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Adults eat 92 pc of what they put on their plate

Adults eat 92 pc of what they put on their plateWashington, July 23 : A new study has revealed that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever he or she puts on his/her plate.

According to the study by Cornell University, if an adult puts something on his/her plate , its going to end up in their stomach.

The researchers, who analyzed 1179 diners, said that we're a Clean Plate Planet and the part of why people finish most of what they are served is because they are aware enough to know how much they'll want in the first place.


Sense of smell is 'no friend' for asthmatics

asthmatic-peopleWashington, July 23 : A new study has revealed that simply believing that scents and fragrances are potentially harmful could do more damage to the asthmatics people than expected.

The study found that the thought alone, that an odor is unsafe could increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlighted that expectations could play crucial role in the health-related outcomes.


How high-fat diet could inhibit sense of smell revealed

How high-fat diet could inhibit sense of smell revealedWashington, July 22 : A new animal study has revealed the link between a bad diet and a loss of smell for the first time.

Neuroscientists at the Florida State University found that the high-fat diet was linked to major structural and functional changes in the olfactory system, which provides sense of smell in people.

Nicolas Thiebaud, post-doctoral researcher at Florida State University, said that this has opened up a lot of possibilities for obesity research.


Is low-dose aspirin unsafe for heart patients?

low-dose-aspirinWashington, July 20 : A new study has revealed that even the daily low-dose of aspirin might be harmful for some heart patients due to a common genetic variation.

The study suggested that common genetic variation in the gene for catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) might modify the cardiovascular benefit of aspirin and in some people it might confer slight harm.

Kathryn Hall, PhD, said that this was one of the few cases where it could be identified that a single genetic polymorphism which has a significant interaction with aspirin such that it affects whether or not it protects against cardiovascular disease.


Price cut: Drug makers' profitability may come under pressure

Price cut: Drug makers' profitability may come under pressureMumbai - With the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) coverage extending to almost 40 percent of the industry, the profitability in the domestic business of pharma companies is likely to come under pressure, rating agency ICRA said here.

Last week, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) announced that it plans to bring an additional 50 drugs belonging to the cardiovascular and anti-diabetic segment under price control. This is in addition to the 348 drugs that were brought under price control following the implementation of the new DPCO in July 2013.


Exercise, relaxation can reduce social anxiety

ExerciseToronto: Exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can positively impact people with social anxiety disorders, scientists say.

Adam Heenan, a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology at Queen's University, Canada, has found that exercise and relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the environment in a less threatening, less negative way.

For people with mood and anxiety disorders, this is an important breakthrough.

Heenan used point-light displays, a depiction of a human that is comprised of a series of dots representing the major joints.


Yoga helps in dealing with social anxiety disorders

Yoga helps in dealing with social anxiety disordersWashington, July 18 : A new study claims that yoga and other exercises, which have relaxing effect on our bodies, can help people with social anxiety disorders look at the world positively.

Adam Heenan, a Ph. D. from Queen's University found that relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the environment in a less threatening, less negative way. For people with mood and anxiety disorders, this is an important breakthrough.


How 'third hand tobacco smoke' causes cancer revealed

third-hand-smokeWashington, July 17 : A study has revealed about the potential cancer risk from tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited to surfaces and dust in the home in non-smokers, particularly young children.

Until now, the risks of this exposure known as 'third hand tobacco smoke' have been highly uncertain and not considered in public policy, but the latest findings indicate potentially severe long-term consequences, particularly to children, through non-dietary ingestion and dermal exposure to third hand smoke.


New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer diseaseCopenhagen: Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. It also might help explain why many people have plaques and tangles in their brain yet show no symptoms of the disease. Autopsies on 342 brains revealed that people who had the new protein were 10 times more likely to have been mentally impaired when they died than those without it.


Fish Oil Supplements usage may improve memory

Fish Oil Supplements usage may improve memoryWashington, July 16 : A new study has revealed that regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) reduces incidence of cognitive decline and it may improve memory.

The study examined the relationship between FOS use during the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and indicators of cognitive decline.


Old people almost twice as likely to memory problems due to environmental distractions

Old-people-memory-problem.Washington, July 15 : A new study has revealed that Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli).

