Health & Fitness
Can drinking too much water harm you? Can drinking too much water harm you?

 

Toronto, Do you drink too much water? Beware, overhydration -- excess fluid accumulation -- can lead to dangerously low sodium levels or in the blood or result in brain swelling, researchers say.

Hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition of brain swelling, is more common in elderly patients and can cause cognitive problems and seizures.

Eat more plant-based diet to avoid obesity in later life Eat more plant-based diet to avoid obesity in later life



London, If you want to stay away from obesity in later life, then start eating more plant-based foods as researchers say consumption of even mild vegetarian diet may reduce the risk of obesity in long term.

A study showed that people with higher scores on the plant-based diet index had a lower body mass index (BMI) over the long term. It also reported that in order to guard against obesity, one does not need to eliminate meat-based food entirely from diet.

This drug could prevent brain damage caused by cosmic rays This drug could prevent brain damage caused by cosmic rays

 

Washington, As NASA and private space companies like SpaceX plan to send humans to Mars within the next 15 years, scientists have identified a potential treatment for the brain damage caused by exposure to cosmic rays.

Among the major challenges facing future crewed space missions is how to protect astronauts from the dangerous cosmic radiation of deep space.

An egg a day may keep heart diseases away An egg a day may keep heart diseases away

 

Beijing, If you thought eating eggs is bad for your heart due to their high cholesterol content, think again. A large study has now shown that people who consume an egg every day could significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases.

"The present study finds that there is an association between moderate level of egg consumption (up to one egg/day) and a lower cardiac event rate," the study authors said.

Mercury soars to 48 degrees in Maharashtra; rush at hill, sea resorts Mercury soars to 48 degrees in Maharashtra; rush at hill, sea resorts


Mumbai, With the mercury rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Maharashtra and even 48 degrees at one place on Monday, people took for the cooler climes of hill stations or sea resorts to escape the heat.

Temperatures touched 48 degrees in Chandrapur, which became the hottest in the state, while many parts of Vidarbha like Gadchiroli was 47 degrees, Nagpur and Wardha were at 46 degrees, and Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati were 45 degrees.

Restaurant meals behind food-borne illnesses in kids: Survey Restaurant meals behind food-borne illnesses in kids: Survey



New York, One among every 10 parents blame "contaminated" meals from restaurants as the leading cause behind food-borne illnesses in their children, a survey has revealed.

While just one third of parents said their children got sick from spoiled or contaminated food eaten at home, a whopping 68 per cent named restaurants as the most common source, according to the "National Poll on Children's Health" led by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Over 40 genes associated with depression identified Over 40 genes associated with depression identified

 

New York, Researchers have identified 44 genomic variants that have a significant association with depression, an advance that can be used for improving antidepressant medications.

The findings showed that the genetic basis of depression overlaps importantly with other psychiatric disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Pakistani patient receives stem cell transplant in Shanghai Pakistani patient receives stem cell transplant in Shanghai



Shanghai, A Pakistani patient has received a stem cell transplant at a Shanghai hospital, authorities said on Thursday.

"The procedure was a success, and the cure rate will grow by 60 per cent compared to traditional therapies," said Wang Chun, doctor in charge of Tahseen Dilbar's treatment.

Eating dark chocolate cuts stress, boosts memory: Study Eating dark chocolate cuts stress, boosts memory: Study

 

New York, Consuming dark chocolate can reduce stress and inflammation, as well as improve memory, immunity and mood, results from experimental trials have shown.

This is due to the high concentration of cacao -- a major source of flavonoids.

6 herbs to include in your daily diet for a healthier, happier you 6 herbs to include in your daily diet for a healthier, happier you


New Delhi, Focusing on health in the hectic and stressful lives that we lead today is becoming difficult. Incorporating relevant herbs in your daily diet is the first step towards a healthier you. Ayurveda texts and modern research say that herbs contain compounds that have beneficial health properties that can help prevent many lifestyle disorders and rejuvenate our bodies.

Treat sunburn, improve gastro immune system with yogurt Treat sunburn, improve gastro immune system with yogurt


New Delhi Yogurt, the versatile dairy product, is filled with nutrition and is equally useful for skin and hair. Treat sunburns, acne and improve your immunity with yogurt, say experts.

Himanshu Chadha, Founder, APS Cosmetoofood, and Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist and Dietician, have listed the goodness of yogurt:

Running marathon boosts immunity Running marathon boosts immunity

 

London, Debunking the 'myth' that strenuous exercise increases infection risk by suppressing the immune system, a new study says that competing in endurance sports like marathon running may actually be beneficial for upping immunity.

"It is increasingly clear that changes happening to your immune system after a strenuous bout of exercise do not leave your body immune-suppressed," said study co-author John Campbell from University of Bath in Britain.

Gene therapy for blood disorder may be effective Gene therapy for blood disorder may be effective


New York,  Gene therapy for patients with a severe form of the blood disorder beta-thalassemia could be safe and effective as well as end the need for transfusions, results from the clinical trials show.

Beta-thalassemia is a genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to produce a key component of hemoglobin -- a critical protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to organs and tissue.

Sri Lanka's health sector among best worldwide: WHO Sri Lanka's health sector among best worldwide: WHO



Colombo, Sri Lanka's health service is one of the best not only in Asia but in the world, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who visited the country to celebrate the World Health Day on April 7, said the reason Sri Lanka had such a high-quality health service was due to its free availability and the country's political leadership gave a clear guidance to the health service, Xinhua news agency reported.