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Sleeping for more than eight hours a day? It may up early death risk

Washington. Dec 8: Turns out, sleeping more than six to eight hours a night is associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular diseases.

According to a recent study at the McMaster and Peking Union Medical College, people sleeping more than the recommended upper limit of eight hours increased their risk of major cardiovascular events, like...

Cure for HIV moves closer as scientists find potential genetic switch

Washington, Dec 7: A genetic switch that causes HIV hidden inside the cells to replicate can be manipulated to completely eradicate the virus from the human body, a study has found.

Cells harbouring latent HIV are "invisible" to the natural defences of the immune system, said researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the US....

Indian origin scientist behind path breaking test that detects all cancers in minutes

Melbourne, Dec 6: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a quick test that can detect all types of cancer from blood or biopsy tissues within minutes. The test, developed by researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia, who have discovered a unique DNA nanostructure that appears to be common to all cancers.

Cancer is an extremely...

Survey Reveals 71% Indians Have Poor Muscle Health: Tips to Improve This

New Delhi, Dec 4: About 68 per cent people in India are protein deficient, while 71 per cent have poor muscle health, a recent survey has pointed out.

Citing reports, experts on Monday said 84 per cent of Indian vegetarian and 65 per cent of non-vegetarian diets are protein deficient.

"According to our latest survey...

Should you trust Dr. Google with your health problems?

Washington, Nov 29: Turns out, women experiencing symptoms of breast cancer vary in how they value, use and trust ‘Dr. Google’ when making sense of their signs of cancer, a new study has revealed.

The study appeared in the Journal of Health, Risk and Society. Researchers from the University of Surrey, led by Dr Afrodita Marcu, investigated whether women...

Chinese Scientist Apologises For "Leak" Of Baby Gene-Editing Result

Hong Kong, Nov 28: The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies said Wednesday the trial had been paused, following an international outcry over the highly controversial procedure.

He Jiankui defended his work in front of a packed Hong Kong biomedical conference, saying he had successfully altered the DNA of twin girls born to...

About 34 million children worldwide suffer from hearing loss: Brett Lee

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 26: Cochlear’s Global Hearing Ambassador and International Cricket legend Brett Lee said 34 million children worldwide suffer from profound hearing loss.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), four in every 1,000 babies born in India suffer from severe to profound hearing disability, Lee said.

Lee was in Kerala to amplify conversations about Universal Newborn Hearing...

Indians lose over four years of their lives to air pollution, says study

Nov 26: According to the new Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), developed by researchers at University of Chicago in the US, particulate air pollution cuts global average life expectancy by 1.8 years per person.

People in India would live an average 4.3 years longer if the country met the global guidelines for particulate pollution, according to a study which...

People of age groups 46-60, 61 to 85 years have most cases of uncontrolled blood sugar: Report

New Delhi, Nov 16: People of age groups 46 to 60 and 61 to 85 years have the most cases of uncontrolled blood sugar (HbA1c ≥6.5 per cent), says a data analytics report.

Across the age groups except 16-30 years, there was a downward trend for uncontrolled HbA1c, signifying growing awareness about blood sugar control, and perhaps treatment, the...

Tamarind seed protein has potential to cure Chikungunya: IIT-R study

New Delhi, Nov 14: Two professors at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee claimed to have discovered a protein in tamarind seeds that has anti-viral properties and can potentially be used to develop medication for chikungunya.

The research group at IIT Roorkee has filed a patent for an antiviral composition containing this tamarind antiviral protein and is now developing...