data sharing and visualisation, said the team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Imperial College London."Microreact allows everyone to explore the information dynamically -- across
  • HIV patients showing signs of multidrug resistance: Study

    London: Patients whose human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) strains developed a resistance to older generation drugs are also resistant to modern drugs, a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found.Resistance to a drug typically occurs when patients doesn't take their medication regularly enough, and for first-line treatments to work, patients generally need to take their medication 85-90 per cent of the time.The findings revealed that HIV can be resistant to many different drugs simult
  • Yoga in Unesco intangible cultural heritage list

    Representational pictureNew Delhi: In what is being seen as a diplomatic triumph for India, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed yoga in Unesco's Representative List as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a senior official said on Thursday."This declaration of yoga as a 'human Treasure' enjoyed the unanimous support of the 24-member Intergovernmental Committee which overturned the decision of an evaluation body of
  • World AIDS Day: 10 common condom myths busted

     There are infinite ridiculous myths surrounding condoms and its usage. Given the state of sex education in India, one can be best assured that even a highly educated man is unaware about condoms and often believes in rumours or myths revolving around the product. However, the story is the other way round. Condom is said to be the most important invention in the era of human civilization. Condoms not only aims to prevent pregnancy, but also protect one from the risk of developing Sexually T
  • World AIDS Day 2016: Things you must know about the dreaded disease

    It's a commonly believed myth that kissing and hugging can spread HIV virus. Recent studies have proven that this is not the case. On the occasion of World AIDS Day, we take a look at several other myths related to the virus and the disease that need to be busted, how this global health observance came to be, facts and figures of HIV/AIDS, ways in which the illness can be passed on, symptoms, treatment methods and more...HIV and AIDS are not the same thing
    A person living with HIV has the Human
  • Diabetes may have a new cure in Platypus venom

    Sydney: A hormone produced in the venom of platypus -- an egg-laying mammal native to Australia -- can pave the way for potential new treatments for Type 2 diabetes in humans, researchers have found.The study found that platypus produces hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) -- normally secreted in the gut of both humans and animals for stimulating the release of insulin to lower blood glucose, but insufficient to maintain proper blood sugar balance."Our research has discovered that platypus h
  • MoUs signed ahead of 7th World Ayurveda Congress from Dec 2

    The first MoU was signed between Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), under Ministry of Ayush, and the Medical Research Infrastructure and Health Sciences Fund of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, Israel.
    The post MoUs signed ahead of 7th World Ayurveda Congress from Dec 2 appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • Top 10 amazing health benefits of red wine

    A glass of red wine is a fabulous way to de-stress. On the other hand, for many years researchers have actually tried to understand what the grapes exactly do to the human body. And finally the secret is out! It is scientifically revealed that red wine has got some amazing health benefits and therefore consuming the drink in moderation is not a crime at all! From slimming your waistline to protecting you from stroke, red wine does wonders.Here are some amazing reasons for you to wind up the day
  • Did you know? Women can experience non-stop orgasm for 4 months!

    An applied practice termed as "orgasmic meditation" or OM, continually allows women to live in a continually aroused state that helps them embrace all areas of their life with sensuality and vigour.This practice as sex instructor Nicole Daedone explains is not foreplay; it’s practised separately from sex and away from the bed and is not designed to induce orgasm, but to keep the woman on a plateau of sensation. Daedone, who is the author of 'Slow Sex, The Art And Craft Of The Female Orgasm
  • Women and men look at faces differently

    Representational pictureLondon:  The way women look at things may differ significantly from how men see. Researchers have found that women and men look at faces and absorb visual information in different ways."This study is the first demonstration of a clear gender difference in how men and women look at faces," said lead author Antoine Coutrot from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).The study suggests there is a gender difference in understanding visual cues."There are numerous c
  • Worried about jet lag? 12 ways to get rid of it

