Health

  • Over 9 hours' of sleep may raise stroke risk by 23%
    New York, December 12 (IANS) People who sleep nine or more hours per night are 23 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who sleep seven to less than eight hours per night, warns a new study. The results revealed that long naps are also not good for your health. People who took a regular midday nap lasting more than 90 minutes were 25 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who took a regular nap lasting from one to 30 minutes, said the study publ
  • Physical illness ups suicide risk in men, not women: Study
    New York, December 11 (IANS) When it comes to identify who is more at suicide risk, scientists have found that physical illness and injury raises the risk of suicide in men but not women, along with a plethora of other insights into the complex factors that may increase a person's risk of suicide. The study, led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to use data from the population of an entire country (Denmark) and parse
  • Keto diet may fight against Alzheimer's disease
    Washington, December 11 (IANS) Eating low-carb and high-fat diet can help you fight against Alzheimer's disease, by protect neurons from death during the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to new research in mice. "Ketogenic" is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries and white bread. Ea
  • AI can help doctors identify cancer cells
    New York, December 10 (IANS) Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern have developed a software tool that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images - giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes. The spatial distribution of different types of cells can reveal a cancer's growth pattern, its relationship with the surrounding microenvironment, and the body's immune response. But the process of manually identif
  • New Mediterranean diet lets you eat meat without any guilt
    Sydney, December 10 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new version of Mediterranean diet that includes meat to cater to Western tastes and also deliver health benefits. A typical Mediterranean diet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate amount of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods. The new version of the Mediterranean diet includes 2-3 serves (250g) of f
  • Even one drink a day may increase cancer risk
    Tokyo, December 9 (IANS) If you thought one-two drinks a day would not do any harm, think again. Researchers in Japan have found that even light alcohol consumption might increase the cancer risk. In the study published in the journal Cancer, the overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption. The elevated risk appeared to be explained by alcohol-related cancer risk across relatively common sites, including the colorectum, stomach, breast, prostate and eso
  • Malaysia launches vaccination campaign after 1st polio infection in 27 years
    Kuala Lumpur, December 9 (IANS): Malaysian health authorities on Monday launched a vaccination campaign in rural areas of the jungle-covered island of Borneo after detecting the first case of polio since the Southeast Asian country declared itself free of the viral disease in 2000.   The infected is a three-month-old boy in the town of Tuaran, who was hospitalized with fever and muscle weakness and tested positive for the virus on December 6, the Director-General of Mal
  • Vigorous exercise lowers mortality risk in women: Study
    London, December 9 (IANS) Women who exercise vigorously are at significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other causes, reveals a new study. The study, presented at EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), examined exercise capacity and heart function during exercise in women and their links with survival. The study included over 4,000 adult women referred for treadmill exercise echocardiography because of known or su
  • Brain region smaller in birth control pill users: Study
    New York, December 8 (IANS) Researchers have found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the pill. Located at the base of the brain above the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus produces hormones and helps regulate essential bodily functions including body temperature, mood, appetite, sex drive, sleep cycles and heart rate. Structural effects of sex hormones, includin
  • Blood test can identify people at risk of night-time high BP
    New York, December 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that a simple blood test can help identify people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems because of a phenomenon called "reverse dipping" that causes blood pressure to rise rather than lower during sleep. Most people experience lower blood pressure at night. The new study, published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests a potential cause for reverse dipping that may help patients
  • Kids born through C-sections not at higher obesity risk
    London, December 7 (IANS) A child born through cesarean procedure or C-section is no more likely to develop obesity than those born through vaginal delivery, new research has found. The findings contradict several smaller studies that did find an association between C-section deliveries and offspring obesity but did not consider the numerous maternal and prenatal factors that the researchers did in this study published in the journal PLOS Medicine. "We found no evidence to suppor
  • Brain differences detected in kids with depressed parents
    New York, December 7 (IANS) Researchers have found structural differences in the brains of children at high risk for depression due to parental depressive history. Depression is a common and debilitating mental health condition that typically arises during adolescence. While the causes of depression are complex, having a parent with depression is one of the biggest known risk factors. Studies have consistently shown that adolescent children of parents with depression are two
  • Time-restricted eating benefits those at risk for diabetes
    New York, December 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that people who are at high risk of developing diabetes improved their health when they consumed all of their meals over a span of just 10 hours, or less over a period of 12 weeks. The study published in the journal cell Metabolism, reported a form of intermittent fasting, called time-restricted eating, improved the health of study participants who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a g
  • Reducing air pollution can prevent early deaths: Study
    New York, December 6 (IANS) Reductions in air pollution yielded fast and dramatic impacts on health-outcomes, as well as decreases in all-cause morbidity, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, reviewed interventions that have reduced air pollution at its source. It looked for outcomes and time to achieve those outcomes in several settings, finding that the improvements in health were striking. Starting at week one of a
  • Domestic abuse victims twice at risk of long-term illnesses
    London, December 6 (IANS) Female survivors of domestic abuse are at double the risk of developing long-term illnesses that cause widespread bodily pain and extreme tiredness, a new study suggests. Published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, the research from Universities of Birmingham and Warwick in the UK shows that women who have experienced domestic abuse are almost twice as likely to develop fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) than those who have not. Fibr
  • 'Get cholesterol checked from 20s to calculate heart risk'
    London, December 6 (IANS) A study has said that people should get their cholesterol levels checked from their mid-20s as the readings can be used to calculate lifetime risks of heart disease and stroke. The study, published in "The Lancet", is the most comprehensive yet to look at the long-term health risks of having too much "bad" cholesterol for decades, the BBC reported. Researchers maintain that earlier the people take action to reduce cholesterol through diet changes and med
  • One-third of lung cancer patients have depression: Study
    New York, December 5 (IANS) About one-third of patients newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer have moderate to severe symptoms of depression, a new study suggests. For many of these patients -- particularly those with severe symptoms -- depression occurs in a toxic blend of high levels of anxiety, traumatic stress, impaired day-to-day functioning and significant pain and other physical symptoms, findings published in the journal Lung Cancer showed. "The results
  • WHO target 2.2 million children in DRC measles vaccination drive
    An ampoule containing a Priorix measles vaccine is placed next to a syringe on a tray at a pediatrician's practice in Munich, Germany, 27 May 2019. EPA-EFE/LUKAS BARTH-TUTTAS   Kinshasa, December 5 (efe-epa).- Some 2.2 million children will be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a drive to curb the world's most severe and largest measles epidemic. The epidemic has already killed 5,000 people as the DRC also grappled with the s
  • Breast cancer linked to permanent hair dye, straighteners
    New York, December 5 (IANS) Researchers have found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don't use these products. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products. "Researchers have been studying the possible link between hair dye and cancer for a long time, but results have bee
  • Peanuts, eggs may prevent food allergies in high risk infants
    London, December 5 (IANS) Researchers have found that introducing peanuts and eggs to high-risk babies as early as three months could prevent them from developing allergies to those foods in later life. According to UK current guidelines, babies should be fed nothing but breastmilk until six months - and only then should solid foods be introduced. Published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the study found that despite low adherence, early introduction to allerge