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Long work hours raise risk of heart disease

Working more than eight hours a day raises the risk of heart disease by 80 percent, researchers say. The warning follows analysis of 12 studies dating back as far as 1958, involving 22,000 people from around the world, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. The analysis found that those whose working days that were longer than the traditional eight hours ...

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Omega-3 pills unable to prevent heart attacks

Popping pills of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, the type found in oily fish like salmon, may not help prevent heart attacks, although previous research suggested that they protect against cardiovascular diseases. The latest research, based on an analysis of 20 studies involving almost 70,000 patients, found that taking the pills did not lower heart attack or stroke risks, or even ...

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‘Vitamin C keeps dementia at bay’

The levels of antioxidants Vitamin C and beta-carotene in blood are lower in patients with dementia than in people without it, a German study says about the disease which affects millions worldwide. Gabriele Nagel and and Christine von Arnim, professors of epidemiology and neurology from the University of Ulm, Germany, have discovered that the concentration of vitamin C and beta-carotene ...

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Educating European leaders on India’s low-cost toilets

Acknowledging his pioneering work in the field of low cost sanitation and social uplift, a French economic forum has invited Sulabh Sanitation movement chief mentor Bindeshwar Pathak to share his experiences with world leaders and business tycoons in Le Harve Sep 13-14. “Your personal and professional achievements among which your staunch dedication to the integration of the untouchables in India, ...

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‘Ignorance takes toll on oral health

Dental health is an indicator of overall health. There are simple ways to maintain oral hygiene. Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal, for instance, can help prevent oral cavities. Experts say that ignorance is a huge cause for the wide prevalance of practices that are detrimental to oral health in India. A consumer attitudes survey conducted recently by the Indian ...

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Eating wisely calls for self-control: Study

People who successfully control their diet eat fewer unhealthy foods because they are satisfied sooner, a study shows. Some people can exercise real self-control when it comes to eating while others overindulge on unhealthy cookies and candies. Do the former have more willpower? Or are they simply satisfied more quickly? In a series of experiments, researchers from Texas A&M University ...

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Painkillers could kill heart attack survivors early

Popular painkillers such as ibuprofen can elevate chances of an early death among heart attack survivors, suggests a new study. Some of these drugs, available over the counter, can make the blood clot more easily and trigger heart attacks or strokes. There is the perception among researchers that such drugs should not be made so easily available on prescription. Researchers ...

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Smart fabric to prevent thefts?

Researchers have developed a new kind of anti-theft system, based on a smart fabric, that will trigger an alarm when intruders try to break into a house or a building. It is cheaper than burglary detection systems. The innocuous seeming fabric incorporates a fine web of conductive threads connected to a microcontroller that detects warning signals emitted when the fabric ...

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Humans increasingly poisoned by reef fish

Human beings are being poisoned by consumption of many reef fishe whose flesh is contaminated with toxins, an Australian study says. The illness called ciguatera leads to a painful and debilitating effects on our nervous system, stomach and heart lasting for months. A team of international marine scientists has reported a 60 percent increase in the incidence of cases of ...

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Cutting down on red meat lowers heart disease, diabetes

Minimising the consumption of red and processed meat would not only lower the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and bowel cancer by three to 12 percent, but also shrink the carbon footprint by 28 million tonnes a year, new research suggests. Previously published evidence shows that the risks of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and bowel cancer rise by ...

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Pregnancy-related cancers up by 70 percent

There has been a 70 percent increase in cancers diagnosed during or soon after pregnancy, based on a study of 1.3 million births between 1994 and 2008. There has been no evidence of harm to babies. The most common cancers detected were skin melanomas, breast cancer, thyroid and other endocrine cancers, gynaecological and lymphohaematopoeitic cancers. The rate of pregnancy-linked cancer ...

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Kerala’s health sector gets Rs.2,150 crore investment

DM Healthcare, a leading conglomerate in the country and the Middle East, Tuesday announced an investment of over Rs.2,150 crore to create 3,100 hospital beds in Kerala through eight different projects. The projects are in various stages of completion in Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Kannur districts, the company said. Most of these projects are expected to be operational in the ...

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Over 1,200 now down with dengue in Bengal

The dengue outbreak in West Bengal has now affected over 1,200 people though the number of deaths remains at five, according to state health department data on Monday. The total number of people afflicted with the mosquito-borne disease has mounted to 1,224, of whom 766 are from the worst-hit Kolkata. All the five deaths have been reported from the metropolis. ...

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Babus’ interference in health sector angers Bihar’s doctors

Government doctors in Bihar are fed up of bureaucratic interference in the state’s health sector and are blaming ‘babus’ (officials) for the failure to provide healthcare facilities to people, particularly the poor, officials said on Monday. Unhappy over bureaucratic interference in the health sector in the state, the Bihar State Health Services Association (BSHSA) said it was unfortunate that civil ...

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