‘Make every medical college a cancer treatment hub’

Infrastructure, trained manpower, early detection and treatment and affordable medicines are the four vital limbs of cancer care. Health is a state subject, and if we want to make cancer care accessible to all, medical colleges across Maharashtra should be able to provide the same. They should be equipped with diagnostic and treatment facilities to […]

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Large waist in normal-weight elderly tied to higher dementia risk, finds study

Doctors should consider an older person’s waist circumference in assessing their risk for dementia, the research team advises. The study doesn’t prove that extra fat around the waist causes dementia in healthy-weight individuals; it only suggests a link between the conditions. Among older adults with a normal body mass index (BMI), rates of dementia rose […]

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35 extra minutes of exercise per day can reduce depression risk

According to the researchers, who are from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study is the first of its kind. The paper, which appears in the journal Depression and Anxiety, shows that physical activity can positively affect the risk of depression — even when there is a higher genetic risk. Lead author Karmel Choi, […]

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Sleep problems in teenagers reversed in just one week by limiting screen use

The study indicates that by simply limiting their exposure to blue-light emitting devices in the evening, adolescents can improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, after just one week. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens […]

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Kids from disadvantaged neighbourhoods more likely to be obese as adults

The research, which offers a more precise and longer-term view than previously available of the lasting influence a neighbourhood can have on unhealthy weight gain, shows the risk of obesity is strongest for teens. “Growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood sticks with you, and can have a negative impact on one’s health through increasing one’s […]

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Vitamin B12 deficiency tied to obesity during pregnancy, finds study

Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin B12 had metabolic markers indicative of increased fat production and reduced breakdown, which suggests that low vitamin B12 levels could predispose pregnant women to obesity. These findings highlight the importance for pregnant women to consume a diet rich in vitamin B12 to help prevent obesity and its related […]

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Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance, finds study

Now, new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and other institutions has shown that extract of cocoa bean shells contains three compounds that could potentially reduce or prevent some of these cell changes. Cocoa, green tea, and coffee also contain the same three compounds, which are: protocatechuic acid, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. A […]

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Air pollution in India linked with higher risk of heart disease, finds study

The study, performed in a periurban area in southern India, shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index, which means they are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke or heart attack. Previous studies indicate that inflammation and atherosclerosis are most likely responsible for the association between […]

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Only-children more likely to be obese than children with siblings, reveals study

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found that only-children, who researchers refer to as ‘singletons,’ had less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three out of the 12 areas measured. They also had significantly lower total […]

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