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Never mix energy drinks with alcohol, warns study

A key ingredient of energy drinks could be exacerbating some of the negative effects of binge drinking, said a new study sending a warning to many people who mix energy drinks with alcohol to counteract the sedative nature of alcohol, tricking users into feeling more awake and less drunk than they really are. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the ...

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Saliva diagnostics? Saliva to replace blood test as a real diagnostic tool?

Amid new diagnostic methods and treatment options, early detection is an emerging paradigm which seeks to decrease patient morbidity and mortality. And here comes saliva diagnostics with huge potential, possibly replacing the painful pricking on fingers or on wrists. Saliva diagnostics is emerging as the latest and easiest way to detect disease at a phase where it is easily treatable. ...

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Deaths from heart-related disease rising in India, study finds

Death due to heart-related disease is on the rise in India, causing more than one-fourth of all deaths in the country in 2015 and affecting significantly rural populations and young adults the most, suggests a study. This work is the first nationally representative study to measure cardiovascular mortality in India, led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for ...

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The odds of living up to 110 years or more level out at 105, says study

Want to be a supercentenarian? The chances of reaching the ripe old age of 110 are within reach – if you survive the perilous 90s and make it to 105 when death rates level out, according to a study of extremely old Italians led by the University of California, Berkeley, and Sapienza University of Rome. Researchers tracked the death trajectories ...

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Self-monitoring diabetes reduces future costs by half: Study

Self-monitoring of type 2 diabetes used in combination with an electronic feedback system results in considerable savings on health care costs especially in sparsely populated areas, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Self-monitoring delivers considerable savings on the overall costs of type 2 diabetes care, as well as on patients’ travel costs. Glycated hemoglobin testing is ...

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Depression and early old age go hand-in-hand, finds study

This is an image of how depression and anxiety speed up cognitive ageing. Credit: Amber John, University of Sussex

Amid increasing instances of depression among the celebrities, common people and even teenagers, psychologists at the University of Sussex have come up with a new dimension to the alarming mental health issue saying the brain ages faster when people undergo frequent depression. Depression is the leading cause of mental ill health across the world with more than 300 million people ...

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Eat healthy diet to keep hearing aid away

Hearing loss, which affects nearly 48 million Americans, can be mitigated with healthy diet, said a new study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who examined the relation between three different diets and risk of developing hearing loss. The researchers studied the Alternate Mediterranean diet (AMED), Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), and the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI-2010) ...

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Substance in Chinese medicine can cause cardiac deaths: Study

IMAGE: Medicinal plants used in traditional Chinese medicine have rarely been scientifically examined. They may contain highly active substances with side effects, such as Evodia. [Credit: University of Basel] A medicinal plant frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by name Evodia rutaecarpa contains substances that can cause cardiac arrhythmia, say researchers from the Universities of Basel, Vienna and Utrecht. Extracts ...

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Tobacco firm Philip Morris admits nicotine addiction exists

After decades denying the role of nicotine dependence in smoking addiction, tobacco company Philip Morris has finally admitted that nicotine is the main driver of smoking behavior in 2000, though it said their internal understanding of smoking addiction was more complex. The company defended saying they simultaneously promoted nicotine reduction products alongside advertising and policy campaigns to promote smoking behavior, ...

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Childhood trauma behind schizophrenia, hallucinations among elders, reveals study

Researchers have shown that childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse are associated with severe hallucinations in schizophrenia. The joint study by several research institutes found that hallucinations in schizophrenia were linked with childhood trauma, said Sarah Bendall, the lead author. The study has analyzed 29 studies on childhood trauma and psychotic symptoms and found that childhood sexual abuse is often ...

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Living in high altitudes? Beware of depression, suicide risks

Hilly areas like Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand or high-altitude cities such as Bangalore, Dehradun or Shimla may be picturesque and increase health and happiness but researchers have found recently that people living in the high-altitude areas are prone to depression and increased rates of suicide, due to decline in oxygen levels in their blood. Known as Chronic hypobaric hypoxia, the ...

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National Deworming Initiative Laqunched

Union health minister J P Nadda has launched the National Deworming Day at a function at Gurugram, on Saturday, which is one of the largest public health initiatives in the world in scale and reach. The minister said, “Government is committed to ensuring high quality healthcare, accessible to every child and upto the last mile. One of the interventions, the ...

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Proteasome inhibitor leads to higher than expected rates of heart attacks: Study

The proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib has taken on an increasing role in the treatment of multiple myeloma, but new research from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania shows the therapy comes with the risk of cardiovascular problems in a higher than expected percentage of patients. An analysis of past studies shows 18 percent of multiple myeloma patients receiving ...

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Sclerosis Medicine can help Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A surprising discovery shows that a widely used and 20-year-old medicine used to treat multiple sclerosis can also beat a type of multi-resistant bacteria for which there are currently only a few effective drugs. Encountering bacteria with innocent names such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacteriaceae can lead to hospitalisation and – in a worst-case scenario – can also be life-threatening. The bacteria, ...

