• Plants better than tech for reducing air pollution: Study
    New York, November 8 (IANS) Plants and trees may be better and cheaper options than technology to mitigate air pollution, says a new study from an Indian-origin researcher. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that adding plants and trees to the landscapes near factories and other pollution sources could reduce air pollution by an average of 27 per cent. Researchers found that in 75 per cent of the countries analysed, it was cheaper to
  • Herbs to keep you warm during winters
    New Delhi, November 8 (IANSlife) Preety Tyagi, Lead Health Coach and founder of MY22BMI, underlines some properties of herbs found in household that may help you stay healthy during the season. 1. Tulsi Tulsi is known to help relieve the symptoms of allergies, breathing problems and bronchitis. A couple of leaves can be consumed straightaway or in tea. Herbal supplements of the plant are also available. 2. Ginger Ginger is also considered as a herb. A recent study showed t
  • Why spinal cord injury linked to higher rates of stroke?
    Toronto, November 8 (IANS) Researchers have found that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order to prevent issues like stroke after spinal cord injury. "People with spinal cord injury have alarming rates of stroke, and we wanted to understand why? We found that the risk of fatigue is nine times greater in individuals with spinal cord injury compared to those without," said study lead Aaron Phillips, Assistant Professor at University of Calgary in Canada. Working with co
  • Get your sleep back Insomniacs, here's your solution
    New Delhi, November 7 (IANS) Sleepless flocks take a note, researchers have found people who have trouble sleeping may be more prone to stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases. Do yoga and you can feel sleepy, Indian experts said. Health experts here have found solution to the problems raised by the Chinese experts. According to them yogas -- Shavasana, Vajrasana and Bhramari Pranayam along with a healthy diet may curb the sleeplessness. According to Sahil Kohli, Co
  • Fish oil supplements have no effect on anxiety: Study
    London, November 6 (IANS) Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that fish oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions. Omega-3 is a type of fat. Small amounts are essential for good health and can be found in the food that we eat including nuts and seeds and fatty fish, such as salmon. They are also readily a
  • Deep sleep can calm, reset the anxious brain
    New York, November 6 (IANS) Researchers have found that the type of sleep most apt to calm and reset the anxious brain is deep sleep, also known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) slow-wave sleep, a state in which neural oscillations become highly synchronised, and heart rates and blood pressure drops. A sleepless night can trigger up to a 30 per cent rise in anxiety levels, researchers from the University of California said. "We have identified a new function of deep sleep, one th
  • What's causing those burning eyes?
    New Delhi, November 5 (IANS) The toxic Delhi air has given itchy eyes to many in the National Capital Region. There is this burning sensation which the doctors say frequent washing of hands and avoiding rubbing of eyes might help. What might be causing that burn? According to health experts, this is mainly due to the hazardous pollutants including nitric oxide, sulphur and nitrogen dioxide in the air, an outcome of construction work and carbon emission. Living within the confines
  • Lower physical activity leads to higher death rates: Study
    A sales representative poses for photos sitting on an exercise equipment at a Chinese stall during the fair "Health & Fitness 2018" in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on Nov. 29, 2018. (Xinhua/IANS File Photo)   Rio de Janeiro, November 5 (IANS) Researchers have found the people who had the lowest levels of physical activity had higher rates of death compared to people with higher levels of activity, adding that nine per cent of all premature deaths are caused by not
  • Some skin cancers may start in hair follicles: Study
    New York, November 4 (IANS) Some of the most deadly skin cancers may start in stem cells that lend colour to hair, and originate in hair follicles rather than in skin layers, says a new study. Hair follicles are complex organs that reside within skin layers. It is there that immature pigment-making cells develop cancer-causing genetic changes - and in a second step - are exposed to normal hair growth signals. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, found that u
  • Gut bacteria may increase bowel cancer risk: Study
    London, November 4 (IANS) Researchers have found that people with a certain type of bacteria in their gut may be at a greater risk of developing bowel cancer. The gut microbiome is the collection of fungi, bacteria and viruses within our gut. There is an increasing evidence that the make-up of the microbiome plays a role in human health and the body's susceptibility to disease. "In the first study to use a technique called Mendelian randomisation to investigate the causal role pl
  • Blood test to detect breast cancer signs 5 years sooner
