Top VC deals: Chinese AI robots land $150 million; a high school esports league picks up a major league backer

Top VC deals: Chinese AI robots land $150 million; a high school esports league picks up a major league backer

Autodesk Autodesk president and CEO Andrew Anagnost. Autodesk this week agreed to buy construction software company PlanGrid for $875 million. The San Francisco-based start-up previously raised $69 million in funding from investors including YCombinator, Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital. PlanGrid enables real-time construction tracking for contractors and and architects. Autodesk “makes software for people who make things.” Start-ups Beijing-based robotics company Geek+ completed a $150 million Series B round from backers including Warburg Pincus, Volcanics Venture and Vertex Ventures. The company develops artificial intelligence and robotics technology for supply chain…

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Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

Want to keep heart healthy and strong? Avoid travelling to high altitudes

While the mountain air may be refreshing and offer respite from the heat, it is not so good for your heart. A new study improves our understanding of how the human body adapts to high altitude areas. It reveals that at high altitudes (over 3000 m), the lower amount of oxygen in the air leads to a decrease in the volume of blood circulating around the body, and an increase in blood pressure in the lungs.The findings are important for people who live, travel and exercise at high altitudes. The…

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More people prefer popping pills and drinking healthy tea over exercise to treat high BP

More people prefer popping pills and drinking healthy tea over exercise to treat high BP

According to a recent study, people would rather pop a pill or sip tea than exercise to treat high blood pressure. Researchers wanted to find out how people weigh the benefits of high blood pressure treatment options against its inconvenience. They asked survey respondents to imagine that they had high blood pressure and then asked about their willingness to adopt any of four “treatments” to gain an extra month, year or five years of life. In this survey, the “treatments” proposed were: a daily cup of tea, exercise, pills or…

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Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Yoga may benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and sugar

Suffering from increased blood pressure and high blood sugar? One year of yoga training may help, a new study suggests. According to the researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one year of yoga training decreased pro-inflammatory adipokines – signalling proteins released by fat tissue – and increased an anti-inflammatory adipokine in adults with metabolic syndrome and high-normal blood pressure. The findings support the beneficial role of yoga in managing metabolic syndrome by favourably modulating adipokines, the researchers mentioned. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure,…

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Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

The annual number of hospital admissions in England with a diagnosis of a drug-related mental or behavioural disorder has reached an all-time high, figures show. There were 82,135 hospital admissions in the year to April 2017 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders, according to the NHS figures. That compares with 81,904 over the same period a year earlier and 38,170 in 2006-07. However, the number of admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders was down 12% on the previous year, to 7,545….

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We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report today involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over 6%, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a combination of widespread tobacco use,…

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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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5 High Fibre, Weight- Loss Friendly Snacks You Can Munch Through The Day

5 High Fibre, Weight- Loss Friendly Snacks You Can Munch Through The Day

Struggling to shed those extra inches around your tummy? Tried all sorts of dieting, yet no trace of desired results? Well, let us tell you a secret. Weight loss is as much about what you are eating as it is about how much you are eating. Alongside proteins, experts always recommend upping your intake of fibre for those on a weight reduction diet. This is because a diet rich in fibre helps you manage your weight by keeping you full for longer and curbing unwanted cravings. It can even regulate the…

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Do you have high blood pressure? You may be at risk of heart valve disorder

Do you have high blood pressure? You may be at risk of heart valve disorder

You may have to exercise and take a proper diet daily as high blood pressure from early lifemay increase the risk of developing the most common heart valve disorder, particularly among older people, warns a recent study. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford followed 5.5 million adults in the UK over 10 years. It found that higher blood pressure in early life was associated with a significantly greater future risk of mitral regurgitation, a condition which makes the heart less efficient at pumping blood…

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Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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