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Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

All the would-be moms, look before you booze!

A study finds, binge drinking before conceiving, may lead to high blood sugar in kids, increasing the risk of developing diabetes in their adulthood.

The results were presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

"The effects of alcohol use during pregnancy on an unborn child are well known, including possible birth defects - learning and behaviour problems," said principal investigator Dipak Sarkar from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Take a deep breath to de-stress yourself

Take a deep breath to de-stress yourself

Do you get stressed on receiving bad news or nervous before a job interview? Relax! Here is the solution - start doing deep-breathing to instantly help yourself, suggests a study.

Scientists from Stanford University's school of medicine in the U.S. have discovered the specific neurons that connect breathing and state of mind, which are located deep in the brainstem, in the body's breathing control centre, since there are so many types of breathing; including regular, excited, sleeping, laughing, crying and yawning, reports the Independent.

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Diabetic women who sleep late have higher risk of depression: Study

Diabetic women who sleep late have higher risk of depression: Study

Diabetic patients, especially women, who work at night, may have more symptoms of depression than those who sleep and wake-up early, regardless of the quality of their sleep, finds a study.

According to researchers, people with Type-2 diabetes, who are "night owls" and prefer the evening for activity report, have more symptoms of depression than those who are early to bed and early to rise.

The results are scheduled to be presented at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Hepatitis B, C may heighten risk of Parkinson's disease later in life: Study

Hepatitis B, C may heighten risk of Parkinson's disease later in life: Study

A team of Briton researchers has found viruses of hepatitis B and C may increase the risk of developing a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity and slow, imprecise movement later in life.

The findings, published in the online journal of Neurology®, indicated that people with hepatitis B were 76 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, and people with hepatitis C were 51 percent more likely to develop it.

How treating traveler's diarrhea with antibiotic risks your health

How treating traveler's diarrhea with antibiotic risks your health

Turns out, antibiotic use for travelers' diarrhea favours particularly resistant super bacteria, increasing the patients' risk of getting an infection.

Every year, millions of travellers visit countries with poor hygiene, and approximately one third of them return home carrying antibiotic-resistant ESBL intestinal bacteria. Most of them remain unaware of this, as the bacteria cause no symptoms. High-risk areas for contracting ESBL bacteria are South and South-East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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The fatter you are, the faster is aggressive breast cancer growth

The fatter you are, the faster is aggressive breast cancer growth

If you are overweight, you may want to shed those extra kilos as a recent study has found that the aggressive breast cancer grows faster in an obese environment.

It's not just what's inside breast cancer cells that matters, it's also the environment surrounding cancer cells that drives the disease, according to the researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Americans over 60 booze more: Study

Americans over 60 booze more: Study

Nowadays, Americans over 60 tend to booze more than they used to do 20 years ago.

A study, published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, found that regular consumption among older populations is on the rise.

According to the study author Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist at the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as quoted by CNN, "Given the larger number of Americans we are going to have (as the population ages), that's going to increase the need for more public health programming."

Risky boozing may up among retirees

Risky boozing may up among retirees

Turns out, risky alcohol consumption can increase at the time of retirement.

Of retiring employees, 12 percent increased their risky drinking at the time of retirement. However, for most people, there was no change in risky level alcohol consumption around the time of retirement: 81 percent sustained healthy drinking during the follow-up, and in 7 percent of the participants risky drinking was constant, although they experienced a slow decline in risky level alcohol consumption after retirement.

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New find offers hope for some Hemophiliacs

New find offers hope for some Hemophiliacs

A team of researchers has improved the vectors for delivering human factor VIII (hFVIII) gene therapy to treat Hemophilia A.

The University of Pennsylvania study examined 42 combinations of promoters and enhancers for hFVIII gene expression to identify the optimal adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapy delivery vector constructs to take forward into development.

Evaluation of the different combinations in mice that lack factor VIII demonstrated the significant and differing effects the vector components had on liver-specific expression of the hFVIII transgene.

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