Shopping via smartphones may cross $40 million by 2016: study

Shopping via smartphones may cross $40 million by 2016: study

New Delhi, (IANS) Online purchases made through mobile phones are steadily increasing in India and are likely to touch $40 million in 2016 from the current $30 million, indicates a new joint study by Assocham and Grant Thornton. [google_ad_728_90_text] According to the study, a significantly low (19 percent) but fast-growing internet population of 243 million […]

Smart ‘da Vinci’ robot helps treat lung cancer

London, (IANS) A four-armed surgeon robot first developed to treat prostate disease is now being widely used in England to treat lung cancer. [google_ad_728_90_text] The innovation has allowed patients to leave hospital within two days of surgery, suffering only minimal post-operative pain, Daily Mail reported.   The robot, called da Vinci, is activated by a […]

‘MIND’ diet may slow brain ageing by 7.5 years: Study

New York,  (IANS) Following a special diet consisting of certain “brain healthy” foods may slow cognitive decline by 7.5 years among the elderly, says a new study.   The MIND diet — short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay — is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. […]

How emotions influence learning, memory

How emotions influence learning, memory

New York, (IANS) Emotions are not only the product of information-processing by the brain but they also directly influence the processes of learning and memory, says a study. [google_ad_728_90_text] “Different emotions cause the brain to work differently and on distinct frequencies,” said researcher Shlomo Wagner from University of Haifa in Israel.   In the first […]

Cooking oil that can be used 80 times over

Kuala Lumpur,  (IANS) Using palm oil and a natural herb extract, researchers have produced a cooking oil that can be used repeatedly for at least 80 times, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. [google_ad_728_90_text] The team from University of Putra, Malaysia, (UPM) found that “AFDHAL cooking oil” was scientifically defined using the […]

It’s official: Men seek younger, beautiful mates

It’s official: Men seek younger, beautiful mates

New York,  (IANS) Wherever he is from, a man favours a mate who is younger and physically attractive, says a study involving participants from 33 countries. [google_ad_728_90_text] Women, on other hand, seek older mates with good financial prospects, higher status and ambition across cultures, the study noted.   Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect […]

Break-ups hurt women more but they recover better than men

Break-ups hurt women more but they recover better than men

New York, (IANS) Women have more to lose by dating the wrong person but after a break-up, they are the ones who recover more fully than men as time heals the wounds, an interesting study has revealed. [google_ad_728_90_text] As men have evolved to compete for the romantic attention of women, the loss of a high-quality […]

Ebola vaccine found effective against new strain

Ebola vaccine found effective against new strain

New York, (IANS) A single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine completely protects monkeys against the newly emerged West African Ebola strain when given at least seven days before exposure, and partially protects them if given three days prior, says a new study. [google_ad_728_90_text] The experimental vaccine is currently undergoing testing in a […]

Overweight? Don’t ponder over it all the time

Overweight? Don’t ponder over it all the time

London,  (IANS) If you believe you are overweight or obese, chances are that rather than reducing weight, you may actually be adding extra kilos around your waistline. [google_ad_728_90_text] According to researchers from University of Liverpool, people who recognise they are overweight or obese are more likely to put on weight than those who are unaware […]

Diabetes may weaken immunity

Diabetes may weaken immunity

New York, Aug 7 (IANS) People with uncontrolled diabetes may find it hard to control infections as high blood sugar can unleash destructive molecules that interfere with the body’s natural infection-control mechanism, says a new study. [google_ad_728_90_text] The findings could ultimately contribute to developing and enhancing antimicrobial drugs for people with diabetes who have hard-to-control […]

Eating cooked carbs made humans smarter than others

London, Aug 7 (IANS) Eating meat may have kick-started the evolution of bigger brains, but carbohydrate consumption, particularly in the form of cooked starchy foods together with evolution of genes that increased our ability to digest starch made us smarter, says new research. [google_ad_728_90_text] Up until now, there has been a heavy focus on the […]

Common diabetes drug can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol

London, Aug 7 (IANS) A common diabetes drug Metformin can also help lower “bad” cholesterol that is known for promoting cardiovascular diseases by hardening the arteries, significant research has found. [google_ad_728_90_text] “The findings suggest that Metformin might indeed have an additional beneficial effect with regards to cardiovascular diseases among the diabetes patients”, said study first […]