According to a study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, older people are twice as much slowing in cognitive processing in the presence of distracting information in the environment.


Dietary fatty acids help reduce Lou Gehrig's disease

Dietary-fatty-acids-foodWashington, July 15 : Eating foods in ?-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from vegetable and marine sources may help reduce the risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the fatal neurodegenerative disease commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Kathryn C. Fitzgerald, M. Sc., of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and colleagues said that overall, the results of their large prospective cohort study suggested that individuals with higher dietary intakes of total ?-3 PUFA and ALA had a reduced risk for ALS.


Scientists find cause and cure for unsolved food allergy

food-allergyWashington, July 14 : A new study has claimed to have found the cause behind a mysterious food allergy and have come up with new therapy that can be used to cure it.

Eosinophillic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the esophagus. The condition is triggered by allergic hypersensitivity to certain foods and an over-accumulation in the esophagus of white blood cells called eosinophils (part of the body's immune system). EoE can cause a variety of gastrointestinal complaints including reflux-like symptoms, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, tissue scarring, fibrosis, the formation of strictures and other medical complications.


City doctors remove 'largest' salivary gland tumor

salivary gland tumorNew Delhi: Doctors at the city-based Lok Nayak Hospital have removed a 420 gram salivary gland tumor, and claimed it was the largest of its kind extracted so far.

"So far, the largest tumor reported in medical literature weighed only 87.3 grams. The tumor we removed is seven times bigger in cuboid volume and weighs 420 gms," said Dr Vikas Malhotra, associate professor of ENT and head of neck surgery at Maulana Azad Medical College.

ENT surgeons at Lok Nayak Hospital, who operated on the 28-year-old patient last month and removed the tumor, now plan to get it published in medical journals.


Soon, personalised gene therapies for vision loss

eyeWashington: Researchers have created a new approach to develop personalised gene therapies for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a leading cause of vision loss.

The approach, the first of its kind, takes advantage of induced pluripotent stem cell technology to transform skin cells into retinal cells, which are then used as a patient-specific model for disease study and preclinical testing.

Using this approach, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) showed that a form of RP caused by mutations to the gene MFRP (membrane frizzled-related protein) disrupts the protein that gives retinal cells their structural integrity.


Health experts ask for 'cautious' approach to new promising TB drug

cautious-TB-drugWashington, July 11 : Health experts have revealed that the new drug-resistant tuberculosis shows promise, however it should be approached with caution.

The Community Research Advisors Group (CRAG) argue that research into bedaquiline - a new drug, fast tracked for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) - should proceed cautiously in people with drug-sensitive tuberculosis and they urged researchers to balance the goal of shortening treatment for drug-sensitive TB with patient safety.


Consuming fresh avocado with tomatoes or carrots enhances vitamin A absorption

avocado-with-tomatoesWashington, July 11 : A new study has revealed that consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced provitamin A carotenoid (alpha- and beta-carotene) absorption and conversion of these carotenoids to an active form of vitamin A.


Treating workout as 'fun run' makes you eat less afterwards

workoutWashington, July 10 : A new study has revealed that by thinking that exercise was fun, people could fool their brain into eating less afterwards.

The data was analysed from two studies by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and it found that if people think of it as exercise or as a workout and they would later eat more dessert and snacks to reward themselves.

Brian Wansink, author and Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab said that people should do everything to make their workout fun, play music, watch a video, or simply be grateful that they were working out instead of working in the office.


Over 50 million children infected with tuberculosis:Study

tuberculosisSheffield (United Kingdom), July 9 : A new study quantifying the global TB burden among children points to a huge undiagnosed reservoir of TB.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, and TB Alliance have found evidence that a large gap exists between the number of TB cases in children that get notified to authorities and the true underlying incidence.

The gap, detailed in a study published today in the journal.

Lancet Global Health, shows that TB in children is a major public health problem worldwide.


New genes identified to help in asthma treatment

genesWashington, July 9 : A research has discovered new genes that could be targeted in order to treat asthmatic disease, which currently affects over 200 million people worldwide.

The goal of the study was to find genes whose neighborhoods were active in diseased cells, but inactive in healthy cells. Genes that were in active neighborhoods in diseased cells were likely to contribute to disease, and could potentially be targeted with drug treatments.


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