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Low-carb diet is better that low-fat for reducing weight, cardiovascular risk

Low-carb diet is better that low-fat for reducing weight, cardiovascular riskWashington, Sep 02 - A new study has revealed that low-carbohydrates diet helps more in reducing weight and cardiovascular risk than the low fat diet.

More than one third of American adults have at least one form of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease causes one third of all deaths. Low-carbohydrate diets are a popular strategy for weight loss, but their cardiovascular effects are unknown, especially among diverse populations.

Intense workout during long space flights can improve astronauts' heart health

workout-during-space-flightsWashington, Sept 1 : A new study has revealed that Intense workout during long space flights can help astronauts protect their aerobic capacity.

According to the study, a 17 percent overall reduction in V? O2peak by flight day 15 was observed across the study sample, while some astronauts experienced a significant decline in V? O2peak (a dip that rebounded later in the space flight), other astronauts did not experience any substantial change in V? O2peak.

Young e-cig users crave regular cigarettes more

e-cig-usersWashington, Sept 1 : A new study has found that youngsters who have never tried regular cigarettes but have consumed e-cigarettes were likelier to crave the conventional cigarettes.

Lead author of the study, Shanta Dube, associate professor at Georgia State University, studied 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students. Among non-smoking youth who had ever used e-cigarettes, 43.9 percent said they intended to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year, compared with 21.5 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes.

'Energy drinks' can lead to acute heart problems

'Energy drinks' can lead to acute heart problemsWashington, September 1 - A new research has found that energy drinks can cause heart problems.

Several people consume a number of energy drinks one after the other in dance clubs and during physical exercise, which can lead to a number of adverse conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia and even sudden death, according to the study.

Over 800 passengers being tracked for Ebola

passengers-tracked-for-EbolaNew Delhi, Aug 30 : A total of 887 passengers, most of them from Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are being tracked by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme for suspected cases of Ebola.

During past 24 hours, 161 passengers from the affected countries have arrived at the Airports of Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Three passengers from Sierra Leone admitted to the quarantine cum isolation facility at Delhi airport yesterday were tested negative and released from this facility.

Second hand e-cig smoke may be less harmful than regular cigarettes

e-cig-smokeWashington, Aug 29 : A new study has demonstrated that a second-hand smoke of e- cigarette has increased levels of certain toxic metals even if they were less harmful as compared to the regular cigarettes.

The study conducted by USC discovered an overall 10-fold decrease in exposure to harmful particles, with close-to-zero exposure to organic carcinogens.

According to hr study, e-cigarette smoke contained the toxic element chromium, absent from traditional cigarettes, as well as nickel at levels four times higher than normal cigarettes despite the lack of harmful organic material and a decrease in the majority of toxic metals emissions.

Responding to baby's babbles could get them talking sooner

Responding-to-baby's-babblesWashington, Aug 28 : A new study has found that when parent's respond to their infant's babbling, the babies start using language more quickly.

According to the study by University of Iowa and Indiana University parents respond to their children's babbling could actually shape the way infants communicate and use vocalizations.

Soda tax could stem childhood obesity epidemic

sugar-sweetened-beveragesWashington, Aug 28 : Researchers have revealed that excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise, and advertising ban on sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents.

According to the study, the policy would also generate significant revenue for additional obesity prevention activities and nearly one in three young people between two and 19 years old were overweight or obese in 2009-2010, and 17 percent were obese. There are significant disparities in obesity prevalence among racial/ethnic groups and by socioeconomic status.

Serotonin deficiency may not be behind depression

depressionWashington, Aug 28 : A new study has demonstrated that deficiency in serotonin, which act as a chemical messenger in the brain, leads to depression.

The study conducted by Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine, showed that that depression posed a major public health problem.

Scientists reported that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not show depression-like symptoms.

Scientists believed that boosting levels of the signaling molecule was the key to solving depression.

