Health

  • 40% parents struggle to see depression signs in kids
    New York, November 18 (IANS) Telling the difference between a teen's normal ups and downs or something bigger is among the top challenges parents face while identifying depression among the youth, says a new study. Forty per cent of parents struggle to differentiate between normal mood swings and signs of depression, while 30 per cent are tricked as their child hides his/her feelings well, according to a new national poll in the US. The C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll
  • Intermittent fasting may lead to longer, healthier life
    New York, November 17 (IANS): Intermittent fasting may sound like another diet fad but researcher have conclusively found that the practice of routinely not eating and drinking for short periods of time resulted in longer life in heart patients.   In the study by Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, researchers found that heart patients who practiced regular intermittent fasting lived longer than patients who don't.   In addition, they
  • Intermittent fasting may lead to longer, healthier life
    New York, November 17 (IANS) Intermittent fasting may sound like another diet fad but researcher have conclusively found that the practice of routinely not eating and drinking for short periods of time resulted in longer life in heart patients. In the study by Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, researchers found that heart patients who practiced regular intermittent fasting lived longer than patients who don't. In addition, they found that patients
  • Diabetes-related stress more harmful for young adults
    New York, November 16 (IANS) Young people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes experience high psychological distress, resulting in worse health outcomes and poor blood sugar control, find researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. Age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. "We found we can evaluate a patient's initial stress and predict how they will be doing six months later," said Vicki Helgeson, professor of psychology at the unive
  • Increased fitness linked to lower dementia risk: Study
    London, November 16 (IANS) Researchers have found that improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness is strongly linked to lower dementia risk. "It is important to say that it is never too late to begin exercising. The average participant in our study was around 60 years old at baseline, and improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness was strongly linked to lower dementia risk, said study researcher Atefe Tari from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway. Those wh
  • Bacteria in the gut may alter ageing process: Study
    Singapore, November 16 (IANS) Researchers have found that microorganisms living in the gut may alter the ageing process, which could lead to the development of food-based treatment to slow it down. All living organisms, including human beings, coexist with a myriad of microbial species living in and on them, and research conducted over the last 20 years has established their important role in nutrition, physiology, metabolism and behaviour. "We've found that microbes collected fr
  • India 2nd-highest in child pneumonia deaths
    New Delhi, November 15 (PTI): India had the second-highest number of deaths of children under the age of five in 2018 due to pneumonia, a curable and preventable disease that claimed the life of one child every 39 seconds globally, according to a new report by the UN.   The United Nations Children's Fund said that globally, pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year - or one child every 39 seconds. Most deaths occurred among ch
  • Right 'doses' of yoga can reduce depression, anxiety
    New York, November 15 (IANS) If applied in right "doses", yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research. Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder. To reach this conclusion, a group of 30 clinically depressed patien
  • Complementary cancer therapies do more harm than good: Expert
    New Delhi, November 15 (IANS) A medical expert has said that cancer patients should tell doctors treating them about the herbal products they may be taking since some ingredients could affect their treatment. Maria Joao Cardoso, the head breast surgeon at the Champalimaud Cancer Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, said that there was no evidence that herbal therapies or creams worked. If in doubt, it is best not to take anything, she added. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example
  • Climate change to hit health of Indian children hard: Lancet
    Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017.  AFP File Photo   New Delhi, November 14 (IANS) Children in India will be particularly vulnerable to the ill effects of climate change such as worsening air quality, higher food prices and rise in infectious diseases, warns a new study published in the journal The Lancet. Climatic suitability for the Vibrio bacteria that cause cholera is rising three
  • AI tool to predict life expectancy in heart failure patients
    New York, November 14 (IANS) Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to predict life expectancy in heart failure patients. The machine learning algorithm based on de-identified electronic health, records data of 5,822 hospitalised or ambulatory patients with heart failure at UC San Diego Health in the US. "We wanted to develop a tool that predicted life expectancy in heart failure patients, there are apps where algorithms are finding out all kinds of thing
  • E-cigarettes more harmful to heart than tobacco: Study
    New York, November 13 (IANS): Researchers have found that electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes might be just as harmful to the heart, than traditional cigarettes. "Our results suggest that e-cigarette use is associated with coronary vascular dysfunction at rest, even in the absence of physiologic stress, these findings indicate the opposite of what e-cigarette and vaping marketing is saying about their safety profile," said study researcher Susan Cheng
  • Women who dine after 6 p.m. risk heart disease: Study
    New York, Nov 13 (IANS) Women who consume a higher proportion of their daily calories late in the evening are more likely to be at risk of cardiovascular disease than women who do not, researchers have warned. For the study, the research team assessed the cardiovascular health of 112 women using the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 measures at the beginning of the study and one year later. Life's Simple 7 represents the risk factors that people can improve throug
  • Teenage anxiety leads to harmful drinking
    London, November 13 (IANS) Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence strengthens the evidence for a relationship between anxiety and later alcohol use as the researchers accounted for other factors such as adolescent smoking and cannabis use, and parental anxiety and alcohol use. "Helping adoles
  • High pollution causing eye problems in Delhi
    New Delhi, November 12 (IANS) With pollution levels reaching alarming levels in the national capital, ophthalmologists have observed a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering from eye problems including allergy, burning and itching. According to Ikeda Lal, an opthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems. "We are observing an incre
  • How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes
    New Delhi, November 12 (IANS) Researchers have found that meditation could help you to become less error prone. According to the health experts here, meditation also helps in rejuvenating the mind, mental well being, better concentration power along with improved memory. Practically stress and unwanted tension are some of the major reasons of short term forgetfulness and unfocused behaviour, the experts added. Manish Gupta, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology at Jaypee Hos
  • Interactive AI-powered app for diabetes launched in India
    New Delhi, November 11 (IANS) The eddii virtual health buddy app, launched on Monday in India in the run up to the World Diabetes Day, solves that problem by gamifying health tracking and management. eddii is an AI-powered virtual character who guides users on a digital adventure. The whimsical cartoon leaf uses stories, jokes and games to encourage people to input data like carb counts, insulin usage, exercise notes and mood. Advanced technology allows the chatbot to examin
  • AI can predict if you will die within next year
    New York, November 11 (IANS): After looking at standard ECG tests, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help identify patients most likely to die of any medical cause within a year, claim researchers. To reach this conclusion, researchers from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania analyzed the results of 1.77 million ECGs and other records from almost 400,000 patients. The team used this data to compare machine learning-based models that either directly analyzed the ra
  • Space alters human heart cells which return to normal on Earth
    New York, November 11 (IANS) Heart cells are altered in space but return to normal within 10 days on Earth, say researchers who examined cell-level cardiac function and gene expression in human heart cells cultured aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for 5.5 weeks. Exposure to microgravity altered the expression of thousands of genes, but largely normal patterns of gene expression reappeared within 10 days after returning to Earth, according to the study published in the jo
  • Impaired liver function in pregnancy ups obesity risk in kids
    London, November 11 (IANS) Impaired liver function during pregnancy may alter gut bacteria composition and increase the risk of obesity in children, according to a new study. In a rodent of model of the most common liver disease in pregnancy, the composition of gut bacteria in offspring was altered and liver function impaired, particularly when they were fed a Western-style, high-fat diet. "These findings further suggest that health during pregnancy can have long-term effects on