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Car vibrations make drivers sleepy: Study

Natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel, a study has found. With about 20 per cent of fatal road crashes involving driver fatigue, researchers from hope that their findings can be used by manufacturers to improve car seat designs to help keep drivers awake.

8 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Promoting cycling in cities could tackle obesity

Encouraging people to ride a cycle to work may not only help cities tackle air pollution, but also reduce obesity in urban populations, a study has found. Researchers from Hasselt University in Belgium and Imperial College London in the UK suggests that daily cyclists weigh less than their non-active counterparts.

8 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Ketogenic diet may improve efficacy of cancer drugs

A ketogenic diet, which is low in carbohydrates and high in fat, may improve the effectiveness of an emerging class of cancer drugs, scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found. A study, published in the journal Nature, found a strategy to boost the tumour-killing potential of therapies targeted on the insulin-activated enzyme, phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) - a family of enzymes involved in cellular functions such as cell growth, proliferation and differentiation.

6 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Diet rich in nuts may improve sperm count, quality

Including nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts in a regular diet may significantly improve the quality and function of human sperm, a study claims. The randomised trial by researchers from the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain measured conventional semen parameters and molecular changes over a 14-week study period.

4 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Working over 45 hours a week may up diabetes risk in women

Clocking over 45 working hours in a week can increase the risk of diabetes in women, a study has found. The study, published in the journal BMJ Diabetes Research & Care, showed that no such heightened risk was found among women working 30 to 40 hours a week, prompting researchers to suggest that sticking to this total might help curb the risk of the disease.

4 Jul 2018 10:30 am
ICMR confirms fruit bats as source of Nipah outbreak in 2 Kerala districts

The Indian Council of Medical Research has confirmed that fruit bats were the primary source of the Nipah outbreak in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, where 17 people died due to the virus earlier this year. Initially, a central medical team had ruled out bats as the primary source of the infection after the samples collected from bats in two Kerala districts tested negative.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Women in India more likely to have vitamin D deficiency: Study

Women in India are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency, especially those belonging to lower socio-economic groups, according to a new study. The study conducted by Fortis C-Doc in association with AIIMS, Diabetes Foundation of India and National Diabetes Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation sheds light on the relationship between low vitamin D and high-blood glucose levels in Indian women who are in the pre-diabetic stage.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Docyard | Check your blood pressure regularly

Hypertension is a vital risk factor for cardiovascular disease in women but is often underestimated and undiagnosed. Hypertension seems to claim more women lives than any other diseases.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Drive to end Elephantiasis

An accelerated plan for the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis was launched at the recent Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) summit held in Delhi. This aims to eliminate the disease in India by 2020.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
3 Jul 2018 10:30 am

Musk Melon: Also known as Cantaloupe, Musk melons are rich in potassium which helps in regulating the blood pressure and keeps hypertension at bay. They have high doses of vitamin A and beta carotene, which helps sharpen the eye sight as well as reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am

Statistics indicate that one of the leading causes of moderate-to-severe diarrhoea in India is Rotavirus and accounts for about 40 per cent of all diarrhoea cases requiring treatment. More children across India die due to diarrhoea than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am

Not all pinks are good for health, a fact I discovered as a young girl who caught conjunctivitis. But granny had things in place to make the recovery fast, says ROSHANI DEVI The dreaded conjunctivitis is in season, thanks to all the rains and muck.

3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
3 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Scientists identify gene that helps treat cancer

The gene that strengthens the human immunity system has been identified by Australian scientists, it was revealed on Monday. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)identified the gene that plays a critical role in regulating the body's immune response to infection including cancer and diabetes.

2 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Viruses most common cause of meningitis in Britain

Viruses are the most common cause of meningitis in adults and a cause of substantial long-term ill health in Britain, says a study. Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges.

1 Jul 2018 10:30 am
Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study

Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution also plays a major role.

30 Jun 2018 10:30 am
Computer therapy can help people with aphasia find lost words: study

Over 350,000 people in the UK are affected with aphasia - a language disorder caused after a stroke in which people find it difficult to talk, understand, read and write - but computer therapy can help them learn new words, a study by a British university has found. Researchers from the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) found there are a number of significant benefits of using computer therapy for people affected by aphasia, in comparison to usual speec

29 Jun 2018 10:30 am
Ambulance services in HP remain hit as employees' strike enters Day 5

Ambulance services in Himachal Pradesh remained affected as a strike by employees entered fifth day today despite the state government imposing the Essential Services Maintenance Act in 11 out of total 12 districts. The state government said it had made alternative arrangements for running ambulances to avoid inconvenience to the patients.

29 Jun 2018 10:30 am