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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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Novel ice-repelling coating developed

Novel ice-repelling coating developed

January 16, 2019 3:55 pm

Houston: Researchers have created a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface. Icy weather is blamed for multi-billion dollar losses every year in the US, including delays and damage related to air travel, infrastructure and power generation and transmission facilities, said researchers from the University of Houston. Finding effective, durable and environmentally stable de-icing materials has […]

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Dogs helped humans hunt 11,500 years ago: Study

Dogs helped humans hunt 11,500 years ago: Study

January 16, 2019 2:11 pm

London: People began to live alongside dogs and may also have used them for hunting as early as 11,500 years ago in what is now northeast Jordan, according to a study. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and University College London in the UK suggest that the introduction of dogs as hunting aids […]

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Short bursts of intense activity may be more beneficial Study

Short bursts of intense activity may be more beneficial: Study

January 8, 2019 1:58 pm

Washington: Shorter bouts of intense exercise may produce more health benefits than hours of moderate-level physical activity, according to a study. Experts have long agreed that adults should aim for roughly 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, said researchers from the Arizona State University (ASU) in the US. When the guidelines were first published in 2008, it was thought that in […]

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Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe: Study

Increased risk of harm from cannabis across Europe: Study

January 4, 2019 6:54 pm

London: Cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have significantly increased in potency and in price, according to the first study to investigate changes in cannabis across Europe. The study, published in the journal Addiction, draws on data collected from across 28 EU Member states, as well as Norway and Turkey by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The findings by researchers from the University of […]

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Parent's job stress affects children's health: Study

Parent’s job stress affects children’s health: Study

January 3, 2019 7:37 pm

Houston: Parents take note! Having a sense of control over your professional life may help boost the health of your children, a study suggests. “If you can decide how you are going to do your job, rather than having that imposed on you, it is better for children,” said Christiane Spitzmueller, a professor at the University of Houston in […]

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How gut bacteria can prevent ill effects of high BP

How gut bacteria can prevent ill effects of high BP

December 31, 2018 2:59 pm

Berlin: Gut bacteria can help defend against heart and vascular damage caused by high blood pressure, a study in mice has found. Gut microbes produce fatty acid propionate — which calms the immune cells that drive up blood pressure from — natural dietary fibre. The substance defends against the effects of high blood pressure, including atherosclerosis and heart tissue remodelling, researchers […]

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'Dry January' can help stay healthy, save money all year: Study

‘Dry January’ can help stay healthy, save money all year: Study

December 29, 2018 1:13 pm

London: Taking part in ‘Dry January’ challenge, which involves abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the new year, can help people regain control over their drinking and spending, as well as boost health, a study has found. Researchers from University of Sussex in the UK took data from over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018. The […]

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Indians prefer insurance for major life goals: Survey

Indians prefer insurance for major life goals: Survey

December 27, 2018 8:50 pm

New Delhi: Indians see life insurance as the most handy instrument for planning their major life goals while nearly a third do not have any idea about how much insurance they need, a survey has found. Life insurance is the top instrument for life goals such as building a house (43 per cent), children’s education (38 per cent), retirement (49 per […]

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New 'brain pacemaker' may help treat epilepsy, Parkinson's

Socioeconomic status shapes developing brains: Study

December 25, 2018 2:22 pm

Washington: The brain anatomy is consistently shaped by socioeconomic status from childhood to early adulthood, a study has found. The findings, published in the journal JNeurosci, draws attention to the importance of preschool life as a period when associations between SES and brain organisation may first develop. Researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health in the US analysed […]

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