You have heard about all the ill effects of smoking – it causes cancer, ruins your skin, makes your lungs weak, can give you heart disease.  But quitting the cancer stick is not easy for some people. Many try and fail. In fact there have been several studies on the best method to quit smoking, but none have arrived at any definitive answer. One research study also said that people who try to …
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A new study has found that stressed-out women are at an increased risk of infertility, which reduces their chances of getting pregnant by around 30 percent. Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, director of reproductive epidemiology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and colleagues found that women with high levels of alpha-amylase – a biological indicator of stress measured in …
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Researchers have developed a new drug which can manipulate the body’s natural signalling and energy systems, allowing the body to attack and shut down cancerous cells.The drug, called ZL105, is a compound based on the precious metal iridium. The study has found ZL105 could potentially replace currently used anticancer drugs, which become less effective over time, cause a wide-range of …
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Common cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins could provide relief to patients suffering from a chronic lung disease, a new study suggests. The drugs were found to help alleviate the chronic coughing associated with the disease for some patients. Statins are commonly prescribed for people at risk of heart attack because they can reduce cholesterol levels, but scientists are increasingly …
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While conducting an experimental model, researchers found that pramlintide, a diabetic drug, helps in reducing amyloid-beta peptides, a major element of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the brain. Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) also found that pramlintide improves learning and memory and AD patients have a lower level of amylin in blood compared to those without this …
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Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College and Houston Methodist have found that a gene previously unassociated with breast cancer plays a pivotal role in the growth and progression of the triple negative form of the disease. Their research suggests that targeting the gene may be a new approach to treating the disease. About 42,000 new cases of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) are …
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How old is your heart? Now the JBS3 calculator can predict your heart age by taking into account factors like lifestyle, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and medical conditions that may affect your heart. s your heart older than you are? A tool from Joint British Societies allows people to test their heart's "true age," which subsequently provides an estimate regarding chances of heart …
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Healthy kidneys play an important role in removing wastes generated from the food you eat. They are responsible for eliminating urea, wastes from dietary protein, along with minerals like sodium, potassium and phosphorus. If you’re suffering from kidney disease and you take regular dialysis treatment for blood purification, you should be extra careful about the food you eat. Any kind of food …
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Cholesterol, rather high cholesterol levels have always been a subject of worry for many. One such reader wrote in to us asking about how he can control his cholesterol levels. Here is an in-depth answer by our expert Dr Varun Mallya on exactly what he should do. My total cholesterol is 239 and LDL is 170, and my other parameters are okay. How to reduce my total cholesterol and LDL? What foods …
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Researchers have claimed to have made a breakthrough in HIV and hepatitis C. Professor Eric Gowans from the University’s Discipline of Surgery, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has submitted a patent application for what he describes as a relatively simple but effective technique to stimulate the body’s immune system response, thereby helping to deliver …
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Scientists have developed a mathematical model that can predict, with more than 90 percent accuracy, the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels. Peter Molenaar, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and of psychology, said that many people with type 1 diabetes use continuous glucose …
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Researchers have shown that when chitosan - used in agriculture as a seed treatment and biopesticide - is given in conjunction with antibiotics, it assists the bladder in ridding itself of 'reservoir' populations of bacteria that live in its deeper layers and potentially cause recurrent infections. If the effectiveness of chitosan against reservoir populations of bacteria could be confirmed in …
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Do not hate the job that stresses you out mentally as it may actually help you keep your mental faculties intact later in your life, research suggests. 'Certain kinds of challenging jobs have the potential to enhance and protect workers' mental functioning in later life,' said Gwenith Fisher, assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University. The study was based on data spanning 18 …
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Toddlers who sleep for less than 10 hours a day are at increased risk of becoming obese than those who sleep for at least 13 hours, a new study has warned. Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, according to researchers at the University College London (UCL). The study found that 16 month-old children who slept for less than …
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