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Decoded: Skin cells that sense touch

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 05:34

New York, April 7 - In a ground-breaking research, scientists have resolved the age-old mystery of touch - how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures.

Till date, almost nothing is known about the cells and molecules responsible for initiating our sense of touch.

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Vitamin D insufficiency linked to increased fracture risk in elderly women

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:15

Washington, Apr 6 : A new study has shown that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.

The study was presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

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Indian doctors in Mozambique to strengthen health service

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:11

Maputo, April 5 - Half a dozen Indian doctors arrived in Mozambique to help national health authorities increase health capacity, Maputo Central Hospital General Director Joao Fumane said Friday.

The Indian doctors are in Mozambique as part of a cooperation agreement signed between the government of Mozambique and the Apollo group from India, Xinhua cited the state news agency AIM as saying.

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Bedtime gadgets leave Britons sleep-deprived

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06

London, April 4 : Is your grown-up child complaining of inadequate sleep and hit the sack during the day? Watch out for his/her late night smart phone or tablet use.

According to a survey, six in 10 British adults are not getting enough sleep and electronic gadgets are to be blamed for this.

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Ciggies could dull obese women's ability to taste fat and sugar

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:06

Washington, April 4 - Researchers have said that cigarette smoking among obese women seems to interfere with their ability to taste fats and sweets.

Despite craving high-fat, sugary foods, these women were less likely than others to perceive these tastes, which may drive them to consume more calories.

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Ebola claims more lives in Liberia

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:35

Monrovia, April 4 - The deadly Ebola virus has claimed two more lives in Liberia, Minister of Health and Social Welfare Walter Gwenigale said Thursday, taking the death toll to seven in the West African nation.

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Cradle of craving for booze in brain revealed

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:47

Washington, April 3 - Neuroscientists have found the part of brain that controls sensitivity to the negative effects of drinking alcohol.

University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience.

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Optimism and pessimism hardwired in the brain

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:46

Washington, April 3 - Researchers have said that the ability to stay positive and of being negative may be hardwired in the brain.

Jason Moser, lead investigator and assistant professor of psychology, said that it's the first time that they've been able to find a brain marker that really distinguishes negative thinkers from positive thinkers.

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New blood test could predict risk of sudden cardiac death

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:28

Washington, April 3 - A researcher has found that a simple blood test can predict a person's risk for sudden cardiac death.

Samuel C. Dudley , M. D., Ph. D, chief of cardiology at the CVI, said that the primary prevention model for at-risk patients in the U. S. is to implant an ICD before a cardiac event happens. While it's better to be safe, this has led to widespread overuse of ICDs throughout the U. S. and abroad.

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An app to test your eyes anywhere on earth

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:28

London, April 2 : In a ground-breaking innovation that could help prevent blindness in millions across the world, scientists have developed an app that allows eye tests anywhere.

Aptly named 'pocket optician', the app allows a person without any training to carry out eye tests.

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This protein can resist weight gain despite high-fat diet

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:46

Johannesburg, April 2 : Not been able to fight off excess belly fat despite exercise and diet control? High levels of a particular protein can help.

Higher levels of Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF for short) that keep body's systems in balance may help fight the weight gain and health problems caused by high-fat diet.

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Ebola outbreak kills 80 in Guinea: WHO

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:17

Geneva, April 2 - A total of 122 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola, including 80 deaths, have been reported in Guinea, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Tuesday.

"Although there was no infection in Liberia itself, the infected were Liberians who had travelled to Guinea and had been consequently infected.

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High BP, sugar in teenage may lead to dementia

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 09:47

New York, April 1 :  Watch your diet and exercise regularly before it is too late as a new research suggests that young adults with high blood pressure and elevated glucose levels are at greater risks of developing dementia later in life.

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Cutting TV time improves kids' sleep, academics and behavior

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:47

Washington, April 1 - Researchers have said that kids get more sleep, do better in school, behave better and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time their children spend on the computer or in front of the TV.

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Statins could improve your sex life

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:34

Washington, April 1 - Researchers have shown that statins could improve erectile function in men suffering from cardiovascular disease.

The research, conducted at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, found that statin medication prescribed to lower cholesterol and decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke, also improves a man's erectile function.

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Seven + daily portions of fruit and veg 'best chance to stave off death from any cause'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 04:28

Washington, April 1 - Researchers have suggested that eating at least seven daily portions of fruit and vegetables could be the best chance to stave off death from any cause.

According to the data, vegetables may pack more of a protective punch than fruit.

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Speak up to improve your sex life

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:29

Toronto, March 31 : Just letting your feelings out without ambivalence may be a major booster to your sex life, a study has found.

"The more ambivalent you are, the less you are able to communicate your emotions satisfactorily, and the more you are likely to be uncomfortable with your partner," said Nayla Awada, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the Université de Montréal in Candada.

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Women who eat fruits and vegetables when young have healthier arteries later in life

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:10

Washington, Mar 31 - A new study suggests that women who ate a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables as young adults were much less likely to have plaque build-up in their arteries 20 years later, compared with those who consumed lower amounts of these foods.

This new finding reinforces the importance of developing healthy eating habits early in life.

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Genetic markers could help predict stroke in patients with heart disease

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:49

Washington, Mar 31 - Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have identified a biological process that could help physicians predict when someone with heart disease is likely to have a heart attack in the near future.

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14th century Black Death not spread by rat fleas

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 04:44

London, March 30 - Researchers, who examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London last year, have are claiming that they may have uncovered the truth behind the mid-14th century's Black Death.

The research revealed that the previously believed claim that the Black death was caused by a highly contagious strain spread by the fleas on rats may not be true at all, the Guardian reported.

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