In today's day and age, it seems practically impossible to imagine life without cellphones. Even if we have relatives residing in another corner of the world, we know that they are just a call away. Cellphones are undoubtedly a part of our lives and more than anything, one of the most significant necessities. While the adults of this generation have accepted cellphones as a tool of communication and a way to ease life, the younger generation seems to take them more as a status symbol. Children as young as seven have mobile phones these days and yes, they surely believe they can't live without one. A new Baylor University study suggests that cell phone addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and has compared it with the likes of compulsive buying and credit card misuse.
Most of the adult entertainment club workers - exotic dancers and other female club employees - do not have great medical benefits, owing to the fact that the nature of their work puts them at a high risk of unwanted sexual advances and behavior. Apart from the sexual behavior, some of them may also involve in substance abuse, putting them at greater unchecked health risks.
A federal judge on Tuesday has ruled that major tobacco companies must tell the US public that they lied about the dangers of cigarettes. They must do so, spending their own money, conducting public advertising campaign.
A new study suggests that men who have belly fat are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Visceral, or deep belly fat, could be a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, the study suggests. "It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss," said Miriam Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
A new study suggests that in order to tackle malaria, perhaps a different approach toward developing drugs and vaccines for the disease may be helpful. The research, by scientists from the University of Edinburgh, into the malaria causing parasites (males and females) suggests that treatment would be more effective if it is targeted at female forms of the parasite. The research revealed that male parasites are more capable of adapting to new surroundings when compared to female parasites. Thus, after a mosquito bite, once the blood stream is affected with malaria virus, the male mosquitoes are able to able quickly reach to the repeated attacks by the immune system and are likely to be harder to treat with drugs and vaccines, Medical Xpress reported.
An analysis of existing studies suggests that vitamin D could have the potential to prevent dental caries or tooth decay. The researchers, before concluding the study, analyzed 24 controlled clinical trials, between the years 1920 and 1980, in which approximately 3,000 children from several countries had participated. After the analysis, the researchers have concluded that vitamin D could help prevent tooth decay in 50 percent cases. "My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question," said Dr. Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington, who conducted the review.
A new study by researchers from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests that in countries where accessibility to mammograms is difficult, ultrasound screening can be the next best option, in terms of affordability and convenience in detecting early breast cancers. The researchers conducted a multinational study that looked at ultrasound as an adjunct to screening mammography, Medical Xpress reported.
Scientists at the UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory have discovered that short bursts of moderate exercise can enhance the consolidation of memories in both healthy older adults and in people with mild cognitive impairment. While many previous studies have focused mainly on the benefits of long-term exercising on mental health and overall health, the current study is the first to examine the immediate effects of a brief exercising on memory, Medical Xpress reports.
Most of us know what to do in an emergency. But how do many of us exactly remember the right technique of doing things? A new UCLA psychology study suggests that in most cases, people do not recollect things they may have seen or at least walked by hundreds of times. The researchers, for this study, asked 54 people who worked in the same building, if they remembered where the fire extinguishers were available nearest to their office.
A soft drink a day raises the chances of prostate cancer in men. According to a new Swedish study, a normal-sized soft drink per day can raise the chances of men contracting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. "Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 percent," said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University.
In a recent report, doctors are warning those under medication about serious health problems caused by mixing medicines and grapefruit. While previously only a few drugs were known to react with grapefruit, the numbers have shot up to almost double in the last four years, Mail Online reports. According to the report, statins, antibiotics, antidepressants, drugs to treat cancer and heart disease, and some others used by patients who have had organ transplant are a few among the 85 drugs that are known to be affected by grapefruit.
There are plenty of "brain training gadgets" available in the market which claim to reverse memory loss. However, these supposed "entertaining gadgets", which the companies claim are a good workout for the grey matter, are pretty expensive. A new study claims that rather than buying such kind of gadgets and games, all one needs to do in order to keep the brain active and functioning right, is to pick up a pen and practice the forgotten art of writing letters, Mail Online reports. According to researchers, board games like chess, reading newspapers and even watching a play can contribute to a healthy brain.
A new research warns parents against indulging themselves too much in to their phones, as this is causing them to be careless towards their children, consequently resulting in increased accidents. Experts say that a sharp rise in playground falls and mishaps in the home can be blamed on parents being distracted by text messages and emails, Mail Online reports.
A new study suggests that expectant mothers who drink during pregnancy may have children with altered brain structure and metabolism, visible with the help of various imaging techniques, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
By the time they reach middle age, many women put on weight and it seems impossible to get rid of it. However, Brazilian researchers claim that just by making sure you walk 6,000 steps a day, you can not only lose weight, but also reduce your risk of encountering conditions associated with menopause - like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.