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 […]

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in danger

Child shamming pictures or posts can have devastating effects on kids in the short and long term. It may cause traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety later in life

Sharing details of your kids on social media can put them in dangerWe all have either a friend or a family member who often bombards social networking sites with their pictures and updates. Nowadays, for parents, adults and family members, social media is an essential part of their lives, just the way letters and telephones were important once upon a time. However, little do they realise that […]

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 […]

We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disorders

In a study done by the Indian Council for Medical Research in 2013, it was found that the age group of 18-40 years in select urban communities across India had showed an alarming rate of technology dependence

We are soon going to need dedicated clinics for Internet addiction disordersDoes Mumbai need an Internet de-addiction clinic? With growing number of overuse of Internet by Mumbaikars, psychiatrists say it is high time that the city hospitals get a dedicated clinic for Internet addiction disorders. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) in Bangalore was the first to recognise the need to have a […]

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, […]

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicines

Centre to disband NPPA, may take control of setting prices for essential medicinesIn a major overhaul of the country’s drug policy, the government is likely to soon disband the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) in its present form and assume the power to set prices of essential medicines, as it seeks to address concerns that excessive controls were stifling innovation and competitiveness of the sector. The revamped […]

Menstrual hygiene tips that parents should give their daughters on menarche (first periods)

Menstrual hygiene tips that parents should give their daughters on menarche (first periods)There are few tips which every parent should guide their daughter on their first periods. Dr Kiran Coelho, gynaecologist at Lilavati Hospital, said, “These tips should be followed by every woman to maintain menstrual hygiene and keep themselves away from infections.” Method of sanitation There are a number of ways including the use of sanitary […]