Angry People More Prone to Becoming Cigarette Addicts

Angry People More Prone to Becoming Cigarette AddictsA recent study says that Nicotine may help calm people by altering the activity of brain areas involved in the inhibition of negative emotions such as anger and hence angry people are more prone to getting addicted to cigarettes.

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Asthma

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to AsthmaAccording to a recent study, Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to asthma. This makes the populations of sunlight deficient regions more prone to this disease of the respiratory tract.

In the study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Juan C. Celedon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and co-investigators examined the association between vitamin D levels and markers of asthma severity and allergy in 616 asthmatic children between the ages of 6 and 14 from Costa Rica. They found that 175 had insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian Women

Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian WomenAccording to a WHO report, Cervical cancer claims lives of around 300,000 women worldwide every year and around 130,000 new cases are reported in India every year out of which some 8,000 are from West Bengal alone.

"This makes cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in India and represents approximately one-fourth of the world's total cervical cancer cases and mortality," said a paper released by Qiagen, the German global market leader in sample technology and CNCI, a state-run Cancer Research Institute here on Tuesday.

HSPH study: Children born to shorter mothers 70% more likely to die before 5 years

Journal of the American Medical AssociationAccording to the findings of a study by the researchers from HSPH - Harvard School of Public Health -, the height of the mother has a significant bearing on the health of a child. The study said that children born to women shorter than 4'9" are 70 percent more likely to die, mostly before attaining the age of five.

Health Disparities Can Reduce with Insurance

Health Disparities Can Reduce with InsuranceAccording to a study from Harvard, universal healthcare coverage could reduce many health disparities in the general population.

The results are a part of the national debate on revamping healthcare to cover uninsured Americans and they showed that health coverage in the form of Medicare eligibility narrowed the health gaps between Americans of different races, ethnicities, and education levels. Previous studies had shown that the people most likely to lack coverage were black, Hispanic, and those with less education.

New Study Finds Paralysis More Prevalent Than Believed

paralysisAccording to a survey published on Tuesday about 5.6 million people in the U. S. have some form of paralysis and nearly a quarter of them have suffered spinal cord injuries.

The survey by Anthony Cahill of the University of New Mexico and colleagues reported that the largest group of 29 % were paralyzed or partly paralyzed by stroke and spinal cord injuries affected 23 %.

The study was funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which was set up by the actor who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995 and died in
2004 while Dana Reeve died from lung cancer in 2006.