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Saliva test as effective as blood tests in determining disease symptoms

Saliva testWashington, Oct 30 : Scientists have revealed that simple tests on human saliva would be capable of diagnosing diabetes and cancer at an early stage and perhaps other neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases.

The study has brought to light that saliva contained many of the same disease-revealing molecules that were contained in blood.

Dr. David Wong, a senior author of the research and UCLA's Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor in Dentistry has said that if they could analyze constituents in saliva that could mark someone who has pre- diabetes or the early stages of oral cancer or pancreatic cancer and they could utilize this knowledge for personalized medicine.

Grain oats may be panacea for all ills

oatsWashington, Oct 30 - A new research has listed the promising and established health benefits of whole grain oats revealing that oats may play an important role in improving satiety, diet quality and digestive, cardiovascular and general metabolic health.

The study explored the oat from agriculture and sustainability to nutrition policy and opportunity and new insights in nutritional science that go beyond cardiovascular health.

Google releases 'Google Fit' app for android to challenge Apple's 'Healthkit'

Google FitWashington, Oct 29 : Google's answer to Apple 's Healthkit has reportedly been launched today under the moniker " Google Fit" and is available for all android devices.

Google said that the app allows users to monitor their health goals and workout stats. It can also monitor walking, running and cycling when used as a standalone health tracker, reported The Verge.

Users can also set goals based on duration or the total number of steps involved and the app will keep one informed about the progress throughout each day. However, third-party fitness trackers and apps can also tap into Google's platform and input your health data.

Japanese mushroom extract may be helpful in treating HPV

Japanese mushroom extractWashington, Oct 29 : A new study has revealed that a Japanese mushroom extract may be helpful in treating human papillomavirus (HPV).

The study at The University of Texas Health Science Center found that out of ten HPV-positive women, who were treated orally with the extract AHCC (active hexose correlated compound) once daily for up to six months, five achieved a negative HPV test result, three with confirmed eradication after stopping AHCC and the remaining two responders continues on the study.

Currently, there is no effective medicine or supplement to treat HPV , which is associated with more than 99 percent of cervical cancer cases.

Swap saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat to reduce risk of heart problems

saturated fatWashington, Oct 29 : In a new study, scientists have revealed that replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat, can help reduce the risk of developing heart related problems.

Two cups of tea per day can keep risk of ovarian cancer away

Two cups of teaLondon, Oct 28 : There's some good news for ladies! A new study has shown that women, who drink two cups of tea a day, face one-third less risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), studied the dietary habits of 171,940 women aged between 25 and 55 for more than three decades, and found that both tea, and citrus fruits and their juices had the capacity to significantly lower the risk of developing the disease, the Daily Express reported.

Ebola crisis may jeopardize efforts to control malaria

Fatoumata Nafo-TraoreLondon, Oct 27 : A top malaria control expert has said that the Ebola crisis may jeopardize efforts to control malaria.

Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, who heads the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership said, after visiting West Africa , that all the health workers are concentrating on Ebola.

She said that children's wards that used to be filled with malaria patients were becoming 'ghost areas', reported the BBC.

In 2012, at least 7,000 people died due to malaria in the three countries that are worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. (ANI)

WHO hosts million pound anti-tobacco conference in Moscow despite being low on Ebola fund

WHOLondon, Oct 26 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently hosted an extravagant one million pound conference in Moscow to discuss tobacco control policies, even as it complained about being low on funds to tackle the deadly Ebola in West Africa.

According to Daily Express, delegates from 175 countries attended the conference in Moscow as part of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The body, funded by the WHO, met to discuss tobacco control policies and the role of e-cigarettes.

Alcohol consumption linked to better memory in elderly

Alcohol consumptionWashington: Light alcohol consumption is associated with higher episodic memory - the ability to recall memories of events - in people 60 and older who do not have dementia, scientists have found.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older moderate alcohol consumption was linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory.

Binge drinking in early adulthood can lead to increased risk of high BP in men

Washington, Oct 22 - A new study has revealed that binge drinking in early adulthood is associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure in males.

The study also revealed that low to moderate alcohol use in early adulthood is associated with a decreased likelihood of hypertension in females and in young adult men, frequent binge drinking over the past year was associated with a
1.7-times increased likelihood of developing hypertension.

Consuming beer every day doubles fertility in men

men drinking beerMelbourne, Oct 21 : A new study has claimed that drinking around a pint and a half of beer per night could double their fertility rates.

