• Mother's early menopause can affect daughter's fertility

    Mother's premature menopause can affect her daughter's fertility and is known as hereditary infertility.Menopause is the time that marks the end of the menstrual cycle due to the natural depletion of ovarian oocytes from ageing.The transition to menopause usually starts in 40's. But if it happens early, medically stated as premature menopause, it can lead to mood swings and irritability.Most women have to also cope up with the additional physical and emotional concerns.Dr. Anubha Singh, Gynecolo
  • Stronger people have sharper brains, say study

    Representational pictureLondon: If you thought hitting the gym only builds your physical strength, think again. A study of nearly half a million people has revealed that stronger people perform better in brain functioning tests. Muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are, said the study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin."Our study confirms that people who are stronger do indeed tend to have better functioning brains," said study co-autho
  • Caffeine boosts mood, metabolism and mental health. Is it a myth or fact?

    Whether dependency or addiction, the reality is that for many stopping caffeine consumption is really very difficult as most of us follow the ritual of having a steaming cup of tea or coffee in the morning.Caffeine is believed to boost mood, metabolism and mental and physical performance. But is this a caffeine myth or caffeine fact?"Caffeine exists in varying amount in our favourite drinks like coffee, tea, soft-drink, chocolate and certain medications. While a small amount of its consumption i
  • Beer belly bad for your heart

    New York: If you have developed a spare tyre, it is time you saw a doctor to assess your cardiovascular health as researchers have found that belly fat, even in people who are not otherwise overweight, is bad for the heart. "People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI (body mass index)," said study author Jose Medina-Inojosa from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US."This body shape indicates
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  • Healing herbs for new moms who struggle with post-delivery weakness

    Representational pictureNew Delhi: New mothers who struggle with post-delivery weakness can find respite in natural ingredients which help heal the postpartum body, experts say. Hema Divakar, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, says skin may be more sensitive during pregnancy owing to hormonal changes and this can sometimes trigger painful skin conditions."You should be careful about what you apply on your body, as it can affect the baby too. Thus, ensure to include the right skin care pr
  • Running marathon boosts immunity: Study

    Debunking the 'myth' that strenuous exercise increases infection risk by suppressing the immune system, a new study says that competing in endurance sports like marathon running may actually be beneficial for upping immunity."It is increasingly clear that changes happening to your immune system after a strenuous bout of exercise do not leave your body immune-suppressed," said study co-author John Campbell from University of Bath in Britain."In fact, evidence now suggests that your immune system
  • Walking faster lowers the chance of hospitalisation in heart patients

    Representational pictureFaster walking patients with heart disease are hospitalised less, a recent study has found. The three-year University of Ferrara study was conducted in 1,078 hypertensive patients, of whom 85% also had coronary heart disease and 15% also had valve disease. Patients were then asked to walk 1 km on a treadmill at what they considered to be a moderate intensity.3 Patients were classified as slow (2.6 km/hour), intermediate (3.9 km/hour) and fast (average 5.1 km/hour). A tot
  • Meditate your way to a quiet mind and a happy heart

    Representational pictureAnxious You may want to add meditation to your daily routine as according to a recent study, it can ease anxiety and improve cardiovascular health. The Michigan Technological University study with 14 participants showed preliminary data that even a single session of meditation can have cardiovascular and psychological benefits for adults with mild to moderate anxiety.The team found that 60 minutes after meditating the 14 study participants showed lower resting heart rate
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  • Treating sunburn to curing acne: The goodness of yogurt you may not be aware of

    Representational pictureYogurt, the versatile dairy product, is filled with nutrition and is equally useful for skin and hair. Treat sunburns, acne and improve your immunity with yogurt, say experts. Himanshu Chadha, Founder, APS Cosmetoofood, and Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist and Dietician, have listed the goodness of yogurt:1. Treats sunburn: Spread yogurt on the affected area, leave it for 20-25 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Yogurt is rich in zinc and has anti-inflammatory
  • 'Male pill' EP055 slows mobility of sperms without affecting hormones

    Representational pictureA new study has detailed how a compound called EP055 binds to sperm proteins to significantly slow the overall mobility of the sperm without affecting hormones, making EP055 a potential "male pill" without side effects. "Simply put, the compound turns-off the sperm's ability to swim, significantly limiting fertilization capabilities," said lead investigator Michael O'Rand from the University of North Carolina. "This makes EP055 an ideal candidate for non-hormonal male co
  • Belly fat affects heart health of people who are not overweight

    Representation picBelly fat, even in people who are not otherwise overweight, is bad for the heart, a recent study revealed. "See your doctor if your waist is bigger than your hips," said study author Dr Jose Medina-Inojosa from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Body mass index (BMI), which is weight relative to height in kg/m2, is used to categorise adults as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. However, BMI does not account for the amount and distribution of fat and muscle.Ce
  • The stronger you are, the healthier your brain is

