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Brain changes observed in people with sleep apnoea

Researchers in University of Boston observe that brain imaging sheds new light on the possible causes of sleep apnoea. In sleep apnoea, a person stops breathing, momentarily, many times during the night.// The cause is often a weakening of the muscles at the back of the throat, causing upper airway obstruction. Sleep apnoea is often linked with snoring and, naturally, causes daytime sleepiness. I...

Poorer Quality of Life Observed In Overweight Kids

The more overweight children are, the poorer quality of life they will have, say researchers according to a new study.// ..Nearly 2,000 children participated in the study . Researchers measured health-related quality of life using a short survey completed by a parent and child self-report to assess the physical, emotional, social and academic functioning of the children. ..About 75 percent of the...

Guidelines For Better Management Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

New clinical guidelines were issued today by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health,// on the identification, treatment and management of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in children and adults. .. OCD can occur in people of all ages, and commonly starts in childhood...

Productivity in New Zealand hit by Absenteeism through Health Reasons

Health insurer Southern Cross Medical Care Society says that workers with health insurance cover return to work earlier than those who have no health insurance. The society said that research // conducted for it by TNS New Zealand showed that productivity could be influenced by workers returning early from illnesses. ..The current research examined the recovery period of 200 insured workers w...

Gene alteration observed in children turning into adults

When children turn into adults, some genes involved in controlling their blood pressure change as well. This is as per a study of more than 500 pairs of twins. //..Black and white identical and fraternal twins was done and it showed that changes in gene expression between ages 14 and 18 accounted for up to one third of the blood pressure variation that occurred by age 18. This was told by Dr. Har...

Costly mistakes help better understand OCD: obsessive compulsive disorder

Mistakes committed, which cost us dearly, like deleting important files or leaving gas open, trigger specific // reactions in the brain. ..According to the published work of US scientists in the Journal of Neuroscience, one area becomes more active after "costly" mistakes. This may help understand OCD better. ..The study examined the brains of 12 healthy adults using a functional MRI (fMRI) scan...

Sepsis risk increased due to the absence of one key enzyme

The presence of caspase-12, touted as the wonder enzyme in sepsis increases the bodys vulnerability to bacterial infection and septic shock while a deficiency confers strong resistance to sepsis. // ..This enzyme appears to modulate inflammation and innate immunity in humans. .."The results of the study make clear that caspase-12 plays a critical role in the elimination of bacterial pathogens,...

Private Hospitals, Clinics, Nursing Homes Observe Strike

Doctors in the city, joined by members of Medical Representatives Association of Haryana began a one-day strike here today to protest the Centre's reservation// proposals, affecting heatlh services in various hospitals. ....Hundreds of striking doctors including a number of women and ayurvedic doctors, also took out a procession and handed over a memoradum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Si...

Vitamin A Deficiency Subsequent to Intestinal Surgery

A recent study has revealed that major intestinal surgery, including stomach reduction for obesity, may increase the possiblity of subsequent vitamin A deficiency//. The results of the study have been published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. ....The researchers base their findings on three patients with increasingly poor eyesight or night blindness, who attended a specialist eye clinic...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Is Familial

Obsessive-compulsive disorder has a tendency to affect many members of a single ..family. The disease causes severe anxiety// and disturbing thoughts, which are dealt with by patients by repeating certain behaviors. It is estimated that close relatives of OCD sufferers are nine times more likely to develop the disorder. ....Now, new research is shedding new light on one of the genetic factors th...

NCFAD Nominated As Reference Laboratory for Bird Flu and BSE

National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (NCFAD) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is nominated as a reference laboratory by the world organization //for animal health for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad-cow disease and bird flu. ..The Winnipeg lab can now provide scientific and technical training for scientific personnel around the world, develop new techniques for diagnosis and pe...

Avoid unnecessary screening tests for celiac disease in the absence of symptoms in children with Downs syndrome

Indianapolis – Children with Downs Syndrome when subjected to any of the regular screening tests for celiac disease , even when they are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease // , is certainly not the done thing, as it may cause more harm than good according to a study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers published in the August issue of Pediatrics. .."Although there are test...

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Cognitive behavioral therapy reduces the severity of obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents, according to a new review. This form of treatment helps relieve the overall distress // and reduces the interference that OCD symptoms can cause in young people’s lives. ....Further, the evidence indicates that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication are equally effective in t...

National Cancer Awareness Day observed

"Prevention is ideal but early detection is most important for achieving cure of different cancers," was the message. //The Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Research and Education (PGIMR) observed National Cancer Awareness Day on Tuesday. The National Cancer Control Programme that started in 1984 organised a poster exhibition and a public lecture....

CBSE's Initiative to Reduce Mental Stress on Children

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken following measures to reduce the stress on children and to make learning a joyful //experience:- ....(i) Abolition of homework for the children of Classes I to II. ....(ii) Interesting and meaningful alternative activities to replace the dull and mechanical homework from classes II to V. ....(iii) Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation...

