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A low blood platelet count could be due to various reasons. However, this usually occurs during the “dengue.” It is accompanied by high fever, petechial rashes, followed by thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and relative leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Low platelet counts can be life- threatening and can even cause death. So, learn how to increase platelets during dengue naturally so that there are lesser risks of internal bleeding tendencies and shock.

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LONDON : A novel video game that will enable patients recovering from stroke to engage and play as a form of rehabilitation has been developed. The video game called Balloon Buddies is designed to level the playing field by allowing healthy participants to support the less abled player. The findings showed that the performance of the patient was boosted when they played with a healthy volunteer, compared to if they were playing the game on their own.

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LONDON : If you do not want to look older than your true age, stop heavy drinking and smoking, new research suggests. Heavy drinking and smoking are linked to visible signs of physical ageing, according to the study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Light to moderate drinking is not associated with looking older than one's years, the findings showed.

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LONDON : Insufficient levels of phosphate in the blood may pose risk to cardiovascular health, claims a new research, challenging previous findings which suggested that low volumes of the mineral was beneficial to the heart. Phosphate is an important mineral in the body and helps to regulate blood biochemistry, which can impact on the working of the heart. 

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LONDON : Worried about your child's obesity problems? It's high time you curbed his love for sugary drinks and junk food. A little focus on dental care may also prevent your child gaining excess weight, says a new study. The study found a direct relationship between poor dental health leading to a rise in BMI (Body Mass Index) and extra body fat.

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NEW YORK : The increasing toll of chronic kidney disease (CKD) globally can significantly be attributed to the rise in air pollution, researchers have found. The researchers, who presented their research at ASN Kidney Week 2017 that ended November 5 in New Orleans, Louisiana, used the Global Burden of Disease study methodologies to estimate the burden of CKD attributable to air pollution. 

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NEW YORK : Maintaining strong social networks with positive, warm and trusting friendships in old age might be key to slowing down age-related decline in memory and brain functioning, researchers say. The findings showed that superagers -- who are 80 years and older -- who have cognitive ability at least as good as people in their 50s or 60s can have more satisfying, high-quality relationships compared to their cognitively average, same-age peers.

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NEW YORK : Women who became first-time mothers during their teenage years may be significantly more likely than older mothers to have greater risks for heart and blood vessel diseases later in life, according to new research. The findings showed that women reporting a first birth before the age of 20 scored significantly higher on "Framingham Risk Score" -- a measure commonly used to estimate the 10-year cardiovascular risk.

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LONDON : Air pollution can increase the risk of death from kidney, bladder and colorectal cancer besides causing lung cancer, a study has showed. According to researchers, air pollution represents a complex mixture of a broad range of carcinogenic and mutagenic substances that may play a role in chronic systemic inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage in tissues that could ultimately prove fatal.

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KOLKATA : Flagging India's low rate of insulinisation, a group of experts here on Wednesday drew attention to the "disturbingly high" rate of needle reuse with both syringes and pens among diabetics. Highlighting the importance of correct injection practices, leading clinical experts in diabetes care said with only about three million injecting insulin out of 69.2 million who live with diabetes, India has a low rate of insulinisation.

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NEW YORK : Women who breastfeed their children for longer periods exhibit more maternal sensitivity well past the infant and toddler years, according to a study. Maternal sensitivity was defined as the synchronous timing of a mother's responsiveness to her child, her emotional tone, her flexibility in her behaviour and her ability to read her child's cues.

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NEW DELHI : Many women dread their approaching delivery date because they do not want to go through a caesarean section (C-section) or are afraid of labour pains. Health experts suggest that couples can opt for water births which could be more relaxing, comfortable and less complex.

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Every fifth blind person in the world is an Indian. Of the 15 million blind people in India, 1.1 million suffer from corneal blindness. And 25,000 new cases are added to this backlog annually. Last year data shows that only 25,713 transplant procedures were done. In order to manage the problem, there is urgent need to perform 100,000 transplant surgeries every year.

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NEW YORK : Worried about the habit of daydreaming or a wandering mind during meetings in office or at home? Take heart, it may not be as bad as you think, but a sign that you are really smart and creative, researchers say. The findings showed people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering when performing easy tasks.

