Prenatal Exposure to Smoke & Alcohol May Trigger Aggressive Behaviour in Kids

Prenatal Exposure to Smoke & Alcohol May Trigger Aggressive Behaviour in Kids

Pregnancy is a very sensitive period of time that plays an important role in not just your newborn’s physical but also mental health. The nourishment that a mother gets is transmitted to the baby and so are negative effects of certain habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and taking too much stress. While some believe that you must completely avoid alcohol and also smoking cigarettes during pregnancy, some say that an occasional drink may be alright. But a new study, conducted by researchers from King’s College London and the University of…

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Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Could Trigger Hearing Problems in Kids

Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy Could Trigger Hearing Problems in Kids

Health experts have highlighted this fact several times before that smoking during pregnancy can lead to serious health issues for the growing baby inside. Nicotine is a potent chemical with the capability of causing havoc for kids and adults alike. The phase of pregnancy is an important phase, where several factors must be kept in mind in order to secure the life of the mother and growing baby. As much difficult as it may be to give up smoking, since nicotine is highly addictive, there is no other way to…

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Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

“Excess calories ‘turn off a hormone in the intestine that blocks colon cancer’,” the Mail Online reports. Obesity is a known risk factor for bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer). There is evidence that a diet rich in processed meats, which contain the potentially cacogenic compound nitrates, increases bowel cancer risk. However, it is unclear why other high-calorie diets also increase risk. This latest study, conducted in genetically engineered mice, found that obesity caused by a diet rich in fats or carbohydrates “silenced” a hormone called guanylin. This, in turn, led…

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Prostate cancer treatment may trigger dementia in men

Prostate cancer treatment may trigger dementia in men

A common hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer may double a man’s risk of dementia, regardless of his age, found a recent study conducted by Penn Medicine researchers. Last year, the researchers discovered a dramatic association between Alzheimer’s disease and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), a mainstay of treatment for prostate cancer since the 1940s currently used in over a half million men in the United States. This new study suggests a broader neurocognitive risk associated with the testosterone-lowering therapy. While the findings do not prove that ADT increases the risk…

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Beware Extremes: Exercise, Anger May Trigger Heart Attack

Beware Extremes: Exercise, Anger May Trigger Heart Attack

If you’re angry or upset, you might want to simmer down before heading out for an intense run or gym workout. A large, international study ties heavy exertion while stressed or mad to a tripled risk of having a heart attack within an hour. Regular exercise is a healthy antidote to stress and can help prevent heart disease — the biggest problem is that too many people get too little of it. But the new research suggests there may be better or worse times to exercise, and that extremes can…

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Academic Stress Can Trigger ADHD in Kids

Academic Stress Can Trigger ADHD in Kids

A new study suggests that the increasing academic stress on younger children is likely to be the reason behind the high prevalence of attention-deficit disorder. Researchers from the University of Miami in the US hypothesized that increased academic standards since the 1970s have contributed to the rise in diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). From time spent studying to enrollment rates in pre-primary programmes, everything had increased, and not surprisingly, in the past 40 years also saw ADHD diagnoses double, the study revealed. The results showed that from 1981 to…

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