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'Stress number one lifestyle risk among Indian employees'

indian-employees-stresNew Delhi, April 23 : Stress is the number one lifestyle risk factor among Indian workers, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity, according to a survey conducted by professional services company Towers Watson.

Major causes of stress, according to the surveyed employees in India, include unclear or conflicting job expectations (40 percent), inadequate staffing and lack of support, uneven workload or performance in group (38 percent) and lack of work/life balance (38 percent).


New drug to treat depression?

New drug to treat depression?New York, April 23 : There is good news for people suffering from depression as researchers have now identified a potentially powerful new treatment for depression in the form of a neuroprotective drug known as P7C3.

What the researchers also identified in the course of the study was the mechanism by which ghrelin, a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties works inside the brain.


Pain may curb sex drive in women: Study

Pain may curb sex drive in women: StudyToronto, April 23 - Do not blame her for no action tonight as women in pain often say no to sex as pain from inflammation or some other reason greatly reduces sexual motivation in female than male, research reveals.

In a first such study, researchers from McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal have investigated the direct impact of pain on sexual behaviour in mice.


Decoded: Why frequent drinkers lose muscle strength

Decoded: Why frequent drinkers lose muscle strengthNew York, April 22 : Are you a long-time alcoholic and can not understand why you do not enjoy the same muscle strength you had before you started drinking? Turn to mitochondria for an answer.

Mitochondria - organelles that produce the energy needed for muscle, brain, and every other cell in the body - stop self repair in both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease resulting in muscle weakness, a study says.


Google Glass is your neighbourhood surgeon!

Google Glass is your neighbourhood surgeon!New York, April 21 : Using the wearable eyewear Google Glass, doctors in the US saved the life of a patient - opening up a possibility for the device to become an integral part of medical care.

Wearing Google Glass, doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, Massachusetts were able to give the patient correct dose of medication within time.

The patient, who had a severe brain bleed, had given an incorrect history to doctors.


One bottle wine a day keeps the doctor away!

bottle-wineLondon, April 20 : Scientists have revealed that a bottle of wine a day is not bad for the health and abstaining is worse than drinking.

Former World Health Organisation expert has claimed that alcohol is only harmful when it is consumed 13 units in a day, the Independent reported.

Kari Poikolainen, who has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body, revealed that drinking more than the current recommended daily intake may in fact be healthier than being a teetotaler.


Why Neanderthals never had brain disorders

NeanderthalsWashington, April 20 : In a significant discovery, scientists have found why modern humans develop brain disorders like autism or schizophrenia but our ancestor Neanderthals did not.

They have discovered the cellular equivalent of "on/off" switches that determine whether DNA is activated or not.

Hundreds of Neanderthals' genes were turned "off" while the identical genes in today's humans are turned "on".

Alternatively, hundreds of other genes were turned "on" in Neanderthals but are "off" in people living today.


Childhood bullying impact remains persistent even after 40 years

Childhood bullying impact remains persistent even after 40 yearsLondon, April 18 : The negative impact of being bullied in childhood remains persistent and pervasive, and lasts nearly 40 years later as well, it has been revealed.

According to the study by King's College London, the findings come from the British National Child Development Study which includes data on all 7,771 children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958.


Internet use to ward off depression among elderly

internet-use-elderly-peopleNew York, April 18 : Are you in your 60s and surf internet for better vacation deals or finding old friends on social networks? Keep surfing as research reveals that internet use among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.

"That is a very strong effect.  And it all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely," said Shelia Cotten, a Michigan State University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media.


People undergoing weight loss surgery experience changes in appetite, taste and smell

Weight loss surgeryWashington, Apr 17 : A new study suggests that patients who undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, during which one's stomach is made smaller and small intestines shortened, report changes in appetite, taste and smell.

These sensory changes are not all negative, and could lead to more weight loss among patients, Lisa Graham, lead author of a study by researchers from Leicester Royal Infirmary in the UK, said.

Their findings showed that after gastric bypass surgery, patients frequently report sensory changes.


