Study proves ‘muscle memory’ exists at a DNA level

A study led by researchers at Keele University has shown for the first time that human muscles possess a ‘memory’ of earlier growth — at the DNA level. Periods of skeletal muscle growth are ‘remembered’ by the genes in the muscle, helping them to grow larger later in life. The research, published in Scientific Reports, could…

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Collagen: ‘Fountain of Youth’ or Edible Hoax?

As a cosmetics sales professional in New York City, Melinda Mora has always taken painstakingly good care of her skin. She puts on the latest serums, has skin-rejuvenating laser treatments, never leaves the house without sunscreen, and — for the past 6 months or so — spikes her morning smoothie each day with a hefty scoop of powdered cow,…

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Scientists establish connection between bowel inflammation and heart diseases

Scientists have found strong connections between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and heart attacks. Inflammation has long been recognised as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. While studies have shown a…

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Reality check: Should you throw away your lipstick after being sick?

You should throw away any lip products you use when you’re sick – at least, that’s what one health and safety investigator in the U.S. claims should be done. Morgan Statt, who works for ConsumerSafety.org, spoke to The Independent recently about germs found on beauty products, and points to lip products as the worst offenders for…

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6 Ways to Feel Full Without Eating More

Eat More High-volume Foods Despite the seemingly unappealing title—“high volume” sounds like it’s going to add mass to your gut—health-conscious eaters should learn to embrace the term. “High-volume foods like vegetables and fruit contain a lot of fiber and water, but not a lot of calories,” says Bowden. In other words, they’ll make you feel…

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How to eat flowers without poisoning yourself?

There are ups and downs in the world of edible flowers. By her own admission, Jan Billington, who grows and sells them from her organic farm in Devon, “smells amazing”. On the downside, she is regularly stung by Italian honey bees and is badly allergic, “although it’s just a matter of swelling”, she says. “It goes…

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How do vegetarian and Mediterranean diets benefit heart health?

The findings of an Italian clinical trial suggest that a low-calorie vegetarian diet may be as effective at reducing cardiovascular risk as a low-calorie Mediterranean diet. The scientists hope that their findings, which are now published in the journal Circulation, might raise awareness that the vegetarian diet can offer another option for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. The…

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The sixth taste? Calcium

Calcium is something of a double-edged sword. Too much of the essential element is as dangerous as too little, either case adversely affecting health in animals from humans to mice to fruit flies. Sensing calcium at all can be crucial. Though it doesn’t fit into the five established tastes the tongue’s receptors can identify —…

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The end of yo-yo dieting? Brain switch that controls fat burning uncovered

  Scientists have discovered a molecular switch in the brain that regulates fat burning — and could provide a way to control weight gain following dieting. Monash University researchers have identified a molecular switch in the brain that potentially controls the human body’s capacity to store fat, particularly after long periods of “famine” or weight…

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US scientists discover cholesterol-removing gene

Scientists have identified a gene which might be helpful to prevent a heart disease by removing excess cholesterol from blood vessels. The gene called MeXis was discovered in a study, done on mice. Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that MeXis controls the expression of a protein that removes cholesterol out…

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Primary health centres at 7,000 railway stations soon

Indian Railways may soon unveil primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country as part of efforts to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in Budget 2018-19. The railways ministry has proposed that its infrastructure be used for providing primary healthcare services at affordable prices. “We have got a…

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The Healthy Eating Pyramid

The Harvard Healthy Eating Pyramid represents the latest nutritional science. The widest part at the bottom is for things that are most important. The foods at the narrow top are those that should be eaten sparingly, if at all. This Healthy Eating Pyramid shows daily exercise and weight control in the widest, most important category….

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Capping on coronary stents bears no benefit on patient’s pockets

A delegation of Alliance of Doctors on Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) comprising Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Abhay Shukla, Dr Monica Chandy and Dr Anil Pathak met chairman of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) Bhupendra Singh in connection with the review of the price of coronary stents. Giving more information about the meeting, Dr. Mitra said, “During our meeting, we…

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Head Transplantation : Is it Possible ?

The noise level in the transplant community has reached a crescendo with the proposed head or whole body transplant venture called ‘HEAVEN’ (Head Anastamosis Venture). The technical feasibility and ethics of ‘Head’ and ‘Whole body’ transplantation are being questioned The success of organ transplantation has been called one of the least expected events in the…

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Chinese scientists clone monkeys, break barrier to human cloning

Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates — the order of mammals…

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For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Last year, the board allowed insulin-dependent students taking classes X and XII board exams to carry sugar tablets, chocolate, candies and water bottles inside the centre. NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clubbed students suffering from Type-1 diabetes with persons with disabilities (PwD) this year, asking them to fill up the forms for classes X and XII exams under this category. Last…

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Paras Healthcare, HEC to set up multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi

Paras Healthcare and Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) are planning to jointly set up a 300-bedded multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi. This will be Paras Healthcare’s eighth hospital and will take its overall bed capacity to 1,305 beds across the country, Paras Healthcare said in a statement. “The new facility in Ranchi will help us further pursue our goal of…

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India Health Industry Sector Report

Healthcare has become one of India’s largest sectors both in terms of revenue & employment. The industry is growing at a tremendous pace owing to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players During 2008-20, the market is expected to record a CAGR of 16.5 per cent The total industry…

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This silent killer is hiding under your pillow!

A darkroom, right temperature and cosy linen, isn’t this a perfect room for a sound and deep sleep? But what if you realize that despite sleeping in such a relaxing atmosphere, there is something under your pillow which is silently killing you? Scary, right? You cannot imagine how using that one thing over and again…

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India, Sri Lanka to ink MoU for cooperation in traditional medicine

India and Sri Lanka Government are considering to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy between the two countries. The proposed MoU will be inked between India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous…

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Innovative Trends that Will Transform Healthcare Industry In 2018

The Indian healthcare industry in recent years has significantly transformed with the help of several technological innovations.  Many new players in this sector are redesigning old techniques and treatments to bringing healthcare facilities in the country’s most distant corners. Recently, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India predicted that with increased digital adoption, the Indian healthcare market, which is worth…

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Mental disorders brought on by internet and technology

Technological advancements have been nothing short of a boon for people of the past few generations, but along with the positives, come the cons. And these aren’t ones that we can take lightly. Researchers have found multiple mental disorders that have been caused by the rise in humans’ use of internet and technology. Here are…

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Medical advisory to doctors soon on when to pull plug on life support

India’s apex medical research organisation will notify next month the conditions under which doctors can withdraw life-sustaining treatment for terminally ill patients. Once notified, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) new glossary will become a reference point for doctors in determining limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life. “The draft…

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Are Waffles a Healthy Food?

Decadent Belgian waffles covered with syrup, berries and whipped cream are the foods that dreams are made of; but are they healthy? People often convince themselves that certain foods are good for them then their nutritional content is at best dubious. But waffles, when prepared correctly, might actually make the cut. Considerations According to the…

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Cancer risk may be increased by sleeping with this next to your head

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that sleeping with your phone in your bed, or near to your head, could increase the risk of brain cancer. Phones emit radio frequency energy, which some scientists believe could increase the risk of brain cancer, and tumours of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, reports Express.co.uk. Radio…

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Our Sense of Smell Provides a New Way to Battle Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could help regenerate nerves and potentially improve patients’ quality of life. The new therapy involves the transplantation of cells that have been modified to secrete a molecule that helps to remove scarring caused by spinal cord…

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