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Kitchen towels could be behind food poisoning, reveals study

Washington D.C, Jun 10: Dirty kitchen towels can aid the growth of pathogens and cause food poisoning, a new research has claimed.

Researchers from the University of Mauritius have shown that factors such as family size, type of diet, multi-usage of towels, among other factors, impact the growth of pathogens on kitchen towels, potentially causing food poisoning.

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Exposure to second-hand smoke down in India, but remains major concern – Here are survey details

New Delhi, Jun 9: Exposure to second-hand smoke remains a major concern in India even though there has been a reduction in such exposure at home and public places since 2009-10, as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2 (GATS 2), released here by the Health Ministry. However, exposure to second-hand smoke at healthcare facilities has increased in this...

Sleep for 7 hours to keep your heart younger, says study

Washington, Jun 8: Sleeping for seven hours a day may reduce the age of your heart, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study has found. Preliminary results from the study published in the journal Sleep show that excess heart age (EHA) appeared to be lowest among adults who reported sleeping seven hours per 24-hour period. Sleeping times less...

Regular exercise more beneficial for men than women, claims study

Washington, June 5: Regular physical activity may be more beneficial for men than post-menopausal women, a study has suggested.

Researchers at Loughborough University examined the effects of regular exercise training on the blood vessels of 12 men and post-menopausal women. Blood pressure and arterial stiffness were assessed before and one hour after a brisk walk.

Their preliminary findings...

Inadequate sleep may cost countries billions: Study

Melbourne, Jun 4: Inadequate sleep, a health problem affecting at least one in three adults worldwide, could cost countries billions, a study has found.

Researchers from Victoria Universityand University of Western Australiaattempted to measure the economic consequences of limited sleep times in Australia.

Limited sleep times is defined as "difficulties with sleep initiation, maintenance or...

Common toothpaste ingredient triclosan may up colon cancer risk, says study

A common antimicrobial ingredient triclosan, found in hand soaps and toothpastes, may alter gut bacteria and increase the risk of colon cancer, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests that short-time treatment with low-dose triclosan caused colonic inflammation, and exaggerated disease development of colitis and colitis-associated colon cancer in mice. “These results, for...

Aerobic exercise may help treat drug or alcohol addiction, says study

Washington, May 31: Aerobic exercise can help treat drug or alcohol addiction by altering the brain’s reward system, a study has found. Also known as “cardio,” aerobic exercise is brisk exercise that increases heart rate, breathing and circulation of oxygen through the blood, and is associated with decreasing many negative health issues, including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. It also...

Smoking down worldwide, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease: WHO

Geneva, May 31: Fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet a target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use that causes cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke,...

Most vitamins, mineral supplements have no health benefits

Washington, May 29: Turns out, most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, contrary to popular belief.

According to a study conducted by the St. Michael's Hospital, common vitamin and mineral supplements have no consistent benefit for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or premature death or no harm.

The systematic review of existing...

Scientists develop robust blood test that can detect liver damage in minutes

London, May 28: Scientists have developed a quick and robust blood test that can detect liver damage before the symptoms appear. The test developed by researchers from the University College London in the UK could address a huge need for early detection of liver disease. It distinguishes between samples taken from healthy individuals and those with varying degrees of liver...