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Feeling Monday blues? Lack of sleep may just kill you

Sleep

Feeling Monday blues? Lack of sleep may just kill you

 Unfortunately, sleep deprivation is the culprit behind a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said.

Purple potatoes may slash colon cancer risk: Study

Cancer

Purple potatoes may slash colon cancer risk: Study

In the study, pigs that were served a high calorie diet supplemented with purple-fleshed potatoes had less colonic mucosal interleukin-6 (IL-6) compared to a control group.

Curing cancer with black magic? This 'witch' claims she can do it!

Cancer

Curing cancer with black magic? This 'witch' claims she can do it!

A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Savannah believes she saved her own grandmother from a kidney failure and also helped heal a 23-year-old cop in the US from acute Stage-4 leukemia, by arranging a 'pact with Lucifer'.

Safdarjung Hospital violates Ministry order in recruitment

Health Ministry

Safdarjung Hospital violates Ministry order in recruitment

According to the letter, the Ministry's order was also approved by the Director General of Health Services.

In blooper, Punjab campaign says AIDS can spread through handshakes

AIDS

In blooper, Punjab campaign says AIDS can spread through handshakes

The fact that AIDS does not spread from touch has been stressed upon from time to time, since it is also one of the top-most myths people have about the disease.

Depression more severe in those who are sexually harassed by co-workers

Depression

Depression more severe in those who are sexually harassed by co-workers

Researchers from National Research Center for Work Environment (NRCWE) in Denmark found that compared to employees not exposed to sexual harassment, those harassed by clients or customers scored 2.05 points higher on the Major Depression Inventory (MDI).

Allergic reaction to wasp sting gives UK man a heart attack, says report

Stings

Allergic reaction to wasp sting gives UK man a heart attack, says report

The man was bitten by a yellow jacket wasp and began to complain of heaviness and pain in his left arm soon after.

This boy had a worm wriggling inside his eyeball for three weeks

Eye

This boy had a worm wriggling inside his eyeball for three weeks

In a shocking and sad incident, a boy from Mexico lived with a worm wriggling inside his eyeball for three long weeks and finally turned blind.

Multi-gene test found effective in predicting Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease

Multi-gene test found effective in predicting Alzheimer's disease

In a new test, a research team has found that combining the effects of over two dozen genetic variants help in predicting which cognitively normal older adults will go on to develop Alzheimer's dementia.  

Having spinal cord injury? This is how to deal with infections

Spinal cord

Having spinal cord injury? This is how to deal with infections

The findings indicated that spinal cord injury causes the immune system to become "paralysed" and thus, less able to fight off infections such as pneumonia.

This is what causes bone loss in elderly

Elderly

This is what causes bone loss in elderly

Osteoporosis -- the thinning of bone and the loss of bone density that increases the risk of fractures -- is a major health problem in older people.

Jawbone disorder can worsen migraine

Mental health

Jawbone disorder can worsen migraine

The findings showed that temporomandibular disorder (TMD) -- affecting the jaw joint -- does not directly cause migraine.

Is weight loss surgery safe? Chennai woman loses life while undergoing treatment

Surgery

Is weight loss surgery safe? Chennai woman loses life while undergoing treatment

A 46-year-old woman from Chennai lost her life in the process of losing weight which reportedly was about 160 kilos.

Rapid spread of 'super malaria' global threat: Scientists

Malaria

Rapid spread of 'super malaria' global threat: Scientists

The dangerous form of the malaria parasite which cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam.

Genetic syndrome behind formation of tumours identified by scientists

Tumours

Genetic syndrome behind formation of tumours identified by scientists

This new genetic syndrome is caused by alterations in the gene that predisposes the body to form tumours early on.

How do we assess food? Our weight gives us indication

weight

How do we assess food? Our weight gives us indication

Researchers have found that that people of normal weight tend to associate natural foods such as apples with their sensory characteristics.

Smartphone apps may help reduce depression

Depression

Smartphone apps may help reduce depression

The results showed that smartphones open up non-stigmatising and self-managing avenues of care for the people with depression because smartphones can help them monitor, understand and manage their own mental health. 

This 'rapid' fingerprint test can detect cocaine use within seconds

Cocaine

This 'rapid' fingerprint test can detect cocaine use within seconds

The new non-invasive technique developed by researchers, including those from University of Surrey in the UK, can pick up traces of cocaine, even after the subjects have washed their hands.

Meet Nirvaan, India's smallest and youngest baby born after 22 weeks

Baby

Meet Nirvaan, India's smallest and youngest baby born after 22 weeks

Nirvaan, India's smallest and youngest pre-term baby who was born after 22 weeks only, has a normal brain, vision, hearing and potential for long-term neurological development.

Even a bit of air pollution could damage your kidneys

Air pollution

Even a bit of air pollution could damage your kidneys

Even levels below the limit set by the EPA were harmful to the kidneys. This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution, says an expert.

One in four girls depressed at age 14: UK study

Depression

One in four girls depressed at age 14: UK study

Based on the 14-year-olds reporting of their emotional problems, 24 per cent of girls and nine per cent of boys were found to suffer from depression.

Sleep deprivation can effectively treat depression symptoms

Depression

Sleep deprivation can effectively treat depression symptoms

Researchers found that partial sleep deprivation - sleeping for three to four hours followed by wakefulness for 20-21 hours - was as effective as total sleep deprivation for 36 hours.

Warning: Inhaling polluted air could cause kidney failure, says study

Kidney disease

Warning: Inhaling polluted air could cause kidney failure, says study

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

New handheld device can spot fake alcohol

Alcohol

New handheld device can spot fake alcohol

Such devices are already commercially available but are usually used for security and detection of hazardous materials, screening and pharmaceutical analysis.

Prostate cancer on the rise in rural India, cases may double by 2020

Cancer

Prostate cancer on the rise in rural India, cases may double by 2020

Prostate cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths among men around the world.

No harm in exposing your toddlers to pets, germs – Know why

Asthma

No harm in exposing your toddlers to pets, germs – Know why

 Exposure to certain bacteria around the house – mainly those found in house dust – during infancy, was also associated with a reduced risk.

Australian brewer to launch 'fossil beer'

Beer

Australian brewer to launch 'fossil beer'

In 2014, the island made international headlines when "alien-looking" fossils from 500 million years ago were uncovered.

Not gym, but daily chores can keep you healthy, keep death at bay: Study

exercise

Not gym, but daily chores can keep you healthy, keep death at bay: Study

The World Health Organization recommends at least 150 minutes of "moderate-intensity", or 75 minutes of "vigorous-intensity" aerobic physical activity per week.

Toddler dies half an hour after allegedly being administered polio drops in Ludhiana

Polio

Toddler dies half an hour after allegedly being administered polio drops in Ludhiana

Within half an hour, the child started frothing at the mouth and was rushed to Krishna Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Hard water can damage skin, cause eczema: Study

skin care

Hard water can damage skin, cause eczema: Study

Skin pH is normally acidic but hard water has high alkalinity which means it can raise the skin surface pH.

Centre asks states to devise strategy for climate change's health effects

Health care

Centre asks states to devise strategy for climate change's health effects

Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services of the Health Ministry, said every state has specific health issues depending on weather.