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NEW YORK : Children who receive higher levels of Vitamin D during infancy and childhood may be significantly at a lower risk of developing islet autoimmunity as well as Type 1 diabetes, according to a study. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease that is increasing by 3-5 per cent annually worldwide and occurs when the body's immune system destroys its own insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.

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NEW YORK : While speaking to their babies, mothers tend to shift the timbre of their voice in a rather specific way, which could play an important role in baby's language learning as well as engaging their emotion, researchers say. The special communicative mode, which mothers use when talking to their young infants, are known as "motherese" or "baby talk" -- somewhat musical form of speech which includes exaggerated pitch contours and short repetitive phrases.

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NEW DELHI : The problem of weight gain is not to taken lightly, even though the unending and often too-good-to-be-true solutions coming from the ever burgeoning weight management industry seem to suggest so. Be warned -- for a few extra kilos today can multiply tomorrow, putting you at increased risk of many diseases, including cancer.

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NEW YORK : Love to eat salads? Adding a spoonful or two of soybean oil as dressing may help you derive the optimal nutritional benefit from your veggies, suggests a research. The findings showed that eating salad with added fat in the form of soybean oil promotes the absorption of seven different micronutrients that promote human health including cancer prevention and eyesight preservation.

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NEW YORK : When it comes to sanitation, trees may not be more important than toilets, but a study of 300,000 children in 35 nations has found that increasing tree cover in watersheds can reduce the burden of diarrhoeal disease, which has many causes, including waterborne pathogens.

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LONDON : Scientists have developed a new gene test for breast cancer patients, which could inform women how likely they are to develop breast cancer, and can lead to fewer women being diagnosed with the deadly disease. The test known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) could help reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts to narrow down their risk.

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NEW YORK : Do you often suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs)? A new study suggests that drinking an additional three pints of water may reduce the recurrence of UTIs in women. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 40-60 per cent of women will develop a UTI during their lifetimes and one in four have a repeat infection unless precautions are taken.

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NEW YORK : If your are planning to visit a dentist, think twice. According to a study, antibiotics prescribed by dentists may contribute to the growing problem of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) -- a serious and potentially deadly infection that causes severe diarrhoea. Dentists write more than 24.5 million prescriptions for antibiotics a year. And many of those antibiotics are likely unnecessary, the researchers said.

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BENGALURU : Aiming to bring down health disorders among those skipping meals and opting for unhealthy snacks, the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) on Wednesday launched a campaign here to make people aware of how to acquire right nutrition even if they do not find enough time to have the day's main meals.

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LONDON : Drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet.

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NEW YORK : Love to drink black tea? It may be as beneficial as green tea in preventing obesity and promoting well-being, researchers say. The findings showed that chemicals found in black tea -- called polyphenols -- alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites.

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NEW YORK : Love to drink black tea? It may be as beneficial as green tea in preventing obesity and promoting well-being, researchers say. The findings showed that chemicals found in black tea -- called polyphenols -- alters energy metabolism in the liver by changing gut metabolites. Previously, it was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue. 

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NEW YORK : Teenage female athletes suffer concussion symptoms twice as long as their male counterparts, researchers have found. "These findings confirm what many in sports medicine have believed for some time," said lead researcher John Neidecker, a sports concussion specialist in Raleigh in North Carolina, US.

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SYDNEY : If you are finding it hard to get time to do exercise on weekdays, do not give up the habit on weekend thinking it may not yield any benefit. Researchers have found that just one hour of exercise every week can help prevent depression. The results, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that people of all ages can gain mental health benefits from even small amounts of exercise.

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LONDON : Pumpkins contain essential nutrients such as folic acid, manganese, vitamin C and zinc while spinach contains antioxidants that combat free radicals. There are other vegetables too that have higher value of nutrition. Frida Harju, In-House Nutritionist at the health app Lifesum, listed down the nutritious vegetables that everyone should include in their diet, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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NEW DELHI : While advancing age increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), living a healthy life from your youth may help prevent the disease, which is touted as the number one killer in both men and women globally as well as in India, experts suggest.

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NEW DELHI : A light-headed feeling and increased heart rate are some of the signs of heart failure that one should not ignore, say experts. With World Heart Day, which falls on September 29, coming up, Sanjay Kumar, Advisor to Credihealth and Sonia Narang, Nutrition and Wellness Expert, Oriflame India, have listed  some signs to detect heart failure. 

