Sep 02

Nearly 60 mn Indians suffer from mental disorders

At least 60 million Indians — a number more than the population of South Africa — suffer from mental disorders, even as the country lags the world in medical professionals and spending on mental-health issues. Nearly 10-20 million (1-2 per cent of the population) Indians suffered from severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar

Childhood antibiotic use linked to higher food allergy risk

New York: Antibiotic treatment within the first year of life is associated with an increase in food allergy diagnosis, suggests new research. The researchers found that children prescribed antibiotics within the first year of life were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy than children who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription. “Overusing

Dalmia Medicare forays into healthcare industry

New Delhi: Dalmia Medicare, a chain of diagnostic laboratories, announced its foray into the healthcare industry on Friday. Dalmia Medicare plans to cater to each and every aspect of healthcare such as pharmacies, doctor clinics, small and medium nursing homes, alternative medicine and fitness centres, etc, the firm said. “The Indian Healthcare industry is growing

Why drinkers are their own worst enemies

Never drink alcohol before a job interview or you might do what my friend did and confuse the words “lecturing” and “lactating” in answer to the question: “How do you earn your living?” In fact, better to not drink at all, I reckon, after finding three news reports about alcohol in my reader contributions inbox.

New gene identified as diabetes culprit

New York: Using the gene editing technology called CRISPR and other sophisticated scientific tools, researchers have identified a new culprit Type-2 diabetes gene. The researchers believe that because this gene, ACSL5, codes for a protein that regulates how the body recognises insulin, that protein may represent an important target for future treatments for the disease.

What makes some people binge drink while others stay sober

Washington: Researchers have discovered a mechanism that strongly influences whether or not someone is likely to drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol can reduce firing of neurons or brain circuits, which is why it reduces anxiety and social inhibitions, and those who are less sensitive to motor-impairing effects of alcohol are likely to drink much,

Protein shows promise for effective Alzheimer’s treatment

New York: Researchers have found that a protein may help reverse the effects of damaging plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings may offer clues leading to successful treatment of the disease. The accumulation in the brain of plaques formed from deposits of a critical protein, known as amyloid beta, is a

Smoking prompts Crohn’s relapse after surgery

London: People with Crohn’s disease — a serious bowel condition — are more likely to experience a recurrence after surgery if they continue to smoke, new research has found. Crohn’s disease occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the gut and bowel to cause severe inflammation. It results in abdominal pain, urgent diarrhoea,

Take preventive steps to control dengue: HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed all civic agencies of the national capital to take preventive steps to control dengue.A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to the Delhi government and all the civic agencies of the city and asked them to file their response

New AI system can help predict breast cancer risk faster

Houston: Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that can assist doctors to quickly and accurately predict breast cancer risk. The software intuitively translates patient charts and mammograms into diagnostic information at 30 times human speed and with 99 per cent accuracy. “This software intelligently reviews millions of records

Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking: study

London: Vaping may be as bad for your heart as smoking, according to a new study which suggests that electronic cigarettes are “far more dangerous” than previously thought. The study involved 24 adult smokers, whose hearts were monitored while they vaped, and when they smoked ordinary cigarettes. The findings showed that a typical vaping session

Chikungunya cases in Delhi jump to 423

New Delhi: Chikungunya cases in Delhi haveshot up to 423, a massive rise in the figure released by civic authorities, who had reported just 20 cases till last week. According to a municipal report released today, 423 cases have been diagnosed in the national capital till August 27. Safdarjung Hospital has reported nearly 250 cases

Gut bacteria therapy may help reduce weight gain

New York, Aug 29 (IANS) A new therapy that involves engineered gut bacteria may one day help reduce the health problems associated with obesity, suggests new research.The researchers found that incorporating the engineered bacteria into the guts of mice both kept them from gaining weight and protected them against some of the negative health effects

Your brain is better at math that you think it is

New York: We may not know it but our brains are actually pretty good at math and they constantly perform complicated calculations to make sense of the world , researchers have found. Our brains combine complicated observations from our surroundings into a simple assessment of the situation that aids our behaviour and decisions, the study

New research identifies role of mood in making decisions

San Francisco: People tend to engage in unpleasant but necessary activities, such as paying bills or doing housework, when they are in a good mood and choose pleasurable activities as a way to feel better when they are in a bad mood, according to new research by a psychologist at Stanford University. “These findings clarify

Heart failure among the aged may triple by 2060

London: Heart failure among people who are aged above 60 is set to triple by 2060, a new study has found. “Heart failure is a common condition worldwide and increases with age. Various disorders can cause heart failure, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. As these are more prevalent with age,. the

Low socio-economic status a factor for heart attack

London: Low socio-economic status can increase the chances of getting a second heart attack or stroke, according to new research. The study, published in the journal European Society of Cardiology, found that the risk of a second attack was 36 per cent lower for those in the highest income quintile than those with the lowest.

Walking can cut cardiovascular death in early by half

London, Aug 28 (IANS) Moderate physical activities such as walking and cycling are associated with a greater than 50 per cent reduction in cardiovascular death in people over the age of 65, says a study.”Our study provides further evidence that older adults who are physically active have a lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke

Lower education, income level may lead to obesity in young adults

New York: Teenagers of normal weight or young adults who live in neighbourhoods with lower education or income levels are at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese, a new study says. It found that 25 per cent of young adults became overweight or obese. “Emerging adulthood is a critical time period for excess weight

Stuck in traffic jams? It may up risk of cancer

London: Apart from wasting your time, long traffic jams may cause exposure to toxic fumes, and potentially increase various health risks, including cancer, say researchers, one of them of Indian origin. Exposure to outdoor air pollution is among the top ten health risks faced by humans and is especially pronounced in urban concentrations, according to