Yoga may be the answer to infertility

yogaLos Angeles, April 17 : Too much stress may cause infertility among women, says a new research. An expert suggests that yoga and meditation could help in battling with the problem.

Former science teacher and yoga therapist, Aliona Salaru says that stress affects the normal hormone balance in women's body and can result in major inconception, reports femalefirst. co. uk.


'Vitamin supplements no substitute for natural foods'

vitamin-supplements-vs-foodNew Delhi, April 17 : Natural foods provide the best nutrition to the human body and there is no evidence to prove that vitamin supplements can better a person's health, medical experts have said.

"All kinds of natural food if taken in moderation are good for health. Nature is the best. It is better to have natural foods than tablets supplementing vitamins," Seema Puri, associate professor at the Institute of Home Economy of Delhi University, said here Wednesday evening.


Liberia steps up measures to control Ebola virus

Ebola virusMonrovia, April 16 - The government of Liberia has announced that measures have been stepped up to contain the Ebola outbreak in the West African country.

Some of the measures include the establishment of a laboratory at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR) in Margibi county to test for Ebola and Lassa Fever, the ministry of health said in a statement, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The ministry said it has set up case management treatment centres in Foyah, Lofa county where the disease was first reported from Guinea and the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia.


Junk food makes people lazy

Junk food makes people lazyLos Angeles, April 15 : A new research reveals that junk food, which lacks nutrition, can actually make one lazy.

According to the study, the energy-draining effects of junk food can persist even when someone is switched to a healthy eating plan.

The study, conducted on two groups of female rats, found that those who ate junk food, high in sugar and low in nutrients, gained more weight than the other group who stuck to a diet of unprocessed foods like corn and fish, reports femalefirst. co. uk.


Forget moms, young dads face depression too

Forget moms, young dads face depression tooNew York, April 15 - Are you a young dad? Watch out for depression especially in the first year of fatherhood.

Depression can hit young fathers hard with symptoms increasing dramatically during some of the most important years of their children’s lives, a study finds.

Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 percent over the first five years of fatherhood for young men around 25-year-old when they became fathers and lived with their children.


Potential hepatitis C cure found in Chinese herb

Hepatitis-CLondon, April 14 : In what could revolutionise treatment of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), scientists have isolated a new compound from Chinese herbal medicines that can inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90 percent.

The new compound, SBEL1, was extracted from a herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China.

In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat sore throats and inflammations. The function of SBEL1 within the plant is unknown and its role and origins are currently being investigated.


Organ donation attitude is able to guess the number of people who will sign up

Organ donation attitude is able to guess the number of people who will sign upA recent report says that almost all Americans support organ donation but less than half actually go up there and sign up for the same.

An American Psychological Association (APA) news release reported that scientists doing the study found that the reason for such less people registering for organ donation could be because supporting something may not mean that they will be a part of the same.


Lawyer says doctor's billing to Medicare suggests high drug expense

Lawyer says doctor's billing to Medicare suggests high drug expenseRecently is very affluent doctor based in Florida has been raided by the FBI. He had just recently allowed a U. S. senator to fly in his privately owned jet plane too. He is now being scrutinised for accepting money from the Medicare program, which is a taxpayer-funded health scheme, more than any other practicing doctor around.


Eating out frequently increases food poisoning risks

Eating out frequently increases food poisoning risksIf you are the kind of family who enjoy eating restaurant food more often than usual then you may be at a higher risk of getting food poisoning.

As per the findings of a new study people who eat out regularly have a higher chance of getting food poisoning as compared to those who eat at home.

The study was based on observing about 10,408 food poisoning cases recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The research was done by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).


Pop music videos may be held responsible for making teens get into drinking

Pop music videos may be held responsible for making teens get into drinkingThe latest allegation faced by the music industry is that it is not only showing gender inequality but also converting young teens into alcoholics.

These findings are based on a study done by the University of Pittsburgh and Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The results of the study show that teens drinking heavily is due to liking, owing and then precisely pointing out songs which name alcoholic drinks by their brands.


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