Study: Yoga, tai chi may help manage chronic pain


Is your back pain unmanageable even after taking pain relieving drugs? Try non-drug approaches such as yoga, tai chi as well as acupuncture, which may act as effective tools to help manage chronic pain conditions, suggests a study. The study found that these popular health interventions could better help patients suffering from five painful conditions — back pain, osteoarthritis, neck ...

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Study: Heart failure among the aged may triple by 2060


Heart failure among people who are aged above 60 is set to triple by 2060, a new study has found. “Heart failure is a common condition worldwide and increases with age. Various disorders can cause heart failure, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. As these are more prevalent with age,. the consequence is an increased population of ...

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Women have emotionally more intense nightmares

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Women not only have more nightmares than men, their nightmares are emotionally more intense than mens’, finds a study. Men also typically dream more of exciting and joyful things, the researchers said. “Nightmares come from anxiety. The extent to which women are more prone to anxiety disorders than men may be an underlying reason for this,” Anne Cutler, a US-based ...

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Study: Umbilical cells linked to increase risk of obesity


Children born to obese mothers are likely to be at an increased risk of obesity as a result of their umbilical cells showing impaired expression of genes regulating cell energy and metabolism, a study has found. The study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggested that the increased risks of obesity may be driven by boosted levels of certain ...

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Bad relationship leads to poor sleep


How well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep, new research suggests. “Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turn improves their sleep quality,” said lead author Emre Selcuk from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. One of the most important functions of ...

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Study: Eat oranges to ward off heart disease, diabetes risk


Higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes, a study has found. Citrus fruits contain large amounts of antioxidants, a class of which are called flavanones. When humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells ...

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Research: Excess ‘good cholesterol’ may shorten your life

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Too much of a good thing may not always be better for your health. Researchers have shown that high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – commonly touted as “good cholesterol” for helping to reduce risk of stroke and heart attack – may increase a person’s risk of premature death as much as its low levels. The research suggests that ...

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Study: Sleep disorders may increase risk of stroke


People with sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea are more likely to have a stroke or recovery problems after having one than those who get sound sleep, says a study. The findings suggest that people who have had a stroke or a mini-stroke, called a transient ischemic attack, be screened for sleep disorders. “Although sleep disorders are common after ...

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Alcohol causes seven types of cancer


Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to seven forms of cancer, and individuals consuming even low to moderate amounts are at risk, says a review. “There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others,” said Jennie Connor from the Otago University in New Zealand. “Even without complete knowledge of biological mechanisms, the ...

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Hypertension biggest global risk factor for stroke

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Stroke which is caused when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death, is the leading cause of mortality and disability, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries. Hypertension is the single major risk factor for stroke, which is a highly preventable medical condition globally, irrespective of age and sex, reveals a study led by an Indian-origin researcher. The ...

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