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Last Updated Monday May 01 2017 05:58 AM IST


Why extra virgin olive oil is good for health

A compound commonly found in extra-virgin olive oil can significantly reduce symptoms of insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease - the negative effects of a high-fat diet, a study has found.

How much fat is a good amount?

Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids - found naturally in foods including salmon, walnuts and soybeans - has shown to lower blood pressure and increase good cholesterol (HDL) in children eight to 15 years old.

India among top 4 countries in death by smoking

Deaths attributable to smoking increased by 4.7 percent in 2015 compared with 2005 and smoking was rated as a bigger burden on health moving from third to second highest cause of disability

Your chronic lack of sleep may lead to bone loss

A shift-based job or frequent traveling that causes jet lag poses continuous restriction on good sleep as well as disruptions in the internal body clock, and might be an unrecognized factor for bone loss in young men.

Climate, the villian shaping your nose!

The size and shape of your nose may not be genetically inherited from your parents but evolved, at least in part, in response to the local climate conditions, researchers claim.

Exercise may cut side-effects of chemotherapy

Side effects of the chemotherapy may include loss of sensation, weakness, exhaustion, infections or severe diarrhoea, which often causes patients to reduce or even discontinue the program.

Why short, fair men go bald prematurely

The findings suggested that premature hair loss is linked to a range of various physical characteristics and illnesses such as shortness, earlier occurrence of puberty and various cancers.

Human brain may help generate fructose

The study showed that high concentration of fructose in the brain was due to a metabolic pathway called the polyol pathway that converts glucose to fructose.

Back pain ups risk of early death

Back pain-approximately affecting 700 million people worldwide-is the leading cause of disability globally and may increase your risk of dying early by 13 percent, researchers warn.

Kids born to older moms may be smarter

In contrast to 40 years ago, children born to older mothers today are more likely to perform better in cognitive ability tests than those born to younger mothers.

Decoded: Why elder siblings are smarter

Elder siblings have higher IQs and better thinking skills as they receive more mental stimulation from parents in their early years, a new research has claimed.

Read this before ordering your next takeaway

The findings showed that food packaging contains more than two dozen toxic highly fluoridated chemicals that come mostly from older, recycled materials or other undetermined sources.

Breast cancer may return in lonely survivors

The researchers examined information on 9,267 women with breast cancer to see how patients' social networks within approximately two years following their diagnosis might affect their survival

Early dinner may help you lose weight

A new research revealed that eating a very early dinner, or even skipping dinner, may reduce swings in hunger, alter fat and carbohydrate burning patterns.

Acupuncture may reduce hot flashes in menopausal women

Acupuncture is a system of alternative medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points along what are considered to be lines of energy (meridians), used in the treatment of various physical and mental conditions.

Are you a couch potato? Watch out!

Various studies over the last decade have demonstrated how the excessive amount of time we spend sitting down may increase the risk of death, regardless of whether or not we exercise.

Want to stay slim? Get married

The study showed that those who were married were 50 percent less likely to be overweight when compared to those who are single.

India has largest number of stunted children: Report

Stunting is a consequence of malnutrition in the first 1,000 days from conception until age two. It is largely irreversible after the age of two, making those first 1,000 days critical to a child's development.

Heartbeat for pacemakers

In a recent report, future pacemakers will be battery free and powered by the heart itself by using the piezoelectric system.

Smoking weed increaseas risk of tooth loss

Smoking marijuana for a long time can put you at increased risk of gum diseases that can lead to tooth loss, says a study that found no other serious adverse physical effects of pot-smoking.

Scientists develop new heart bypass surgery device

A team of international scientists has developed a device that will help doctors to perform heart bypass surgery without stopping the heart.Scientists from MISiS National University of Science and Technology, Moscow and their colleagues from Australia's Endogene-Globetek medical company have

Beware: An autistic kid may wander away

More than one-third of US children with autism spectrum disorders have wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 months, new research shows. "Elopement, or wandering, places children with autism spectrum disorders at risk of serious injury or even death once they

Diabetes can impair hearing

Diabetes can damage the auditory system, new research has found, suggesting that clinicians should include the testing of hearing in managing Type-2 diabetes.

Beware! Demanding bosses may harm your health

If you think that your ever-demanding boss always directs you to push the envelope and work extra hard to meet the deadlines, beware as this workplace behaviour may be detrimental to your overall health.

Indoor pollution more harmful: Research

A new study led by an Indian-origin scientist has highlighted the dangerous effects of indoor pollution on human health and has called for policies to ensure closer monitoring of air quality.

Talk to your kids at dinner time and keep them fit

Children who have their dinner along with other family members are generally fit and eating meals together can also help kids cut the risk of developing eating disorders or weight problems later in life.

Low-fat diet can cut breast cancer risk

A diet containing low-fat food items is likely to aid women in their postmenopausal phase to keep away from breast cancer as well as lower the mortality risk rates associated with the deadly disease.

Men lose sex appeal at 39

Men who have turned 39 lose charm for young women as they are viewed more like father figures than sex symbols, a study reveals.

Kerala makes dementia care a priority

It is estimated that over 1.9 lakh people will be affected by dementia in Kerala by 2015. Hence, Kerala is making dementia care a public health and social welfare priority.

Too much texting could hurt your spine

Simple texting on smartphone can exert nearly 23 kg of pressure on your spine depending on the angle at which you are sitting or lying, an alarming research has revealed.

Marijuana could protect brain

The active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, may help protect the brain in cases of traumatic brain injury, says a study.

It's all about swine flu

With the increasing rate of H1N1 (swine flu) cases reported, the Health Department has stepped up preventive measures to tackle the virus, which has killed over 190 people in the country.

Air pollution cuts lives by 3 years

India's high air pollution, ranked by the World Health Organisation among the worst in the world, is adversely impacting the lifespans of its citizens.

Tobacco indeed causes cancer: Report

Amid widespread shock and anguish over misinformed statements on tobacco's association with cancer, Kerala's medical community rebuffed these and stated that tobacco use indeed causes cancer.

Hand, larynx transplant facility in Kochi

A cadaver hand and larynx (voice box) transplant facility has come up at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi with the Kerala medical authorities giving all the requisite clearances.

Under the fabric of organ donation

Deceased organ donation is a gift of relief given to the unfortunate among the living by those who pass away without losing their goodness.

Eye changes can predict dementia

A loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of a form of dementia in people with a genetic risk for the brain disorder - even before any changes appear in their behaviour, says a study.

Work stress may lead to stroke

People with high stress jobs have a 22 per cent higher risk of stroke than those with low stress jobs, new research has found.

Reading from an iPad can make you feel less sleepy

A recent study showed that people who read from an iPad for 30 minutes before going to sleep felt less sleepy and had different electrical activity in the brain during sleep than those who read from a physical book.

Bosses can influence your health!

Managers play a huge role in creating the best work environment, polishing the behaviour of employees, and also promoting their health and wellness.