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

Women with high exposure to triclosan were more likely to have bone issues, with Chinese researchers associating the ingredient commonly used in consumer products with a twofold increase in the chance of developing bone density issues and osteoporosis

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among womenTriclosan, 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 […]

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

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed robotic thread that can be steered magnetically and is small enough to work through narrow spaces such as the vasculature of the human brain. The researchers envision the technology may be used in the future to clear blockages in patients with stroke and aneurysms

Researchers design robotic thread which can slip through the brain’s  blood vesselsMIT 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 […]

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

Do hand dryers pose a threat to children’s hearing? The answer may be yes, according to a new study published in the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society, which found that some of the devices can be as loud as a sporting event or an approaching train

Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answersWe 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 […]

Scientists find missing link between heart attack and depression

People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and the opposite is also true. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge believe they have identified a link between these two conditions: inflammation - the body’s response to negative environmental factors, such as stress

Scientists find missing link between heart attack and depressionResearchers 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 […]

How often you should wash your hair, according to science

Outside the shower, our scalps gradually get shinier, darker, and more oily. So why does it happen, and how often should you wash to keep the grease at bay?

How often you should wash your hair, according to scienceYou’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 […]

In a first, scientists create human esophagus through stem cells

Scientists at the Cincinnati Children's Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) in Ohio have artificially grown these tissues in the laboratory using pluripotent stem cells, or stem cells that can take any form and create any tissue in the body

In a first, scientists create human esophagus through stem cellsFor 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 […]

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?

Blood shortages may soon be a thing of the past. Newly discovered bacterial enzymes in the human gut have been used to turn type A blood into the universally accepted type O much faster than previous methods

Can gut bacteria be used to convert blood types?Our gut bacteria may have helped scientists discover a way to create a universal blood type. If their findings go on to pass all tests of safety and efficacy, patients around the world could benefit from an increased supply of compatible blood. The new research was presented at the 256th National Meeting and Exposition of […]

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

Doing a regular yoga practice will bring about positive changes in your life. This is a bold statement, yet yoga benefits are being researched by science and some of claims by yogis are being recognised as true.What is being found, through science, is that positive lifestyle changes are happening in people's lives and these are quantifiable

8 science-backed benefits of doing yoga, you must know aboutThe 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 […]

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on ‘hangry’? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association

Scientists reveal the real reason behind why people feel ‘hangry’There’s a difference between being hungry—a feeling we all get between meals – and being ‘hangry’. If you get hangry, you probably already know it: your hunger pangs put you in a very bad mood that you (and your family and friends) have a hard time ignoring. But is being hangry a real thing, or […]

Google doodle honours Har Gobind Khorana who deciphered our DNA

 Google on Tuesday marked the 96th birth anniversary of Indian-American Nobel Prize-holder and biochemist Dr Har Gobind Khorana, with a honest doodle. Dr Khorana was well-known for his pervasive research on DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) and also for constructing the first synthetic gene

Google doodle honours Har Gobind Khorana who deciphered our DNAOur 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 […]