For older adults, a better diet may prevent brain shrinkage

People who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish may have bigger brains, according to a study published in the May 16, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “People with greater brain volume have been shown in other studies to have better cognitive abilities, so…

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Regulating salt intake key to prevent hypertension: Experts

Regulating salt consumption is key to prevent hypertension, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart failure, say experts. Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure. To lower the risk of heart disease, adults…

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Go Ahead, Treat Yourself… Dark Chocolate Improves Memory, Reduces Stress

Researchers say eating dark chocolate can change your brain wave frequency, providing benefits in memory improvement and stress reduction. It’s well-known to most people with a sweet tooth that dark chocolate can be a healthier indulgence. The sweet treat is packed with fiber and antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage from free radicals. It may…

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Magnetic fields in electric cars don’t seem to cause pacemaker problems

Electromagnetic fields produced by motors in electric cars don’t appear strong enough to interfere with implanted heart devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, a small German study suggests. All electric motors can produce electromagnetic fields. If these fields are strong enough, they have the potential to disrupt the normal function of implanted heart devices, researchers note…

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SMT wins tenders at five Brazilian hospitals

SMT (Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) has succeeded in bagging prestigious tenders amongst Brazilian hospitals for the distribution of stents. The Indian stent manufacturer won tenders at five hospitals including the Army General Hospital, after rigorous examinations and regulatory processes. The alliance will accelerate SMT’s goal towards providing affordable and quality stents for the millions of people suffering…

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What is stevia?

Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea since the 16th century.   The plant is originally native to Paraguay and Brazil but is now also grown in Japan and China. It is used as a non-nutritive sweetener and herbal supplement.   A non-nutritive sweetener is one…

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How Your Gut Controls Your Mind and What to Do About It

Have you ever had that gut feeling? A feeling that makes you suddenly feel anxious or feel like something isn’t right? It’s not just a figure of speech, because there is actually science behind it. This is caused by the microbes in your gut communicating with your brain via something called the vagus nerve, and…

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Love almonds? Try these refreshing ways to spice up your nuts

Almonds makes for a healthy bing which helps in satisfying hunger with less intake of carbohydrates but also are one of the most important part of a healthy diet. These nuts are rich in vitamin E antioxidants, dietary fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, protein, manganese and calcium. They also contain folate, iron, niacin, thiamine, zinc…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To Hack Your Metabolism To Lose More Weight

The formula for weight loss is simple: Burn more calories than you consume. Or at least, it sounds simple. In reality, weight loss is like a jigsaw puzzle—there are many different pieces, from the foods you eat to the activities you do. And the more pieces you have, the greater their effect on the ultimate…

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AHA’s New Guidelines for High BP Levels

The American Heart Association (AHA) has revised its guideline for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This new standard is based largely on the findings of the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) study. The trial included data from over 9,000 participants and focused on determining if a BP target of 120 or less…

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What Is Body Composition?

While the scale will tell you how much you weigh, it doesn’t tell you what your body is made of. Body composition refers to everything in your body, split up into different compartments. Two compartments are commonly used: fat mass and fat-free mass. Fat mass refers to all the fat tissue in your body. Fat-free…

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Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

The air we breathe has reached dangerous levels of pollution. People with no known respiratory problems are landing up in hospital emergency rooms. While the government does its bit to improve air quality, we would like to introduce you to some natural antioxidant nutrients that can help your body deal with this onslaught.   Load…

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This device aims to tackle ventilator-associated pneumonia

Nachiket Deval , a National Institute of Design graduate, had always wanted to make a medical device that would be of use to the masses. He also tried to make one for his thesis project. The natural progression for Deval was to start a company after a few stints in a couple of design and engineering jobs. But…

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After stents, Indian Govt. to cap prices on Orthopedic knee implants

NPPA’s preliminary analysis of common components used in knee implants shows profit margins for distributors and importers can be as high as 135%. After slashing the prices of cardiac stents by over 150 per cent the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is all set to bring in price capping for orthopedic knee implants. In a…

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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever-present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a name for these young people born between 1995 and 2012: “iGen.” She says members of this generation are physically safer than those who came before them. They drink…

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Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London. By…

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What’s coming next ? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech

An international collaboration of neuroscientists has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech. In the study, publishing on April 25 in the open access journal PLOS Biology scientists from Newcastle University, UK, and a neurosurgery group at the University of Iowa, USA, report that they have discovered mechanisms in the…

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Govt cracks whip, no stent can be withdrawn for now

The government has invoked special powers under the law to prohibit stent makers from withdrawing their products from the market for the next six months. Am id reports that several manufacturers, including Abbott and Medtronics, are seeking to withdraw premium, high-priced stents from the Indian market on account of the price cap imposed by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), the…

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European biliary and pancreatic stents market to hit $84 million by 2023

The European pancreatic and biliary stents market, which covers 21 major markets, is set to grow from $60.5 million in 2016 to around $84 million by 2023, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that key drivers of the market include increased cancer rates and…

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Measles vs. Chicken Pox: Symptoms, How They Differ And What To Do

  Tablets, Like iPads, Can Be As Effective As Sedatives For Children In Hospitals   Measles and chicken pox are one of the most common diseases children get. Although measles and chicken pox have certain similarities, they are caused by two different viruses — “paramyxo virus” and “varicella zoster virus” respectively. Both the viruses result…

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