The diagnosis for Alzheimer's might soon be just a simple eye test, scientists claim.
While new technologies make our life simple, they are also bringing in complexities to our health. A new study by researchers at the Milken Institute in California, an independent economic think tank, shows how the increasing amount of time that we spend using computers, playing video games and watching TV contributes to obesity worldwide. The researchers have found a direct link between the rise in adoption of new information and communications technology and the tremendous rise in obesity in 27 countries between 1988 and 2009. "Technological innovations, more processed foods, a greater amount of 'screen time,' less exercise, and higher consumption of snack foods have all played a role," report co-author and economist Anusuya Chatterjee said in an institute news release. "These are all the adverse effects of a knowledge-based society."
If you are one of those who are gulping down gallons of green tea in a hope to cut down skin cancer risk, we have bad news. Researchers say that though green tea extracts do have beneficial components, consuming it in tea, does not help. Certain chemical compounds found in green tea are used to treat two types of skin cancer, say scientists. In lab tests, when applied to cancer cells, the extracts made two-thirds of tumors shrink or disappear. However, the extract is not strong enough to work, when consumed as tea, the scientists said.
Regular brushing of teeth may lower the risk of developing dementia later in life, claims a new study. For the study, researchers observed 5,500 elderly people for a period of 18 years and found that people who brushed less than once a day, there was 65 per cent likelihood developing dementia than those who brushed every day.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China is not only good for relieving pain of knee osteoarthritis, it is also a cheaper option compared to going for a surgery for the condition, a new study claims.
Doctors have started prescribing broccoli-based medicine to women with breast cancer to see whether it suppresses their tumors. According to some previous studies, a compound released by the body after the consumption of broccoli has the potential of boosting protective enzymes in breast tissue. Molecule sulforaphane has been harnessed by the scientists and being given to the patients diagnosed with the disease.
If you are a man, and if you think that your ring fingers are short then there is a bit of good news. A latest new study claims that men with short ring fingers may be more likely to recover from prostate cancer. Research shows that those victims of prostate cancer, whose ring finger was shorter than the index finger, responded better to an anti-tumor drug. Apparently, men with short ring fingers have lower levels of testosterone (responsible for prostate tumor growth) and the research conducted on 142 volunteers concluded that these men respond well to anti-tumor drugs called Dutasteride. This drug fights cancer by blocking the effects of testosterone on the prostate, the study says according to Mail Online.
A new study claims that veterans who do not have Dementia may have high levels of a protein that indicates the presence of inflammation. Also, there are high chances that their relatives may escape the disease as well. "In very elderly people with good cognition, higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is related to inflammation, are associated with better memory," said study author Jeremy M. Silverman, PhD, with Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, according to Medical Xpress. "Our results found that the higher the level of this protein in the study participant, the lower the risk for dementia in their parents and siblings."