HEALTH

Lack of cleaning in brain cells causes Alzheimer's: Study

Lack of cleaning in brain cells causes Alzheimer’s: Study

February 18, 2019 12:47 pm

London: A weakened cleaning system of the brain cells in animals and humans is central to developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study which may lead to new treatments for the neurodegenerative disorder. Researchers, including those from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, found that improving mitophagy — the cleaning system of the brain cells […]

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Novel test can non-invasively identify fatal heart disease

Novel test can non-invasively identify fatal heart disease

February 10, 2019 3:56 pm

Washington: Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) can non-invasively identify the severity of heart disease and also predict which cases are potentially fatal, scientists say. According to the researchers from Duke University in the US, the method has potential as a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterisations and stress nuclear exams in diagnosing disease. “We’ve known for some time that CMR is effective at diagnosing coronary […]

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Fasting may help boost metabolism: Study

Fasting may help boost metabolism: Study

February 9, 2019 3:29 pm

Tokyo: Occasional fasting may not only help people lose weight but also boost their metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and reverse some effects of ageing, a study claims. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and Kyoto University in Japan identified 30 previously-unreported substances whose quantity increases during fasting and indicate a variety of health benefits. “We have been researching ageing and metabolism […]

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Novel test can non-invasively identify fatal heart disease

High-risk HPV may up heart disease risk: Study

February 7, 2019 7:01 pm

Seoul: Infection with high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which have been linked to cancer, might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study warns. While cardiovascular disease has known risk factors — such as cigarette smoking; high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity and diabetes — to prevent cardiovascular disease, it is important to uncover other potential contributors. One potential […]

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New clues to controlling HIV found

New clues to controlling HIV found

February 4, 2019 1:41 pm

Toronto: Researchers are harnessing the immune system to reveal new clues that may help produce a vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The researchers from the Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa identified a connection between infection control and how well antiviral T cells respond to diverse HIV sequences. HIV adapts to the human immune system by altering its […]

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UK and Russia hold first talks in over a year

Organised sports not enough to keep kids physically fit: Study

February 3, 2019 4:18 pm

Washington: Parents, take note! Letting your kids run around and play with their neighbourhood friends is essential for their physical wellbeing, say scientists who found that organised sports is not enough for kids to stay fit. Researchers from Rice University in the US studied data gathered from 100 home-schooled children age 10-17 to back up their assumption […]

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Computer programme may help detect pathogens in food

Computer programme may help detect pathogens in food

January 26, 2019 3:36 pm

Washington: Scientists have developed an innovative computer programme that may help food safety professionals tn keeping production facilities free of food-borne pathogens. Scientists at Cornell University in the US developed the computer programme, called EnABLe, to simulate the most likely locations in a processing facility where the deadly food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes might be found. Food safety managers may then test […]

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Smartphones causing 'pain in the neck': Study

Smartphones causing ‘pain in the neck’: Study

January 17, 2019 4:40 pm

Washington: A large majority of the world’s 3.4 billion smartphone users are putting their necks at risk every time they send a text, scientist say. ‘Text neck,’ as it is colloquially called, places stress on the spine and alters the neck’s natural curve, increasing the likelihood of associated soft tissue discomfort. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, […]

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Fasting may help boost metabolism: Study

Fasting may help keep age-related diseases at bay: Study

January 16, 2019 4:12 pm

Washington: Fasting can boost the body’s metabolism and help protect against age-related diseases, a study has found. The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. While food is known to influence clocks in peripheral tissues, it was unclear, until now, how the lack of food influences clock […]

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Vitamin D pills may help prevent deadly lung attacks

Vitamin D pills may help prevent deadly lung attacks

January 14, 2019 3:19 pm

London: Vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, a study has found. The findings, led by Queen Mary University of London in the UK, add to a growing list of health benefits for the ‘sunshine vitamin’. While vitamin D is best known for its effects on bone health, previous studies have revealed […]

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