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Heart attacks, strokes prevented through health checks-ups

Heart attacks, strokes prevented through health checks-ups

A study led by Queen Mary University of London has revealed that health check-up programmes may prevent heart attacks, strokes or death from these causes in its first five years.

According to researchers, the NHS Health Check program in England may have prevented an estimated 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes or death from these causes in its first five years.

Pregnancy leads to changes in a mother's brain

For would-be-mothers! A new study has revealed that pregnancy causes long-lasting alterations in brain structure by improving the mother's ability to protect and interact with her newborn.

The study was published in journal of Nature Neuroscience.

Researchers from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain compared the structure of the brain of women before and after their first pregnancy.

This research shows that pregnancy involves long-lasting changes -- at least for two years postpartum -- in the morphology of a woman's brain.

NSAIDs may prevent recurrence of colorectal cancer

NSAIDs may prevent recurrence of colorectal cancer

A team of researchers has determined the effectiveness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and several supplements in preventing the recurrence of colorectal cancer after polyp removal.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, indicated that nonaspirin NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen) are better than all other compared therapies for preventing recurrence of adenomatous polyps within three to five years following initial polyp removal.

World's first Chikungunya vaccine developed

World's first Chikungunya vaccine developed

US researchers have developed a vaccine for chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific virus that does not have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective.

The study indicated that the vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus.

The findings were published in journal of Nature Medicine.

New creatures discovered undersea!

New creatures discovered undersea!

Six new animal species have been discovered in the undersea hot springs 2.8 kilometres deep in the southwest Indian Ocean.

Scientists at the University of Southampton discovered the unique marine life around hydrothermal vents at a place called Longqi ('Dragon's Breath'), 2000 kilometres southeast of Madagascar.

The study has been described in the journal Scientific Reports.

A research team, led by Dr Jon Copley, explored an area the size of a football stadium on the ocean floor, pinpointing the locations of more than a dozen mineral spires known as 'vent chimneys'.

New world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders

New world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders

A team of doctors at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have recently set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders.

"We've set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders," said researcher Hans M. Nordahl.

A team of doctors and psychologists from NTNU and the University of Manchester in England, led by Nordahl, examined the effects of structured talk therapy and medication on patients with social anxiety disorders.

This study has been published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Cancer survivors suffer from anxiety, depression

Cancer survivors suffer from anxiety, depression

Study says, it's not only health, cancer has a major impact on your mental wellbeing.

The study has been reported at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore.

Results from a Malaysian study of 1,362 patients found more than four in five survivors were suffering from anxiety and a similar number had depression a year after diagnosis.

Lead author Shridevi Subramaniam said, "We urgently need new ways of supporting cancer survivors and addressing wider aspects of wellbeing."

Twitter’s latest update on Vine shutdown: Vine’s mobile apps will be rebranded ‘Vine Camera’

Twitter’s latest update on Vine shutdown: Vine’s mobile apps will be rebranded ‘Vine Camera’

In a Friday blog post, microblogging service Twitter released an update related to the shutdown – which was first announced by the company in October – of its six-second video app, Vine.

Twitter had said in October that it was shutting down the Vine service. However, in an update to that announcement, Twitter said on Friday that the Vine app will not be discontinued when the Vine service is shuttered.

According to Twitter’s Friday blog post, a pared-down version of the Vine app will be rolled out, in an evident effort to appease Vine’s avid fans.

Myth busted! Contraceptive pill won't kill your sexual desire

Myth busted! Contraceptive pill won't kill your sexual desire

Busting the popular myth that taking contraceptives curbs sexual desire, a new study reveals that taking the pill doesn't lower women's sexual desire, as other factors like age and length of relationship are more important.

The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Research from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University in the US said the evidence explaining what affects women's sexual desire is mixed and more research is needed.

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