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Cancer second biggest killer after heart disease in India

Cancer second biggest killer after heart disease in India

Cancer is the second biggest killer after heart disease in India, with 3.5 lakh people succumbing to the disease every year, a research body said.

Referring to the WHO World Cancer Report 2015, the Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) said seven lakh new cancer cases emerge every year in the country, killing over 3.5 lakh people and is expected to rise in the next 10-15 years.

CDC confirms Zika being sexually transmitted in Texas

CDC confirms Zika being sexually transmitted in Texas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that the first known case of the Zika has been sexually transmitted in Texas and is the first known case of the virus being locally acquired in the continental United States in the current outbreak.

The Guardian reports that the case involved a patient who had sex with someone who had recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito borne virus.

The CDC says it will soon provide guidance on sexual transmission, with a 'focus on the male sexual partners of women who are or who may be pregnant.'

Anxiety, sleeping pills don't put you at increased dementia risk

Anxiety, sleeping pills don't put you at increased dementia risk

A new study has suggested that taking drugs for anxiety and sleep problems is not associated with an increased dementia.

These results from the University of Washington (UW) and Group Health in Seattle do not support a direct (causal) association between benzodiazepine (widely used drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia) use and dementia, say the researchers.

However, the researchers suggest that healthcare providers should avoid benzodiazepines in older adults to prevent important adverse health outcomes.

The taller you are, higher the cancer risk, lower the heart, diabetes risk

The taller you are, higher the cancer risk, lower the heart, diabetes risk

Being vertically gifted affects your health in a slew of different ways and now a recent study has revealed how your height can determine your risk of developing a chronic health condition.

The study, by Harvard School of Public Health and Medical School and the German Center for Diabetes Research, shows that height has an important impact on the mortality from certain common diseases, irrespective of body fat mass and other modulating factors.

Researchers reveal benefit of chocolate consumption during pregnancy

Researchers reveal benefit of chocolate consumption during pregnancy

In a study titled 'High-flavanol chocolate to improve placental function and to decrease the risk of preeclampsia: a double blind randomized clinical trial' researchers have revealed the benefit of chocolate consumption during pregnancy.

In light of previous studies showing conflicting results regarding the role of chocolate consumption during pregnancy and the risk of preeclampsia, this study set out to evaluate the impact of high-flavanol chocolate.

Drink coffee! It reduces risk of liver cirrhosis

Drink coffee! It reduces risk of liver cirrhosis

A recent review has linked regular consumption of coffee with a reduced risk of liver cirrhosis.

In patients with cirrhosis, the liver becomes scarred often as a result of long-term and persistent injury from toxins like alcohol and viruses like hepatitis C. It can be fatal because it increases the risk of liver failure and cancer.

The analysis conducted by Wiley found that an extra 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 44 per cent and it may nearly halve the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

Vaccine for Zika virus may take 3-5 years

Vaccine for Zika virus may take 3-5 years

Researchers will take around three to five years to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the Brazilian president's chief of staff said, as the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency over the disease.

Jacques Wagner said Brazilian researchers were working with researchers in the United States, Stuff. co. nz reports.

Wagner said that it could be three years if we are fortunate enough.

Wagner made the estimate just hours after the World Health Organisation declared an international emergency over the spread of Zika virus.

Maternal obesity, diabetes putting kids at autism risk

Maternal obesity, diabetes putting kids at autism risk

A team of researchers has found out that women, who are obese and have diabetes during the time of their pregnancy, are four times as likely to have children with autism than healthy weight mothers without diabetes.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research highlights what has become a leading theory about autism that the risk likely develops before the child is even born.

Are diagnostic labels of asthma, COPD even viable?

Are diagnostic labels of asthma, COPD even viable?

A team of researchers has tried to explore whether or not tagging every patient's breathing problem as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is viable.

Defining a patient's symptoms using the historical diagnostic labels of asthma and COPD is an outdated approach to understanding an individual's condition, according to the experts.

The smarter you are, the healthier is your life

The smarter you are, the healthier is your life

If you are blessed with brains, you are more likely to be healthier than those with a lower IQ, a new study has suggested.

The University of Edinburgh scientists discovered that the same gene variants that make people intelligent also protect against illness.

People who performed best in memory, verbal reasoning and reaction tests were less likely to have the genes that predispose people to high blood pressure, to diseases such as Alzheimer's and diabetes or to poor overall health. They were also likely to be taller and to have larger brains.

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