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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.

India-born politician keeps powerful portfolios in new Danish cabinet

Manu-SareenCopenhagen, Feb 5 : India-born Danish politician Manu Sareen, 46, continues to hold some of the most powerful and sensitive portfolios in the new Danish cabinet announced by incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Just 30 minutes workout to stay healthy

workout-For-30-mintuesCopenhagen, Sep 19 : Exercising for 30 minutes on a daily basis boosts energy and encourages people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, says a recent study.

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Copenhagen explains why moderate exercising is more motivating than hard training. The findings have been published in Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.

The obesity epidemic has massive socio-economic consequences, and decades of health campaigns have not made significant headway, reports Science Daily.

Stay positive for a healthy heart

healthy-heartCopenhagen, Sep 12 : Having a positive attitude encourages heart disease patients to exercise more which in turn increases longevity, says a study.

Researchers used a questionnaire to assess the moods of 600 heart disease patients in a Denmark hospital.

Five years later, researchers found the most positive patients exercised more and had a 42 percent less chance of dying for any reason during the follow-up period. Deaths were less than 10 percent.

Among patients with less positive attitudes, 50 deaths occurred (16.5 percent).

Soccer can improve heart function of diabetics: Study

Playing-soccerCopenhagen, May 31 : Playing soccer can alleviate blood pressure problems and improve heart function in patients with type 2 diabetes, says a study.

The study, published recently in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, investigated the effects of soccer training on 21 men, aged 37-60 years, who had type 2 diabetes.

"We discovered that soccer training significantly improved the flexibility of the heart, and the cardiac muscle tissue was able to work 29 percent faster," said study co-author Jakob Friis Schmidt, reports Science Daily.

Danish cycling Olympic medallist admits to doping

Rolf-SoerensenCopenhagen, March 19 : Danish cyclist Rolf Soerensen has admitted that he had used blood-boosting EPO and cortisone in the 1990s.

Sorensen won a silver medal in the road race at the 1996 Olympic Games but admitted Monday that he had used performance enhancing drugs during this time, reports Xinhua.

"I used EPO periodically in the 90s," said the 47-year-old Soerensen in a statement.

"I have also in some cases used the substance cortisone.  There is no other excuse than I did what I felt compelled to do to be an equal among peers," he added.

Bendtner fined $150,000 for drunk-driving

Nicklas-BendtnerCopenhagen, March 6 : Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner was Tuesday fined 842,000 Danish kroner (about $150,000) by a local court for drunk-driving in downtown Copenhagen.

Bendtner was put on trial in Copenhagen district court Tuesday and according to the indictment his blood alcohol count was as high as 1.75, reports Xinghua.

Furthermore he did not have a valid driver's license as his English license expired September 1, 2012.

The district court fined Bendtner and also deprived him of the right to drive a motor vehicle for three years.

New rules adopted in rowing

International-Rowing-FederatioCopenhagen, Feb 19 : Several new rules for rowing were adopted at the Extraordinary Congress of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) here.

At this year's Congress, 87 delegates from 51 member federations discussed and debated over Feb 15-17 the proposed changes to the statutes and rules that can better reflect the core values of the sport, reports Xinhua.

Joergensen retains Copenhagen Masters title

/Jan-Oe-Joergensen.jpCopenhagen, Dec 29 : Denmark's Jan Oe Joergensen beat Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-11 to retain the men's singles title at the Copenhagen Masters badminton tournament here.

The 24-year old Dane played his semi-final Thursday night while Hu had been through a hard-fought three sets match against Joergensen's compatriot Viktor Axelsen earlier Friday to reach the final, reports Xinhua.

That strain had clearly taken its toll on the 31-year-old Hu, who was powerless to stop Joergensen having his way to another Copenhagen Masters crown.

Working in night shifts increases risk of breast cancer, research

Working in night shifts increases risk of breast cancer, researchAccording to a new research, working in night shifts can increase the risk of breast cancer among women in the workforce.

A research commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to study the reported links between the working night shifts and breast cancer in women. The study aimed to find out if working at night has any impact in the level of risk of chronic disease.

