New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

Scientists have created a robot, which can be implanted into a baby’s body to treat a rare birth defect that affects the food pipe. The prototype robotic implant, developed by the researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in the US, encourages tissue growth in babies. The robot is a small device which is attached to the oesophagus by two rings. An incorporated motor then stimulates the cells by gently pulling the tissue. Using two types of sensors – one to measure the tension in the tissue and…

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The wonders of chai: Tea drinkers are more creative and focused, says science

The wonders of chai: Tea drinkers are more creative and focused, says science

Turns out, nation’s much liked hot beverage chai has given its ardent lovers a new reason to indulge in their cravings. A new study has claimed that tea consumption improves focus and mental clarity which enhances mental creativity. Yet another reason to grab your cup and read. Presence of elements such as caffeine and theanine, which are known to improve attentiveness and alertness, is the main cause attributing to the new Perking University findings. According to the study, the flow of creative juices in one’s mind can be felt within…

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‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

The demand for yoga equipment and accessories in foreign countries, including Australia and Canada, has been growing for the past few years, an expert has said here. The yoga products are being sought after by the people in foreign countries due to the “high level of allergy”, he said. “There has been a huge demand for neti patra, a traditional pot used in cleansing the nasal passage, and other yoga accessories in foreign countries. The demand has been growing since the last few years,” Ramchandara Surve, general secretary of Sri…

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Love adding extra salt to your food? You may be putting yourself at risk of dementia

Love adding extra salt to your food? You may be putting yourself at risk of dementia

Love to eat crispy roasted nuts and potato wafers that are high in salt? Beware, besides harming your heart, it may also harm your brain and lead to dementia, researchers have warned. In mice, the high-salt diet reduced the resting cerebral blood flow by 28% in the cortex and 25% in the hippocampus – brain regions involved in learning and memory. This impairment in the blood flow to the brain was caused by a decrease in the production of nitric oxide – a gas generated by endothelial cells – the…

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Are you at risk? Absence of this gene can give men a deadly cancer

Are you at risk? Absence of this gene can give men a deadly cancer

A study has recently revealed that men who lack a certain gene subtype may be more susceptible to treatment-resistant prostate cancer. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic confirmed for the first time a mechanistic link between the gene HSD17B4 and deadly, aggressive prostate cancer. The team built upon their earlier seminal work in which they discovered that a gene called HSD3B1, when altered, enables prostate tumors to evade treatment and proliferate. They went on to show that the presence of this gene variant does in fact change treatment outcomes and overall survival…

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The 8 different types of depression

The 8 different types of depression

As with all mental illnesses, depression isn’t an easy-to-define condition, and there are lots of variations. We might describe ourselves conversationally as feeling ‘depressed’ if we’re a bit down, but medical depression is a formal term that covers a variety of depressive conditions – some very common and some relatively rare. Labels aren’t always necessary, and they vary from country to country. But it can be helpful to know what to look out for. Here are the main types of depression recognised by professionals… 1. Mild, moderate and severe depression Depression is first diagnosed using…

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What sort of tired are you?

What sort of tired are you?

Diet and lifestyle play a hugely important part in enhancing or depleting energy levels, but what sort of tired are you? Understanding the weak points in your physical and mental energy is an important first step in identifying the diet and lifestyle strategies that might work best for you. There are any number of reasons why you might be feeling tired all the time, but here are some of the common factors. 1. Energy highs and lows If you tend to rely on caffeine or sugar for a quick burst of energy…

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Amazing Benefits Of Popcorn That You Didn’t Know About

Amazing Benefits Of Popcorn That You Didn’t Know About

Highlights You favorite movie-time snack popcorn has health benefits too. Microwaveable popcorn is not good for health. Popcorn is rich in fibre and antioxidants. Yes, your movie buddy has great health benefits that you did not even know about! Popcorn is eaten and enjoyed by everyone. Some eat popcorn only at the movies while others may even include it in their diet as a healthy snack option. We are talking about regular popcorn here and not the microwavable variety we often eat at home or the ones that come with truckloads of…

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Are we ignoring the psychological impact of skin conditions?

Are we ignoring the psychological impact of skin conditions?

If you had acne as a teenager, you’ll likely know that skin problems aren’t just a cosmetic issue, they can also massively affect your self-esteem. And chronic dermatological conditions, from psoriasis to eczema can have a huge impact on psychological health. But until recently, this hasn’t been talked about much. The British Association of Dermatologists considers the need for more psychological support for dermatology patients to be pressing. But with many trusts facing significant budget cuts, this is proving a tricky prospect. There’s a lot of stigma around certain skin…

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Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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