Over 50% teenagers believe smoking cigarettes cuts stress: Survey

Over 50% teenagers believe smoking cigarettes cuts stress: Survey

A teenage girl is seen smoking cigarette in Springfield, Virginia in this undated handout photo. (REUTERS File)   Delhi, December 4 (IANS) Over 50 per cent of teenagers in India smoke cigarettes because they believe it helps reduce stress, and because smoking makes them appear “cool” among their peers, finds a survey.   The survey […]

Gum disease bacteria linked to esophageal cancer

New York, December 3 (IANS): There is now one more reason to brush your teeth regularly. Researchers have found that some bacteria that lead to gum disease may also increase the risk of esophageal cancer that affects the tube running from the throat to the stomach.   This study, published in the journal Cancer Research, […]

Why women are more vulnerable to asthma risk than men

Why women are more vulnerable to asthma risk than men

New York, November 29 (IANS) Women are more likely to suffer from asthma than men because of the absence of testosterone — the male sex hormone — which prevents lungs from inhaling harmful pollen, dust or other airborne allergens, finds a study.   The findings showed that testosterone acts on immune cells that act as […]

Eating garlic may help combat cystic fibrosis

London, November 28 (IANS) Consuming garlic, which contains an active sulphurous compound, can help fight the robust bacteria found in chronic infections like cystic fibrosis, researchers have found.   The findings showed that the sulphurous compound ajoene in garlic appears to offer the most powerful, naturally occurring resistance to bacteria and is able to destroy […]

Physical fitness may boost kids’ academic performance

London, November 26 (IANS): Children who go in for physical fitness may possess a greater volume of gray matter that may help enhance their academic performance, reveals a new finding. Physical fitness especially cardiorespiratory fitness, speed-agility and muscular fitness, leads to the presence of more gray matter in the brain. Increase in grey matter in […]

Potential cure for cancer could be ready in 2018

Potential cure for cancer could be ready in 2018

London, November 26 (IANS) British scientists are in the process of developing an immune therapy based on blood cells from patients who have made “miracle” recoveries from cancer, a breakthrough that could lead to potential cure for millions.   Early results from tests conducted in laboratory not only signal better treatment for cancer but also […]

Houseflies could carry hundreds of harmful bacteria

New York, November 25 (IANS): Flies may be more than pesky picnic crashers as researchers have found that they could also carry hundreds of bacteria harmful to humans and play a role in spreading diseases. Because flies often live close to humans, scientists have long suspected they played a role in carrying and spreading diseases, […]

Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm: study

Three coffees a day linked to more health than harm: study

A barista pours milk into a coffee at the La Tercera cafe in Beijing, China May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files   LONDON, November 23 (Reuters) – People who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease […]

US scientists find new possibility to cure leukemia

Washington, November 21 (IANS) A group of American scientists has found a new possibility to cure leukemia, a deadly disease that strikes patients as young as seven.   In a study published in the Journal Nature Medicine, the group from Stanford University and National Institute of Health (NIH) found that a molecule, called CD22, can […]

Effects of globalisation: Chronicling the transformation of Indian food

Effects of globalisation: Chronicling the transformation of Indian food

Bengaluru, November 21 (IANS) Though its origin isn’t exactly Indian, chicken tikka masala has strangely epitomised Indian food across the world, and has remained a hackneyed icon.   And, despite having a huge history of food in our country, an often misunderstood “curry” is all that comes to mind globally when one talks about Indian […]

Insight: Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Insight: Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

Dr. Anu Puttagunta (C), endocrinologist, participates with hospital staff in a MOVE exercise class at Saint Joseph Mercy hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S., August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook   ANN ARBOR, Mich., November 21 (Reuters) – Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring […]

7 natural ways to treat cracked heels

7 natural ways to treat cracked heels

By Hariprasad V.R. IANS | November 20   In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, most of us are on our feet all day, making them prone to skin problems. Direct exposure to dirt and the absence of oil glands make the skin in the foot area much drier than any other part of our body. Dropping temperature […]

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