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Cannot cut burgers, pizzas from diet? Blame your genes

Cannot cut burgers, pizzas from diet? Blame your genes

After knowing that burger and pizzas are unhealthy, why are we incapable from cutting them from our diets? Relax and blame gene variants as a study finds that they affect the way our brain works and influence our food preferences.

The new research could lead to new strategies to empower people to enjoy and stick to their optimal diets.

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Racial discrimination putting kids at asthma risk

Racial discrimination putting kids at asthma risk

Discrimination is contributing to paediatric asthma rates among African American and Latino youths, according to a recent study.

The investigators found that African American children who reported experiencing discrimination had almost twice the probability of having asthma than their peers who did not experience/report discrimination.

Did you know hearing tests fail to diagnose hearing loss?

Did you know hearing tests fail to diagnose hearing loss?

A team of US researchers has revealed that the traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to diagnose patients with a common form of inner ear damage, which otherwise might be detected by some behavioural tests.

According to researchers, the reason why some forms of hearing loss may go un-recognised in the clinic is that hearing involves a complex partnership between the ear and the brain and the central auditory system can compensate for significant damage to the inner ear by turning up its volume control, partially overcoming the deficiency.

Beware! Consuming diet soda daily ups three times risk of dementia, stroke

Beware! Consuming diet soda daily ups three times risk of dementia, stroke

Watch it before you gulp that fizzy drink or sugary beverage as a study reveals that people who drink diet soda daily are three times more likely to develop stroke and dementia.

The findings, appeared in the journal of Alzheimer's & Dementia, indicated that people who frequently consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volumes and smaller hippocampal volumes - an area of the brain important for memory.

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Multiple sclerosis start showing signs five years before onset of disease

Multiple sclerosis start showing signs five years before onset of disease

Canadian researchers have found that people with multiple sclerosis start showing symptoms of something wrong, five years before the onset of disease.

Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks the protective coating, known as myelin, around brain cells.

The research, published in Lancet Neurology, could help doctors screen for the disease and start interventions earlier in a new direction for finding the root cause of the disease.

Daily intake of strawberries cuts breast cancer risk: Study

Daily intake of strawberries cuts breast cancer risk: Study

Dear ladies! Include strawberries in your diet daily to stay healthy, as a study finds that eating 15 percent strawberries along with fruits and vegetables every day for five weeks may help in preventing and curing breast cancer.

The results, published in the open-access journal 'Scientific Reports', revealed that supplementing diet with strawberry extract had served to stop the propagation of cancer cells to adjacent healthy tissue.

Moderate-severe hot flashes in menopausal women ups risk of depression

Moderate-severe hot flashes in menopausal women ups risk of depression

Menopausal or pre- menopausal women, aged 40-65, who experience hot flashes or excessive sweating during sleep, are at increased risk of moderate and severe depression.

The results demonstrate that among a group of women ages 40-65, those with moderate-severe hot flashes were significantly more likely to have moderate-severe depression than women with no or mild vasomotor symptoms.

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Scared of dentists? You are more likely to have tooth decay

Scared of dentists? You are more likely to have tooth decay

Are you afraid of visiting a dentist and this dental phobia is not letting you treat your decayed tooth?

If yes, then you may have to keep that anxiety at bay as a study finds that people who have a severe fear of the dentist are more likely to have missing teeth and poor quality of life.

The results, published in the British Dental Journal, showed that people with dental phobia are more likely to have one or more decayed teeth, as well as missing teeth.

In addition, the study found that those with dental phobia reported that their quality of life is poor.

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Anti-cancer properties discovered in pepper plant

Anti-cancer properties discovered in pepper plant

US scientists have discovered a chemical in pepper plant, called long pepper, having anti-cancer properties, whose medicinal properties date back thousands of years.

According to researchers, the secret lies in a chemical called Piperlongumine (PL), which has shown activity against many cancers including prostate, breast, lung, colon, lymphoma, leukemia, primary brain tumours and gastric cancer.

Using X-Ray crystallography, the researchers were able to create molecular structures that showed how the chemical is transformed after being ingested.

Retina cells may help in treating jet lag

Retina cells may help in treating jet lag

Briton researchers have found a new group of cells in retina of eyes that can directly affect the biological clock of the people who experience jet lag.

According to researchers, a new group of cells in the retina that directly affect the biological clock by sending signals to a region of the brain which regulates our daily (circadian) rhythms, thereby opening a new therapeutic possibilities to manipulate the retina's signals and alter the body's responses to light changes.

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