Babies in prams 60% more exposed to pollution

Babies in prams 60% more exposed to pollution

A baby in a pram (Image Representational Only)    London, August 15 (IANS): Do you regularly take your baby out in strollers or prams? Beware, it can expose them up to 60 per cent more pollution, causing potential damage to cognitive abilities and brain development, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.   They found that infants […]

Long-term vaping may damage lung immune cells, warn researchers

Long-term vaping may damage lung immune cells, warn researchers

London, August 14 (IANS) With vaping becoming a style statement globally including in India, a small yet significant study has found that vaporisers may potentially disable key immune cells in the lung and boosts inflammation if used for long.   The e-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in […]

Cycling can reduce your loneliness, boost mental health

Cycling can reduce your loneliness, boost mental health

London, August 14 (IANS) Feeling lonely? Riding your bicycles may not only improve your general and mental health, but also increase social interaction, says a study.   The study showed that cycling is the healthiest mode of transport and is associated with better self-perceived general health, better mental health, greater vitality, lower self-perceived stress and […]

Sleeping pills linked to Alzheimer’s disease risk: Study

Sleeping pills linked to Alzheimer’s disease risk: Study

London, August 14 (IANS) Regular intake of benzodiazepines, widely used to treat insomnia and anxiety, may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a study has warned.   Even though the increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease was small in this study, the threshold for prescribing benzodiazepines and related drugs should be high enough […]

Excessive air pollution affects 660 m Indians: Researchers

Excessive air pollution affects 660 m Indians: Researchers

New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) More than 660 million Indians are exposed to high air pollution as they live in areas where the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exceeds the permissible limit, researchers said on Monday.   People in the national capital would live six years longer if its air quality met the national standards.   […]

Aspirin may help prevent HIV: Study

Aspirin may help prevent HIV: Study

August 12 (PTI): An affordable, globally available drug — low-dose aspirin — could help prevent HIV transmission, scientists say.   HIV infection rates remain unacceptably high, especially among young African women.   Researchers including those from University of Manitoba in Canada tested the effect of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or aspirin) and other anti-inflammatory drugs on […]

Indian-American researchers unleash turmeric’s power to fight cancer

Indian-American researchers unleash turmeric’s power to fight cancer

Bengaluru, August 12 (IANS) A team of Indian-American researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, has used an ingenious process to enable curcumin to kill cancer cells.   Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric (haldi), the ubiquitous kitchen spice that gives curry […]

Moderate salt intake not as bad as earlier thought: Study

Moderate salt intake not as bad as earlier thought: Study

Toronto, August 11 (IANS) People with moderate or average salt intake need not reduce their sodium intake for prevention of heart disease and stroke, suggests a new study involving 94,000 people from different parts of the world, including India.   For a vast majority of individuals, sodium consumption does not increase heart risks, except for […]

40% women with asthma may get chronic lung diseases: Study

40% women with asthma may get chronic lung diseases: Study

Toronto, August 10 (IANS) More than 4 in 10 individuals with asthma run the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it harder to breathe, says a new study involving around 4,000 women.   The researchers examined risk factors for developing asthma and COPD […]

Ketogenic diet may up Type-2 diabetes risk: Study

Ketogenic diet may up Type-2 diabetes risk: Study

London, August 9 (IANS) Consuming a ketogenic diet — high in fat but low in protein and carbohydrates — may increase the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes while helping in weight loss, a new study has claimed, raising questions whether the diet is healthy.   The study conducted on mice showed that animals fed on […]