6 ways to help keep your baby at a healthy weight

It used to be that, baby fat was indeed healthy and temporary. In days, when infant mortality was high, a little heft meant some extra reserves for the baby. And until recently, most children lost their baby fat once they got old enough to be active outside

6 ways to help keep your baby at a healthy weightWe all love chubby babies, but ‘baby fat’ is something people generally don’t worry about. Not only do we think of it as cute, we also think of it as healthy and temporary. Unfortunately, it’s not healthy or temporary. And that is why; parents need to be careful about their baby’s weight. It used to […]

Scientists find new class of compounds that reduce liver glucose production

Scientists may have found a new tool for studying — and maybe even treating — Type 2 diabetes. One of these compounds designed and optimized by scientists, significantly improves the health of diabetic animal models by reducing glucose levels in the blood, increasing insulin sensitivity and improving glucose balance

Scientists find new class of compounds that reduce liver glucose productionA team of scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and the Yale University School of Medicine, among others, have identified a new class of compounds that reduce production of glucose in the liver. One of these compounds, designed and optimized by TSRI scientists, significantly improves the […]

Physical activity can reduce weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant

In the study, accounting for physical activity also enabled the researchers to identify 11 novel genetic variants linked to obesity, suggesting that physical activity and other relevant environmental factors should be considered when looking for novel genes

Physical activity can reduce weight gain from obesity-causing gene variantMariaelisa Graff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tuomas Kilpeläinen of University of Copenhagen and colleagues report, dated April 27 in PLOS Genetics, physical activity can help reduce the weight-gaining effects of genetic variant that carries tremendous risk of obesity. The world has witnessed an obesity epidemic with people consuming more calories […]

Assessing thoracic spine biomechanics after decompressive surgery

Recent research has begun to help quantify biomechanical effects of these types of procedures in the thoracic region. That research and its potential implications are summarized here

Assessing thoracic spine biomechanics after decompressive surgeryProcedures that decompress the thoracic spinal cord are common and inevitably convey some degree of change to spinal kinematics at the surgical level. Whether or not to proceed with instrumented fusion following these procedures — to prevent spinal instability or long-term degeneration and pain — is a critically important yet largely unexplored question. Recent research […]

New study shows no long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeeding

While new mothers may debate what they believe to be long-term benefits, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behaviour

New study shows no long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeedingWhile the medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established, the long-term impact is much less so. While new mothers may debate what they believe to be long-term benefits, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on […]

FDA approves immunotherapy drug for rare skin cancer

A rare and aggressive form of skin cancer, MCC, is 35 times less common than melanoma, but on average, it is about three times more likely to be deadly. Until now, there were no systemic therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this cancer, and no approved therapies once the cancer had spread

FDA approves immunotherapy drug for rare skin cancerThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 23 granted accelerated approval to the checkpoint inhibitor Bavencio (avelumab) for the treatment of patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), including those who have not received prior chemotherapy. Avelumab is the first FDA-approved treatment for metastatic MCC and the first disease that the drug has ever […]

Exposure to lead in childhood leads to lower IQ as you grow up

There is no safe level of lead exposure. This toxin can damage the developing nervous system in young children, and blood lead levels as low as 5 micrograms per decilitre may lower intelligence quotient (IQ), according to the World Health Organization

Exposure to lead in childhood leads to lower IQ as you grow upKids exposed to high levels of lead decades ago may now be approaching middle age with lower IQs and earning potential than they would have had otherwise, a new study suggests. These days, doctors warn parents that there’s no safe level of lead exposure. This toxin can damage the developing nervous system in young children, […]

Personalised diabetes app to predict blood sugar levels post each meal

This new high tech application can potentially replace the guesswork of managing glucose levels for those suffering with type 2 diabetes. Though some work is still pending, the idea is to predict the impact of each meal on a user’s blood sugar levels

Personalised diabetes app to predict blood sugar levels post each mealIt is a known fact that for those suffering with type 2 diabetes managing their glucose levels can be a challenge daily. But, with the introduction of this new algorithm-based app, they can heave a sigh of relief soon as it can take some of the stress away. Though there is still some work that […]

Depression: ‘Let’s talk,’ says WHO

World Health Organization is running a mental health campaign to tackle stigma and misconceptions called "Depression: Let's Talk" after depression rates rise to 18% in a decade

Depression: ‘Let’s talk,’ says WHODepression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, with more than 300 million people suffering. Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 per cent since 2005, but a lack of support for the mental health combined with a common fear of […]

Headache: Know how to get rid of it

When headache pain has you in its grip, a fast-acting headache remedy is a top priority. Some headache remedies come in the form of medication. But there are also many ways to achieve natural headache relief. Feeling better may require a combination of treatments

Headache: Know how to get rid of itHeadaches can be more complicated than most people realize. Different kinds can have their own set of symptoms, happen for unique reasons, and need different kinds of treatment. Medications: Headache remedies for migraine headaches are usually prescription drugs, such as beta blockers: atenolol (Tenormin); bisoprolol (Zebeta) tricyclics: amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep); doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan) calcium-channel blockers: […]