Health

  • Diabetes among women under 55 may up heart disease risk
    New York, January 21 (IANS): Women, who are under 55, with Type-2 diabetes are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease, a new study suggests. The study indicates that women, who are less than 55 years and Type-2 diabetes, had a tenfold greater risk of having coronary heart disease over the next two decades, with lipoprotein insulin resistance (LPIR) proving to be a strong, predictive biomarker as well. "We're going to see, unfortunately, younger and younger
  • AI-based technique may detect prostate cancer from urine
    SEOUL, JANUARY 21 (IANS): A novel Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technique may help in diagnosing prostate cancer from urine within only twenty minutes with almost 100 per cent accuracy, a new study suggests. The research team, including Kwan Hyi Lee from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), developed this technique by introducing a smart AI analysis method to an electrical signal-based ultra-sensitive biosensor. "This research developed a smart biosenso
  • Covid attack on brain, not lungs, triggers severe disease in mice
    NEW YORK, JANUARY 20 (IANS): Researchers have found that infecting the nasal passages of mice with the virus that causes Covid-19 led to a rapid, escalating attack on the brain that triggered severe illness, even after the lungs were successfully clearing themselves of the virus. According to researchers, including an Indian-origin researcher, the findings have implications for understanding the wide range in symptoms and severity of illness among humans who are infected by SARS-CoV
  • Mental well-being in men declined more in second wave of pandemic
    LONDON, JANUARY 20 (IANS): Psychological well-being could affect both the genders but it declined more in men as compared to women during the second wave of the pandemic, a new study suggests. The study indicates that in Denmark, the mental well-being of both men and women declined when the country closed down during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic - with women being hit the hardest. But during the second wave, it was the other way round in terms of gender as the psych
  • Know your thyroid glands and how to take care of them
    New Delhi, January 20 (IANSlife): Do you constantly feel run down, exhausted and cold when others are warm? This so happens when the thyroid gland isn't working as well as it should be, you don't feel well. You end up putting on tons of weight irrespective of trying extremely hard despite trying very hard to keep your weight in the limit. These could be signs of Hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. These hormones
  • Loss of smell most relevant sign of Covid: Study
    LONDON, JANUARY 20 (IANS): It is due to Covid-19 that a majority of patients with respiratory infections lose their sense of smell, claims a new study. According to a study, published in the journal Chemical Senses, the disease also often results in both the loss of taste and other senses in the mouth. "This emphasises how important it is to be aware of this symptom, as it may be the only symptom of the disease," said Alexander Wieck Fjaeldstad, Associate Professor at A
  • Male sex hormones may help treat breast cancer: Study
    SYDNEY, JANUARY 19 (IANS): Researchers have found new evidence about the positive role of androgens, commonly thought of as male sex hormones but also found at lower levels in women, in breast cancer treatment. In normal breast development, estrogen stimulates and androgen inhibits growth at puberty and throughout adult life. Abnormal estrogen activity is responsible for the majority of breast cancers, but the role of androgen activity in this disease has been controversial. T
  • Natural and ayurvedic tips to prevent bird flu
    New Delhi, January 19 (IANSlife): Bird flu, also called avian influenza, has come as a double whammy for countries that are already fighting their biggest battle against Covid-19. Again the sign and symptoms are related to the respiratory system only along with fever. Since there is not much clarity about its complications and other issues which patients can face, there is no one way to deal with this situation. As per the available data and as a general rule of Ayurveda strength of
  • Don't ignore these 10 warning signs of Cervical Cancer
    New Delhi, January 18 (IANSlife): Did you know that unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge could be a warning sign of cervical cancer? India accounts for nearly one-fourth of the world's Cervical Cancer deaths, with 60,078 deaths and 96,922 new cases in 2018. This largely preventable disease is the second most common cause of Cancer mortality among Indian women, Sushma Tomar, Consultant Obstetrics And Gynaecology, Fortis Hospital Kalyan tells IANSlife. As per the Indian Journal o
  • Peer support may be more beneficial to teens with anxiety
    New York, January 18 (IANS): One in three parents strongly support schools having mental health programmes like peer support leaders, a new poll suggests. The poll indicates that an estimated one in five teenagers has symptoms of a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety and suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens. But the first person a teen confides in may not always be an adult -- they may prefer to talk to another teen. "Peers may provide
  • Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream
    Beijing, January 17 (AP): The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. The Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said. There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream. Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government
  • Chinese health experts call to shun Pfizer's mRNA-based Covid vaccine
    Beijing, January 15 (IANS): Amid the news of deaths of 23 elderly Norwegian people who received Pfizer's mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine, Chinese health experts have called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of it, especially among elderly people due to the vaccines' safety uncertainties. According to a Chinese immunologist, the new mRNA vaccine was developed in haste and had never been used on a large scale for the prevention of infectious disease, and its safety
  • DNA test can identify pneumonia in patients with severe Covid
    London, January 15 (IANS) Researchers have developed a DNA test to quickly identify secondary infections in Covid-19 patients, who have double the risk of developing pneumonia while on ventilation. For patients with the most severe forms of Covid-19, mechanical ventilation is often the only way to keep them alive, as doctors use anti-inflammatory therapies to treat their inflamed lungs. However, these patients are susceptible to further infections from bacteria and fungi that the
  • Discrimination ups anxiety risk regardless of genetics
    New York, January 15 (IANS): Regardless of genetic risks, exposure to discrimination in life plays a significant role in developing anxiety and related disorders, suggests a new study. Published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences journal, the study determined that even after controlling genetic risk for anxiety, depression and neuroticism, people reported greater discrimination experiences. "The results demonstrate that discriminatory experiences can potentia
  • Depression, stress can reduce vaccine efficacy
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): Depression, stress and loneliness can weaken the body's immune system, and lower the effectiveness of certain vaccines, including the new Covid-19 preventives that are in development and the early stages of global distribution, scientists say.  According to a report accepted for publication in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, simple interventions, including exercise and getting a good night's sleep in the 24 hours before va
  • Past COVID-19 infection gives 5-month immunity, but risk exists: UK study
    London, January 14 (PTI): An official UK study released on Thursday concludes that a past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity for at least five months, but people may still carry and transmit coronavirus. The Public Health England (PHE) analysis found that naturally acquired immunity as a result of past infections provide 83 per cent protection against reinfection, compared to people who have not had the disease before. This appears to last at least for five months from fir
  • Being workaholic may increase depression, anxiety risk
    Moscow, January 14 (IANS): If you are a workaholic, then there are chances you may suffer negative mental and physical health outcomes such as depression, anxiety or sleep disorder, a new study suggests. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, indicates that people with higher work addiction risk compared to people with low work addiction risk have twice the risk of developing depression. Sleep quality was lower to workers wi
  • Short term low-carb diet linked to Type-2 diabetes' remission
    New York, January 14 (IANS): Patients with Type-2 diabetes who follow a strict low carbohydrate diet for six months may experience greater rates of remission compared with other recommended diets without adverse effects, a new study suggests. Most benefits diminished at 12 months, but say doctors might consider short-term strict low carbohydrate diets for managing Type-2 diabetes, while actively monitoring and adjusting diabetes medication as needed, the researchers, including Joshu
  • SARS-CoV-2 can infect neurons, damage brain tissue: Study
    NEW YORK, JANUARY 13 (IANS): Researchers have discovered that SARS-CoV-2 can directly infect the central nervous system and have begun to unravel some of the virus's effects on brain cells. The study, that used both mouse and human brain tissue, indicates that SARS-CoV-2 can affect many other organs in the body, including, in some patients, the central nervous system, where infection is associated with a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches and loss of taste and smell to i
  • Novel coronavirus may resemble common cold in future, scientists predict
    New Delhi, January 13 (PTI): SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may resemble the mild cold-causing coronaviruses that currently circulate in humans if it becomes endemic and most people are exposed in childhood, according to a study. The modelling study, published on Tuesday in the journal Science, is based on research of the four common cold coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-1. The analysis of the immunological and epidemiological data for these viruses helped the researchers