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Forgetting Face Recognition? Check for Dementia, say Japanese Researchers

A Japanese research group has proposed that failure to recognize or memorize human faces in the short term could be early stage of dementia. The elderly with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) suffer from weakened ability to recognize faces when compared to healthy elderly people. When trying to memorize, their gaze is also different, suggest Japanese researchers. Alzheimer’s disease, the most ...

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Ileana Once Thought of Committing Suicide!

Hindi and Telugu actress Ileana D’Cruz revealed that she once thought of committing suicide due to depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. However, she had overcome the illness and started feeling better. Speaking at the 21st World Congress of Mental Health in New Delhi on Sunday, November 5, Ileana told Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her fight with depression and Body ...

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Expert wary over collecting trend of apps, sharing health data

As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates only a fraction of those. Americans should be concerned about how these apps collect, save and share their personal health data, she said. On Oct. ...

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Ketamine may help treat migraine compared to other therapies

Ketamine, a medication commonly used for pain relief and increasingly used for depression, may help alleviate migraine pain in patients who have not been helped by other treatments, said a new study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 annual meeting. The study of 61 patients found that almost 75 percent experienced an improvement in their migraine intensity after a three- to ...

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‘Increased risk’ donor organs a tough sell to transplant patients

Increasingly, transplant surgeons must initiate a tough conversation: explaining to patients what it means to accept an organ from a person who died from a drug overdose. Organ donors who recently injected drugs, as well those who were incarcerated or had sex for drugs or money, are among a growing group of people classified as being at “increased risk” of ...

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Black tea may help with weight loss, too

UCLA researchers have demonstrated for the first time that black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut. In a study of mice, the scientists showed that black tea alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites. The research is published in the European Journal of Nutrition. The study found that ...

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1 in 3 older adults take something to help them sleep but many don’t talk to their doctors

1 in 12 people over age 65 take prescription sleep medications, which carry health risks for older people, U-M/AARP National Poll on Healthy Aging finds. Sleep doesn’t come easily for nearly half of older Americans, and more than a third have resorted to some sort of medication to help them doze off at night, according to new results from the ...

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Government enhances superannuation age of doctors to 65 years

A visionary and pragmatic decision that will strengthen the health services in the country: J P Nadda The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the enhancement of superannuation age of doctors other than doctors of the Central Health Services (CHS) falling under various Departments/Ministries/autonomous organisations, to 65 years. Union Minister of Health and Family ...

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Antibody protects against Zika and dengue, mouse study shows

Brazil and other areas hardest hit by the Zika virus – which can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads – are also home to dengue virus, which is spread by the same mosquito species. A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that an antibody that protects against dengue ...

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Child abuse affects brain wiring

Impaired neural connections may explain profound and long-lasting effects of traumatic experiences during childhood For the first time, researchers have been able to see changes in the neural structures in specific areas of the brains of people who suffered severe abuse as children. Difficulties associated with severe childhood abuse include increased risks of psychiatric disorders such as depression, as well ...

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New hope for ‘bubble baby disease’

Babies born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) syndrome are defenceless against bacterial and viral infections that would be virtually harmless to most healthy people. If untreated, SCID is often fatal within a baby’s first year of life. Research led by the University of Hong Kong has resulted in a new testing regime that could speed up the diagnosis of ...

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9/11 ‘dust’ Leaves Many Children with Risk of Heart Disease

After the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 in 2001, the “cloud” of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan, left behind nearby children who breathed in the ash and fumes to suffer from heart disease 16 years after. An analysis by NYU Langone Health researchers of blood tests of 308 children, 123 of whom may have come in ...

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A ‘virtual heart’ to simulate arrhythmia

A group of researchers from MIPT and Ghent University (Belgium) has developed the first realistic model able to reproduce the complexity of the cardiac microstructure. The researchers hope that the model will help them better understand the causes of fibrosis which affects the onset of cardiac arrhythmias. Although the model is currently only able to simulate one layer of cardiac ...

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Yoga and meditation improve brain function and energy levels

Practicing brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. The study found that practicing just 25 minutes of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation per day can boost the brain’s executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behavior and the ability to control ...

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Swacch Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017

Students are cleanliness ambassadors: Prakash Javadekar In his Independence Day address to the nation on 15th August, 2014 Hon’ble Prime Minister called upon that all schools in the country should have toilets with separate toilets for girls. Only then our daughters will not be compelled to leave schools mid way… The Department has taken new initiative for furtherance of Swachh ...

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Patient plays saxophone while surgeons remove brain tumor

Music is not only a major part of Dan Fabbio’s life, as a music teacher it is his livelihood. So when doctors discovered a tumor located in the part of his brain responsible for music function, he began a long journey that involved a team of physicians, scientists, and a music professor and culminated with him awake and playing a ...

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