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Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer’s proteins: study

WASHINGTON: Chronic poor sleep may contribute to cognitive decline, according to a study that shows wakeful brain produces more of the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta than its waste-disposal system can handle. Levels of the protein rise, potentially setting off a sequence of changes to the brain that can end with dementia, researchers said. “This study … Continue reading “Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer’s proteins: study”

Protein that induces postpartum depression identified

Washington, December 28 Scientists have identified the protein in the brain that can induce postpartum depression, paving the way for new therapies to prevent the condition in new mothers. Postpartum depression strikes nearly one in five new mothers, who may experience anxiety, severe fatigue, inability to bond with their children and suicidal thoughts. Such depression … Continue reading “Protein that induces postpartum depression identified”

Consuming fish weekly guarantee for better sleep, higher IQ

Washington Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have better IQ, a study has found. A University of Pennsylvania study has found that on an average the IQ level was four points higher for those consuming fish in comparison to those eating less frequently or not at all. Lead author … Continue reading “Consuming fish weekly guarantee for better sleep, higher IQ”

Eating tomatoes, apples may restore lung damage in smokers

Washington, December 22 A diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, can help restore lung damage caused by smoking, a study suggests. The study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US found that the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a … Continue reading “Eating tomatoes, apples may restore lung damage in smokers”

‘Eating green veggies daily keeps your brain 11 years younger’

Washington, December 21 Eating about one serving of green, leafy vegetables daily may reduce the rate of brain ageing an equivalent of being 11 years younger, a study has found. Researchers from Rush University in the US found that people who ate at least one serving of green, leafy vegetables a day had a slower … Continue reading “‘Eating green veggies daily keeps your brain 11 years younger’”

Mediterranean diet may help reduce fat deposits: study

Boston: Moderate exercise combined with a Mediterranean and low carbohydrate diet may help reduce the amount of some fat deposits, according to a long-term study. The study, published in the journal Circulation, used MRI imaging technology for the first time to plot the diverse changes in an array of body organ fat storage pools during … Continue reading “Mediterranean diet may help reduce fat deposits: study”

IIT scientists use onion skin to generate electricity

NEW DELHI: Scientists at IIT Kharagpur have used waste onion skins to develop an inexpensive device that can generate ‘green’ electricity from body movements, and may power pacemakers, smart pills and wearable electronics. The non-toxic, biodegradable and biocompatible device takes advantage of the suitable piezoelectric properties of the onion skin, researchers said. Piezoelectric materials have … Continue reading “IIT scientists use onion skin to generate electricity”

High blood sugar in pregnancy ups heart risk in babies

NEW YORK: Higher blood sugar in early pregnancy raises the baby’s risk of a congenital heart defect, a study claims. “We found that in women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, we can measure risk for having a child with congenital heart disease by looking at their glucose values during the first trimester of pregnancy,” said … Continue reading “High blood sugar in pregnancy ups heart risk in babies”

‘Less meat, exercise may cause mental distress in young adults’

New York Young adults who eat meat less than three times a week and exercise less may be at an increased risk of mental distress, a study claims. However, the mental health of a mature adult (aged over 30 years) seems to be more sensitive to regular consumption of coffee and carbohydrates. Researchers found that … Continue reading “‘Less meat, exercise may cause mental distress in young adults’”

Birth control pills may up breast cancer risk: Study

London, December 11 Women who use hormonal contraceptives, including birth control pills, are at an increased risk of breast cancer, a study warns. The findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, are based on a study that followed 1.8 million women between 15 and 49 years of age for more than 10 years. … Continue reading “Birth control pills may up breast cancer risk: Study”