New study claims there is no link between mobiles and brain cancer

New study claims there is no link between mobiles and brain cancer A new study published recently has claimed that there is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer. However, some experts say that the risk cannot be completely ruled out.

The research conducted by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark included a study of 358,403 Danish cell phone users for over 17 years. It found subscribers of 13 years or more faced same level of risk as non- subscribers.

Injection to reduce fat in half a year Anti-Obesity drugs

Injection-reduce-fatA medicine has been recently developed for obese people which aids in cutting down the weight by twice the size.

The drug will be available in three years, its Danish maker has said.

Novo Nordisk, the Danish pharmaceutical producer, stated that liraglutide could also help reduce blood pressure levels, at the same time increase “good” cholesterol and aid in regulation of diabetes, the Daily Mail reported today.

Retinoid does not appear to raise fracture risks

FractureThe use of retinoids, compounds similar to vitamin A, does not appear to raise fracture risks, Danish researchers have saidsay.

The study says that previously, retinoids in high doses, used to treat acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions, were associated with bone changes such as decreased bone mineral density.

Playing Soccer can give you better postural balance and muscle strength

Playing Soccer can give you better postural balance and muscle strengthAccording to an extensive research project, playing soccer regularly can reduce the risk of falls and bone fractures.

50 researchers from seven countries, led by Professors Peter Krustrup and Jens Bangsbo from Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, University of Copenhagen, have studied the physical, psychological and social aspects of soccer.

Danish cartoonist survives murder bid

Danish cartoonistLondon, Jan 2 : Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose caricature of Prophet Muhammad sparked fury in the Muslim world, escaped death when a knife-wielding Somali man broke into his house in Denmark.

Westergaard was stunned when the 28-year-old intruder tried to kill him in front of his five-year-old granddaughter after barging into his house in the western city of Aarhus late Friday, BBC reported.

The report said the cartoonist ran into a specially designed room with the granddaughter and raised an alarm, following which police entered and shot the man, seriously wounding him.

Copenhagen leaves rich nations untouched

Climate talks still stuck on key issues: IndiaNobody is ever responsible for anything, it seems, after Copenhagen. The rich countries, primary contributors to this mess, have got away scott free. It’s as if we don’t live on the same planet anymore. The most disturbing aspect of this is the historic reflection it casts once more.

From the fifteenth century onwards, colonizers have sailed to other countries and used technological and other advantages to plunder them. The amassed riches helped the colonizers develop.

The landscape after Copenhagen is not that different-we haven’t even caused the problem.

U.S.-BASIC group reach a non-legal binding deal at Copenhagen

U.S.-BASIC group reach a non-legal binding deal at CopenhagenCopenhagen, Dec. 19 : United States reached a non-legal binding climate deal with the group of Brazil, South Africa, India, and China (BASIC) here on Saturday.

The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver 30bn dollars of aid for developing nations over the next three years. It outlines a goal of providing 100bn dollars a year by 2020 to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate change, a B. B. C. report stated.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes U.S. backed climate deal as an “essential beginning”

Ban Ki-moon welcomes U.S. backed climate deal as an “essential beginning”Copenhagen, Dec. 19 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed a United States-supported climate deal here and described it as an "essential beginning".

Moon, however, said the accord, reached with key nations including China and Brazil, must be made legally binding next year.

It could be possible after intense wrangling, when delegates passed a motion simply taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it.

We are moving in the direction of a significant accord, says Obama

We are moving in the direction of a significant accord, says ObamaCopenhagen, Dec. 19 : Just as a climate deal was reached between the United States and BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) group, it is being described as a "meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit.

According to US President Barack Obama, the deal would be a foundation for global action but there was "much further to go".

BASIC group vindicated by watered down Copenhagen climate change deal

BASIC group vindicated by watered down Copenhagen climate change dealCopenhagen (Denmark), Dec. 18-19 : With world leaders at the Copenhagen climate conference reportedly agreeing to a last-minute deal to combat global warming, but conceding that the watered-down accord has not gone far enough, developing countries like India, China, Brazil and South Africa, and the Group of 77 countries appear to have been vindicated.

The two-week summit limped to a conclusion late on Friday night with warnings that not enough is being done to prevent potentially dangerous rises in global temperatures.

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