Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?

The study comes at a time when researchers are learning more about other influences men have on babies' health that are not necessarily coded within genes, a concept called epigenetics. These influences include direct environmental effects such as exposure to toxins that can be passed from the father to his offspring through his semen

Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?Dear men, if you are planning for a baby, include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in your diet daily as your diet before conception can impact newborn’s health, claims a recent study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help […]

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours grow

We know that almost all the cells in the human body require energy, and they derive this energy from the sugars in the food we eat. Cancer cells also require sugars to grow. But their glucose intake is a lot higher than that of healthy cells, as is the rate at which they ferment that glucose into lactic acid. This is known as the Warburg effect, and it may, scientists have hypothesised, have something to do with cancer's rapid growth rate

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours growCancer cells could be benefiting from sugary foods. Eating sugar stimulates cancers to grow and continue to develop, the scientists claimed. The more sugar consumed, the more aggressive the cancer can become, they added. The findings could have “sweeping consequences” for diet recommendations in cancer patients. “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of […]

75 million people across the globe carry a rare gene which causes heart failure

The gene for a protein called Titin that could trigger heart failure if the organ comes under stress, such as during pregnancy, a viral infection, or with high blood pressure

75 million people across the globe carry a rare gene which causes heart failureIn their paper, the authors explain that the gene variants commonly cause dilated cardiomyopathy, an inherited heart condition that leads to heart failure and affects around 1 in 250 people worldwide. It is also known that around 1 per cent of the general population carry the variants, “where they may be silent,” note the authors. […]

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancy

The new findings suggest that diet is at least as important as genetic predisposition to neurodevelopmental disorders such as anxiety or depression

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancyA high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as […]

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

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 […]

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?

Researchers at Duke University discovered a gene in mice that directs some bodies to store fat more readily - and they believe a similar gene causes some humans to persistently gain weight without any fault of their own

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?New research on mice suggests that a single gene could be at the root of why some people are overweight. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that forms of a gene called ankyrin-B cause fat cells to absorb glucose at a much faster rate than they should, which […]

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smoking

Researchers have found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smokingScientists have identified a genetic pathway that contributes to nicotine addiction and makes it difficult for smokers to kick the butt. Researchers at the University of Michigan in the US examined withdrawal responses in the millimetre-long roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegans, which get hooked on nicotine just like humans. The study, published in the journal Cell […]

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancer

Human cells normally contain two copies of tumour suppressor genes, which work to prevent tumour formation by slowing down cell division and growth. When these genes are deleted, through genetic mutations, for example - this gives rise to cancer development

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancerThe discovery of these genes could open the door to much-needed personalised treatments for cancer, say the researchers. First study author Jonas Demeulemeester, of the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Cancer arises when cells grow and divide uncontrollably, forming tumours. Human cells […]

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, […]
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