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Children’s toys fuel gender stereotypes: study

Los Angeles: Encouraging children to enjoy awide variety of toys allows them to develop fully, according to a new study which found that limiting this choice on the basis of their gender can fuel stereotypes. Researchers believe that clues to the continued dominance of men in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields –

White wine may up risk of skin cancer: study

Washington: Drinking white wine maysignificantly increase the risk of invasive melanoma, a type of skin cancer, a new study has warned. About 3.6 per cent of cancer cases worldwide have been attributed to alcohol, most typically cancers of aerodigestive tract, liver, pancreas, colon, rectum and breast. Previous research has suggested that alcohol can cause carcinogenesis

Facebook, Twitter can help manage depression: Study

London: While frequency and duration of online social networking may have a negative effect on mental health outcomes, a new study suggests that for some people, Facebook and Twitter may also serve as a resource for managing depression, thereby contributing to more positive outcomes. The study suggests that online social networking can have both a

Walking style can predict memory, thinking decline: study

New York: Problems associated with gait can predict a significant decline in memory and thinking, a new study has found. Using computerised analyses, researchers at Mayo Clinic in the US measured gait parameters such as stride length, ambulatory time, gait speed, step count, cadence, stance time and arm swing. They examined medical records of residents

Most health information websites have average quality in terms of usability, reliability: Study

Chandigarh : With the aim of studying both reliability and accuracy regarding the available health information on websites in order to make informed decisions by community, the School of Public Health Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) conducted a study titled ‘Evaluation of Quality and Readability of Health Information Websites Identified through India’s

200 million Indians have high blood pressure: study

London:  India is home to about 200 million adults with high blood pressure, according to the largest study of its kind which found that the number of people in the world with high BP has reached 1.13 billion. The study, led by scientists at Imperial College London, shows that the number of people with high

1 in every 5 corporate employees at risk of diabetes: Study

New Delhi: Erratic and long working hours putone in every five employees of the corporate world at the risk of diabetes or hypertension, a study has claimed. However, women in the corporate sector are comparatively less affected than men as the average health insurance claims for diabetes-related ailments made by men is almost 13 per

‘Phone walk’ may change your gait: study

Washington: Walking with your heads downwhile fiddling with mobile phone may change the way you walk, according to a new study. The study found that a person’s manner of walking becomes far more exaggerated when using a cell phone. Researchers from the University of Delaware in the US conducted the study on 22 volunteers who

iPad game may effectively treat lazy eye in kids: study

Washington: A special type of iPad game may effectively help restore visual abilities in children with lazy eye, a new study has claimed. Amblyopia also known as lazy eye is the leading cause of monocular visual impairment in children. It has traditionally been viewed as a monocular disorder that can be treated by patching the

Regular intake of sugary drinks may cause diabetes: study

Boston:  People who regularly consumesugar-sweetened beverages – roughly one can of soda per day – may have higher risk of developing prediabetes, a new US study has warned. In the study, adults who regularly consumed sugar-sweetened beverages had a 46 per cent higher risk of developing prediabetes, compared to low- or non-consumers over a 14-year

Online games not as addictive as gambling: Study

London: You can successfully quit out of your favourite online game with much ease as playing internet games has been found not as addictive as gambling, new research has suggested. The study is the first to measure the scale of gaming addiction in the general population using symptoms of ‘internet gaming disorder’, which included preoccupation

Canola oil with Omega-3 may cut heart disease risk: Study

  London:  Consuming foods made in canola oil — an improved form of rapeseed, with less than two per cent erucic acid, a component found in mustard oil — that is enriched with Omega-3 has the potential to reduce the risk of heart diseases, researchers say. The findings showed that consuming high oleic canola oil

Physical activity does not improve after hip surgery: Study

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Patients who underwent hip replacement surgery have showen little improvement in their physical activity levels like walking, cycling or climbing stairs, a study has found. Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often

7 million jobs can disappear by 2050, says a study

New Delhi:  As many as 550 jobs have disappeared every day in last four years and if this trend continues, employment would shrink by 7 million by 2050 in the country, a study has claimed. Farmers, petty retail vendors, contract labourers and construction workers are the most vulnerable sections facing never before livelihood threats in

Load forecasting study points out power shortage for next 2 yrs

Chandigarh: The long term power consumption study conducted by a private company to forecast the load factors of the power demand in city has pointed out that as per the power requirement, city may experience power deficit for next two years during peak hours in summers for next two years. UT Electricity department got the

Wearable fitness trackers not useful for weight loss: study

Washington: Wearable devices that monitor physical activity – steps taken per day or calories burned during a workout – are not reliable tools for weight loss, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in the US claim that participants without these trackers showed nearly twice the weight loss benefits at the end

Just 15 minutes of TV may kill creativity in kids: study

London: Children who spend just 15 minutes or more a day watching television may become less creative as compared to those who read books or solve jigsaw puzzles, a new study has warned. Watching TV for short periods does not impact on the number of creative ideas that young children come up, researchers said. However

Internet addiction linked to depression, anxiety: study

Toronto: People who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, a new study has claimed. Using two scales to evaluate internet use, researchers from McMaster University in Canada found high rates of problematic internet use in a group of primarily college-aged students. They evaluated internet addiction using

Link between autism and sense of touch more complex: Study

London: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are either over- or under-sensitive to sensory information. The severity of social difficulties experienced by them daily may increase according to their senstitiveness to touch, which may be more than their visual or auditory sensitivities, a study has found. The study showed that the sense of touch may

Four basic personality types identified: study

London: People can be classified into four basic personality types: optimistic, pessimistic, trusting and envious, a new study on human behaviour has found. Envious, is the most common, with 30 per cent compared to 20 per cent for each of the other three groups, researchers said. The study, including researchers from Universidad Carlos III de