    Representation picTurns out, muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are. Using data from the 475,397 participants from all around the UK, a research showed that on average, stronger people performed better across every test of brain functioning used. Tests included reaction speed, logical problem solving, and multiple different tests of memory.The study from the NICM Health Research Institute and Western Sydney University showed the relationships wer
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  • Indians consume far too less calcium than required

    Adults in India consume on an average about half the amount of calcium than required for healthy bones, according to a global map of dietary calcium intake launched on Friday. Calcium is a major component of bone, accounting for between 30-35 per cent of its mass and much of its strength. Low calcium intake has been linked to lower bone-mineral density, which increases the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones. In India, the average calcium intake is only 429 mg per day against the requirement o
  • Art therapy may lower pain, anxiety in cancer patients: Study

    A brief bedside art therapy may improve mood and decrease the levels of pain and anxiety in patients with cancer, a study claims. In the study published in the European Journal of Cancer Care, a bedside visual art intervention (BVAI) facilitated by art educators improved mood and reduced pain and anxiety in inpatients with haematological cancers.The study was conducted on 19 female and two male patients admitted to the inpatient bone marrow transplant and haematologic services at Mayo Clinic Sch
  • Art therapy may lower pain, anxiety in cancer patients, says study

    A brief bedside art therapy may improve mood and decrease the levels of pain and anxiety in patients with cancer, a study claims.
  • Quinoa, nuts and more: Six superfoods you must add to your meal today

    As people are becoming more health conscious and switching from junk food to healthy dishes, several restaurants across cities have also started introducing food items with healthy ingredients. Some healthy ingredients like kale, beetroot and quinoa have already started dominating the present culinary map. Dishes made with these ingredients are not only good on nutrient value but also on taste. So they offer wholesome goodness and are therefore recommended by chefs and food experts.Rajesh Sawhne
  • Vitamin D deficiency may up diabetes risk, says study

    People deficient in vitamin D may be at a significantly greater risk of developing diabetes, a study has found.
  • Big development in cancer diagnosis: Chip-based blood test could replace painful bone biopsy

    Days of using painful bone biopsies to diagnose and treat certain cancers may be numbered as researchers have found that a simple blood test that uses a plastic chip about the size of a credit card can do the job.
  • Four reasons to switch to stevia, a plant ideal for a sweet, healthy lifestyle

    Stevia. Pic courtesy/YouTubeIn the midst of today's hectic lifestyle, let's spare a thought for one of the biggest threats to our health and general well-being: Excess of processed high calories and sugar. It is said that "prevention is better than cure". Does this mean we should stop consuming food and drinks which have sugar? Maybe not.What if someone told you that you can maintain the sweetness in your life without adding any calories? And this, from a natural source with the same sweet flav
  • Low Vitamin D levels associated with greater risk of diabetes

     Lack of Vitamin D is putting you at greater risk of diabetes, finds a research.Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Seoul National University studied a cohort of 903 healthy adults (mean age: 74) with no indications of either pre-diabetes or diabetes during clinic visits from 1997 to 1999, and then followed the participants through 2009.Vitamin D levels in blood were measured during these visits, along with fasting plasma glucose and oral glucose tol
  • Three smart ways to get a good night's sleep this summer

    Representational pictureThe months of May, June and July are that of scorching heat and humidity in most parts of the country. With the temperature crossing 40 degree Celsius on most days, the 'above normal' heat makes it extremely difficult to maintain a healthy sleep cycle. Moreover, the frequent power cuts add to the woes of the masses.Metro.co.uk quoted a research by Sealy UK, which claimed that 42 percent people are regularly woken up by the muggy temperatures. Here is how one can get a go
  • Obesity increases the risk of irregular heart rate, claims a study

    A study conducted on nearly 70,000 patients revealed that obesity may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a rapid and irregular heart rate, which may further lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications. The findings, published in the journal American Journal of Cardiology, showed that people with obesity had a 40 per cent higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation than people without obesity.The results suggest that for patients with both obesity and atrial fibrill
  • Obesity raises risk of irregular heart rate

    Representational pictureNew York: Obesity may increase risk of developing a rapid and irregular heart rate, called atrial fibrillation, which can lead to stroke, heart failure and other complications, says a study of nearly 70,00 patients. The findings, published in the journal American Journal of Cardiology, showed that people with obesity had a 40 per cent higher chance of developing atrial fibrillation than people without obesity.The results suggest that for patients with both obesity and atr
  • Gene therapy for blood disorder may be effective

    Gene therapy for patients with a severe form of the blood disorder beta-thalassemia could be safe and effective as well as end the need for transfusions, results from the clinical trials show.Beta-thalassemia is a genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to produce a key component of hemoglobin -- a critical protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to organs and tissue.People with the most severe forms of beta-thalassemia require monthly blood transfusions, right from their toddler
  • Single concussion may increase risk of Parkinson's disease by nearly 60 percent

    Suffering even a mild concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury may be associated with nearly 60 per cent increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study. Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system.The study showed that people with any kind of traumatic brain injury had a 71 per cent increased risk of Parkinson's disease while those with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury had an 83 per cent increased r
  • Do environmental factors have an effect on rheumatoid arthritis?