    Jet lag is a very common factor, especially when you are taking a long distance flight. Jet lag can leave you completely wrecked for several days after arriving at the destination. It also becomes a ruining agent when you fly from one time zone to another. Those who cannot bear the jet lag and cannot sustain with their ‘sleepy mode’ on, here are some tips for them to follow before, during and after the long distance flight:1. If you are taking a long disatnce flight to a different ti
  • Watching porn linked to harmful sexual behaviour in teenagers

    Representational imageSydney: Young people who watch pornography, which is now easily accessible on smartphones and other devices, are more likely to sexually abuse another child or young person, warns a study.Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia found that young people who had sexually abused other children said that helping them to manage pornography and improving their sex education could have helped prevent their abusive behaviour."The access that young people are havin
  • Feeling sleepy after lunch at work? The real reason might surprise you

    Pictures for representational purposesFeel like dozing off after lunch during working hours? Experts say there's a reason for that: high protein and salt content present in certain types of foods.According to a report by Indiatimes, Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in the United states, found that post-meal sleep was the result of consumptions of foods with high portion sof proteins and salt.The researchers recorded the fruit flies' behaviour and found that they tend to sleep more
  • Health: 10 simple ways to avoid stroke

    Representational imageUnfortunately, stroke or heart attack is no more confined to the older adults. Stroke has spread and is spreading rapidly among the young world population. All thanks to their unhealthy sedentary lifestyle! Here are 10 lesser known ways that help prevent the risk of stroke in about older and younger adults.1. Workout for at least 20 minutes a day: Desk job is the major culprit and main cause of obesity and stroke. We barely get time to go to the cafeteria to fetch a c
  • Sanofi Pasteur launches 6-in-1 paediatric vaccine in India

    Sanofi Pasteur today announced the launch of paediatric 6-in-1 vaccine, Hexaxim, which provides protection against six major childhood diseases in India.The post Sanofi Pasteur launches 6-in-1 paediatric vaccine in India appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • Green tea may ease kidney damage caused by cancer drug: AIIMS study

     
    Green teaNew Delhi: Green tea is effective in reducing the kidney toxicity and damage caused by cisplatin, an anti-cancer drug, the AIIMS researchers have revealed.The research study has evaluated the usefulness of ECG, a polyphenolic compound obtained from green tea in preventing the damage of kidneys induced by the cisplatin. Side effects of cisplatin may include nephrotoxicity and life-threatening damaged kidney.The study by AIIMS Professor Jagriti Bhatia from the Pharmacology Departme
  • Non-smokers too at risk from second-hand smoke

     
    Representational imageNew Delhi: A ban on smoking in public places came into effect across India eight years ago, but India still remains home to 12 percent of the worlds smokers and they with their second-hand smoke pose a threat to those who don't smoke.Healthy non-smokers exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke are at an increased risk of developing coronary atherosclerosis, warns a senior cardiologist here, citing earlier findings which new studies have bolstered.Investigators have obser
  • Before the oil runs out

    Podcasts can be on any subject. They can be humorous, disgusting or informative. Planet Money risked their fortunes by selecting a serious issue like oil and its omnipresence.The two-hour series, We Buy Oil, divided into five episodes, is about buying oil from the well, its price, how it changed the world getting into everything — there is oil in phone, clothes, food as well as medicines — and mulling over a world without it. The subject compelled the speakers to take a trip to Kansa
  • Your workplace can play a key role in controlling obesity

     
    Representational imageAccording to statistics, one out of five Indians suffer from obesity and India unfortunately is one of the top five obese countries in the world. Thanks to the rapidly changing lifestyle of the Indian population! Shockingly, working class and those living in urban India are more prone to obesity and obesity related chronic diseases.Lifestyle of the world population is driven by work culture to a great extent. People, especially the young generation tend to spend more
  • Walking improves your heart health

