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Higher prostate cancer risks suggest new approach to screening

Higher prostate cancer risks suggest new approach to screening

Due to increasing deaths because of prostate cancer among men, US researchers have suggested a special screening more frequently and at an early age to avoid the development of preclinical prostate cancer - that is not symptomatic - to advanced stages.

The findings indicated that among black men, the incidence of prostate cancer is 60 percent higher than that of white men, and their mortality rate from prostate cancer is more than twice as high.

Hormone therapy can lower risk of broken bones in postmenopausal women

Hormone therapy can lower risk of broken bones in postmenopausal women

Good news! A team of US researchers has found that postmenopausal women, who are at the highest genetic risk of bone fracture, can benefit the most from hormone therapy.

The study included nearly 10,000 participants from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a national, long-term study of more than 1,50,000 women.

They included more than 1,61,000 generally healthy postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79.

Meditation, yoga work better for women: Study

Meditation, yoga work better for women: Study

A team of American researchers have found that practicing mindfulness - meditation and yoga - benefits women more than men.

According to Brown University researchers, mindfulness practice does not boost the mood of men because women have a higher tendency to spend time reflecting on things than men.

The team assessed a group of 41 male and 36 female students over a period of 12 weeks, during which time they all underwent a course in mindfulness.

Skinny women are more likely to be depressed!

Skinny women are more likely to be depressed!

Skinny jeans or small sized clothes may fit the thin women well, but when it comes to mental health, things may not be the same for them.

A study reveals, skinny women are more likely be depressed, linking to low moods.

Researchers from Seoul National University of Medicine in South Korea conducted the study and revealed that both men and women are affected by negative thoughts about being too thin, unlike depression among obese people, which predominantly affects women.

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.

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.

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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