Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

Monday, 27 Mar 2017 | IANS | New York

Researchers have identified more than 100 genes that can help them understand correlations between these genes and human brain activity during memory processing. "This is very exciting because the identification of these gene-to-behaviour relationships opens up new research avenues for testing the role of these genes in specific aspects of...

Hug your baby for the lil one's good health

Monday, 27 Mar 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Celebrity mother Mira Rajput would rather stay at home than be away from her baby, and actress Kareena Kapoor Khan took no time in getting back to the groove after her son was born. Mothers have different ways of bringing up a baby, but they shouldn't forget to hug their...

Spiritual retreats may uplift mood, behaviour

Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 | IANS | New York

Apart from enhancing well-being, people who spend their time on spiritual, meditative and religious retreats are likely to have changes in the brains systems associated with mood and social behaviour, sleep, memory, says a study. The findings showed that the changes in the dopamine -- responsible for mediating cognition, emotion...

Talk therapy for depression? Brain scan may predict efficacy

Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 | IANS | New York

Researchers have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether talk therapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help a patient recover from depression. "All depressions are not equal and like different types of cancer, different types of depression will require specific treatments,"...

Cutting salt in diet may reduce night-time toilet trips

Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 | IANS | London

There is good news for people who need to wake up one or more times during the night to go to the toilet. Researchers have found that simply cutting back on salt intake can reduce such night-time trips. The need to pee at night or nocturia affects most people over the...

New nanocoating to reduce dental implant failure

Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 | PTI | London

Scientists have developed a new nanocoating that may help reduce the risk of dental implant failure. The main reason for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis - a destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding implants. This occurs when pathogenic microbes in the mouth and oral cavity develop into biofilms,...

10 minutes of vigorous exercise will boost kids' heart health

Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 | IANS | New York

Encouraging your children to engage in as little as 10 minutes a day in high-intensity physical activity could help them reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, researchers say. The findings showed that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may...

Childhood brain cancer survivors at higher heart disease risk

Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 | PTI | Toronto

Survivors of childhood brain tumours are at an increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and early death because of higher overall fat tissue, a new study has warned. Researchers, including those from McMaster University in Canada, found that survivors of childhood brain tumours have a similar Body Mass Index...

Men! Hit the gym for better bone health

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | IANS | New York

Engaging in weight-bearing exercises such as resistance training and various types of jumps can help men protect their bone health, suggests new research. One year of targeted exercise can decrease harmful sclerostin, a protein made in the bone, and increase IGF-1, a hormone associated with bone growth. These changes promote...

Drug-resistant TB cases rising in India: Lancet

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Incidences of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) -- associated with high mortality rate -- is on the rise in India, while threatening to derail the progress achieved in controlling the disease, researchers say. Nearly one in five cases of TB are now resistant to at least one...


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Cutting the cord

26 Mar 2017 | Kushan Mitra

The advent of online streaming services that can stream content directly to your television screen is making the argument for cutting the cable connection more and more convincing, believes Kushan Mitra Is it time to cut the cable? In the past year and a half, online television streaming services Hotstar Premium, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have launched their services in India. There is also Voot from Viacom18 and Sony LIV...

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Adiyanath asks party workers not to opt contractual work

27 Mar 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

Asking party workers not to opt for contractual work in government sector Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi said that UP’s face will change in next two months as people have reposed faith on us and it is workers’ responsibility to ensure BJP fulfills all poll promises. “I appeal to the party workers and family members of law makers not to seek contract of government department...

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