Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefits

The report concludes that there is a need for both small, local green spaces situated very close to where people live and spend their day

Green Urban Spaces deliver multiple health benefitsA new WHO report summarizing evidence on the health effects of green space in urban areas shows that green spaces offer numerous public health benefits, including psychological relaxation and stress reduction, enhanced physical activity and a potential reduction in exposure to – among other harmful urban factors – air pollution, noise and excessive heat. The […]

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 per cent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue

Total Recall: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memoryAustralian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions – amyloid […]

Memory decline not always serious

You can blame multitasking for overloading your mind. Stress and lack of sleep can also impact memory lapse

Memory decline not always seriousHave you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall? If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration in memory […]

How sleep deprivation make us eat more

Lack of sleep linked to weight gain, a new study suggests in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

How sleep deprivation make us eat moreUK scientists analysed 11 earlier studies looking at the effects of sleep deprivation on calorie intake. Several of the studies involved comparing people who willingly got 3.5 to 5.5 hours of sleep a night to those who slept anywhere from 7 to 12 hours. Despite being awake longer, these fitful sleepers didn’t expend significantly more […]

How weight loss surgery tricks the mind

Changes in neural activity explains the efficiency of gastric bypass surgery

How weight loss surgery tricks the mindIn June, international diabetes organizations endorsed provocative new guidelines suggesting physicians should consider gastric bypass surgery for a greatly expanded number of diabetics—those with a body mass index of 30 and above as opposed to just those with a BMI of 40 or more. Research has shown that the surgery helps people lose more weight, […]

Special Story: Breaking silence on menstrual hygiene

Gynaecologists say most of the girls are not aware of their bodies and menstrual cycle

Special Story: Breaking silence on menstrual hygieneMenstrual hygiene is an important issue that needs to be maintained for better health. Most women go through periods very secretively and don’t really bother to figure out if practices are hygienic or not. Around the world women have developed their own personal strategies to cope up with menstruation hygiene, which vary with woman to […]

Miscarriage may trigger post-traumatic stress disorder

Women who have recently had a miscarriage are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, doctors at Imperial College London have said.

Miscarriage may trigger post-traumatic stress disorderAt their early pregnancy loss clinic, a third of the women have PTSD symptoms. Nicole Martin had three miscarriages in a year, her “dark days”. “Everyone thinks because you’ve already got a child it’s easier. In a lot of respects it definitely is easier than not having a child, but I wanted another child for […]

Effects of childhood fears linger even in adulthood

A study has found that people have "residual anxiety" from watching horror movies and television programmes with disturbing content

Effects of childhood fears linger even in adulthoodAs a child, I watched a television program where a young boy disappeared in a closet, and to this day, I’m still wary when hanging up my clothes. I’m not the only one whose irrational childhood fear lasted well into adulthood — a 1999 study found that people have “residual anxiety” from watching horror movies […]

New skin patch to the rescue for kids with peanut allergy

A new US study finds a skin patch may help children allergic to peanuts by delivering small doses of its protein

New skin patch to the rescue for kids with peanut allergyA new US study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found that a skin patch might help children with a peanut allergy. It helps the kids to gain immunity to the allergy by administering small doses of its protein. Though the findings are promising, more research into the therapy is needed. […]