Regular consumption of alcohol, even in moderate levels, can adversely affect young people, especially girls both their metabolism as well as volume of grey matter, a study has found.
The findings showed that drinking may be associated with changes in the metabolite profile which includes reduced brain grey matter -- involved in muscle control, sensory perception, self control.
The risk of these changes was found to be higher among heavy drinking adolescent girls.
“The study observed metabolite profile changes even in young people who consumed alcohol at a level that is socially acceptable,” said...
What oil do you cook with? If you have been stuck with olive or other vegetable oils, it’s time to shift to a healthier option: Canola oil.
Research has shown that canola oil helps lower blood sugar in people with Type II diabetes.
David Jenkins, head of the St. Michael Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre in Toronto, Canada, conducted the study where one group ate bread made with canola oil and a control group ate normal bread.
The study found that the group that ate bread made up of canola oil experienced lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Numerous cooking oils add...
Two leading Indian scientific institutions have come together with a private partner to launch a new high tech device to ensure that the growing popularity of sanitary napkins do not end up becoming an environmental nightmare.
Called GreenDispo, the device has been designed in such that it will incinerate the sanitary napkins completely with minimal flue gas emission. It is estimated that 432 million pads are already been disposed off every month in the country and this is expected to grow multifold in the coming years.
Inappropriate handling of the used pads is already posing a major challenge as...
Too much job pressure may increase your risk developing a rapid and irregular heart rate, called atrial fibrillation, which can lead to a stroke, dementia, heart failure and other complications.
The study found that being stressed at work was associated with a 48 per cent higher risk of atrial fibrillation.
“Work stress has previously been linked with coronary heart disease. Work stress should be considered a modifiable risk factor for preventing atrial fibrillation and coronary heart disease,” said study author Eleonor Fransson from Jonkoping University in Sweden.
“People who feel stressed...
If you believe that smoking affects only the lungs, then you may be wrong as a new study showed that components in cigarette smoke may directly damage the muscles in your leg as well.
According to the researchers, smoking could directly damage the muscles by reducing the number of blood vessels in leg muscles, which in turn reduce the amount of oxygen and nutrients the muscles received.
“It is vitally important that we show people that the use of tobacco cigarettes has harmful consequences throughout the body, including large muscle groups needed for daily living, and develop strategies to stop the damage tri...
Want to prevent frailty when you grow old? If so, then start maintaining good heart health. A new study indicates that low heart disease risks among older people may help them to prevent frailty.
Frailty is a condition associated with decreased physiological reserve and increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes. The outcomes include falls, fractures, disability, hospitalisation and institutionalisation.
The findings, published in the Journal of Gerontology, found that severe frailty was 85 per cent less likely in those with near ideal cardiovascular risk factors.
The study also found that even small...
Cholesterol a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have found.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Chemistry, suggests that in the brain, cholesterol acts as a catalyst which triggers the formation of the toxic clusters of the amyloid-beta protein, which is a central player in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers found that cholesterol, which is one of the main components of cell walls in neurons, can trigger amyloid-beta molecules to aggregate, and their aggrega...
While aerobic exercises, such as walking, running, cycling, are known to confer various health benefits, for the first time researchers have shown that aerobic fitness may also be linked with increased linguistic skills in the elderly.
Older adults frequently have word finding difficulties and they experience these as particularly irritating and embarrassing. It also hinders in maintaining social relationships and independence in old age.
According to the study, published in journal Scientific Reports, older adults’ aerobic fitness levels are directly related to the incidence of age-related language failures ...
The Nagaland government has launched training modules on HIV and AIDS for law enforcement agency and faith-based organisations (FBOs). The package has been prepared by Kripa Foundation Nagaland in partnership with the Family Health International (FHI) 360 and Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS).
The goal of the module is to empower the state’s police force and church workers for a collective response to HIV and AIDS and ensure universal access, protection of human rights, and removal of stigma and discrimination associated with the disease.
n Ratneshwar Thakur
The new science of Epigenetics has enabled us to track, how our lifestyle and surroundings affect the behavior of genes in our body, without altering the underlying DNA sequence (commonly called ‘mutations’).These epigenetic changes may stop aged cells and damaged cells from forming any new cells–akin to forced retirement, scientifically known as senescence, thereby preventing chances of cancer. However unusual epigenetic changes might help rogue cells to escape senescence and steer towards formation of tumors.
The students of Delhi Public School - South (DPS) in Bangalore have helped raise Rs 26 lakh in 45 days for thalassemia patients, making it the country’s biggest student crowd-funded campaign.
The money will fund blood transfusion cost for 1,300 patients
Thalassemia is a blood disorder where the body produces less than the optimal amount of haemoglobin. This inherited disorder requires lifelong blood transfusions.
The campaign supports giving free blood transfusions to those suffering from thalassemia. The cost of each transfusion is Rs 2,000 and each student at DPS raised Rs 20,000 which will help 10 individuals by funding their transfu...
With lot of debates happening across the country over the health insurance scheme announced by finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union budget, here is a unique offering by the Karnataka government.
From April this year, all govt hospitals in the state will offer free Total Knee Replacement (TKR) procedure to everyone, irrespective of the individual’s status. With this announcement, the state government has come to the rescue of thousands of orthopaedic patients, who have been waiting for the expensive Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgeries.
All government hospitals will offer TKR procedures absolutel...