Test reveals why cancer is genetic

Cancer cell division in sarcoma.
Cancer cell division in sarcoma.

Researchers have used genetic testing to reveal why some families are affected by several different types of cancer. 

Scientists tested 1,162 patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer disproportionately affecting children and young adults, and found that more than half were born with at least one gene mutation that is known to increase the risk.

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One fifth of world’s population will be obese by 2025

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People around the world are putting on weight at such a fast rate that within 10 years one fifth of the world’s population will be obese, experts have warned.

New analysis of BMI trends found that from 1975 to 2014, the number of adults in the world classified as obese rose from 105 million to 641 million.

The average person had become 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) heavier with each passing decade.

If this trend continues, scientists predict 18% of men and 21% of women worldwide will be obese by the year 2025.

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Tea is so good for you that you can eat it too

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People have been drinking tea for centuries. From ancient tea ceremonies to the best tea shops across the world today, there’s a reason that humans have enjoyed this beverage for so long. Have you ever thought, however, that eating tea leaves may be beneficial as well.

Tea is widely acknowledged as a healthy beverage, and we’re sure that you’ve gone to a non-sugary type of tea to boost your mood on more than one occasion.

As a child, if you had a sore throat, Doctor Mom would probably prescribe one of two things: gargling salt water or hot tea with honey. Incorporating a variety of tea into your daily beverage intake can not only soothe your throat, but it has also been found to aid in weight-loss.

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Regular yoga can help cancer survivors

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Regular yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and have a better quality of life, research suggests.

Those that did two 75 minute sessions a week for just four weeks were less tired and reported better social, physical and emotional well being.

Experts said classes should be offered as part of standard care of those recovering from cancer. They said no other help had shown better results in helping survivors to recover form the toll of cancer and related treatment.

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Study Blasts Fitness Trackers’ Ability To Boost Health

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A study has found that fitness trackers might not benefit health after all.

Researchers discovered that regular use of a fitness tracker or pedometer did not increase activity levels enough to benefit health – even when a financial reward was involved.

It’s not the first study to suggest that fitness trackers are not all they’re cracked up to be, research published in September found that fitness devices didn’t help people lose weight.

A randomised trial involving 800 full-time workers aged 21 to 65 found that, over the course of the year, volunteers who wore fitness trackers recorded no change in their step count.

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4 foods and beverages that will keep you alert and focused

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Each morning,  the alarm goes off,  and another battle in the never-ending war against drowsiness begins. For Americans, their main defense against a foggy mind is caffeine, with as much as 85 percent of the adult population drinking at least one caffeinated beverage each day.  But you’ll be relieved to learn there are other foods and beverages besides coffee (and caffeinated energy drinks) that can help us feel alert.

Staying alert is not simply a proverbial “state of mind”— it’s literal one.  The physiological reactions happening in your brain determine your ability to focus and stay awake. Normally, when the brain is active, it burns energy transported by the neurotransmitter called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The constant degradation of ATP produces just plain adenosine, and when enough adenosine accumulates, it triggers the need to sleep and renew your energy source. The caffeine is affective at keeping us awake because it actually binds to and blocks the brain’s adenosine receptors, delaying the feeling of drowsiness.

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Magnets may be able to cure Parkinson’s disease

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Researchers have shown that tiny iron particles, injected into the brain and carried to target regions using antibodies, can attach themselves to cells and activate them when manipulated by magnets.

This means that there could be a non-invasive method for stimulating the brain. And scientists hope it could revolutionize the treatment of Parkinson’s – and ­eventually other neurological and psychological conditions.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects more than 10,00,000 people in India, often leading to disabling symptoms.

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Natural Methods To Prevent Dengue

 

Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes
Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

Dengue fever is spreading out in the country.Experts suggest natural methods like neem and coconut oil concoction or garlic to keep the mosquito-borne tropical disease at bay.

Neem oil acts as a great indoor mosquito-repellent owing to its smell that wards off mosquitoes. One can make an effective insecticide by mixing neem oil and coconut oil in equal proportion and rub it on the exposed parts of a body.

Another natural method to keep mosquitoes at bay is to plant Tulsi near the window panes. The plant has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to breed.

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Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthy Eating

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Eating well has many known benefits. But a good diet may not be able to counteract all the ill effects of stress on our bodies.

A new study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, suggests stress can override the benefits of making better food choices.

To evaluate the interactions between diet and stress, researchers recruited 58 women who completed surveys to assess the kinds of stress they were experiencing. The women also participated in what researchers call a “meal challenge,” where they were each given two different types of meals to eat, on different days.

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Muscle growth may be improved with longer rest between weightlifting sets

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Taking longer rests between weightlifting sets may benefit muscle growth, say researchers.

Contrary to popular belief, a new study suggests taking longer breaks between sets of weightlifting may promote muscle growth.

The research reveals that men who had longer rest periods between four weightlifting sets showed a significant increase in muscle rebuilding activity – a process that aids muscle growth – compared with those who had shorter rest periods.

Study co-author Dr. Leigh Breen, from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Experimental Physiology.

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