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Brain tumours may occur in children with common genetic syndrome
The frequency of brain tumours has been underestimated in children with the common genetic syndrome-neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a new study has found. Brain tumours are also known to occur in children and adults with NF1. They estimated that only 15-20 per cent of kids with NF1 develop brain tumours. The study, published in the journal Neurology: Clinical Practice, found that the frequency of brain tumours in this population was more than three times higher.
Moderate carbohydrate intake may result in good health
Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy. The data suggested that animal-based low carbohydrate diets might be associated with a shorter overall lifespan and should be discouraged. The researchers also assessed the association between overall carbohydrate intake and all cause-mortality after adjusting for age, sex, race, total energy intake, education, exercise, income level, smoking, and diabetes.
Mothers' pesticide levels may lead to autism in children
A new study has found that elevated pesticide levels in pregnant women are associated with an increased risk of autism among their children. The study conducted at the American Psychiatric Association examined whether elevated maternal levels of persistent organic pollutants are associated with autism among children. The study examined levels of DDE (p, p'-dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethylene), a breakdown product of the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). The odds of autism among children were significantly increased in mothers whose DDE levels were elevated.
Study reveals link between fever and cancer
Turns out, recurring patterns in patients suggest the existence of an inverse relationship between the personal history of infectious fever and cancer risk, a new study reveals. The researchers propose a mechanistic hypothesis that focuses on the potential impact infectious fever has on a particular subset of T cells, known as gamma/delta (gd) T cells.
Students need more time in school breakfast routines to consume food properly
According to a recent study, students need more time in school breakfast routines to consume food properly. Researchers analysed the behaviour of the students towards food when provided with extra time, in school classroom and cafeteria settings. If they used to eat breakfast at home, now they eat it at school. Following the study, the researchers are now advising various educational institutions and policymakers to consider adding more time to their school breakfast routines.
Here's how working professionals can stay fit
Balance is very important as most of the people today are juggling between work, health, habits, personal space and lot more. With the most working professionals trying to figure out ways to stick to good health and fitness, here are some ways and platforms which would help one to maintain balance between work and maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Squats. It is a fitness platform which can help you seek consultation from professionals to achieve your fitness goals.
Alcohol with energy drinks may worsen violence, risky behaviour
If so, it can exacerbate the negative effects of binge drinking such as increasing violence and risky behaviour, finds a study. Mixing energy drinks with alcohol tricks users into feeling more awake and less drunk than they really are. In the study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the team tested how taurine and alcohol affected the behaviour of 192 zebrafish. These fish also showed more risky behaviour, spending more time in the predator zone than other groups.
Prediabetes: Being a 'night owl' may lead to weight gain
New research has revealed that having a preference for evening activities, going to bed late, and not getting enough sleep may lead to weight gain among people with prediabetes. In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than what is considered normal, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a serious condition in its own right, putting people at risk of not only type 2 diabetes, but also stroke and heart disease.
Here's an instant coffee that could help you lose three times more weight
In a piece for Healthista, Rick Hay delved into the science behind green coffee beans - and the evidence to prove it works. According to him, a study found green coffee beans helped patients lose three times more weight than a regular instant coffee. Hay said: 'Green coffee bean extract is a natural stimulant that is less processed version of coffee and contains less caffeine than regular coffee.
China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal
China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision. In a posting on its website, the State Administration for Market Regulation said that among officials dismissed were Ding Jianhua, who headed two departments at the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).
Mental health practitioners hail decision to include children mental healthcare in insurance coverage
Mental health experts in the city have welcomed the inclusion of children mental health in the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India issued notification for all medical insurance companies to cover mental health illness. Mental health experts and organizations that work with children for their physical, mental and developmental needs assert that this will allow affordable mental healthcare for children. It is for the first time ever that the people including children with mental health illness will be soon covered by insurance companies.
Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16)
Japan's Eisai Co Ltd said on Thursday it would price its cancer drug Lenvima at about $17,000 for a month's supply before discounts, after the US Food and Drug Administration approved its use in patients with a common form of liver cancer. The price will be in parity with the prices of available doses, Chief Operating Officer Shaji Procida said. Lenvima is expected to bring in revenue of $3.46 billion by 2022, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain
Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests. Chronic pain sufferers who took guided tours of art museums felt less discomfort and unpleasantness related to their pain shortly afterward, researchers found. The researchers invited 54 visitors to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, who reported experiencing chronic pain to participate in private hour-long tours led by gallery staff.
Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills
People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests. Researchers studied data on 521,028 adults prescribed blood pressure pills for the first time and 131,764 people taking at least four different pills to lower their blood pressure. Roughly 18 percent were also taking drugs that make blood pressure pills less effective, the study found.
Soya diet can help increase bone strength
With an increase in the incidence of osteoporosis in women, diet and supplementation necessary to maintain bone strength is significant. The blood samples, bone strength test and body composition assessment confirmed the bone strength alterations. Lead author of the study Pamela Hinton said the study showed that women might improve bone strength by adding some soy-based whole foods to their diet.
MIOT to hold conference on HPB cancers
Liver and pancreatic diseases, like most lifestyle diseases, are becoming increasingly common nowadays with no early signs of the disease. Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) cancers can only be diagnosed at an advanced stage, as they are do not show any symptoms and barely about 20 per cent of them are curable.
Rosy cheeks: Causes and what to do
Many people associate rosy cheeks with good health, and cosmetic and fashion trends often encourage the use of makeup and other techniques to achieve this appearance. Rosy cheeks occur as a result of blood vessels widening near the surface of the skin. It is important for a person to know the potential causes of rosy cheeks and the other symptoms that may occur alongside them. In most cases, people do not need to seek medical attention at the first sign of rosy cheeks.

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