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BENGALURU : Some popular brands of facial creams that are advertised as containing "activated carbon" for better results can be harmful to the skin and even cause death, scientists say. Application of such face creams may bring quick results and prolonged use could be disastrous, warns a study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) at Howrah in West Bengal.

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MUMBAI : Twelve leading contemporary Indian artistes have created nine works of art and transformed the ambience at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital & Research Foundation here. Entitled 'Holistic Healing', the public art project was inaugurated by Isha Ambani at the hospital. "Holistic Healing hopes to transform the environment of a hospital into a space that transports the viewer outside the confines of its walls," said Isha Ambani at the inauguration.

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NEW YORK : Want to shed those extra kilos? Consume nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts and peanuts in your diet as these can help you reduce weight as well as lower the risk of becoming being overweight and obese, researchers say. The findings showed that people who ate who ate nuts not only had less weight gain than their nut-abstaining peers, but they also enjoyed a five per cent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese.

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NEW YORK : Opening up a new way to fight cancer, researchers including one of Indian-origin have found a way to target an enzyme that is crucial to tumour growth while also blocking the mechanism that has made past attempts to target that enzyme resistant to treatment. They were able to use this finding to develop a drug that successfully inhibits tumour growth of melanoma as well as pancreatic and colorectal cancer in mice, according to a study published in the journal Cancer Discovery.

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SYDNEY : Struggling hard to lose weight even with a controlled diet? Avoid continuous dieting and take a two-week break as this may help keep the kilos off, suggests a new study. According to researchers, dieting altered a series of biological processes in the body, which led to slower weight loss and possibly weight gain.

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NEW DELHI : Does your fourth grader son or daughter own a cell phone? Beware, he or she may be particularly vulnerable to cyberbullying, researchers have warned. The findings showed that children who owned cell phones were significantly more likely to report being a victim of cyberbullying, especially in grades 3 and 4. The increased risk could be tied to increased opportunity and vulnerability.

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NEW YORK : The breast milk of mothers with premature babies has different amounts of key molecules than that of mothers with babies born at term which may help premature babies catch up in growth and development, say researchers. In a study, researchers compared the breast milk of mothers with babies born prematurely -- between 28 and 37 weeks gestation -- and at term -- after 38 weeks.

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NEW DELHI : Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by schoolgoing children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned.

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NEW DELHI : Dark chocolate nowadays is popularly known as one of the best superfoods. If you nibble dark chocolate to satisfy a craving, youre also helping your heart with every bite, say experts. Sonia Narang, Wellness and Nutrition Expert, Oriflame India and Meher Rajput, Nutritionists and Dietician, FITPASS share that how dark chocolates  can be healthy too. 

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LONDON : Commonly sold e-cigarette liquids contain at least one substance classified as a health risk, such as those capable of causing asthma and allergy symptoms, researchers have found. The researchers analysed each sample to find out exactly which chemicals were present and in what quantities. Every liquid they tested contained at least one substance that has some level of risk to health according to the United Nations classification system.

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NEW DELHI : Feeding cow's milk to toddlers below the age of one year is a growing factor behind allergic diseases, including in the respiratory and digestive system, as they cannot tolerate protein in the milk, experts said on Sunday.

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SAN FRANCISCO : A new study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust. Using statistical models to analyse the responses of 853 men and women, who are demographically diverse, to 2,185 emotionally evocative video clips, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have identified 27 distinct categories of emotion and created a multidimensional map to show how they are connected.

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NEW YORK : A blood disorder that makes people chronically anaemic and forces them to stay indoors during the day might have triggered the blood-sucking vampire imagery in folklore, suggests new research. Porphyrias, a group of eight known blood disorders, affect the body's molecular machinery for making heme, which is a component of the oxygen-transporting protein, haemoglobin. 

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TORONTO : Practising Hatha yoga -- a combination of asanas, pranayam and meditation -- along with mindfulness meditation daily for just 25 minutes can significantly improve brain function and energy levels, according to a new study. The findings showed that both Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation everyday can boost the brain's executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behaviour and the ability to control knee-jerk emotional responses, habitual thinking patterns and actions.

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