High-sugar diet in fathers could make kids obese

A new study demonstrates that increasing sugar in the diet of male fruit flies for just a day before mating could cause obesity in their offspring. There is also evidence that a similar system regulates susceptibility to obesity in mice and humans. The research provides insights into how certain metabolic traits are inherited and may…

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World Health Organization Warning As China Says Nearly 500,000 Living With HIV

BEIJING:  The World Health Organization issued a call to action to China today over HIV/AIDS as government figures said nearly half a million people are living with the disease or its precursor, with hundreds of thousands more thought to be undiagnosed. Bernhard Schwartlaender, the World Health Organization’s representative in China, wrote in an op-ed in…

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What to eat, what not

Get your diet chart right for a healthier and happier you. Faith Too good, a nutritionist working with Spire Bristol Hospital here, has suggested tips on foods that can help in boost healthy living, reports female first.co.uk. Five foods to give up: Sugar: The sweet stuff is enemy number one when it comes to losing weight….

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Approved breast cancer drug offers hope for the treatment of blood disorders

Blood cancers are more common in men than in women, but it has not been clear why this is the case. A study published by Cell Press December 4th in Cell Stem Cell provides an explanation, revealing that female sex hormones called estrogens regulate the survival, proliferation, and self-renewal of stem cells that give rise…

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Nadda wants to provide easy accessibility to medical services

New Delh: The Union Health Minister, J P Nadda today called for collective efforts to provide accessibility to medical services and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. “Within the new policies, programs and strategies have been designed to empower children and persons with special needs with equal rights and opportunities in education and employment,” he said…

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New guidelines for prostate cancer testing

Melbourne: Prostate cancer testing in Australia are set to improve after cancer agencies and health experts reached an agreement on new testing guidelines at the World Cancer Congress (WCC) currently being held in Melbourne. The commonly-used Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test can be unreliable because the asymptomatic nature of prostate cancer occasionally leads to false…

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Busted 10 ‘healthy foods’ myths

Most of us, in a bid to eat healthy and stay fit head straight to the “Health” or the “Diet food” section of supermarkets. These products, which are heavy on the pocket promise to be really light in calories. But have you ever tried to read the food labels to understand if they are really…

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No direct link between mobile tower radiation, health: Centre

New Delhi: Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday said an expert panel set up by the central government did not find any direct link between exposure to mobile tower radiation and health. He was quoting a study by an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on the environmental and health related concerns. The IMC constitutes of…

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Ban on loose cigarette sale: Nadda

New Delhi: The proposal of banning the sale of loose cigarettes is likely to be put on the backburner as some Ministers have urged Health Minister J P Nadda not to take any “hasty” step till issues, including those concerned to farmers, are resolved. At a meeting called by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Nadda…

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Mediterranean diet key to longer, healthier life

London: Consuming a Mediterranean diet can lead to a longer, healthier life, says a new study. According to the scientists, the combination of fruit and vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil and a glass of wine can help reverse the ageing process by slowing down the damage to chromosomes linked to ageing, and offer a health advantage,…

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WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper

Melbourne: The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases. An estimated 270,000 people die each year from the cancer, of which 85 percent are in the developing world where many have limited access to healthcare and…

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Why females have longer lives than males

Washington: Scientists have found a clue to understand the mechanism behind why females live longer than males. A study from the University of Exeter showed that male flies die earlier than their female counterparts when forced to evolve with the pressures of mate competition and juvenile survival. The research used populations of the fly Drosophila…

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Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups

London: Vitamin D supplements can reduce lung disease flare-ups by over 40 percent in patients with a vitamin D deficiency, show a clinical trial. Flare-ups are when a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patient’s usual symptoms (coughing, excess mucus, shortness of breath, tightness in chest) get worse and stay worse, sometimes resulting in hospitalisation. “Our…

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First time in India, Kerala hospital performs rare treatment for acute blood cancer

Kochi: Nineteen-year-old Neena (name changed) was suffering from acute blood cancer or acute myeloid leukaemia. Her disease slipped into a life-threatening stage even after two cycles of chemotherapy. She did not have a human leukocyte antigen, or HLA matched related or unrelated donor for a stem cell transplant, the standard procedure for such medical situations….

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How memory loss is inherited ?

