Health

Atmospheric shooter Metro 2033 is free on Steam to get you ready for Metro: Exodus’s launch

If you played Metro 2033, chances are the upcoming sequel Metro Exodus ($60 preorder on Humble) is one of your most-anticipated games in 2019. If you somehow missed out on or skipped Metro 2033 though, you can pick it up free from Steam for the next day or so. And that’s free to keep, just so you know. It’s pretty easy. ... Read More »

Caffeine can help patients with kidney disease live longer

Consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease. In a new study, researchers hypothesised that caffeine consumption might be associated with lower mortality among participants with chronic kidney disease. The possible protective effect of caffeine might be related to effects at a vascular level as caffeine is known to promote the release of substances, such ... Read More »

Humans could have been long-distance runners, if we had this gene

The functional loss of a single gene may have helped humans become one of the best long-distance runners in the animal kingdom, a study has found. Researchers at the University of California San Diego in the US studied mice engineered to lack the gene called CMAH. Two to three million years ago, the functional loss of CMAH triggered significant changes ... Read More »

5 healthy diet mistakes that hamper weight loss

Aiming to lose weight? According to a study, choosing the wrong meal (no matter the quantity) can leave you craving for more. When it comes to crushing hunger, it’s not about when you eat; it’s about what you eat. If you want to lose weight, curb your appetite by avoiding the foods that make you more hungry. Kathleen Alleaume, a nutritionist ... Read More »

This new therapy could boost the immune system’s ability to fight skin cancer

Scientists say they have identified a molecule that can be added to a cancer vaccine to boost the immune system’s ability to fight skin cancer. A study, published in the journal PNAS, found that adding the molecule called Diprovocim to an existing vaccine can draw cancer-fighting cells to tumour sites. Experiments in mice with melanoma suggest the therapy could increase ... Read More »

Type 2 diabetes risk shoots up after losing a night’s sleep

Being deprived of sleep for just six hours or a single night may affect the liver’s ability to produce glucose and process insulin, increasing the risk of metabolic diseases such as fatty liver and Type-2 diabetes, warns a study. Sleep deprivation has been associated with eating more, moving less, and having a higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. However, it was not clear ... Read More »

Not just antibiotic abuse, corruption, low health spend also fuel superbugs

Superbugs — disease-causing bacteria and micro-organisms resistant to conventional medicines — aren’t caused just by overuse of antibiotics but also by poor sanitation, unsafe water, higher income and education (because these improve access), corruption and low public health spending, even hotter weather, according to a new study. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics have long been believed to fuel antimicrobial resistance ... Read More »

Non-addictive painkiller discovered for fighting opioid crisis

Scientists have found a non-addictive painkiller to help fight the current opioid crisis, though in an animal model. Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has a dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. “In our study, we found AT-121 to be safe and non-addictive, as well as an ... Read More »

Cardiovascular diseases, here’s how exposure to toxic metals can affect your heart health

Exposure to environmental toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper, and mercury has become a major global health concern. The metals like arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Arsenic and cadmium, for example, are known carcinogens, but there are increasing suggestions that exposure to toxic metals may be ... Read More »

Chemotherapy may lead to early menopause in women with lung cancer

Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study. The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung cancer, who desire future fertility, should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment. Premenopausal women with lung cancer may ... Read More »