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Zika Virus Outbreak! – A study to understand more about the disease!

(Zika Affected Areas) Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. In May 2015, the Pan American … Continue reading

Obesity and poverty go hand-in-hand says a new study!

A new study has found that poor children are three times more likely to be obese than the rich kids, suggesting that obesity and poverty go hand in hand. Children who are overweight or obese are far more likely to suffer serious illnesses like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer later in life, the … Continue reading

Turmeric can help treat Oral Cancer!

Turmeric, the familiar yellow spice common in Indian cooking, may also help treat oral cancers caused by a virus, says a study co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher. One of the herb’s key active ingredients – an antioxidant called curcumin – appears to have a quelling effect on the activity of human papillomavirus (HPV), the study … Continue reading

Why some women can’t say no to junk food?

Eating a healthy diet during adolescence could reverse the junk-food cravings in males but not females, reveals a fascinating research. The study published in the FASEB Journal also showed that intensity of junk food cravings depends a lot on mother’s diet during late pregnancy. There are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood … Continue reading

Melatonin intake may help combat obesity, diabetes!

Chronic consumption of melatonin, a hormone found in animals, plants, and microbes, helps combat obesity and type-two diabetes, says a study. “Melatonin is abundant in vegetables, spices, herbs, tea, coffee, fruit, seeds and nuts. This is one of the main reasons why these foods are healthy,” said lead researcher Ahmad Agil, a professor at University … Continue reading

West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350: WHO

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now risen to at least 1,350 people, World Health Organization said on Thursday. The latest figures showed that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. The UN health agency also warned in its announcement … Continue reading

We’re genetically linked to our friends: Study!

Friends are as related as fourth cousins or people who share great-great-great grandparents on average, a University of California (UC) and Yale University study has found. This translates to about 1% of our genes. “One percent may not sound like much to the layperson, but to geneticists it is a significant number,” said UC medical … Continue reading

Gambling may alter your brain!

People who gamble frequently may experience brain changes that make it extremely difficult for them to give up the habit, researchers say. Scientists from Monash University will for the first time use a combination of MRI scans, psychological tests and questionnaires to pinpoint the differences between the brains of people who identify themselves as regular … Continue reading

‘A Polio Free India’ – Commendable Achievement !

“The President said that experts had feared that India’s high birth rate, population density, poor sanitation and low level of awareness about this disease would make the objective of polio eradication almost impossible to realize. “Today, India has demonstrated that despite all the constraints faced by health authorities in a populous and very large developing … Continue reading

Bad bosses stress you out !!

(Meryl Streep, right, and Anne Hathaway in the movie (2006)’The Devil Wears Prada’- A celebration of bad bosses) A new study from scientists at the University of Ohio discovered that chronic stress alters gene activity in the body’s immune cells. This change causes the cells to prepare for infections that don’t exist, triggering inflammation in … Continue reading

Now revealed – the fallacy behind Weight loss programs !

Doctors say that obesity, a problem increasingly consuming present-day society and leading to a host of other health complications, needs to be approached more holistically, right from prevention mechanisms targeting children. “Barring a few programmes that are scientific in nature, most weight loss programmes are absolutely ineffective,” Deep Goel, director of the department of GI … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 – World Arthritis Day !

‘Do you have difficulty climbing stairs? A sudden stiffness or pain after sitting for a long duration? Don’t ignore it. You could be having arthritis. And it’s not something that affects only older people, as is the notion. Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, is on an alarming rise with a study saying we have over 180 million … Continue reading

Do you need a Sleep clinic ?

‘Do you experience frequent memory loss, mental dullness, inability to concentrate for long periods of time and diminishing life skills? Are you losing your sharpness and sense of humour? You could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition that is driving many young people in their 30s to sleep clinics. Thirteen per cent of … Continue reading

51 percent of Mumbaikars prone to Cardiac Arrest ?

In a three-year-long study conducted in 12 cities across India, it has been found that 51 per cent of Mumbaikars have low levels of the heart-protecting high-density lipo protein (HDL), also known as ‘good’ cholesterol. The study has also revealed that over 70 per cent of the urban Indian population is at the risk of … Continue reading

Caution urged on high-potency anti-cholesterol drugs !!

Taking strong statins to lower your cholesterol ? Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the risks and benefits. New Canadian research shows that patients who started with high-strength statins were 34 per cent more likely to be hospitalized for acute kidney injury than those who started on low-strength versions of the drugs … Continue reading

Physical exhaustion caused by a tired brain ?

The human body and the brain are very well connected. That’s like an in-built mechanism to take care of the restricted resources within us. Did you know that hormone Serotonin levels go up when we exercise physically ? And serotonin levels also ‘brake’ the physical body to prevent from over-exercising ?? ‘Physical exhaustion can occur … Continue reading

‘Text a message often and your neck needs a massage !’

You may wonder what the youngsters are twiddling their thumbs for all the time ? Do not be surprised ! It is the latest model of a smart phone or the android they are engrossed with and checking out their facebook account’s latest updates, playing the latest games, or text-chatting with their friends. I can … Continue reading

Well, Swearing is a Good Painkiller!

Well, I get mad when people expect the most difficult out of me wherein it is unfair to myself! I agree, it is not rational or civilized to swear – but, new research study at Keele University, UK – has revealed that Swearing is a good pain-killer. It is like getting it ‘out of the … Continue reading

Your Genes decide whether you are pessimistic!

Pertaining to health/ medical updates – my interest is to highlight the essential, worthwhile – that amuse me or sound funny! I never thought that genes will decide on our attitude. I always knew Pessimism or Optimism is developed as a result of our attitude. Many read self-help books to become optimistic, if they are … Continue reading

Stem cells help a boy grow new windpipe!

I know George Bush Jr, ex-president of USA, did not allow stem cell research/ therapy as he felt it was immoral to make clones and only God had the right to grow human body. And this had become a national issue in the US at that time. But I am enthused to share the news … Continue reading

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