Living in cold regions may up risk of developing cancer: Study

Dec 11, 2017 0

While many people may love the cold and snowy landscapes, a study has warned those living in areas with low temperatures saying that they may be at an increased risk of developing cancer. According to the study, those who live in cold regions, such as Denmark and Norway, had among the highest incidences of cancer in the world. Researchers suggest that there is an evolutionary relationship between adaptation at extreme environmental conditions – like cold and high altitude – and increased cancer risk in humans. “The findings of this study provide evidence that genetic variants found to be beneficial in extreme environments, can also predispose for cancer,” said Konstantinos Voskarides, from the University of Cyprus. “Cell resistance at low temperatures and at high altitude probably increases the probability for malignancy. This effect hardly could be filtered out by natural selection since most cancers appear later on in age after most people have their children,” said Voskarides. ...

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Air pollution may cause permanent damage to your child’s brain: Unicef

Dec 6, 2017 0

A Unicef report states that toxic air severely affects children’s brain development and may cause a permanent damage to their brains. The report mentions that toxic air can also lead to anxiety disorder and may affect IQ level and memory pattern in kids. Severe air pollution can also lead to other neurological disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The findings come at a time when India, particularly in the north, is facing a serious crisis due to rising levels of pollution. ...

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 Sexually transmitted infection HPV raises reinjection risk in men- study

Dec 6, 2017 0

A study says that men infected with a particular type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) may be at twenty times more risk of reinfection with the same type. The findings show that men who are infected once with HPV16, the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers, are at 20 times higher risk of reinfection after one year, and 14 times higher after two years.  HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and it is a major cause of genital warts and cancers of the genitals, mouth and throat.  The same effect was observed in both men who are sexually active and celibate, suggesting that they are not reacquiring the virus from another sexual partner. ...

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Nigeria:  Tight Jeans, Laptop on the laps Decrease Male Fertility – Expert

Nov 7, 2017 0

With the high prevalence of infertility amongst couples in the country, a fertility expert, Dr Arati Sohoni, has warned men against wearing tight jeans, under garments as well as working continuously with laptops on their laps. She said such habits cause a rise in temperature and harm sperm production and count in men. “You know the testes are placed in the scrotum, and not inside our body because they are at low body temperature. So if you wear tight jeans and other tight wears, then the temperature tends to rise and that can harm the sperm, and sperm production as well,” said Dr Sohoni at the fifth anniversary celebration of the Abuja branch of the Nordica Fertility Centre in Abuja. ...

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Today is Polio day

Oct 24, 2017 0

Today, the 24th of October is World Polio Day, a day set side by Rotary International about a decade ago to create awareness on Polio. It is the birthday of Jonas Salk who pioneered the polio vaccine. Oral polio vaccine developed by Albert Sabin is now most in use world wide. ...

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Healthy diet with proper exercise could reduce asthma symptoms

Sep 14, 2017 1

Daily intake of a healthy diet combined with proper exercise could reduce the symptoms of asthma and also help the person live a better life. Asthma is a common and long-term condition affecting around one in ten people in the western world. The majority of patients rely on daily medicine to control symptoms such as wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath and many are wary of exercise, fearing that it could induce symptoms. ...

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Smartphones are addictive, can be injurious to kids’ mental health: Experts

Sep 14, 2017 0

Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by school going children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned. Reports suggest that an increasing number of teenagers are being trapped into the deadly Internet game Blue Whale Challenge. A Google Trends report of the past 12 months shows a sharp spike in the number of searches related to the Blue Whale Challenge in India. “Smartphones are addictive in nature and the Internet can be misused for games such as Blue Whale Challenge, pornography, etc,” Deepti Kukreja, Consultant Psychiatrist, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai, told IANS. The recent death of the 17-year-old teenager, Satvik Pandey, who killed himself by jumping in front of a running train in Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, has been linked to the Blue Whale Challenge. According to some friends of Pandey, he was “quite absorbed in the Blue Whale... ...

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HOW TO AVOID/MANAGE STRESS

Sep 11, 2017 0

Stress is a natural occurrence, no one passes through life without stressful periods, this could be due to deadlines, workload, relationships, natural disasters, death of loved ones, divorce and financial commitments. ...

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