Bone cancer in children begins years before tumour is visible

Bone cancer in children begins years before tumour is visible

Scientists have discovered that some childhood bone cancers start growing years before tumours appear and get diagnosed. Ewing sarcoma is a rare cancer found mainly in bone or soft tissue of young teenagers as they grow, and is the second most commonly diagnosed bone cancer in children and young people. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) discovered large scale rearrangements in Ewing Sarcomas and other children’s cancers, and showed that these can take years to form in bone or soft tissue. In Ewing sarcoma, two specific…

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Read this before you take sleeping pills

Read this before you take sleeping pills

Insomnia or sleep disturbance is the most common of all sleep disorders. Insomnia is the difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person can sleep in. According to a report by the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated that around 30 per cent of the total general population complains about sleep disruptionand over 10 per cent have been associated with symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistently, with the diagnosis of insomnia. Treatment of insomnia depends on the severity of symptoms and underlying cause. Sleep medications are not the first line…

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Struggling to fall asleep? Make a ‘to-do’ list before hitting the bed for better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Make a ‘to-do’ list before hitting the bed for better sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Jotting down your “to-do” list just before bedtime can help you doze off quickly, scientists say. Researchers from Baylor University in the US compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus those who chronicled completed activities. “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished tasks at bedtime,” said Michael K Scullin, assistant professor at Baylor University. “Most people just cycle through their to-do lists…

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Starting your career? How to become a crorepati before you turn 40 and hang up your boots

Starting your career? How to become a crorepati before you turn 40 and hang up your boots

Albert Einstein once remarked, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” (Image: PTI) Just starting out in your career and wondering how to save and create a corpus of Rs 1 crore in a short span of time? All you need is a strict financial discipline and a bit of patience. As the great Albert Einstein once pointed out, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it, he who doesn’t, pays it.” Here’s how you can become a crorepati before you…

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Google Reportedly Won’t Fix a Major Threat Before Android O’s Release

Google Reportedly Won’t Fix a Major Threat Before Android O’s Release

A new Android security flaw has come to light that could potentially expose your Android smartphone to a lot of malware. Google has reportedly confirmed that it is aware of the issue, and has said that the fix will arrive with Android O. Now, Android O’s commercially release is still months away, which means users will remain exposed to the flaw till then. The flaw was first found by research firm Check Point, and it claims that the exploit exposes users to malware attacks like “ransomware, banking malware and adware.”…

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Should You Really Drink Milk Before Going to Bed?

Should You Really Drink Milk Before Going to Bed?

Milk, an abundant source of calcium, sodium, proteins, vitamins (A, K and B12), fats, amino acids, fibers and anti-oxidants, is often labelled as a full meal in itself by nutritionists. Remember how your mother would chase you round the house to make sure you had your glassful of nutrition? Milk since time immemorial has been seen as the magic potion for good health and well-being. Some consume it in the morning, some in the evening. Some argue that the best time to have milk is just before heading to bed,…

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Toxic Rice: How Soaking it Overnight Before Cooking Can Prevent Cancer

Toxic Rice: How Soaking it Overnight Before Cooking Can Prevent Cancer

Love eating rice? Can’t imagine life without a bowl of fish curry and rice or rajma-chawal? Well, here’s some news for rice eaters. The humble ingredient may not be as good for your health as you may think it to be. We are living in a chemical age, there’s no denying that fact. And these chemicals seem to be creeping into our food by all sorts of means. During agriculture, there are various factors that contribute to the proper growth of the crops. Excessive pesticides or contaminated water can seep…

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What to Eat Before and After a Workout

What to Eat Before and After a Workout

Before: Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana and Cinnamon When it comes to gearing up for workout, carbs are your gym BFF. The key is to have a mixed bag of complex and simple ones so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both types of carbs with the bonus of being super easy to digest. Complex carbs will keep your motor humming, while the fruit adds an extra kick of energy. For those training for…

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Types of Dandruff: Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying an Anti-Dandruff Product

Types of Dandruff: Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying an Anti-Dandruff Product

Hush yourself and look away from that swanky black shirt or your stunning little black dress as dandruff can get ruthless. The little white flakes can wreak havoc, putting you in an embarrassing situation in a social gathering. And besides depriving you of an exciting wardrobe, dandruff can cause itchy scalp, making it hard for you to manage on a day-to-day basis.Dandruff is often attributed to poor hygiene and/or improper diet. In most cases it results from the flaking of scalp triggered due to dryness. Dietary nourishment as well as…

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A potato-rich diet before pregnancy could up diabetes risk

A potato-rich diet before pregnancy could up diabetes risk

“Eating potatoes before pregnancy increases risk of diabetes,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers found a small, but significant, increase in gestational diabetes risk in mothers who reported eating a potato-rich diet before their pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is caused by raised blood glucose levels during pregnancy. It doesn’t usually cause any symptoms, but can cause complications if left untreated. The condition does not usually pose a problem for women in England, as diabetes can be routinely screened for. If it is diagnosed, it can normally be controlled by diet and exercise. This…

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