Brain tumours can be cured, defeatist attitude towards it must go, say doctors

Brain tumours can be cured, defeatist attitude towards it must go, say doctors

Doctors from across the world assembled for an international conference at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here said there is a widespread defeatist perception about brain tumour even among doctors, which is not right. “Even in a Bollywood movie, if someone has to die, the character is told to be suffering from brain tumour and there is an immediate acceptance by all about his death,” said Rakesh Jalali, Director of South East Asia’s First Proton Therapy Centre (SEFPTC), Apollo Hospital, Chennai. Jalali is one of the 400-odd…

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Is it safe to eat snow? Here’s what research has to say

Is it safe to eat snow? Here’s what research has to say

How safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study. The 2017 experiment showed it was safe to eat snow that was a half-day old, and safer to eat it in the colder months. But by two days old, the snow is not safe to eat, said Istvan Mathe, a professor at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania. Scientists collected snow from a park and from a roundabout in Miercurea Ciuc, central Romania, in January and February, and placed it in…

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Say no to painkillers: Ibuprofen stops your muscles from getting bigger, says study

Say no to painkillers: Ibuprofen stops your muscles from getting bigger, says study

Gym lovers, take note. If you want to bulk up and get in shape, stay away from painkillers. According to a new study, regularly taking Ibuprofen can slow down muscle growth. Swedish researchers found the drugs, which are one of the most widely consumed in the world, interfere with the healing process of muscles, which stops them from getting bigger following a work-out. Dr Tommy Lundberg, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was behind the “extremely interesting” findings. The team then measured certain variables, including muscle growth, strength and anti-inflammatory…

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Uncertainty over EU immigration, research could damage UK HE MPs say

Uncertainty over EU immigration, research could damage UK HE MPs say

Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education warns that if the government fails to address concerns within the higher education sector, “Brexit will damage the international competitiveness and long-term success of our universities.” There is significant uncertainty in the university sector in the run up to Brexit, the report notes, dominated by fears over residency rights for staff and fee status for students. “The government must act urgently to avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores” The government should “unilaterally agree the rights of EU…

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Prevent Gaining Weight to Avoid Diabetes, Say Experts

Prevent Gaining Weight to Avoid Diabetes, Say Experts

According to the World Health Organisation, “diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar”. Type 2 diabetes is the most common and widespread form of diabetes in the world wherein the body is unable to utilize insulin properly. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of deaths all across the world. Traditionally the disease was limited to adults but is now crawling…

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World Cancer Day: Health Experts Urge Focus On Preventive Measures, Say Prevention Remains Vastly Underfunded

World Cancer Day: Health Experts Urge Focus On Preventive Measures, Say Prevention Remains Vastly Underfunded

Cancer is not an inescapable fate. But while prevention can save millions of lives much more cheaply than treatment, it remains an underfunded, much-neglected weapon in the anti-cancer arsenal, experts say. Some 14 million new cancers are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) — a number expected to swell to 21 million by the year 2030. As the global cost of treatment skyrockets, measures to prevent people getting cancer in the first place are increasingly important in seeking to limit the expected explosion.   “The way…

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Will drastically cutting calories help you live longer? Yes, say a bunch of extremely hangry monkeys.

Will drastically cutting calories help you live longer? Yes, say a bunch of extremely hangry monkeys.

NOT SHOVELING LOADS of food into your mouth is a guaranteed way to keep pounds off—but can limiting calories also keep you alive longer? Multiple studies over the past few years have hinted that it might. But it took a monkey race to finally get to the bottom of it. For years, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted dueling experiments on monkeys to attempt to come up with a definitive answer. For example: In 2009, the Wisconsin team announced the results…

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Why Indians must say NO to GM Diet

Why Indians must say NO to GM Diet

We all have heard about GM Diet, and many of us have gone bananas over following it. We made a hell out of a whole week of our lives and let our taste buds be wracked for losing some kilos. But is the diet plan really as clean as it sounds? This crash diet that became a fad in India a couple of years ago wasn’t actually meant for Indian stomachs. GM Diet expands to General Motors Diet and was exclusively designed for the employees of General Motors Corporation. Following…

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Don’t Judge ‘Healthy’ Food By Its Cover Say Nutritionists

Don’t Judge ‘Healthy’ Food By Its Cover Say Nutritionists

SAN FRANCISCO – You want your back-to-schooler to eat a healthy diet, so you pack a “wheat” bread sandwich and tuck a “juice” drink in her brown-bag lunch. But did you know that loaf simply labeled “wheat” may be just white bread with added coloring? And the “juice” drink may contain more water than juice? It pays to read between the label lines, nutritionists say. “People in the store, trying to make healthy choices, do fall into that pitfall,” said Andrea Giancoli, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic…

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Here’s why you shouldn’t say no to ghee

Here’s why you shouldn’t say no to ghee

Don’t say no when you mother adds a tiny spoon of ghee to your favourite food. It is a myth that you will put on weight if you add some ghee to your everyday diet. In fact, the greasy and yummy ingredient has several health benefits. Read on… – According to several nutritionists, ghee helps in digestion. It secretes stomach acids that help in digestion and doesn’t make you lethargic like other fatty oils do. – Do you have a vitamin deficiency? If yes, you should be adding ghee to…

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