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, assessed the habits of 105 men with an average age of 37 whose partners were undergoing IVF between 2007 and 2013, and found that men who consumed at least 22g of alcohol daily, had double the chances to become fathers through IVF than those who didn't, reported.

Meanwhile, the study also found that Caffeine could be harmful for fertility, as men who drank at least 265mg of coffee were the least likelier to have kids.

20 pc siblings of the autistic show symptoms at 18 months

siblings of the autisticWashington, Oct 21 : A new study has revealed that about 20 percent of younger siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) developed the condition by age 18 months to 3 years.

Lead author Katarzyna Chawarska, associate professor in the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, pooled data from eight sites participating in the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium found that about 50 percent of siblings diagnosed at 18 months, developed a combination of poor eye contact and lack of communicative gestures or imaginative play.

Viagra can effectively treat heart disease in men

ViagraLondon, Oct 20 : A new study has revealed that sex drug Viagra can help men suffering from heart disease.

Dr Andrea Isidori, from Sapienza University, Rome, said that they found the main ingredient in Viagra could be an effective and safe treatment for heart disease, the Mirror reported.

The pill boosts blood flow, which could aid patients with dodgy hearts, and helps prevent the thickening of heart's main chamber.

The impotency drug contains an enzyme inhibitor that allows smooth muscle tissue to be more relaxed. This aids blood flow and combats erectile dysfunction.

Spain: Nursing assistant clear of Ebola virus

Spain: Nursing assistant clear of Ebola virusMadrid : Spain says a test has shown a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola is now clear of all traces of the virus.

A blood test has revealed that Teresa Romero's immune system has eliminated the virus from her body, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office late today.

Manuel Cuenca, microbiology director at Madrid's Carlos III health care complex, says a second test in the coming hours is needed to absolutely confirm Romero's recovery.

Romero, 44, had treated two patients who died of Ebola at Carlos III hospital.

WHO won't discuss Ebola mistakes document

WHOLondon: The World Health Organisation said Saturday that it wouldn't explain details contained in an internal document in which the UN health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

In the draft document, which wasn't released publicly, WHO blamed numerous factors for the now explosive Ebola epidemic, including incompetent staff, bureaucracy and a lack of reliable information.

"WHO will not do interviews or explain details on this document until it is completed," the health agency said in a statement Saturday. "WHO believes in transparency and accountability and will release this review when it is fact- checked."

WHO accused of 'failure' in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

WHO EbolaLondon, Oct 18 : The World Health Organization has been accused of 'failure' in its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, say reports.

According to an internal document, those involved failed to acknowledge 'fairly plain writing on the wall', reported the BBC.

Some sources close to the WHO reported about multiple failures in the Ebola epidemic's early stages.

The draft reports suggest that experts should have realized that traditional methods of curbing the outbreak would not be helpful in a region with porous borders and poor health systems.

Teen soda drinkers know how many miles to run to burn calories

soda drinkersWashington, Oct 17 : A new study has demonstrated that teens who noticed the printed signs that explained the number of miles they would need to walk to burn off the calories in a sugary drink were more likely to leave the store with a lower calorie beverage, a healthier beverage or a smaller size beverage.

The study conducted at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health research showed that calorie counts on products and menus isn't enough to break Americans from their bad eating habits.

How Jet lag can lead to obesity revealed

Jet lagWashington, Oct 17 : A new study has observed that disruption of the gut microbes due to jet lag can lead to obesity.

The study showed that gut microbes in human and mice are controlled by a biological clock which ultimately leads to obesity and metabolic problems.

Senior study author Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science, said that these findings provided an explanation for a long-standing and mysterious observation, namely that people with chronically disturbed day-night cycles due to repetitive jet lag or shift work had a tendency to develop obesity and other metabolic complications.

Plane isolated at Madrid airport for Ebola check

health ebolaMadrid : An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid's airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said.

The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement.

The flight, carrying 163 people, arrived in Madrid from Paris, the company said. The plane was taken to a special area of the airport.

Missing out on breakfast makes young adults overeat, gain weight

Missing out on breakfast makes young adults overeat, gain weight Washington, Oct 16 : A new study has revealed that eating protein-rich breakfast regularly can help young adults to control cravings and overeating, which sometimes ultimately leads to weight gain and other health problems.

University of Missouri found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increased teens' levels of a brain chemical called dopamine, associated with feelings of reward, which might reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day.

Understanding the brain chemical and its role in food cravings could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment.

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