Chemical found in toothpaste, soap may double women’s chances of osteoporosis

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among women

Triclosan, a chemical commonly added to a myriad of consumer products to kill bacteria, may be bad for women’s bones, a new study suggests. Women exposed to triclosan, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure. Triclosan has been widely used for years as an antimicrobial agent in consumer […]

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Researchers design robotic thread which can slip through the brain’s blood vessels

MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain. In the future, this robotic thread may be paired with existing endovascular technologies, enabling doctors to remotely guide the robot through a patient’s brain vessels to quickly treat blockages and […]

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Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answers

We commonly come across hand dryers at various places like the airport, mall, restrooms or restaurants. While we dry our hands, we also hear the whooshing sound of the machine. But have we ever considered the damage that the sound could have on our hearing. Previous research has suggested that hand dryers may operate at […]

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Scientists find missing link between heart attack and depression

Researchers already recognised the link between depression and heart disease. However, until recently, the mechanisms explaining it remained a mystery. A new study reveals that stress-induced inflammation may explain why mental and cardiovascular health are so intimately related. What explains this link? Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom set out to […]

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How often you should wash your hair, according to science

You’ve probably wondered how often you need to wash that (sometimes greasy, sometimes not) hair of yours. The question is a vexing one. It’s so common, in fact, that it’s the third suggestion that pops up when typing ‘how often’ into Google (following queries about showering and pooping). The root of the issue Your hair […]

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In a first, scientists create human esophagus through stem cells

For the first time, researchers have managed to create a human esophagus in the laboratory. This may pave the way for new, regenerative treatments. The esophagus is the muscular tube that moves the food and liquids we ingest from our throats all the way to our stomachs. This organ is made of different types of […]

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8 science-backed benefits of doing yoga, you must know about

The bendy benefits of yoga are obvious when you see the magic in action, but the perks of this ancient practice go far beyond the physical. Here are some of the best, science-backed results that come from doing yoga. Increase balance and flexibility Numerous studies have backed the ability of yoga to increase balance and […]

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Har Gobind Khorana deciphered DNA and wrote the dictionary for our genetic language

Google doodle honours Har Gobind Khorana who deciphered our DNA

Our understanding of how genes shape us owes much to the work of Har Gobind Khorana, the Indian-American biochemist celebrated in Tuesday’s Google Doodle on what would have been Khorana’s 96th birthday. Khorana, depicted in the doodle by Bangalore-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre, shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in physiology/medicine with Robert Holley and Marshall Nirenberg […]

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