Health & Environment

Fat shaming doctors may harm obese people mentally, physically

Staggering statistics: 4 in 10 women classified obese in U.S.A.

New Delhi: Government warnings failed to reverse dangerous weight gain as the United States reached a frightening milestone in obesity. More than four in 10 American women have been classified....

Southern Europe vulnerable to Zika virus this summer

London: An analysis of temperatures, vectorial capacity and other factors like air traveller flows suggests parts of Southern Europe would be vulnerable to Zika outbreaks between June and August.  ....

One third of humanity cannot see Milky Way due to light pollution: Study

Washington: The Milky Way is invisible to more than one third of humanity, including 60 per cent of Europeans and nearly 80 per cent of North Americans, a new world....

NASA’s Juno probe inches closer to Jupiter

Washington: With its scheduled arrival at the largest planetary inhabitant in our solar system on July 4, NASA's Juno mission is now less than a month away from Jupiter.  ....

Scientist turn atmospheric CO2 into rocks

London: An international team of scientists has developed a method for the permanent and environmentally friendly storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by humans by turning it into rocks.....

Will ‘adopt a patient’ policy of AIIMS attract public donation?

New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), to help financially weak patients, has decided to launch its new policy 'Adopt a Patient'. AIIMS, which is visited approximately....

34 percent of people staying indoors have respiratory problems

New Delhi: As many as 34 percent of the people who spend most of their time indoors, in offices and at homes, have various types of respiratory diseases because of....

Level of wisdom varies depending on situations in daily life

Toronto: Factors such as whether you are alone or with friends can affect how wisely you reason, says a study that suggests that our level of wisdom varies depending on....

Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate elephantiasis; India still crippled by disease

New Delhi: India's close neighbours, Maldives and Sri Lanka have eliminated Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), a disease commonly known as elephantiasis that has been crippling people for decades, the World Health....

Mind reading can motivate better teamwork at job

New York: If you like to observe whether the person sitting next to you is rhythmically drumming his fingers because he's anxious or if someone is preoccupied because she's gazing....

Running better than cycling for long-term bone health

London: Exercise that puts greater strain on bones, like running, may help in improving bone health more effectively than non-weight bearing activities like cycling, finds a new study.   "Normal....

Taking painkillers can have devastating consequences of making pain worse

New York: The short-term decision to take painkillers can have devastating consequences of making pain worse and longer lasting, warns new research. The findings could explain the explosion of painkiller....

Soothing music may reduce anxiety for patients undergoing eye surgery

London: Listening to soothing music just before an eye surgery can ease patients’ anxiety as well as help reduce the level of sedation required, finds a new study. "Listening to....

New prevention strategies for ovarian cancer identified

London: Researchers have found that knowing the early changes in the cells of the fallopian tubes of women carrying the genetic mutation responsible for ovarian cancer could open the way....

Boasting about drink can put you into addiction risk

Toronto: Some people keep drinking because of the pleasure they derive when discussing about their drink -- like how it tastes, smells and looks, says an Indian-origin researcher, adding that....

Are obese kids often depressed?

  New York: According to researchers, obese kids as young as age six are likely to be introverts and show more signs of depression.   They are also less liked....

Depression lowers your chances of motherhood

New York: Severe depressive symptoms can decrease your chances of becoming pregnant, says a study.   The study found a 38 percent decrease in the average probability of conception in....

Commercially available breads contain hazardous chemicals: CSE

New Delhi: Most of the breads made by Indian companies are laced with chemicals such as potassium bromate or iodate that damage human health, a study conducted by the Centre....

Smoking can help you shed those extra kilos

Washington D.C.: Turns out, all those smoking supermodels were actually on to something.   A new study has demonstrated in a carefully controlled series of studies that the self-administration of....

Keep yourself busy to boost mental health

New York: Are you over 50 and remain wearily busy? If yes, take heart. A new study says older adults with a busy daily lifestyle tend to have better mental....

Want to access your phone? Let’s scan your brain first

London: At a time when privacy has become a major issue, scientists from Germany have developed a Google Glass-based biometric system that uses the skull to provide access to devices.....

Water, fruits can keep you cool and glowing during summer

Intake of enough water, seasonal fruits and fluids is the best, cheapest and easiest way to keep glowing skin and gorgeous looking hair during summer. But there are a host....

Kids who walk early likely to have stronger bones

London: Kids, especially boys, who start walking, running and jumping early at 18 months of age are more likely to have stronger bones later in adulthood, a study has found.....

Simple at-home test can spot blood clots

New York: Researchers have developed a simple paper-based test that can help patients with blood clotting disorders perform regular tests from the convenience of their homes.   While blood clotting....

Sixth sense helps drivers stay on track, except when texting

New York: A sixth sense steadies drivers' hands and helps them stay on track, even when they are absent-minded or emotionally upset, except when they are engaged in texting on....

Keep healthy food more attractive to distract kids from junk food

New York: Do you want your children to eat more healthy food and less fast food? Researchers have recommended placing healthy food more visibly, attractively and conveniently so that your....

NASA completes heat shield testing for future Mars vehicles

Washington: NASA has successfully completed key heat shield tests for the future exploration spacecrafts that will scout the Red Planet for signs of life.   NASA’s Adaptive Deployable Entry and....

Half of Indians have vision problems: Official

New Delhi: Nearly 550 million people - almost half of India's population - have vision problems, and so doctors must be trained in latest techniques for correcting vision problems, an....

Why physicians prescribe costly medicines

New York: Does your doctor often prescribe costly, big brand medicines? The decision may have to do with his training. The kind of medicines (cheaper or costly) a doctor prescribes....

New technique can reveal age of moon rocks

Washington: A new technique can successfully put a date on an Earth rock that is similar to the lunar rocks on the moon's surface, shows research. The results show that....