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Physical exercise can trigger migraine attacks in women

Despite doctors recommending regular aerobic exercise to prevent migraine, physical exercise can actually be a trigger of migraine attacks for most women because of “anxiety sensitivity” in them, find researchers. “Anxiety sensitivity” refers to one’s fear of experiencing anxiety arousal due to harmful physical, cognitive and socially-observable consequences, may be related to physical activity (PA) avoidance in migraine patients. Migraine ...

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Special steps to eliminate trans fat: Health Minister

Photo: Courtesy Bangladesh will take special initiatives to eliminate trans fat, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Sunday. “To determine the maximum level of Trans-fat to 2 percent, it is also necessary to legislate as well as implement policies accordingly,” he said at an inaugural advocacy campaign titled ‘Eliminate Trans-fat, Reduce Heart Disease Risks’, according to a statement. Trans fat (Trans ...

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Exercise can help manage body weight

Regular physical activity and exercise not only reduce the risks of a heart attack but also help manage body weight too. A new study states that brain oxygen levels are affected positively by natural behaviours, specifically exercise. According to Patrick J Drew, Huck Distinguished Associate Professor of Neural Engineering and Neurosurgery and associate director of the Penn State Neuroscience Institute, ...

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Know how to customise skincare routine?

Skincare is all fun and games until you decide to personalise the routine, reports The Indian Express. Before you go ahead with making changes in your routine, you must know what skin type you have. There are four basic types: normal, dry, oily, and combination, and each has a different requirement.Normal skin: You are a lucky lot. This skin type ...

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FDA testing levels of carcinogen in diabetes drug Metformin

The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating levels of possible cancer-causing chemicals in metformin diabetes medications. Metformin is a prescription drug used to control high blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Over the past year and a half, several types of drugs—including angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) used for high blood pressure and ranitidine (Zantac) for heartburn—have ...

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Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

When Clara Massons  was in labor  with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now controversial technique for troubled deliveries. Masson said her pleas to ...

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Germany on alert as swine fever nears border

Sniffer dogs, drones and electrified fences: Germany is deploying a full array of defences to stop boars from bringing swine fever into the country and avert a disaster for its thriving pork industry.The virus is not harmful to human health but can cause deadly bleeding in domestic pigs and boars. The only way of getting rid of it is through ...

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165,000 people affected with HIV/Aids in Pakistan

The number of HIV/Aids patients in Pakistan currently stands at 165,000, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) said, adding that 9,565 new cases were detected this year. “Only 36,902 people are registered with the NACP. Of which, around 20,994 are undergoing treatment,” The Express Tribune reported on Monday citing the NACP data as saying. As many as 6,426 people contracted ...

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Brain region smaller in women taking oral contraceptives

Researchers have found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the pill. Located at the base of the brain above the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus produces hormones and helps regulate essential bodily functions including body temperature, mood, appetite, sex drive, sleep cycles and heart rate. Structural ...

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Ice baths not helpful for building muscle

Successful athletes such as Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis-Hill are known for using ice baths after exercise, however new research suggests that ice baths aren’t helpful for repairing and building muscle over time, because they decrease the generation of protein in muscles. According to health experts here, rather going for ice bath people can opt to get mild massage, consume ...

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