Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that the Ppm1f (Protein phosphatase 1f) gene is altered when exposed to traumatic stress and is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. People who have suffered from traffic accidents, war combat, terrorist attacks and exposure to other traumatic events have an increased likelihood of developing diseases. These diseases can be psychological and physical, such as heart problems and cancer. The current preventive treatments based on psychological support and drugs are effective in some cases. Unfortunately, these treatments do…

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After terrible Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai experiences a spike in monsoon diseases

After terrible Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai experiences a spike in monsoon diseases

(Thinkstock) Post the torrential rains on August 29, the city may have bounced back on its feet the very next day. But the woes of many Mumbaikars are far from over. People, especially those who got wet in the rain, waded through flooded streets to get home, or were involved in relief and rescue missions, are experiencing a host of seasonal ailments as an after-effect. Waterborne illnesses such as leptospirosis and gastroenteritis, various forms of hepatitis and even mosquito-borne ailments like chikungunya are on the rise. While every monsoon, there…

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TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research In a study that could change the intake schedule of tuberculosis drugs, a group of researchers have found that food reduces the effectiveness of most medicines prescribed as the first line of treatment for the infection. A team from National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) examined 25 TB patients in Chennai who consumed food just before they took their medication.They found significantly lower concentrations of anti-TB drugs and a delay in their absorption. They studied the concentrations of three key first-line drugs: rifampicin, isoniazid and…

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Raghuram Rajan speaks on demonetisation, economy and life after RBI: Full text of interview

Raghuram Rajan speaks on demonetisation, economy and life after RBI: Full text of interview

Economist and former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan speaks to HT about the impact of demonetisation, the benefits of GST, Indians’ knack for ‘jugaad’ and working on building a liberal arts university in India. Q: Many congratulations on your new book. Already a lot of debate has been generated, specifically on demonetisation. I know you want to talk about a lot of things, but a few questions that still remain unanswered… A: That will remain unanswered. Q. You have talked about an RBI note to government on the preparations and the time required for demonetisation. Can you…

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Do you swear a lot and walk around your house naked? You might just be intelligent after all

Do you swear a lot and walk around your house naked? You might just be intelligent after all

Findings from a recent research suggest intelligent people are more likely to swear. Researchers at the University of Rochester quizzed 1,000 people about 400 typical behaviours, and discovered a strong like between intelligence and swearing. During the study, all participants were asked to state how often they performed 400 behaviours. Those with higher intellects were found to be more likely to curse, eat spicy breakfasts, and walk around the house naked. Extroverts, as you’d probably expect, like to drive cars faster than 75mph, gamble, tell dirty jokes, and drink a lot….

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Dear women, here are 6 tests you must regularly undergo after turning 30

Dear women, here are 6 tests you must regularly undergo after turning 30

Age is just a number. When it comes to energy and enterprise, you are as young or old as you chose to be. But it is essential to look after your health and be prepared for the physical changes that accompany ageing. As you grow past 30, you may not feel or look very different from the way you did a few years ago, but your body is changing slowly. Bone loss begins in the 30s and can lead to bone-thinning later in life. Muscles start losing their ‘tone,’ affecting…

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Vishal Sikka says no reason to stay on at Infosys after Nandan Nilekani’s return

Vishal Sikka says no reason to stay on at Infosys after Nandan Nilekani’s return

A day after Nandan Nilekani returned to Infosys as chairman, former CEO Vishal Sikka said on Friday he had offered to leave with immediate effect as he saw no reason to continue in the company. Sikka’s resignation as CEO last week escalated the tensions between the founders and the management of India’s second largest software company. He was then named vice chairman. On Thursday, chairman R Seshasayee quit from his post along with two other directors and Sikka, who also tendered his resignation from the board. “With Nandan coming it,…

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Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

India’s health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health programme by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. The new estimate of $25 billion for a three-year extension of the flagship health programme, down from an initial figure of about $33 billion, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a multi-pronged agenda to revamp health services. Planned reforms include streamlining spending and bureaucracy, slashing prices of life-saving drugs and medical devices, and nudging companies…

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After a 10-year gap, lotuses bloom in national park near Bangkok

After a 10-year gap, lotuses bloom in national park near Bangkok

For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret – the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses. The sea of colour in Khao Sam Roi Yot national park, three hours south of Bangkok, is a show-stopping feat of nature that has locals hoping for a tourist bonanza. But it has also sparked warnings over the fragility of the environment with park rangers pleading with people not to visit until the lake is healthy enough to deal with an influx of tourists….

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American Teenager Dies of Cardiac Event After Drinking Excessive Caffeine

American Teenager Dies of Cardiac Event After Drinking Excessive Caffeine

A healthy 16-year-old high school boy in the US has died after consuming excessive amount of caffeine-laced drinks. Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia after consuming three caffeine-laced drinks – a cafe latte, large diet soft drink and an energy drink in a span of two- hour. He collapsed in his classroom at Spring Hill High School, South Carolina on April 26. Cripes autopsy showed no undiagnosed heart conditions and that he was healthy with no medical conditions that could have triggered by…

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