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High BP? Eat more fruits and vegetables to lower blood pressure

By: IANS | New York | Published:April 6, 2017 2:58 pm Feast on fruits and vegetables. (Photo: Thinkstock Images) Eating potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas — and even drinking coffee — could be key to lowering blood pressure, new research suggests. “Decreasing sodium intake is a well-established way …

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New blood test for speedy heart attack diagnosis

By: PTI | London | Published:April 5, 2017 5:34 pm Troponin is a heart muscle protein released upon injury and can be detected after heart attacks or heart muscle inflammation. A newly developed blood test could quickly and accurately diagnose or rule out a heart attack, scientists including one of …

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Can Instagram help adolescents fight depression?

By: IANS | London | Published:April 5, 2017 10:48 pm Depressed? Try Instagram! (Source: File Photo) Some may scoff at adolescents’ use of social media networks as they pine for likes, but a new study suggests that using the photo-sharing app Instagram can actually strengthen the closeness of their friendships …

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Bio-sensing contact lenses may help monitor diseases

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published:April 5, 2017 5:41 pm Once they are fully developed, the biosensors could transmit vital health information to smartphones and other Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled devices, he said. (Source: File Photo) Scientists have developed contact lenses embedded with transparent biosensors that could help monitor blood …

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Delaying womens' marriages may boost kid's well being

London: Reducing child marriages and delaying the marriage of younger women in India may have significant results in improving child health and educational outcomes, a study has found. The research revealed that the children of women who got married later were more likely to complete their required vaccinations, have a …

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Weak grip may indicate diabetes risk in middle age

By: IANS | New York | Published:April 5, 2017 4:01 pm The research team analysed normalised grip strength for 4,544 US and 6,030 Chinese study participants 50 years of age and older. (Source: File Photo) A simple test to determine grip strength may help identify adults at risk of developing …

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Stress may trigger seizure for epilepsy patients

By: IANS | New York | Published:April 4, 2017 4:58 pm Stress is a highly individualised state of mental or emotional strain. (Source: Thinkstock Images) For people suffering with epilepsy, facing stressful events such as the war, trauma or natural disaster, or the death of a loved one, may act …

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Obesity during pregnancy may up kids’ risk of epilepsy

By: IANS | London | Published:April 4, 2017 6:06 pm The risk for children with mothers in the grade III obesity category was 82 per cent. (Source: File Photo) Women who are overweight or obese during their pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for children developing epilepsy, a study has …

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Night workers may find diabetes harder to control

By: IANS | Bangkok | Published:April 4, 2017 6:15 pm Further, the sleep restriction and circadian disruptions caused by night shifts may also increase the risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who work in the daytime or are unemployed. (Source: File Photo) People with Type 2 diabetes are …

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