New York: In a bid to better understand inheritance of memory loss, scientists have now discovered two common gene variants that are believed to be associated with memory performance. During the study, nearly 30,000 participants who did not have dementia completed memory tests such as word recall and their entire genome was genotyped. Using sophisticated statistical…

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‘Young adults in Indian cities not concerned about obesity’

Mumbai: Young adults in Indian cities are blissfully unaware of the dangers of obesity, a survey report here said Wednesday. “The problem is a serious one as over 58 percent of young adults do not consider obesity as a disease and thus have a casual approach about the problem,” said bariatric surgeon Jayashree Todkar, who…

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Health mistakes we usually make

Not flossing enough Just brushing your teeth isn’t good enough when it comes to dental hygiene. You also need to make flossing a regular habit. Plaque stuck between your teeth can not only lead to oral problems, but if the bacteria goes into your blood stream, it can cause chronic inflammation and increase the risk…

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India will support surveillance of polio-free countries: Modi

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India will support medical surveillance of polio-free countries, and provide vaccines where it might reappear. “We will support monitoring and surveillance of polio-free countries, and provide vaccines where it might reappear…,” the prime minister said at the two-day SAARC Summit that began here Wednesday morning. Adding that India offers…

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Healthy gut microbiota can help reduce metabolic syndrome risks

Washington: A new study has revealed that healthy gut microbiota can help prevent metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of factors that increases risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke in people. Dr. Andrew Gewirtz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State said that developing a means to promote a healthier microbiota…

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‘Teenagers using anti-anxiety, sleeping pills to get high’

New York: Doctors may inadvertently be creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drugusers by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers. Teenagers prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs than those who have never received a prescription, often by obtaining additional…

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Drink warm water with lime to stay healthy

We have all heard it somewhere or the other that drinking warm water with the juice of one lemon, is beneficial for health. Here is delving into the reasons… Helps your digestive system Warm lime water on an empty stomach early in the morning helps stimulate the gastrointestinal tract. Digestion improves, heartburn is reduced and…

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The time shift your focus from weight loss to fitness

New Delhi: A thin figure is often considered healthy and envied by many. People easily assume that anyone who has a thin frame is completely fit. Therefore, the question arises, since when has being thin become a synonym to fitness? Though it’s somehow true that a person who enjoys a thin frame is free from…

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How to have healthier grocery shopping

London: The grocery store can be a tricky place and even the most knowledgeable shoppers can end up putting mistakes in their cart. But with a few tricks up your sleeve, it’s not all that tough to make smart decisions at the store. A group of nutrition experts shared tips for making healthy grocery shopping…

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J.P. Nadda: India, Sweden healthcare cooperation will fill gaps

New Delhi: Ccooperation in healthcare between India and Sweden will enable filling in the gaps in research and innovative technology, Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda said Monday. “There has been an upswing in the bilateral relationships between both the countries and I look forward to further deepening of relations between the two,” Nadda said at a…

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Treatments for liver diseases newly update

Cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two serious liver conditions with limited pharmacological treatments. The December issues of AGA’s journals — Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Gastroenterology — highlight important updates into treatments for these two debilitating diseases. Promising Probiotic for Liver Disease A study published in Gastroenterology found that, over a six-month…

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Anti-HIV drugs may be affect unborn babies’ hearts

Washington: The drugs given to HIV-positive pregnant women can cause significant long-term heart problems for the non-HIV-infected babies they carry, says a new study. Such medicines help prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to infant but may cause impaired development of heart muscle and reduced heart performance in non-HIV-infected children. “What our study…

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Higher suicide risk to ‘Smokers’

Irrespective of whether they are suffering from psychiatric disorders or not, cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who do not smoke, a study shows. Researchers at Washington University’s school of medicine in St Louis found that smoking itself may increase suicide risk and that policies to limit smoking reduce suicide rates….

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Your sugar warns you: Know the signs of Diabetes

Diabetes is often called the ‘silent killer’ because of its easy-to-miss signs (hence ‘silent’), but ability to wreck havoc through multiple organ damage (hence a potential ‘killer’). In diabetes high blood glucose acts like a poison; it is often accompanied by high blood pressure and abnormal blood lipids, forming an evil team to harm the…

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Lose Weight with the help of fibrous food

Washington: A new study has revealed that dietary fiber can cause a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria, reducing the risk of colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases, while the two specific functional fibers may also have the potential to assist in weight loss when made part of a long-term, daily diet. Kelly…

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Public toilets hand dryers can spread bacteria research finds

Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research. Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered ‘jet-air’ and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets. Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers…

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