    In a new mouse study, researchers have found a link between rheumatoid arthritis and environmental pollutants.Individuals with a particular version of a gene -- human leukocyte antigen (HLA) -- have an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis. Meanwhile, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and environmental factors, such as cigarette smoking. In smokers who develop rheumatoid arthritis, the disease hits harder.Michigan Medicine resea
  • It is hard for ladies to gain weight. Researchers reveal the real reason

     The struggles for weight gain among women are real, if not heard of much. A team of scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine explored the concept and tried to find out why is it hard for ladies to gain weight. For years, experts have observed that when male and female mice eat the same high-fat diet, the males gain significantly more weight than the females. The reasons for this difference between sexes are not completely understood, but the new study proposes that part of the answer
  • Eating fatty fish can benefit heart health, says study

    Eating fatty fish can boost the size and change the shape of good cholesterol and make them beneficial for heart health, a study has found.
  • New protein found for breast cancer therapies

    Representational pictureA new protein has been found that is associated with breast cancer patients' survival. According to a study conducted by the UT Southwestern Medical Center, this protein is strongly associated with metastatic breast cancer and that could be a target for future therapies.High levels of the protein ZMYND8 are correlated with poor survival in breast cancer patients, said researcher Weibo Luo. Previous research has shown that breast cancer cells are more aggressive in an oxy
  • Is it hard for ladies to gain weight. Researchers reveal the real reason

     The struggles for weight gain among women are real, if not heard of much. A team of scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine explored the concept and tried to find out why is it hard for ladies to gain weight. For years, experts have observed that when male and female mice eat the same high-fat diet, the males gain significantly more weight than the females. The reasons for this difference between sexes are not completely understood, but the new study proposes that part of the answer
  • World Liver Day: Fatty liver to cirrhosis, A reversible chronic disease problem

    Heart, Brain, Arteries, Pancreas and finally its turn of 'Liver', which has become victim of drastic lifestyle and dietary changes of today's society. Heart disease, cerebro-vascular accidents, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and finally Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is making its mark as lifestyle health challenges of modern world.Fatty liver to Non alcoholic steato-hepatitis (NASH), liver fibrosis and finally liver cirrhosis with liver failure, all these progressive damages to live
  • A new app can help track diabetes in rural India

    Researchers have developed an innovative smartphone app that could enable community health workers track the growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, especially in the rural areas.Named "Smart Health", the app will be used by community health workers called as ASHAs, who will be trained to screen and identify people suffering from diabetes or at high risk of the disease in the rural communities.The ASHAs will then offer them lifestyle and diet advice, refer them to a doctor
  • Why is HIV still not a curable disease? This Trinity College study sheds some light

    Scientists have discovered how HIV virus avoids elimination from the immune system, a finding which could pave the way for the cure for over 40 million people infected worldwide.
  • Monthly dose of a new antibody may halve migraine attacks

    In a breakthrough, scientists have found an antibody, a monthly dose of which could halve the number of debilitating attacks of migraine on patients who have exhausted all other treatments.The findings showed that people treated with erenumab were nearly three times more likely to have reduced their migraine days by 50 per cent or more than those treated with placebo.Those treated with erenumab also had a greater average reduction in the number of days they had headaches and the number of days t
  • Junk food TV ads more frequent during kids's peak viewing times

    Representational pictureMelbourne: Junk food advertisements are shown more frequently on TV at during children's peak viewing times, according to a study. The research also showed that children were exposed to twice as much unhealthy food advertising as healthy food advertising.Researchers from University of Adelaide in Australia found that children would view more than 800 junk food ads each year, if they watched 80 minutes of television per day. By building a TV monitoring system, believed to
  • The reason why work blues are not so bad decoded

     According to a study conducted by the University of Toronto, researchers explored the aspects and workplace anxiety and uncovered some intriguing findings: in some instances, it was found that it can help boost employee performance."There are a lot of theories and models of anxiety that exist, but this is the first model situated in the workplace focusing on employees," said co-author Julie McCarthy.McCarthy, along with lead author Bonnie Hayden Cheng, looked at both the triggers of workpl
  • Cooking skills in adolescence can predict their future nutritional well-being