Obsessed With Weighing Tips the Scale More: finds Study

A study conducted by Minnesota students have revealed that, those teenagers who are obsessive about weighing themselves daily are more prone to develop eating disorders. //They were also likely to adopt unhealthy crash diets. In spite of dieting, they end up gaining almost twice as much weight as well. ..Obsessed about weight loss, teenagers skip meals, resort to using laxatives to make them selv...

Magic Mushrooms Treat Obsessive Compulsion Disorder

An ingredient of psychedelic mushrooms, also called magic mushrooms can effectively reduce the symptoms of obsessive compulsion disorder (OCD), according to a study// by University of Arizona. ....Magic mushrooms contain psychedelic substances like psilocybin, psilocin, or muscimol. ....The first study on psilocybin (FDA-approved) was outlawed in 1970, according to AP reports. ....The intent of...

Vitamin D Deficiency Observed in Breast Feeding Mothers

In a study published in Clinical Pediatrics, it is reported that breast feeding mothers may be deficient in vitamin D. If this deficit is taken care of, their children// may not be affected by vitamin D deficiency disorders. ..Joyce M. Lee and his team belonging to University of Michigan conducted a study among forty healthy women, majority of them black and their children. Twenty of the mothers...

Mental Illness Foremost Reason for Absenteeism

Absenteeism at work places has become a major cause of concern as most of them are related to mental health. Stress, depression, anxiety were the main mental health problems due to which people abstained from work. ......A study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on about 30,000 workers revealed that mental illness was the second largest cause for absenteei...

Work Absence Due to Headaches Has a Substantial Socio-economic Effect

During a study undertaken by a specialist headache centre, it was observed that eight out of ten people felt they were not as productive// at work; 91 per cent blamed the ineffectiveness to headaches, which they experienced on a regular basis. The study is published in the March issue of Cephalalgia. .."Migraines and tension-type headaches are much more common in people’s forties, when they are...

Scientists Observed Live Cell Migration

Johns Hopkins researchers have found a way to directly observe cell migration -- in real time and in living tissue. Cell, the scientists say their advance could lead to strategies for controlling both normal growth and the spread of cancer, processes that depend on the programmed, organized movement of cells across space. ......"The stars of our live show are a cluster of fruit fly cells that l...

Loss of Virginity Could Prove Traumatic If Relationship Falls Apart Subsequently

It is generally believed non-marital sex adversely impacts on a teen's mental health. But a new study shows that the negative mental side effects of a teen's loss of virginity are confined to a specific group. ...Depression overtakes those who have sex earlier than their peers and whose relationships are uncommitted and ultimately fall apart....National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health,...

Scientist Observes real Time Generation of Neurones in Mammals

A scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says that he has observed the real time generation of neurones in a mammals brain, the first ever claim of such kind in the world. ......Dr. Adi Mizrahi of the Department of Neurobiology, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, used mouse models to study how neurones develop from an undifferentiated cellular sphere into a rich and compl...

US Observers Concerned Over Increasingly Permissive Atmosphere

Permissive atmosphere is taking heavy toll of the US. Time something is done to protect the youth. ...How far? Where does one cross the line? These are always problematic questions, especially when it comes to sexual mores. ...Unrestrained hedonism could pose serious public health threats, observers in US warn. As per a recent survey just 4 percent of U.S. adults are virgins and a fifth have t...

IIT Delhi Scientist Finds Climate Models Consistent With Ocean Warming Observations

Climate models represent variability in ocean heat content on interannual-to-decadal time scales much more realistically than previously believed , a study by an Indian scientist has revealed. ......Krishna Achuta Rao, previously at Livermore's Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI), and now at IIT, Delhi, used 13 numerical climate models to find the apparent discrepanci...

Zeta-Jones is 'obsessed' With Smoked Salmon Sandwiches With Crushed Potato Chips

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has revealed that she has weak moments when it comes to food, for she is 'obsessed' with smoked salmon sandwiches with crushed potato chips . ......Speaking, at a press conference for her new film 'No Reservations', the actress said that it is one of her 'comfort foods'. ......"This sounds so crazy but I'm obsessed with smoked salmon sandwiches on ground bread with...

Paris at Her Self-obsessive Best

Paris Hilton has flashed the impressive sign of self-obsession till now; as she was seen sporting a T-shirt with her face printed on it, probably inspired by pop art figure Andy Warhol . ......The socialite, who famously said in an interview that she wanted to involve in social service after finishing jail term, was spotted visiting a spa. ......Recently, the Simple Life star was present at a...

Hilary Duff was 'obsessed' With Her Weight

American singer/actress Hilary Duff used to be obsessed with the idea of shredding weight even at the age of 15 . ......The 19-year-old revealed that media reports about her being fat made her follow a strict diet and exercise routine. ......"It made me obsessed. I would beat myself up if I had some fat," US Weekly quoted Duff, as saying. ......The actress cut down on her harsh weight control...
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