Vitamin D can help improve weight of malnourished kids, language development

Vitamin D can help improve weight of malnourished kids, language development

New research shows that vitamin D helps in improving the overall health of malnourished children. The study was conducted by the University of the Punjab Pakistan and the Queen Mary University of London and shows that a high dose of vitamin D supplements helps malnourished kids to put on weight and also learn languages more easily. Vitamin D, known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ has beneficial effects is well known for its beneficial effects on bone and muscle health, Queen Mary researchers last year did a study which proved that it…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial”…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial” cells lining the surfaces…

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LED bulbs can give you cancer, stay away from the blue light

LED bulbs can give you cancer, stay away from the blue light

Reigniting the debate over exposure to the “blue light” emitted by outdoor LED screens and heightened risk of cancer, an international team of researchers have concluded that there is a “strong link” between the two. To reach this conclusion, the researchers from University of Exeter in Britain and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) determined indoor exposure to artificial light through personal questionnaires. The outdoor levels of artificial light, such as emitted by street lights, were evaluated for Madrid and Barcelona, based on nocturnal images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station…

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Insomnia can make you fat. Here are 12 science-backed ways to sleep better

Insomnia can make you fat. Here are 12 science-backed ways to sleep better

One of the biggest casualties of a hectic lifestyle is usually your sleep. While you may stick to eating superfoods, or doing some form of exercise regularly, you often sleep less on busy days, or stay up nights battling stress and anxiety. But by sleeping less, you are harming your health in more ways than one. “Sleep is a biological process driven by hormones and plays a crucial role in the maintenance of a healthy body,” says Dr Deepti Bagree, head of department-Healthcare, Reset- Holistic Living Concepts. Along with your…

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This method can ensure higher rates of cure for hepatitis C infection

This method can ensure higher rates of cure for hepatitis C infection

Mass treatment of a population with chronic hepatitis C infection has produced high rates of cure, according to a study. The research, conducted in Punjab, evaluated the feasibility of decentralised care and the provision of free direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) among a population of almost 20,000 individuals. It validated the efficacy and safety of generic all-oral DAA regimens delivered using a decentralised algorithm-based public health model. “We have shown in our study that it is possible to cure more than 90% of individuals with HCV infection in a highly dispersed…

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Ladies, this new tool can protect you from HIV transmission

Ladies, this new tool can protect you from HIV transmission

A new tool has been developed to protect women from HIV infection. The tool, developed by the scientists at the University of Waterloo, is a vaginal implant, which decreases the number of cells that the HIV virus can target in a woman’s genital tract. Unlike conventional methods of HIV prevention, such as condoms or anti-HIV drugs, the implant takes advantage of some people’s natural immunity to the virus. HIV infects the body by corrupting T cells, that are mobilised by the immune system when the virus enters a person’s body….

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Cut down on drinks. Alcohol can raise chances of dementia

Cut down on drinks. Alcohol can raise chances of dementia

Turns out, alcohol consumption is one of the biggest risk factors for dementia. According to a new research conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia.A recent study also suggested that the number of drinks one had in a week could determine how long you will live. This study, conducted over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France, looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use disorders and…

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Diet changes and nutrition can make a big difference to diabetes management

Diet changes and nutrition can make a big difference to diabetes management

According to the study conducted by the researchers from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the weight, blood sugars, and cholesterol levels of diabetics can be reduced by educating them about vital nutrients. Researchers conducted classes and taught the patients about different diets with less meat and less fat and cholesterol. “Doctors can turn their waiting rooms into classrooms. It’s simple and very effective. Patients learn about healthy food changes, and can share tips, swap recipe ideas, and work through challenges together,” stated author Neal Barnard. Earlier, some studies stated that…

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Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Here’s how depression can impact people suffering from heart diseases

Depression negatively impacts patients with cardiovascular disease, finds a study. About one-fifth of cardiovascular disease patients suffer from depression. “While we don’t know which comes first–depression or cardiovascular disease–the consensus is that depression is a risk marker for cardiovascular disease, meaning if you have cardiovascular disease, there is a higher likelihood that you could also have depression, when compared with the risk in the general population,” said lead author Victor Okunrintemi from Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables, Florida. In one study, Okunrintemi and colleagues evaluated patient experience, health…

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