Researchers have identified the mechanism in the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It could lead to new treatment and even prevention of diabetes. 'We have discovered that the prolyl endopeptidase enzyme -- located in a part of the hypothalamus known as the ventromedial nucleus -- sets a series of steps in motion that control …
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Following a healthy lifestyle may lower childhood cancer survivors' risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, says a study. Adults who had cancer as children are known to be at increased risk for the metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that increases the likelihood of developing heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and stroke. People with the metabolic syndrome have …
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Where expecting mothers live can also have a bearing on the birth weight of their babies as researchers have found that mothers who live near green spaces deliver babies with significantly higher birth weights. 'We found that overall, an increase of surrounding greenery near the home was associated with a significant increase of birth weight and decreased risk for low birth weight,' said …
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Two beneficial variants of a gene controlling red blood cells development have spread from Africa into nearly all human populations across the globe, a study reveals. While studying patients of African and South Asian descent, researchers at King's College London noticed that two genetic variants controlling the red blood cell regulator gene are of similar genetic structure not only in them but …
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Almost fifty percent unmarried people in India use social networking site Facebook to conduct a background check on their prospective partner, revealed a survey conducted by matrimonial site Shaadi.com. The survey was carried out to understand the different mediums of personal background check that people do before getting married and 48.9 percent chose Facebook as an important medium to …
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Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odour of their distressed mothers, a new study has found. Researchers also found that if a mother experienced something before pregnancy that made her fear something specific, her baby will quickly learn to fear it too - through her odour when she feels fear. In the first direct observation of this kind of fear …
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Arik Air, Nigeria's largest commercial airline, is set to suspend operations to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra-Leone following the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed here. The suspension was a precautionary measure and would be in force until further notice, Xinhua reported citing an airline statement. The Nigerian government confirmed Friday a Liberian national, who had …
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Obese women who use oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy can now heave a sigh of relief as researchers have identified ways to make birth control pills more effective. Making birth control pills work as well in obese women as in women of a normal body mass index has long been a challenge as obesity affects how a woman's body clears contraceptive hormones. Either a slight increase in the pill …
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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said health personnel at both the central and state levels will be mobilised to boost diarrhoea-control measures. He was speaking at the launch of the nationwide 'Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)'. 'The measures are a set of activities which include enhancing advocacy, stepping up awareness generation, establishing more ORS-zinc corners, …
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Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales. Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious …
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Sports biopics are here to stay. It all started with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in which Farhan Akhtar played Milkha Singh with aplomb and now Priyanka Chopra is going to bring Mary Kom’s epic journey. Rumours suggest that the next sport star to be immortalised on the big screen will be hockey legend Dhyan Chand and reports suggest that the movie will helmed by Ila Bedi Dutta – who wrote Agneepath …
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A new study has revealed thatdrugs widely used to treat lung diseases, like asthma and pneumonia, work with the body clock, which makes them ineffective. Scientists from The University of Manchester have found out that cells lining the lung airways have their own body clock which is the time-keeper for lung inflammation - both conditions cause swelling (inflammation) in the lungs and more severe …
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July 28 is the World Hepatitis Day On this World Hepatitis Day, there's good news for patients, particularly from India, for those suffering from hepatitis C. Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter, more effective treatment options with fewer side effects for the majority of patients infected with hepatitis C, even those most difficult to treat, according to the results …
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Cristiano Ronaldo announced in 2013 that he was going to launch his own underwear brand and while he might not be the first footballer to model in underwear, he’s surely the first one to launch his own brand. Of course, CR7 as the Portuguese ace likes to be known is one of the most athletic and fit men on the planet. Yesterday, he gave a sneak peek to his fans by sharing a picture on social …
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