Being social isolated can make you prone to develop type 2 diabetes

A recent study discovered an intriguing relationship between social isolation and the development of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that having a smaller network of friends could possibly make us prone to the illness

Being social isolated can make you prone to develop type 2 diabetesPeople who are socially isolated are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared with people who have a larger social circle, according to a new study from the Netherlands. The authors of the paper suggest that promoting social integration may represent a new approach to preventing the development of diabetes. Corresponding author of the […]

7 mantras for peaceful sleep during periods

About 70% of menstruating women say their sleep is disrupted during their periods by symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, cramps, and headaches. But these natural tips can help get a good night’s sleep

7 mantras for peaceful sleep during periodsAccording to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, about 70% of menstruating women say their sleep is disrupted during their periods by symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, cramps, and headaches. At the start of your menstrual phase (when your period begins), there’s a decline in estrogen (and a slowing of your metabolism), and you […]

Turmeric as effective as painkillers in reducing pain

Researchers have found turmeric to be just as effective as drugs at treating injured sportsmen. A study of 50 top rugby players in Milan with bone or muscle pain found it matched relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen

Turmeric as effective as painkillers in reducing painA new study now suggests that turmeric is more effective than popular painkillers at easing the agony of sports injuries. The study found that after less than three weeks, taking a key component of the Indian staple spice, known as curcumin, eases injured rugby players’ discomfort just as much paracetamol or ibuprofen, but without their […]

Single dads at a higher risk of premature death, suggest study

The study is not able to say that being single caused the deaths, but a lifestyle survey completed at the beginning of the study did identify a number of unhealthy lifestyle factors, like excessive drinking and poor diet

Single dads at a higher risk of premature death, suggest studyA large new study of parents in Canada found that single fathers have a higher premature mortality rate than single mothers or parents who are paired up. The study tracked more than 40,000 people for 11 years and found that single dads died soonest, and also had the least healthy lifestyles. The study, which was […]

Excess calcium levels in the brain may lead to Parkinson’s disease

Calcium links nerve endings with a protein for critical brain cell communication. Parkinson's disease occurs when these proteins fold into the wrong shape Excessive calcium can trigger cell death regardless of dietary-calcium intake. The findings offers new hope as drugs, such as calcium blockers, could treat the disorder

Excess calcium levels in the brain may lead to Parkinson’s diseaseResearchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings, which are important for neuronal signalling […]

Bloating: The ovarian cancer symptom most women don’t know about

New research reveals women who dismiss the symptom as minor and opt to self-treat are risking their lives. Worldwide ovarian cancer claims more than 4,000 lives a year

Bloating: The ovarian cancer symptom most women don’t know aboutOnly a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer, according to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. When faced with persistent bloating, 34% of 1,142 women questioned by YouGov said they would visit their general physician. Half said they would change their diet by doing things like […]

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Green spaces are suggested to provide children with opportunities for psychological restoration and prompt important exercises in discovery, creativity and risk taking, which, in turn, are suggested to positively influence different aspects of brain development

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in childrenChildren growing up amid greenery may benefit as their brain development is positively affected leading to better working memory and reduced inattentiveness, a study has said. According to the researchers, primary school children raised in homes surrounded by more green spaces will tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas […]

Controlling your weight can help lower stroke risk

Strokes don't usually come out of the blue. It is true that nobody can predict the precise time when a stroke will strike. But even when an underlying medical condition puts you at risk, you might be able to do something about it. Small changes in lifestyle, such as keeping a check on your weight can prevent the risk of strokes

Controlling your weight can help lower stroke riskThere is a lot you can do to lower your chances of having a stroke. Even if you’ve already had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), you can take steps to prevent another. Controlling your weight is an important way to lower stroke risk. Excess pounds strain the entire circulatory system and can lead […]

Scientist use skin cells to repair nerve damage caused by multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that is estimated to affect more than 2.3 million people across the globe. The researchers are optimistic about their early findings with skin stem cells, particularly because the treatment would be personalised to each patient, which could reduce the risk of side effects

Scientist use skin cells to repair nerve damage caused by multiple sclerosisThe study was led by scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, as part of the experiment the scientists took skin cells from adult mice with multiple sclerosis (MS) and then reprogramed them into neural stem cells (NSCs). These ‘induced neural stem cells, (iNSCs) were transplanted into the rodents’ cerebrospinal fluid. There, […]

Gout medication could help in treating patients with heart failure

Researchers have shown that probenecid, a drug long used to treat gout, may be able to improve heart function in adult patients who experience heart failure. Heart failure is a condition that arises when the heart is unable to pump oxygen-rich blood well enough to support other organs

Gout medication could help in treating patients with heart failureIn a new study, the team found that probenecid, which is a drug commonly used to treat gout, improved heart function in a small number of individuals with heart failure. First study author Nathan Robbins, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of […]
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