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LONDON : Researchers have developed a new imaging agent that could help guide and assess treatments for people with various neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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NEW DELHI : Fearing a blanket ban on e-cigarettes by the government in view of the limited awareness about the relative benefits of vaping over smoking, the Association of Vapors India (AVI) on Saturday stressed that nicotine should not be blamed for smoking-related deaths.

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LONDON : While early detection is the key for successful breast cancer treatment, one in three women in rural India had not even heard of the deadly disease, finds a research led by a doctoral student of Indian-origin.

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NEW DELHI : Imagine walking on the road and suddenly seeing a passerby suffering from chest pain and collapsing. Would you be able to give a lifesaving Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)? Most likely, no.

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TAIPEI : Beware of the painkiller you are taking as researchers have found that consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase the chances of heart-related complications. According to the researchers, use of NSAIDs was associated with a 18 per cent increased risk of atrial fibrillation in a study of middle-aged adults.

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NEW YORK : If you are using e-cigarettes then stop doing so. A new study indicates that exposure of e-cigarettes is associated with higher risk of non-alcohol fatty liver diseases. The findings of the study, in mice, suggests that using e-cigarettes may lead to an accumulation of fat in the liver.

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WASHINGTON : A small, daily dose of popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study conducted in mice. Viagra cut in half the formation of polyps, an abnormal and often asymptomatic clump of cells on the lining of the intestines that may become cancer, said Darren D Browning, researcher at Augusta University in the US.

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WASHINGTON DC: There's a link between insufficient sleep and the development of insulin resistance, one of the factors that cause type 2 diabetes, and now, a team of researchers has discovered a biological reason for this relationship, at least in men: an imbalance between their testosterone and cortisol hormones.

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HEALTH : Pentavalent vaccine (PV), that was introduced by India a little over six years ago, doubled the deaths of children soon after vaccination compared to the DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus) vaccine, according to a new study that calls for a "rigorous review of the deaths following vaccination with PV".

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WASHINGTON : With the aim to tackle tobacco use and cigarette smoking in particular, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has "in a historic step" decided to lower nicotine in combustible cigarettes to minimal or non-addictive levels, the regulatory body said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI : A day after a study claimed that 90 per cent of bottled water from leading brands is contaminated by microplastics, Indian bottling companies on Friday contested the findings, saying they enforce strict quality control.

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HYDERABAD : In good news for chronic insomniacs, an ongoing study at the WellSpan York Hospital in the US to assess the impact of "Heartfulness Meditation" on insomnia has shown promising results.

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TOKYO : Smokers beware. You maybe at a higher risk of suffering hearing loss, as a new study suggests that smoking affects the ability to hear both high and low frequency sounds.

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NEW DELHI : Targetting cardiac diseases, Microsoft has partnered with Apollo Hospitals to expand its healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) offering, the software giant said in a statement on Thursday.

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NEW DELHI : Chronic kidney disease in India is more common in women than in men, finds a survey by SRL Diagnostics. The survey showed that abnormalities in kidney function was an average of 11.36 per cent higher in women than in men (9.48%) It also showed that kidney function disorders were very common in the elderly, especially those over 85 years.

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TORONTO : Scientists have developed an innovative antibody delivery method that could offer an effective way to prevent and treat Ebola infection. More than 11,000 people died during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2013-16, demonstrating both the deadly nature of the virus and the limitations of the medication used to fight it.

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NEW YORK : Do you frequently work in night shifts? Beware, you are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, a precursor to cardiovascular diseases, researchers have warned.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). The study found that people working irregular or rotating shifts with usual night shifts were 44 per cent more likely to have Type 2 diabetes.

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Turmeric orhaldi as this spice is known as in Indian households is a wonder herb and a staple in Southeast Asia and Middle East. It gives our curries and veggies a gorgeous yellow hue. But, did you know that this powerful spice that belongs to the ginger family is magical owing to thenumerous health benefits it offers? Yes?Not sure what these could be? Read on to find out.

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LOS ANGELES: U.S. scientists have identified how a gene mutation affects T cell function to promote immune disorders and then tested a treatment based on the discovery--successfully fixing donated immune cells from a 16-year-old boy with an abnormally low level of white blood cells called lymphopenia. Immune system disorders lead to abnormally low immune activity (deficiency) or overactivity (autoimmunity).

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Drinking water as all of us know is important for our health or why else will nutritionists and dieticians across the globe stress on you drinking ‘a lot of water’. Water keeps our body hydrated besides performing critical functions. However, most don’t know that drinking it in ample amount can actually help in weight loss. Surprised, are you? Well, here is how water can help your burn calories and also prevent you from gaining pounds.

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Health benefits of a good night’s sleep are aplenty, but some don’t sleep sound no matter how hard they try. They’re found snoozing at work or yawning during meetings and overall just too tired during the day. On the other hand there are those who admit to falling asleep within 5 minutes of hitting the sack.

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Have you reached a weight loss plateau? Is your weighing machine reading the same weight every other time you set your foot on it? Believe it or not despite the efforts you’re putting in, you may still be going somewhere wrong. Some reasons could be hormonal (in which case see a doc) whereas others may just be a little more than surprising.

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NEW YORK : Are you in the habit sleeping less than eight hours a night? Beware, you may be at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety, according to a study. Regular sleep disruptions can increase the difficulty in shifting attention away from negative thoughts. While other people may be able to move on from their negative thoughts, people low on sleep can have trouble ignoring it.

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NEW YORK : High-doses of Vitamin D can potentially reduce arterial stiffness -- a major risk factor for cardiovascular-related disease and death -- in young vitamin-deficient obese adults, researchers say. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, with an estimated 17.7 million deaths in 2015, and representing 31 per cent of all global deaths.

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NEW YORK : Suffering from cervical cancer? Along with your radiation therapy, start eating blueberries. New research shows consuming blueberry extract while on treatment may have a positive outcome. "Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays to destroy cancer cells," said lead author of the study Yujiang Fang, professor at University of Missouri School of Medicine.

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As we get ready to welcome 2018, most of us also commit to being better versions of ourselves. Leading a healthier lifestyle usually tops the list, but it is also one of the toughest things to achieve.

To finally break that cycle of unfulfilled resolutions, commit to just a few healthy habits and cultivate them throughout the year.

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NEW YORK: There is good news for diabetics as researchers have developed a pain-free skin patch containing dissolvable compounds that responds to blood chemistry to manage glucose automatically.

For millions of people with type 2 diabetes, ongoing vigilance over the amount of sugar, or glucose, in their blood is the key to health.

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Though there are plenty of home remedies for chikungunya, it is vital to use the right natural methods that respond effectively to the infection. That’s exactly what this article shares. As soon as the symptoms of chikungunya are recognized, these treatments help in a big way to overcome the illness.
But before we list them for you, here is a quick introduction.

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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 : Started experiencing breathing problems due to excessive pollution in the air surrounding your home? It is time to shift your abode to a neighbourhood with more green spaces. People living in polluted urban areas are less likely to develop breathing problems, such as asthma, when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a new study has found.

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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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