Skin with less exposure to sunlight more prone to skin cancer, suggests study

Spending time in the sun without protection increases the risk of melanoma, but the potentially deadly skin cancer can occur even on sites with minimal sun exposure, doctors warn

Skin with less exposure to sunlight more prone to skin cancer, suggests studyMelanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes the majority of skin cancer deaths. Writing in the medical journal CMAJ, two dermatology experts highlight important things to know about the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body, not only in areas that get a lot of […]

Do stand for long hours while commuting? You might be a risk for varicose veins

A survey carried out by Apex Hospital in Borivali has revealed that people who stand for long hours in a train while travelling are prone to develop varicose veins. Among 150 patients, 40 patients were diagnosed with the condition

Do stand for long hours while commuting? You might be a risk for varicose veinsLike most Mumbaikars, even you must have spent long hours commuting on the train to reach your office and college on time. In this city, time is money and in order to reach a place on time, we have to be on our toes (at times literally). Mumbaikars have to forgo any comforts imaginable when […]

‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child’s I.Q.

Eating nuts during early pregnancy may boost a child’s cognitive ability, according to a new study by researchers in Spain

‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child’s I.Q.According to the study, children born to mothers who consumed 2 to 3 ounces of nuts per week during the first trimester of pregnancy typically scored higher on I.Q., memory and attention tests, compared with women who did not eat nuts. Previous research has shown that eating nuts is associated with a reduced risk of […]

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes

Previous research has indicated that low levels of vitamin D may raise the risk of type 1 diabetes. In response to such studies, scientists have been investigating whether or not higher levels of the vitamin could have a preventive effect against type 1 diabetes

New study suggests, vitamin D might prevent type 1 diabetes  Researchers found that children with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience islet autoimmunity, compared with those who had higher levels of the vitamin. Islet autoimmunity is a process wherein the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, causing type 1 diabetes. Lead study author Jill Norris, […]

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

Low oxygen levels are a well-known cause of brain injury in premature babies. But the mechanism by which low oxygen hurts the developing human brain has been unclear

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brainNow, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in grey matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified […]

Cavities in kids might not be caused by bad genes, suggests study

Environmental factors appear to play a bigger role than genetics in shaping children’s risk for cavities, according to findings of an Australian study on twins

Cavities in kids might not be caused by bad genes, suggests studyResearchers followed 345 twins from 24 weeks’ gestation through six years of age, when they all had dental check-ups. At age six, 32 per cent of the kids had tooth decay and 24 per cent of the children had advanced cavities. To see how much genetics might shape the risk of cavities, researchers looked at […]

Turmeric compounds may help fight against stomach cancer, reveals study

Compounds found in turmeric, a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine, can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Para (UFPA) in Brazil identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin - the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant

Turmeric compounds may help fight against stomach cancer, reveals studyCurcumin is widely used to impart colour and flavour to food, but scientists have discovered that this yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) can also help prevent or combat stomach cancer. The study by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Pará […]

Some people inherit urge to consume extra salt

Too much sodium, found mostly in dietary salt from processed, pre-packed, and restaurant foods, is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes

Some people inherit urge to consume extra saltPeople with enhanced bitter taste perception are almost twice as likely to consume too much sodium as people with less acute tasting ability. Those with gene variations that allow them to taste bitter more intensely may also taste salt more intensely and enjoy it more, leading to increased sodium intake, researchers said. Inherited differences in […]

#WorldHealthDay-Periodic screening for ovarian cancer, a must for Indian women

Periodic screening for symptoms of any disease, cancer or otherwise, is the best approach for catching it early. Yet, this does not work very well for detecting ovarian cancer. The symptoms of ovarian cancer – bloating, difficulty in eating, feeling full and feeling the need to use the bathroom often – are generic enough to lead to a diagnosis of other health problems

#WorldHealthDay-Periodic screening for ovarian cancer, a must for Indian womenOvarian cancer is the fifth most lethal cancer seen in women in USA and UK. In India, however, it is the third most commonly seen cancer in women. The most worrisome part is that an increase in the incidence of ovarian cancer in India is noted in women younger than 60 years of age. While […]

Any kind of exercise can help benefit brain health in older adults, says study

Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new study from the University of Western Ontario, Canada

Any kind of exercise can help benefit brain health in older adults, says studyResearchers from School of Kinesiology and Graduate Program in Neuroscience have demonstrated that bouts of aerobic exercise, as brief as 10 minutes, enhances cognitive function of older adults. They also found that these benefits could be realised by those previously encouraged not to exercise. The study, which included 17 older adults with an average age […]
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