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Coffee improves bowel movement

Drinking coffee keeps the bowels moving because it changes gut bacteria and improves ability of intestines to contract, find researchers. Researchers, feeding rats coffee and also mixing it with gut bacteria in petri dishes, found that coffee suppressed bacteria and increased muscle motility, regardless of caffeine content. “When rats were treated with coffee for three days, the ability of the muscles in the small ...

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Heart attacks more severe in morning than night, warn researchers

Heart attacks that mostly happen in the morning tend to be more severe than cardiac arrests at night, warn researchers. The study, published in the journal Trends in Immunology, discusses how time of the day affects severity of afflictions, ranging from allergies to heart attacks. For example, studies showed that adaptive immune responses — in which highly specialised, pathogen-fighting cells ...

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About 500 people test positive for HIV in Pakistani district

Photo : A Pakistani doctor takes blood sample of a villager to screen for HIV at a hospital in a village near Ratodero, a small town in southern province of Sindh in Pakistan where the outbreak of deadly disease took place last month, Thursday, May 16, 2019. Ratodero, May 17 : Nothing seemed unusual to Rehmana Bibi, the mother of ...

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One in seven babies born with low birthweight: study

More than 20 million newborns in 2015 — one in seven — came into the world weighing too little, according to a global assessment of birthweight, published Thursday. Over 90 percent of babies tipping the scale at less than 2.5 kilos (5.5 pounds) when born were in low- and middle-income countries, researchers reported in The Lancet Global Health. Worldwide, just ...

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Low humidity raises flu risks during winter months

Low humidity is a key reason behind people falling sick and even dying from flu during the winter months, says a study. Decreased humidity lowers the immune system’s defences against flu infection, says a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It offers an insight into why the flu is more prevalent when the air is dry. For ...

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Scientists identify genes responsible for mental illnesses

While mental health still remains a taboo as far as mainstream discussions are concerned, researchers are constantly trying to zero down every possible root cause of it. A recent study has identified 70 previously unknown genes that contribute to people developing serious mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of the study, a team of ...

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Heart deaths up for first time in 50 years

Deaths from heart and circulatory diseases among people under 75 are on the rise for the first time in 50 years, UK figures show. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) says increasing rates of diabetes and obesity are partly responsible. In 2017 there were 42,384 deaths in under-75s from heart and circulatory conditions, up from 41,042 in 2014.The charity says the ...

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Fertility in danger! Men try having family before it’s too late

A study found that men who delay in starting a family can affect the health of their partners as well as the children in future. The study was published in the journal, ‘Maturitas’. The study reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children. “While it is widely accepted that ...

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Expert for maximum caution while drinking water to check Hepatitis-E

Hepatology experts underscored the need for maximum caution while drinking water to avoid outbreak of jaundice caused by the contamination of Hepatitis-E virus. According to a research carried out by a team, led by Hepatology Society President Professor Mobin Khan, outbreak of jaundice is a common phenomenon from May to September each year in Bangladesh. “A good number of outbreaks ...

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US pregnancy deaths are up, especially among minorities

  Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the United States and the main risk factor is being black, according to new reports that highlight racial disparities in care during and after childbirth. Black women, along with Native Americans and Alaska natives, are three times more likely to die before, during or after having a baby, and more than half of these ...

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