    London, November 3 (IANS) Researchers have found that a simple blood test can detect breast cancer up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it. The blood test identifies the body's immune response to substances produced by tumour cells, according to the research presented at the 2019 NCRI (National Cancer Research Institute) Cancer Conference in Glasgow, UK, on Sunday. "We need to develop and further validate this test," said Daniyah Alfattani from University of No
  • High hormone levels in blood raise prostate cancer risk
    London, November 1 (IANS) Men with higher levels of testosterone and a growth hormone in their blood are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to a new study. A research of more than 200,000 men is one of the first to show strong evidence of two factors that could possibly be modified to reduce prostate cancer risk. "Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men worldwide after lung cancer and a leading cause of cancer deaths. But, ther
  • Heavy smoking causes faces to look older: Study
    London, November 1 (IANS) Smoker's Face-- a condition where smokers look older than they are, is just one of many negative effects caused by heavy tobacco usage, researchers have warned. "We searched across thousands of traits to identify those that may be affected by how heavily someone smokes. As well as identifying several known adverse effects such as on lung health, we also identified an adverse effect of heavier smoking on facial aging," said study author Louise Millard from t
  • India's life expectancy rises; diabetes, hypertension rate high: Report
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) Life expectancy in India has increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16, as per the National Health Profile 2019 released on Wednesday. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70.2 years and 67.4 years for males. For comparison, in last year's survey, the life expectancy had increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.3 years in 2011-15. For the same period, the life expectancy for females is 70 years and 66.9 years f
  • 'Bad air cutting lives short by 7 yrs in Hindi heartland'
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) A new analysis of the air quality life index (AQLI) on Thursday showed the average citizen living in the Indo-Gangetic plain region can expect to lose about seven years of life expectancy. Particulate pollution is high in Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The study by Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)showed that this is because air quality fails to meet the World Health Organization's (WHO
  • Air pollution may cut heart rate response to stress in infants
    New York, October 30 (IANS) Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is associated with reduced cardiac response to stress in their six-month-old infants, warns a new study. Decreased heart rate variability, as observed in this study, is a known risk factor for mental and physical health problems in later life. Variability in how the heart rate responds to stressful experiences is essential for maintaining optimal functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive sy
  • Drinking coffee improves sports performance: Study
    London, October 30 (IANS) Researchers have found that drinking coffee is associated with improving sports performance in both men and women. For the study, published in the journal Nutrients, the researchers from Coventry University in the UK picked 38 participants (19 men, 19 women) and found that drinking caffeinated coffee improves speed of cycling. According to the researchers, participants restricted coffee consumption for 12 hours before drinking either -- coffee providing
  • People with autism risk more likely to report self harm
    London, October 30 (IANS) People with a higher genetic likelihood of autism are more likely to report higher childhood maltreatment, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, according to a new study by an Indian-origin researcher. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows that the findings hold true even for those with a higher genetic likelihood of autism rather than a formal diagnosis. Previous studies from the University of Cambridge established that autistic ind
  • Can paracetamol safely curb major depressive symptoms?
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS) Although researchers abroad claim that anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin or paracetamol can safely and effectively curb the symptoms of major depression, doctors here dispute the claim. According to Rajnish Kumar, Neurologist, Paras Hospital in Gurugram, usage of anti-inflammatory drugs to curb symptoms of depression is still controversial. "We haven't seen any such cases where anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, paracetamol or brufen have he
  • Maternal, infant health improves in India: Study
    New Delhi, October 28 (IANS) Community-based health programmes in parts of India, Ethiopia and Nigeria have been successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, says a new study. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). According to the researchers, underlying inequities in these rural settings mean that more work is needed to reach the poorest families, who bear the greatest burden of maternal and newbo