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music helpsexercise longer: study

Listening to music while exercising can help you work out for a longer time than those who do not have music playing in their ears, a team of researchers has suggested. Music can have a powerful impact on our mood, signalling the brain to release feel-good and energy-boosting chemicals.  Being inactive ranks as one of the five major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. “At least on a small scale, this study provides some evidence that music may help serve as an extra tool to help motivate someone to exercise more, which is critical to heart health,” said lead author Waseem Shami, cardiology fellow at Texas Tech University Health Sciences in the US. For the study to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, the team randomly selected 127 heart patients in two groups for a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) treadmill stress test and assigned to either listen to up-tempo music or have no music playing during their stress tests.

marijuana use  not linked to kidney disease

Occasional and relatively light use of marijuana may not increase risk of kidney disease in healthy adults below the age of 60, suggests new research. The study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, found no association between current or previous marijuana use and kidney function. “It suggests that there is no detrimental effect of infrequent, relatively light use of marijuana on kidney function among healthy adults under age 60,” said lead investigator Murray Mittleman, professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “However, our research does not address heavy users, the elderly, or those with pre-existing chronic kidney disease,” he added.

HIV antibodyeffective on monkeys

An experimental HIV antibody tested on a group of monkeys showed to be effective as it suppressed the virus for nearly six months without additional treatment, researchers have found. The findings lend a clue to strategies that attempt to achieve sustained, drug-free viral remission in people living with HIV, the Xinhua reported. The researchers may have targeted the viral reservoir — populations of long-lived, latently infected cells that harbour the virus and that lead to resurgent viral replication when suppressive therapy was stopped, the study noted. “HIV excels at evading the immune system by hiding out in certain immune cells,” said Anthony S. Fauci, Director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Maryland, US. “The virus can be suppressed to very low levels with antiretroviral therapy, but quickly rebounds if a person ignores prescription.”




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UTC to use 180 buses to ferry Yoga participants

21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...

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