Health & Fitness

Zika Scare Prompts Philippines To Advise Women To Postpone Pregnancy

The Philippines, sole reported case of Zika was in 2012 and involved a teenage boy in Cebu island in central Philippines. (Reuters File Photo) MANILA:  A minister in the Philippines has urged women to delay pregnancy until more is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus raging in Latin America, even though the Asian country’s only reported case of zika was ... Read More »

Virtual Reality Therapy Could Reduce Depression Symptoms: Study

The therapy, previously tested by healthy volunteers, was used by 15 depression patients aged 23-61. (Representational Image) London:  A virtual reality therapy could help people with depression be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms, a new study has found. The therapy, previously tested by healthy volunteers, was used by 15 depression patients aged 23-61. Nine reported ... Read More »

Your Boss Can Influence Your Health: Study

A new study suggests that managers must be provided with incentives to focus on creating a healthier work environment. (Representational Image) New York:  Strong and effective leadership are vital for any workplace. Managers play a huge role in creating the best work environment, polishing the behaviour of employees, and also promoting their health and wellness. However, a new study suggests ... Read More »

Eating Too Much Fish While Pregnant Raises Child Obesity Risk: Study

  Women who ate more than the recommended three servings of fish per week while pregnant gave birth to children at a higher risk of obesity. (Representational Image) Miami:  Women who ate more than the recommended three servings of fish per week while pregnant gave birth to children at a higher risk of obesity than expectant moms who ate less, ... Read More »

Cellulose Nanogenerators May Power Medical Implants

  A flexible nanogenerator made out of cellulose could potentially harvest energy from the body – its heartbeats, blood flow etc. (Representational Image) WASHINGTON:  Indian scientists have developed a flexible nanogenerator out of cellulose that could power future implanted biomedical devices by harvesting energy from the human body. Implantable electronics can deliver drugs, monitor vital signs and perform other health-related ... Read More »

Bio-Hybrid Kidney Powered By Heart In The Offing

Researchers use live kidney cells that will grow on and around the microchip filters. (Representational Image) Washington:  Scientists are developing a first-of-its kind implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters and living cells that will be powered by the patient’s own heart. “We are creating a bio-hybrid device that can mimic a kidney to remove enough waste products, salt and water ... Read More »

Personalised Chemotherapy For Leukaemia Patients A Step Closer

The research focused on treatment-related toxicity associated with a class of medication called thiopurines. (Representational Image) Washington:  Researchers have determined how inherited gene variations lead to severe drug toxicity that may threaten chances for a cure in children with leukaemia, a finding which sets the stage to expand the use of a patient’s genetic make-up to tailor chemotherapy. The research ... Read More »

Upsurge In Paralysis Condition Accompanies Zika: Doctors

Zulay Balza fails to close her eyes as neurologist Jairo Lizarazo tests her facial muscles at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia. (AP Photo) CUCUTA, Colombia:  The doctor taps Zulay Balza’s knees with a hammer and she doesn’t feel a thing. She can’t squeeze his outstretched fingers or shut her eyelids. Her face is partially paralyzed. “The weakness started ... Read More »

Solving The Evolutionary Puzzle Of Menopause

Biologists have long puzzled over why women lose the capacity to reproduce after menopause. (Representational Image) Paris, France:  Menopause in women and females from a few other “higher” species is probably a fluke of nature rather than evolution at work, according to a study published Wednesday. Biologists have long puzzled over why women lose the capacity to reproduce during roughly ... Read More »

This No-Meds Approach To Fighting Depression May Work

It’s well known that physical activity is a mood elevator. But writing in “The Athlete’s Way” blog on Psychology Today’s website, endurance athlete Christopher Bergland discusses a study indicating that combining movement with the attention-focusing benefits of meditation can be an extra-effective tool in fighting depression. The small study, conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey, was based on a ... Read More »