Making a small chemical alteration to insulin may boost its availability

Researchers find that alteration to insulin makes the molecule act more rapidly while preserving its function in organism

Making a small chemical alteration to insulin may boost its availabilityThe researchers – from Switzerland, the United States, and Australia – found that they could speed up the disassembly and release of insulin from its complex structure to its available form by replacing a single hydrogen atom with an iodine atom in its molecular structure. Insulin is a small protein that regulates blood glucose by […]

Sleep shrinks the brain — and that’s a good thing

Sleep provides a time when brain's synapses, the connections among neurons, shrink by nearly 20 per cent. In this time, synapses rest and prepare for next day, when they grow stronger to receive new input

Sleep shrinks the brain — and that’s a good thingAh, to sleep, perchance… to shrink your neural connections? That’s the conclusion of new research that examined subtle changes in the brain during sleep. The researchers found that sleep provides a time when the brain’s synapses — the connections among neurons — shrink back by nearly 20 percent. During this time, the synapses rest and […]

7 per cent of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say experts

The Danish study tracked 45,000 people aged between 50 and 65 for over the next two decades and found that consistent exercise has a huge impact on health, especially done as part of a routine

7 per cent of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say expertsCycling to work in middle age dramatically reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack in later life, a major study reveals. As little as 30 minutes a week has a marked effect on the chance of developing coronary heart disease over the next 20 years, researchers found. The Danish study, which recruited 45,000 people […]

Exposing your skin to heat during winters can give you bizarre skin condition

Being near heat sources will not only leave your skin drier than usual, but they can also come with a more dangerous downside

Exposing your skin to heat during winters can give you bizarre skin conditionYour beloved electric blanket or space heater never fails to keep you cozy on cold, drafty days. And while you might already know that hanging out near (or under) these heat sources could leave your skin drier than usual, they can also come with a more dangerous downside. Turns out, they can actually burn you. […]

Is your dizziness hinting at a serious health concern?

Readily determining its cause and how best to treat it — or whether to let it resolve on its own — can depend on how well patients are able to describe exactly how they feel during a dizziness episode

Is your dizziness hinting at a serious health concern?Dizziness is not a disease but rather a symptom that can result from a huge variety of underlying disorders or, in some cases, no disorder at all. Readily determining its cause and how best to treat it — or whether to let it resolve on its own — can depend on how well patients are […]

Regular tea drinkers have 50% reduced risk of cognitive decline

Researchers have now found that regular tea consumption could more than halve the risk of cognitive decline for older adults, particularly for those with a genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease

Regular tea drinkers have 50% reduced risk of cognitive declineTea is one of the most popular beverages in the United States; in 2015, more than 3.6 billion gallons of tea were consumed in the country, with black tea being the favorite. The possible health benefits of tea consumption have been well documented. A recent study published in The American Journal of Public Health, for […]

Do you have a lump behind your ear? This is what it means

Most cases of a lump behind the ear are not worrying and will resolve. Lumps under the skin are less commonly because of cancer, but it is always worthwhile getting a lump checked to rule this out

Do you have a lump behind your ear? This is what it meansLumps behind the ear can have many possible sources, including problems in the skin or bone. Other causes could be swollen lymph nodes or “lymph glands” as they are commonly known. Most cases of a lump behind the ear are not worrying and will resolve. Lumps in the skin behind the ear. A lump behind […]

This is how your cell phone is badly damaging your body

Mobiles have sure proved to be a boon for the world, but it is subtly damaging our health. Here are the five inevitable health hazards of mobile phones

This is how your cell phone is badly damaging your bodyRisk of eye vision problems Screens on mobile devices tend to be smaller than computer screens, and so, you are more likely to squint and strain your eyes while reading messages, says a report by Medical Daily. According to The Vision Council, more than 70 percent people don’t know or are in denial that they […]

Parents: Call the doctor right away for these 4 symptoms

Many parents fail to understand how serious these four symptoms can be. They know that high fevers, cuts that bleed badly, lots of vomiting or diarrhea, bad injuries, or bad coughs need attention, but they don’t always understand the seriousness of these ones

Parents: Call the doctor right away for these 4 symptomsAs a pediatrician, I’ve talked on the phone with lots of parents of sick children. As I ask my questions and try to understand what’s going on and how I can help, there are a few symptoms in particular that I listen for. I don’t hear them often. Most of the time, it’s not serious […]
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