How lack of sleep harms circulation

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms

How lack of sleep harms circulationOne aspect of health that a person’s quality of sleep can influence is cardiovascular health. For example, research findings from the start of this year showed that sleeping for less than 6 hours per night rather than for 7–8 hours could increase a person’s risk of atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside […]

Unhealthy body fat interlinked to father’s genes

Father’s genes were linked to white tissue fat, the type created by our body to store energy when we consume too many calories

Unhealthy body fat interlinked to father’s genesWhile brown fat cells can protect against obesity by burning excess calories, too many white fat cells can have the opposite effect, leading to excess weight gain and associated health risks. New findings reveal which parent’s genes lead to the development of which type of fat. The study titled ‘LincRNA H19 protects from dietary obesity […]

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our body

Your body does have some built in protections and an inclination to preserve energy levels at all times.  If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body will respond by slowing down your resting energy use and make less energy available for you to use for extra activities

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our bodyWhy is belly fat the most difficult, and last, fat to go? Belly fat is not necessarily the most difficult and last fat to burn on the body – it depends on the person. Generally speaking, it’s not usually more difficult to get rid of, it just seems that way because it takes so long. […]

There is no ‘gay gene,’ finds major study

There’s no such thing as a single ‘gay gene’ that drives a person’s sexual behaviour, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue

There is no ‘gay gene,’ finds major studyInstead, a person’s attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influences, similar to what’s seen in most other human traits, researchers report. “This is a natural and normal part of variation in our species,” said researcher Ben Neale, director of genetics with the Stanley Center […]

Practising yoga daily can help improve your sperm quality

For men struggling with infertility, the solution could be as simple as a daily yoga routine. A new study done by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) shows that such a routine can significantly improve sperm quality

Practising yoga daily can help improve your sperm qualityPractising yoga daily can help improve sperm quality in a significant way, according to a study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The major cause of defective sperm function is DNA damage. The quality of genetic components in sperm are vital for birth of a healthy offspring, said Dr Rima Dada, […]

6 fingers per hand are better than 5, say researchers

Some people around the world have polydactyly, meaning that they are born with extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet. Some doctors may refer to this as a ‘malformation,’ but does polydactyly actually bring benefits to an individual?

6 fingers per hand are better than 5, say researchersAn estimated one in every 700–1,000 babies is born with polydactyly, which means they have extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet or both. Because polydactyly is so unusual, some people may consider it a malformation or anomaly. Many doctors may surgically remove any extra fingers or toes at birth, as […]

Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growth

The decreased risk of cancer has for long been associated with consumption of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale, but the actual gene which works for it was not known. The current research has found that these cruciferous vegetables contain a molecule which inactivates a gene known as WWP1

Cancer: Compound found in broccoli, kale can suppress tumour growthThe body has its own mechanisms for fighting cancer, but sometimes they are too weak to suppress tumour growth. Now, scientists have found that broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables contain a compound that could reinvigorate one of these innate mechanisms. Researchers from Harvard Medical Schools Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, saw […]

How much coffee is too much for the heart?

For many people, coffee is the magical brew that kickstarts the day, a much-needed pick-me-up in the afternoon, and sometimes even a well-appreciated digestive after dinner. However, how much coffee is too much? A large new study claims to hold the answer

How much coffee is too much for the heart?Whatever it is that draws people to coffee, be it its taste and aroma or effects as a stimulant, it is undeniable that this is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Many recent studies have suggested that drinking coffee can bring a number of benefits in addition to enhancing focus and productivity. In fact, […]

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 […]

Poor nutrition can lead to sight loss in later life, says study

An unhealthy diet including high fat and cholesterol-enriched food can contribute to developing eye diseases which lead to a loss of vision, University of Southampton research has revealed

Poor nutrition can lead to sight loss in later life, says studyThe study, led by Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka, has shown how retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in the eye become damaged due to poor nutrition, but also revealed a potential new treatment route through which these cells could be rescued before diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develop. AMD is an irreversible blinding disease caused […]
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