Health

  • Stress, anxiety may not be as harmful as you think
    New York, August 12 (IANS) People generally think of stress and anxiety as negative concepts, now new study shows that they often play a helpful, not harmful, role in our daily lives. "Many Americans now feel stressed about being stressed and anxious about being anxious. Unfortunately, by the time someone reaches out to a professional for help, stress and anxiety have already built to unhealthy levels," said study researcher Lisa Damour, private-practice psychologist from the US.
  • Indian firm develops test to detect drug-resistant TB mutation
    Bengaluru, August 8 (IANS) Genetic diagnostic and drug discovery research firm MedGeneome Labs on Thursday claimed to have developed the first whole genomic sequencing-based test to detect drug-resistant mutation in tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. "The breakthrough DNA test will enable a doctor to correctly prescribe the most effective drug to a TB patient without a time-consuming trial and error process," said the city-based clinical data-driven Labs. Announcing its foray into infec
  • Multiple genes to blame for risk of asthma, eczema
    London, August 6 (IANS) Researchers have found a total of 141 regions in our genetic material that largely explain the genetic risk underlying asthma, hay fever and eczema. As many as 41 of the genes identified have not previously been linked to an elevated risk for these diseases. The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, shows that the risk of developing asthma, hay fever or eczema is affected by genes, environment and lifestyle factors. It was also noted th
  • Your video selfie may measure blood pressure
    Toronto, August 6 (IANS) In good news for people who have blood pressure (BP) problems, monitoring BP might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie. Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have tested a technology called transdermal optical imaging that measures blood pressure by detecting blood flow changes in smartphone-captured facial videos. "This study shows that facial video can contain some information about systolic blood pressure," said Indian-origin rese
  • Reduce 'ugly cholesterol' for stroke prevention
    London, August 3 (IANS) Reducing high levels of remnant cholesterol or 'ugly cholesterol' can significantly cut the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, suggest researchers. In a study, published in Atherosclerosis journal, the researchers from University of Copenhagen observed that levels of remnant cholesterol in the blood of adults are just as high as the amount of the "bad" LDL cholesterol. There are three types of cholesterol found in the blood -- remnant cholesterol or
  • Smartphone gaming better stress reliever than fidget-spinner
    New Delhi, August 2 (IANS) Digital games, like those on smartphones, may help in relieving stress after a day's work more effectively than a fidget-spinner toy, a new study suggests. "Far from feeling guilty about being absorbed by their phone, people who play such games after a stressful day at work should know they are likely to be gaining a real benefit," said Anna Cox, Professor at the University of Bath in UK. In the study published in JMIR Mental Health, 45 participants age
  • 822 million suffer from chronic malnutrition, FAO says
    Rome, Aug 1 (IANS) Almost 822 million people suffered from chronic malnutrition and about 2,000 million had food insecurity in 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has said in a report. New Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Qu Dongyu, faces the challenge of mobilizing more public and private efforts against malnutrition, in a clear rise in the world for the last three years. Qu will follow the steps of Brazilian José Graziano da Si
  • High Vitamin A intake can lower skin cancer risk
    New York, Aug 1 (IANS) Researchers have found that people who intake high levels of Vitamin A were 17 per cent less at risk of getting a skin cancer as compared to those who ate modest amounts of foods and supplements rich in Vitamin A. "Our study provides another reason to eat lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, is hard to prevent, but this study suggests that eating a healthy diet rich in Vitamin A, in addition t
  • Mobile tower radiation increasing risk of oral problems
    Chennai, July 31 (IANS) Radiation from mobile phone towers could be a reason for increasing oral problems in people, said a doctor at Saveetha Dental College and Hospital here on Wednesday.   "The environment plays an important part in the health and oral health. Even the radiation from the cell phone towers can be a reason for oral problems," said Pratibha Ramani, Professor and Head of Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the hospital. She was speaking to th
  • Most cancers can be cured if detected early: Minister
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday that most cancers can be prevented and also cured if diagnosed early.   Responding to a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha, Vardhan stressed the need for change in lifestyle and food habits besides shunning tobacco, cigarette and alcohol. Vardhan listed various central health schemes to help cancer patients get affordable treatment. Taking part in the discussion, memb
  • Expensive Gilead, Novartis cancer therapies losing patients to experimental treatments
    Logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its branch in Schweizerhalle near Basel, Switzerland on March 29, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     LOS ANGELES, July 30 (Reuters): Unusually high numbers of U.S. lymphoma patients are choosing experimental treatments over expensive cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences Inc and Novartis AG, new data shows, helping explain why sales of the two products have not met rosy expectations.   Both Gilead's Yescarta an
  • High levels of oestrogen in the womb linked to autism
    London, July 29 (IANS) Researchers have identified a link between exposure to high levels of oestrogen sex hormones in the womb and the likelihood of developing autism.   Published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the discovery adds further evidence to support the prenatal sex steroid theory of autism first proposed 20 years ago. In 2015, the researchers measured the levels of four prenatal steroid hormones, including two known as androgens, in the amniotic fluid in t
  • 5 hours daily on phone increases risk of obesity
    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Researchers have found that students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to higher risk of obesity and likely to have other lifestyle habits that increases the risk of heart disease.   According to a study, researchers analysed 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of Colombia with an average age of 19 years and 20 years, respectively. "It is important for the general population to know and be aware that, despite being
  • Red wine can treat depression, anxiety: Study
    New York, July 28 (IANS) In a good news for wine lovers, researchers have found a compound present in red wine which can treat depression and anxiety.   The plant compound resveratrol displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme which controls stress in the brain. "Resveratrol may be an effective alternative to drugs for treating patients suffering from depression and anxiety disorders," said Ying Xu, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo in t
  • WHO calls for increased global action against tobacco
    Geneva, July 28 (IANS) Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco use, but the World Health Organization's (WHO) latest tobacco report shows more could be done to help people quit the addictive substance. "Quitting tobacco is one of the best things any person can do for their own health," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press release published on Friday. About 5 billion people, or 65 per cent of the world's population, ar
  • Andrew Thong’s 'Without You' goes viral
    Andrew Thong’s debut single 'Without You' which was released by indihut for free went viral and widely accepted by music lovers from Nagaland and beyond. Andrew's love and passion for music was evident from a young age as he started learning guitar at the age of 7 and started performing in churches as early as 12 where he got his first experience as a performer. His aspiration to become an accomplished artist led him to discover his song writing skills when he turned 19. Andrew