Birth control has not only changed family roles, gender roles and social life of women, it may also influence women's choice of sexual partners, a study has indicated. Birth control is used worldwide by more than 60 million women. For the study, researchers utilised a PMI (Partner’s Masculinity Index) to determine the male traits that women found attractive during the fertile phase of their …
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People paralysed with spinal injuries could regain some movement after new technology proved successful in controversial animal tests, scientists have claimed. Dr Andrew Jackson asserted that when someone had a damaged motor cortex or spinal cord, the problem is that the signal from the brain to the muscles does not get through, Sky News reported. He said what their research had done was to …
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Japan, one of the most rapidly ageing countries in the world, is looking for solutions to the growing demand for services aimed at providing care to the elderly, a sector that promises a large economic return in the future. And through new research, several promising solutions have already begun appearing on the horizon. These days, Hiroshi Kobayashi of the Tokyo University of Science is …
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A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical devices such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators, or new sensors and gadgets yet to be developed. The discoveries culminate years of efforts by Ada Poon, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, to eliminate the bulky batteries and …
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Researchers have found evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7. Lead author Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, said their study found convincing evidence that getting less than recommended amounts of sleep …
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This may come as an astonishing news for the Indian voters but if you are planning to contest elections in the US, better watch your weight. Voters in the US seem to prefer slender candidates over their overweight counterparts, a fascinating study has indicated. Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents. ‘We found weight had a significant effect on …
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Researchers have said that most discrimination in the US is not caused by intention to harm people different from us, but by ordinary favoritism directed at helping people similar to us. University of Washington psychologist Tony Greenwald, who co-authored the review with Thomas Pettigrew of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said they can produce discrimination without having any intent …
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Researchers through cochlear implant simulations have found that infants process speech differently than older children and adults. A new study from a UT Dallas researcher demonstrates the importance of considering developmental differences when creating programs for cochlear implants in infants. Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, said this …
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New research has found no evidence to support the claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ. The researchers were testing the contentious claim that exposure to levels of fluoride used in community water fluoridation is toxic to the developing brain and can cause IQ deficits. The Dunedin Study has followed nearly all aspects of the health and …
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If you wish to stop drinking, visiting the doctor may be the last thing in your mind as you hardly come across doctors prescribing pills that can keep you away from visiting the bars in the evening. This may change soon as researchers have now identified a few medicines that can work wonders in when used in conjunction with behavioural therapies. 'We have medications that can help,' Daniel …
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Researchers have suggested that taking olive oil supplements may counteract some of the adverse cardiovascular effects of exposure to air pollution. Lead study author Dr. Haiyan Tong, MD, PhD, a research biologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, said exposure to airborne particulate matter can lead to endothelial dysfunction, a condition in which the endothelium (inner …
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Do your parents nag you to brush your teeth before going to bed and after meals? If yes, then pay heed to their words as it can save you from the terrible consequences six-year-old Shivam Vatsayan had to face only because he skipped brushing his teeth. It was two months ago when Shivam suffered a severe organ failure, caused by gingivitis (inflammation of gum tissues), which soon developed into …
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A pan – India survey, conducted by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd ahead of ‘Hypertension Day’ showed a majority of people between 30 to 40 years have alarming LDL cholesterol levels. The survey conducted by Metropolis covered major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Out of the total 10738 lipid profiles done, 25% to 30 % have high Bad Cholesterol (Total Cholesterol, LDL and …
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You know that in your first hours of life, cells in the nascent embryo mature into skin, heart, gut, or any type of cell - called totipotency. New research shows that that totipotency is a step-wise process, manifesting as early as in precursors to sperm - called adult germline stem cells (AGSCs) which reside in the testicles. Typically, sperm precursors live a mundane life. They divide, …
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