Smoke From Fire Crackers Can Damage Respiratory System, Say Doctors

NEW DELHI: With numerous cases of burns and irritation reported every year during Diwali, health experts on Wednesday cautioned people to avoid fire crackers as their smoke can cause damage to the respiratory tract, especially among children suffering from asthma. Health experts here said people having a healthy respiratory system can suffer from lung-related problems after getting exposed to the ... Read More »

Bid To Speed Transplants With Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys

WASHINGTON: Some patients facing a years-long wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They’re agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C. Knowingly transmitting a dangerous virus may sound drastic but two leading transplant centers are betting the strategy will save lives – if new medications that promise ... Read More »

New Skin Patch Safely Treats Peanut Allergy: Study

WASHINGTON: A new wearable patch that delivers small amounts of peanut protein through the skin may safely help treat children and young adults with peanut allergy, a new study has found. The treatment, called epicutaneous immunotherapy or EPIT, was safe and well-tolerated, and nearly all participants used the skin patch daily as directed, according to the one-year results from an ... Read More »

Birth Control Pills May Increase Risk Of Stroke: Experts

NEW DELHI: Apart from obesity, birth control pills and additional factors such as smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes may put women at increased risk for the most common type of stroke, health experts suggest. Oral contraceptives increase the risk of ischemic strokes, caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. “Women who ... Read More »

Altering ‘Flavour’ Of Humans Can Tackle Malaria

NEW YORK: A specialised area of the mosquito brain mixes tastes with smells to create unique flavours, scientists have revealed, suggesting the development of a powerful odourant that can make “human flavour” repulsive to malaria-bearing species. Instead of feasting on us, the mosquitoes can then keep the disease to themselves, potentially saving an estimated 450,000 lives a year worldwide, said ... Read More »

Young Pregnant Women More At Risk Of Stroke: Study

NEW YORK: Pregnancy in young women may increase the risk of stroke as compared to their older counterparts of childbearing age, a study has found. The findings showed that stroke risk was more than doubled in women aged 12 to 24 years and increased significantly by 60 per cent in women 25 to 34 years during pregnancy or post partum ... Read More »

Pregnancy May Up Stroke Risk In Young Women: Study

NEW YORK:  Pregnancy may increase the risk of strokes in younger women, but not in older women expecting a baby, a new study has found. Pregnancy-associated stroke occurs in an estimated 34 out of 100,000 women, researchers said. Previous studies have suggested that the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke is higher in older women than in younger women. “The incidence of ... Read More »

How Human Brains ‘Slack’ With Age, Explains Study

LONDON: Along with our skin that loses the firmness and elasticity of the youth, our brain too starts to sag as we age, researchers say. A recent study found that as humans age, their brain folds and the tension on the cerebral cortex — the outer layer of neural tissue in our brains — appears to decrease. Previous research has ... Read More »

Counting On Fingers May Make Kids Smarter: Study

WASHINGTON: Parents, take note! Counting on fingers may make your kids smarter, suggests a new study which found that children who have better perception of their hands tend to be more skilled at math. Finger perception – the ability to distinguish, name, or recognise the fingers – is associated with math skill and even when people are not manually ticking ... Read More »

Even Low Physical Fitness Can Help Prevent Heart Diseases

TORONTO: Even low physical fitness, up to 20 per cent below the average for healthy people, is sufficient to prevent risk factors like diabetes, hypertension and obesity that affect people with cardiovascular disease, a new study has claimed. “This is great news for people with heart disease who have difficulty adhering to a regular – mainly aerobic – exercise programme,” ... Read More »