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Eating prebiotics may improve sleep, cut impact of stress

After being exposed to a stressor, the rats on the prebiotic diet also spent more time in rapid-eye-movement sleep.

25 Feb 2017

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Alzheimer's may be caused by excess sugar consumption: Study

Scientists have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer's.

25 Feb 2017

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MRP should be published on all medical instruments: Survey

Additionally, citizens have demanded that all such medical devices must be brought under Packaged Commodity Rules at the earliest.

25 Feb 2017

Human brain may help generate fructose

The study showed that high concentration of fructose in the brain was due to a metabolic pathway called the polyol pathway that converts glucose to fructose.

25 Feb 2017

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Why India cannot follow new WHO guidelines to protect pregnant mothers

Is India ready to implement the new guidelines proposed by WHO to protect its mothers? It is not, an analysis of government data and research studies shows.

23 Feb 2017

Cannabis or weed can cause psychosis

I  am not sure if I am an alcoholic. I drink everyday but I can abstain for four weeks. After 4 weeks I desperately need one. Does that mean I am an addict?

23 Feb 2017

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1,850 drugs sold in India not of Standard Quality: Health Ministry

According to the Health Ministry, many of the drugs are of foreign companies that have their manufacturing units in India.

22 Feb 2017

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Do you pop heartburn drugs? Be warned, it may lead to silent kidney damage

Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), sold under the brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix, among others in the United States, may cause damage to kidneys, undetected in early stages.

22 Feb 2017

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Don’t cringe, it is actually safe to reuse cardiac electronic devices

A recently published study showed there were no malfunctions or device-related deaths six months after the implantation of a used cardiac device

22 Feb 2017

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Chronic knee pain can be treated online

Skype sessions with a physical therapist to learn home exercises and pain-coping skills showed improved physical functioning.

21 Feb 2017

Mortality rates two-10 times higher in young criminals: Study

16 years after detention, 111 of those died.

19 Feb 2017

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Shrinking the plate for a healthy lifestyle

A wellness retreat in the Western Ghats works on the philosophy of eating in small portions.

18 Feb 2017

Quick bite into sickness

Children who love fast food and have a sweet tooth are prone to liver diseases.

18 Feb 2017

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Ayurveda: A pharmacopoeia for all

Drugs are often changed if it’s not suitable for the patient’s agnibala.

18 Feb 2017

Previous research had identified 48 gene variants associated with waist-to-hip ratio, resulting in a genetic risk score.
Apple-shaped body could raise risk of diabetes

The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests a person's genetic makeup may cause health problems down the road.

14 Feb 2017

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US pharma sector demands to keep India in patent violator list

Among the key issues of concern for the US pharma sector in India are unpredictable IP environment, high tariffs and taxes on medicines.

14 Feb 2017

Cabin windows can’t stop UV rays
Heights of tanning

Air travel might be the new norm, but it can cause skin damage and tanning. Our expert tells us how to prevent it at 30,000 feet above sea level

11 Feb 2017

Breathing relief into the body through acupuncture

Superficial needling during exhalation in a sitting position induces a person’s parasympathetic activation response

11 Feb 2017

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Take pole position to shape up

Nordic Walking, a workout regimen similar to cross-country skiing, is seeing more footfall in Chennai under trainer Jyotsna

11 Feb 2017

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Music, drugs stimulate same part of brain: Study

However, scientists only recently developed the tools and methods to do such research in humans.

09 Feb 2017

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Regular naps may help toddlers learn language better

The learning benefit of napping could come from what is known as slow-wave sleep.

09 Feb 2017