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Cycling in bed aids quick recovery of ICU patients: Study

Cycling in bed aids quick recovery of ICU patients: Study

In-bed bicycle exercise during a patient's stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) of hospital might help him recover more quickly, suggests a study.

The research was published in the journal of PLOS ONE.

Researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton have demonstrated that physiotherapists can safely start in-bed cycling sessions with critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients early on in their ICU stay.

The treatment in the ICU was 30 minutes of supine cycling using a motorised stationary bicycle affixed to the bed, six days a week.

Here's why sticking to that exercise schedule takes a toll on you

Here's why sticking to that exercise schedule takes a toll on you

Just like every year, is losing weight the top criteria of your New Year's resolution?

A study finds as to why losing weight is not easy for obese people as it states physical inactivity results from the altered dopamine receptors - decreased motivation to move - rather than excess body weight.

The study, conducted on mice, has been published in the journal of Cell Metabolism.

Single stressful event can have extended consequences

Single stressful event can have extended consequences

A team of Indian scientists has found that a single instance of severe stress can lead to delayed and long-term psychological trauma.

The study has been published in the journal Physiological Reports.

The researchers found that a single stressful incident can lead to increased electrical activity in a brain region known as the amygdala.

Teen perception changed after legalisation of marijuana?

Teen perception changed after legalisation of marijuana?

A new study has found that the use of marijuana increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among teenagers in Washington after it was legalised for recreational use by adults.

The findings, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, indicated that in Washington among eighth and 10th-graders, perceived harmfulness declined by 14.2 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively, while marijuana use increased two percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.

Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer

Good news! Drug cocktail of diabetes, hypertension can treat cancer

A team of researchers has found that a combination of a diabetes medication and hypertension (high blood pressure) drugs can effectively combat cancer cells.

The study, published in Science Advances, also reported that specific cancer cells respond to this combination of drugs.

The findings indicate the cocktail of these two drugs is effective in a wide range of cancers.

New drug may restore cardiac function after heart failure

New drug may restore cardiac function after heart failure

Scientists have discovered a new experimental drug called Cimaglermin that may help restore cardiac functioning after heart failure.

The study is published in the journal of JACC: Basic to Translational Science.

Vanderbilt University researchers have examined the safety and efficacy of a single infusion of Cimaglermin, which acts as a growth factor for the heart, helping the structural, metabolic and contractile elements of the heart to repair itself following injury.

Your emotional experience can affect how you remember future events

Your emotional experience can affect how you remember future events

Researchers in the United States have found that an emotional experience, which persists for over 20 to 30 minutes, can influence how you remember future experiences.

The study, which appeared in the journal Nature Neuroscience, also showed that this emotional " hangover" influences how we attend and remember future experiences.

"How we remember events is not just a consequence of the external world we experience, but is also strongly influenced by our internal state and these internal states can persist and color future experiences," said senior study author Lila Davachi.

Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease

Ash tree genome aids fight against fungal disease

Researchers have decoded the genetic sequence of the ash tree to help the fight against fungal disease.

Tens of millions of ash trees across Europe are dying from the Hymenoscyphus fraxinea fungus -- the most visible signs a tree is infected with ash dieback fungus are cankers on the bark and dying leaves.

A small percentage of ash trees in Denmark show some resistance to the fungus and the reference genome is the first step towards identifying the genes that confer this resistance.

Study maps how brain recognise extensively varied faces at one go

Study maps how brain recognise extensively varied faces at one go

Ever wondered how can you recognise whether your friend is happy or sad, at a glance? Also how can you recognise a friend, even if you haven't seen him/her in a decade?

Answering to all these, a recent study finds out how the brain recognise familiar faces with efficiency and ease, despite extensive variation in how they appear.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US are closer than ever before to understand the neural basis of facial identification.

Everyday discrimination linked to poor sleep quality

Everyday discrimination linked to poor sleep quality

Adults who perceive discrimination in daily life have higher rate of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, finds a study.

The findings, published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, indicated that higher discrimination scores were associated with 12 percent higher odds of poor sleep efficiency and a nine percent increase in the odds of poor sleep quality.

"Discrimination is an important factor associated with sleep measures in middle-aged adults," said study author Sherry Owens from West Virginia University, Morgantown.

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