    Developing cooking and food preparation skills is of utmost importance for one's health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school, a study conducted by the Elsevier revealed. According to the study, developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for health and nutrition. In short, your cooking skills in adolescence can strongly predict your future nutritional well-being."The impact of developing cooking skills e
  • This new underwear improves fertility in men

    Heat is bad for men - it lowers the sperm count and irritates the testes. Many couples suffer due to this issue, majorly caused due to heat.It is imperative to maintain the core body temperature in for men who are trying to conceive a baby.With summers already here, it seems difficult to overcome the issue.However, experts have found a solution. A new cooling underwear has been launched in order to tackle infertility among men.The underwear has been scientifically tested to encourage healthy sp
  • How to safeguard fertility during chemotherapy?

    Representational pictureWashington D.C.: A research has decoded the mechanism of chemotherapy-induced female infertility. The researchers from the Goethe University Frankfurt deciphered the mechanism leading to premature loss of the oocyte pool caused by treatment with chemotherapy.Many chemotherapeutics act by damaging the DNA. Since cancer cells divide more often than most normal cells, they react more sensitive to DNA damaging agents. One exception is oocytes.To prevent birth defects they ini
  • Taking this drug might not lower death risk

    Representational pictureLondon: Turns out, a certain class of diabetes drug may not reduce the risk of death among patients. According to a research conducted by the Imperial College of London, one class of drug used to treat type II diabetes may not reduce the risk of death when compared with placebo.The researchers studied three types of diabetes treatment: sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists, and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor
  • Opt for Ibuprofen over opioids to get relief from dental pain: Study

    Common painkiller ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen are better at easing dental pain, than opioids, say researchers.While using opioids help manage pain, they also run the risk of misuse or abuse, that can cause serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death.According to the National Institutes of Health, each day, more than 115 Americans die as a result of an opioid overdose."What we know is that prescribing narco
  • Can diabetes affect muscle health?

    Representational pictureWashington D.C.: Even active youngsters with Type 1 diabetes can have muscle complications, finds a study. The research team from McMaster and York universities analysed muscle biopsies of young adults with and without Type 1 diabetes who exceed Diabetes Canada's recommended weekly levels for physical activity.The researchers found structural and functional changes in the power generation parts of the cell, or mitochondria, of those with diabetes. Not only were the mitoch
  • Anaesthesia does not lower intelligence level in children: Study

    There is no evidence to prove that children below three years of age who were given anaesthesia had lower intelligence level than those who did not have it, say researchers.In 2016, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned that prolonged or repeated sedation before age three may affect brain development.However, the warning was based largely on data from animals, which may or may not apply to children, said the researchers from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.The new study, published in th
  • Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic study says anaesthesia does not lower IQ in children

    There is no evidence to prove that children below three years of age who were given anaesthesia had lower intelligence level than those who did not have it, say researchers.
  • Medical marvel! Man with three faces Jerome Hamon becomes first to get two face transplants

    In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient _ who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany.
  • Suffering from high BP? After taking medicine listen to classical music as it enhances effect of anti-hypertensive drugs

    If you are suffering from high blood pressure, listening to classical music in addition to taking your medicines may give you some added advantage as researchers have found that music significantly enhances the effect of anti-hypertensive drugs.
  • Intermittent fasting may help you lose weight

    Representational pictureTurns out that all kinds of intermittent fasting are physically and mentally harmless. As per the recent studies, the intermittent fasting could help in weight loss. Further skipping out on eating might translate to weight loss and improved metabolic health.According to reports, there are several kinds of intermittent fasting that are prevalent among the diet conscious people which have varied good and bad impacts on the human body.Alternate Day FastingIn this people con
  • Parental diet, obesity before conception affects child's health

    Besides smoking and drinking alcohol, parents' health including obesity and poor diet can have "profound implications" for the growth, development and long-term health of their children before their conception, says a series of studies published in the journal Lancet.The findings showed that smoking, high alcohol and caffeine intake, diet, obesity and malnutrition in either or both parents, potentially increases a child's lifelong risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, immune and neurological
  • This is what happens when your sun-screen is not up to date

    Thanks to all the recent innovation in sun protection, complaints like the inconvenience and unflattering residue are no longer excuses as the sunscreens help us to maintain a clearer skin.It is recommended that sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, and ears 30 minutes before you go out in the sun.But wait, how long do these sunscreens last?In this scorching heat of summer, sunscreens work as the night in the shining armor but there are somethings are we gett
  • Beware! This may be causing obesity in your child, says UK study

    Parents, take note! Children who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at a higher risk of developing obesity, a study has found.