Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, says a study. Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D have half the risk of dying compared to those with the lowest levels, the findings showed. Often referred to as 'sunshine vitamin', vitamin D is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. The very few foods in nature …
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With the next full moon approaching on Saturday, July 12, a team of international researchers based in Gothenburg, Sweden, have concluded that people are more sensitive during this lunar phase and will sleep an average of 20 minutes less. Their results match those of a Swiss study conducted last year involving 33 participants, although the two studies lock horns where REM sleep is concerned. …
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Having  cough and cold is probably one of the most annoying conditions to have. But you don’t have to necessarily suffer through it. There are medicines that can help you deal with the symptoms and infection, if any. For colds: Colds are most often caused due to a viral infection and one is usually affected when their immune system is weak. Cold spreads easily from one person to another; it …
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The popular spice cinnamon can slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease, a study shows. The discovery can herald a remarkable advance in the treatment of this devastating neurodegenerative disease. 'Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the world for centuries. The spice can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with …
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Adults with extreme obesity have increased risk of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, says a new research. People with class III (or extreme) obesity had a dramatic reduction in life expectancy compared with people of normal weight, the findings showed. 'While once a relatively uncommon condition, the …
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Uncontrolled diabetes is an invitation for several complications, involving almost every part of the body. Therefore, if you have diabetes you need to be aware of these cardinal symptoms; all of which may indicate progression towards a severe condition that needs immediate medical attention. 1. Swelling (edema): If you notice swelling in any part of the body, be it in the hands and feet, in the …
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Vasectomy, a surgical procedure for male sterilisation, may help you prevent pregnancy permanently, but it poses increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, says a study. The effect appeared to be stronger among men who had a vasectomy at a younger age, according to the study. 'The results support the hypothesis that vasectomy is associated with …
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A new smartphone app being tested at St Louis Children's Hospital in the US is turning out to be a life-saving experience for children with heart conditions. Named AliveCor, it is a smartphone cover with two metal plates on the back. It can be used with an app on the phone to conduct an electrocardiogram (ECG) wirelessly which can be sent from the smartphone to the doctor. The device, however, is …
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British scientists on Monday announced a major step forward in developing a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's, potentially helping the search for a cure. Researchers identified blood proteins that appear in patients subsequently diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease, the most common form of dementia. A test to diagnose the disease early on would allow researchers to …
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A common set of genes play a role in learning to read and do maths, with tiny variants influencing a child's skills in these tasks, according to a study published Tuesday. But this ability is not just gene-driven, as schooling and help from parents are also vital contributors, its authors cautioned. Early numeracy and literacy are known to run in some families but the genes that affect this have …
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In a pilot study announced by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), researchers observed 40 overweight or obese white and African-American women who had been experiencing at least four hot flashes per day and found that the problem faded along with the extra pounds they lost. Hot flashes affect 70 percent of women during menopause for as long as nine years and can reduce quality of life, …
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A recent study has claimed that the belief of many young adults that they can replace cigarette with hookah as its not harmful to their health is wrong. Hookah smoking, which is heavily marketed to young adults in the States, is the only form of tobacco use that is not regulated and its exemption from clean indoor air legislation, such as the California Clean Air Act, is contributing to its …
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In this day and age, our body goes through a lot of wear and tear. With all that stress, travelling and a sedentary lifestyle eventually takes a toll on our body, its muscles and bones. One of the spots that most people tend to overuse is the neck. Cervicalgia, a term that is clinically used to describe neck pain, arises mostly from long, continuous hours of sitting in the same posture or a …
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A team of Chinese and Danish researchers has identified 500 new species of gut-residing microorganisms and 800 new bacterial viruses which could attack them. The findings could lead to promising new treatments and possibly circumvent the current crisis of antimicrobial resistance. Using a technique they developed for analyzing DNA sequence data, researchers managed to more than double the number …
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