    The skyline of buildings in London, seen from Waterloo Bridge as pedestrians walk by in central London. Pic/AFPNew York: "We know walking is an excellent form of exercise, but research has been mixed on how successful a walking programme can be in changing biological markers such as cholesterol, weight, blood pressure," said Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York.The researchers found that moderately intensive walking improves cardiovascular r
  • People worldwide living longer, healthier lives: study

    The last few generations of humans have enjoyed the biggest life expectancy boost in primate history, a new study of mortality patterns in humans, monkeys and apes suggests.
    The post People worldwide living longer, healthier lives: study appeared first on The Financial Express..
  • Multiple sex partners can increase the risk of prostate cancer

    Representational pictureThe more sex partners a man has, the more he is prone to risk of developing prostate cancer, a study has found out.According to the study, men with more than seven sexual partners in their lifetime were twice more likely to have prostate cancer than those with lesser partners. At the same time, men who are sexually active earlier, can also push them towards the risk of developing prostate cancer.Sexual activities and metabolism were associated with a male sex hormone cal
  • Health: Yoga trainer explains why you are never too fat to learn it

    If you happen to be at Bandra’s Bajaj Park or Union Park, and spot a sprightly young woman comfortably gliding from one yoga position into another, feel free to join her or request a few tips. Thirty-three-year-old Dolly Singh, a content manager for a leading youth channel through the week and a successful home chef dishing out Bihari delicacies over the weekend, weighed over 90 kgs when she first started yoga. “I grew up in a family where no one called me fat. I was happy and confid
  • Pole dance your way to good health

    “Being on a pole is like flying. It is meditative and one of the most beautiful ways to connect with yourself,” says 27-year-old Aarifa Bhinderwala, as she caresses a 10-feet high steel rod under the dim glow of yellow lights in a mirrored room.Like poetry in motion, she firmly grips it with her hands and a leg, pushes herself off the ground and spins on it mid-air. Donning a black two-piece, she syncs her lithe movements to a soulful melody in a four-minute video uploaded recently o
  • How to manage medical emergencies during vacation

    New York: One in four vacations also includes a trip to medical emergencies and many patients are simply unprepared to manage the situation in a new environment, a new survey has showed."When you're going on vacation the last thing you want to think about is a medical emergency, but with just a few simple steps, you can rest assured that you will be prepared for any situation," said Steven Corbett, managing director at Dr.P.Phillips Hospital, Orlando, Florida.In the study, the doctors suggested
  • Planned pregnancy can help 90 percent epileptic women have healthy babies

    Representational imageNew Delhi: Planned pregnancy can help 90 percent of epileptic women deliver healthy babies, said doctors.During pregnancy, despite ongoing treatment, some epileptic women may experience seizures which can affect their health and that of their babies. Yet, if properly managed, the risks are almost negligible, doctors said."It's a myth that women with epilepsy cannot conceive or have children, especially in the case of accidental pregnancy, where if a woman stops or skips he
  • Your child’s favourite video game might be putting him at increased risk of early diabetes

    Is your child always glued to his play-station or is always found playing video games on the smart-phone? Has he taken to staying indoors all day foregoing his daily evening outdoor playing session with friends? If yes, you must...
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  • Why good cholesterol may fail to protect against heart disease

    Representational imageLondon: Although well associated with lowering cardiovascular disease risk high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as good cholesterol, may not always be able to protect against heart disease.A new study has suggested that it increases the inflammatory response of certain immune cells called macrophages.This can potentially counteract its well-established anti-inflammatory effect in various other cell types, the study said."Good cholesterol's functions are not as simple as i
  • Beware! Your ATM machine may be full of germs

     New York: Be careful the next time you visit the nearby automated teller machine (ATM), as the keypad may be loaded with bacterias from spoiled food to parasites that may also cause sexually transmitted disease (STDs), researchers say.Automated teller machine (ATM) keypads represent a specific and unexplored microhabitat for microbial communities."Our results suggest that ATM keypads integrate microbes from different sources, including the human microbiome, foods, and potentially novel env