Toxins produced by fungus growing on the wallpapers in our home can contaminate the air and be easily inhaled, leading to sick building syndrome, a new study has found. The sick building syndrome (SBS) is used to describe a situation in which the occupants of a building experience acute health-related effects that seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building.
The findings revealed that people using statins were less likely to have a thickened heart muscle and large heart chamber - a strong predictor of future heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Taking statins also reverses the negative changes in the heart which, in turn, could lower the risk of adverse outcomes. It is because statins reduce oxidative stress and dampen the production of growth factors which stimulate cell growth.
Nearly 59 per cent of Indians feel that banning the sale of loose cigarettes is likely to discourage the habit of smoking, a survey has showed. About 41 per cent participants in a survey revealed that relieving stress is the major motivation for smoking. 28 per cent felt that the inspiration behind smoking is to look cool.
Nagpur police today set up a `green corridor' for speedy transportation of a harvested liver from the Orange City Hospital and the airport. For the first time such a corridor was created in the city, police said. The ambulance taking the liver to the airport covered the distance in four minutes, said the joint commissioner of police Shivaji Bodhke. It was completed after getting green signal from the air traffic control and pilot of the chartered aircraft which was to take the liver to Mumbai.
Birth control, or deciding whether to have a baby, is at once a personal decision and a societal one. Individual freedom and societal concerns are at the two ends of the spectrum, just as conception and contraception are. Through the ages, several methods have been adopted for contraception. Saheli is now part of the National Family Planning Programme as an oral contraceptive pill. It is effective not only against conception, but also has anticancer action and against bone desorption (osteoporosis).
The results have been published in the June 2017 issue of the journal, Lipids in Health and Disease. A clinical trial conducted in New Delhi has found that the consumption of cinnamon (dalchini) powder helps address obesity and symptoms of metabolic disorder. Researchers said consuming cinnamon along with dietary changes and physical exercise decreased fasting blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin, waist circumference, and body mass index.
Eman Ahmed, 36, who is currently being treated at the Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi continues to lose weight, according to her team of doctors. She is able to use both her hands to feed herself and to take her medications orally, he added. The hospital said that Eman is able to sit independently for long periods on a specialised tailored wheelchair and her bedsores have healed. Her voice too is being reported to have become clear and she is able to speak full sentences.
A national indigenous food initiative should be launched by the Central government to identify and study the traditional and regional foods with their nutritional benefits to enable dissemination and incorporating them into regional diets, Chintis said. She said this after reading the 'Umiam declaration' adopted at the national seminar on nutrition sensitive agriculture here. The declaration sought adoption of traditional wisdom and their implementation in contemporary agricultural policies and practices, Chnitis said.
Over 1,000 people today participated in a Yoga event in Taizhou, which became the eleventh city in the eastern China region to host the celebration of the third International Day of Yoga. The event was based on the common Yoga protocol sent by the Department of AYUSH. The event was well received by the large number of Yoga following community in Taizhou, a press release by the Consulate said.
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune have successfully developed a novel cancer drug delivery system using graphene oxide nanoparticles. We were very surprised to see this kind of shape-shifting transformation of the graphene oxide sheets into a spherical structure. There is additive effect when two drugs are used together and efficiency of killing the cancer cells becomes better, says Dr Basu. The researchers are planning to undertake more studies using other cancer cells and eventually use animal models.
A new study reveals that worm infection might be one of the major risk factors for individuals with latent tuberculosis infection to develop the active disease. Individuals in the first group had latent TB and worm co-infection, those in the second had latent TB but no worm infection and the third set had only worm infection. The blood samples of the patients with latent TB and worm co-infection showed decreased levels of human TB antibodies compared with those of people with latent TB.
Compounds found in grape skins and seeds can kill colon cancer cells and may eventually lead to treatments to help prevent the condition, say researchers including one of Indian origin. The combination of resveratrol and grape seed extract is very effective at killing colon cancer cells, said Jairam KP Vanamala, Associate Professor of Food Sciences at Pennsylvania State University in the US.
When you were a child, you enjoyed swinging. After growing up, all of us moved on and forgot that even recreational activities can burn calories and keep us in shape. Most of us think that going to the gym is the only way to keep fit. No, you don't need to sweat out that much if you just want to burn some excess calories and enjoy your fitness activity.
Both men and women wear them. Wearing copper seems to have a therapeutic effect on the body and that is why since centuries people wore copper ornaments. If you are allergic to copper, you can skip using it but otherwise, copper seems to boost immunity and offer several other health benefits too. Very less scientific evidence is available explaining the benefits. There are no side effects of wearing a copper bracelet unless your skin is allergic or sensitive to copper.
People who go to bed late appear to have less control over their obsessive thoughts, according to results of a small study. The researchers monitored 20 individuals diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - a common chronic disorder that leads to repetitive behaviour - and 10 individuals with OCD-like symptoms during one week of sleep. Participants completed sleep diaries and daily ratings of perceived degree of control over obsessive thoughts and ritualised behaviours.
Breastfeeding may reduce a mother's heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, showed that women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke later in life. The health benefits to the mother from breastfeeding may be explained by a faster 'reset' of the mother's metabolism after pregnancy, explained Sanne Peters, a research fellow at the University of Oxford.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today reached out to school heads in Kerala to ensure the participation of teachers and students in the government's massive cleanliness drive to check the spread of diseases in the state. In a letter to school headmasters, Vijayan said the participation of people, including students, is vital in containing contagious diseases. Besides students, all teachers should be made part of the sanitation drive, he said, adding that necessary instructions should be given in this regard.
Monsoon brings a sigh of relief from the scorching summer heat; but at the same time, it brings along a host of infections and health hazards. As the monsoon sets in, the moisture in the atmosphere increases, making it conducive for the infections to thrive. Conjunctivitis, swelling of the eyes, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcer are few of the major eye infections that can be caused during the monsoon season.