Health Min tracking 821 passengers for Ebola

Health Min tracking 821 passengers for EbolaNew Delhi - The Health Ministry on Wednesday said 821 passengers were being tracked for Ebola in the country with most of them belonging to states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

"Today, 45 passengers were enrolled for follow up in their respective states through state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) units. As on date, a cumulative number of 821 passengers are being tracked. Most of them are in the States of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu," a Health Ministry release said.

Extreme exercise 'not best way to lose weight'

Extreme-exerciseLondon, August 27 : A new study has found that extreme exercise may not help in reducing weight, in fact, it may do the opposite.

According to the study, 50 percent of the people who run a marathon for the first time actually put on weight, instead of ditching those extra pounds, the Daily Express reported.

Several people taking part in marathons said that they were thinner after completing the race than when they started their training, however, nearly 55 percent of people said that they were heavier, even if they were in better shape physically.

WHO wants ban on use of e-ciggs indoors

e-cigs-indoorsLondon, Aug 27 : The World Health Organization has said that use of e-cigarettes should be banned indoors, while sale of the device to children should stop as well.

The international agency said that there must be no more claims that the devices can help smokers quit, until there is firm evidence to support this and even warned about the potential threat to adolescents and the foetuses of pregnant women that the device poses, the BBC reported.

Eye implant could lead to better glaucoma treatments

Eye implantWashington: A tiny eye implant developed by Stanford researchers could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure to treat glaucoma.

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma, researchers said.

Now, a tiny eye implant could enable patients to take more frequent readings from the comfort of home. Daily or hourly measurements of eye pressure could help doctors tailor more effective treatment plans.

Special gene variant leads to heavy smoking

SmokingWashington, Aug 26 : A new study has suggested a direct correlation between smoking and mortality showing that a special gene variant increases the risk of heavy smoking.

The study conducted by the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital demonstrated that smoking was harmful and associated with deadly diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

According to the study, smoking is associated with premature death, and heavy smokers had a 75 percent higher risk of dying than never-smokers of the same age.

Healthy hearts help protect from cognitive impairment

healthy-heartWashington, Aug 26 : A new study claims that improving our heart's strength by exercising could protect our minds from losing its sanity as we age.

According to the researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut universitaire de geratrie de Montreal Research Centre, the arteries in human bodies stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, which is the main vessel coming out of the heart before reaching the brain.

Scientists get closer to create painkillers from yeast instead of poppies

painkillersWashington, Aug 25 : Scientists have come closer in creating palliative medicines using yeast cells instead of poppy plants.

For centuries, poppy plants had been grown to provide opium, the compound from which morphine and other important medicines such as oxycodone are derived, but now bioengineers at Stanford have hacked the DNA of yeast, reprograming these simple cells to make opioid-based medicines via a sophisticated extension of the basic brewing process that makes beer.

Researchers grow first ever 'whole functional organ'

Whole-organ-grownLondon, Aug 25 : Researchers in Scotland were able to grow a complete organ from scratch in an animal for the first time ever.

Scientists at the Medical Research Council centre for regenerative medicine at the University of Edinburgh started with cells from a mouse embryo and then these cells were genetically "reprogrammed" and started to transform into a type of cell found in the thymus, the BBC reported.

Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity: Study

polioWashington: New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and conflict-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

The World Health Organisation officials said the combination strategy already is starting to be used in mass vaccination campaigns in some hard-hit areas and is being introduced for routine immunizations in developing countries.

Counselling has almost 'no effect' young alcohol abusers

alcohol-abusersWashington, Aug 21 : A new study has revealed that counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit.

According to the researchers, an approach known as motivational interviewing did not substantially reduce drinking or alter alcohol-related behaviour.

Now, 'headband' to relieve you off stress

InteraXon-headband-MuseWashington, Aug 20 : A tech company named InteraXon has developed a headband, which claims to relieve one from stress.

The lightweight 300 dollar band called Muse, uses electroencephalography (EEG) sensors that monitor the brain activity and send out the information to a smartphone, laptop or tablet, enabling one to pour beer or control light and volume, just by thinking, the CNN reported.


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