Health

  • 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
  • Nutritional deficiency: Big downside of weight loss surgery
    New Delhi, November 10 (IANS) Bariatric surgery can be a life-changer for severely obese teenagers, but the recipients may develop nutritional deficiencies years after treatment that can carry their own health risks if not properly managed, said health experts. Lifestyle modifications and eating healthy food, along with exercise, might work, they added. Bariatric surgery refers to a gamut of weight-loss surgeries often recommended to people suffering from chronic obesity and obes
  • Air pollution in India linked to heart attack, stroke
    People wear masks on a smoggy evening in New Delhi, India, October 31, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis   New Delhi, November 9 (IANS) Researchers conducting a study in a periurban area in southern India have found that air pollution in the country is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).   The study shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index (carotid intima-media thickness) -- a marker of atherosclerosis -- wh
  • Finally, a 'breakthrough' in vaping lung injury probe in US
    San Francisco, November 9 (IANS) The investigation into the mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarette use in the US has led to the identification of a potential culprit by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of November 5, 39 people have died of the lung illness, and 2,051 cases are being probed. The chemical, vitamin E acetate, is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette because it resembles THC oil, said CDC which announced the "breakthrough
  • Poor relationship with family bad for your health: Study
    New York, November 9 (IANS) Having a strained relationship with parents, siblings or child may be more harmful to people's health than enduring rocky romantic partnerships, according to a new study. "We found that family emotional climate had a big effect on overall health, including the development or worsening of chronic conditions such as stroke and headaches over the 20-year span of midlife," the study's lead author Sarah B. Woods, Assistant Professor at University of Texas, sai
  • 30% working folks suffer mental risks: Survey
    New Delhi, November 8 (IANS) Thirty per cent working professionals suffer some form of mental, emotional risks and as much as 28 per cent some form of depression, a new survey conducted by health-tech startup Vivant revealed on Friday. According to the research, one in every four person feels their work life balance is not good and 27 per cent people talk about high job stress. The survey was conducted to gauge the state of mental health and spread awareness on depression, anxiet
  • 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