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Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Sleep deprivation could improve mood of depressed people: Study

Staying awake may be the key to improve the mood of people suffering depression, a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggested.

A team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the results of decades’ worth of studies on sleep deprivation and found that it temporarily improved symptoms of condition in up to 50 per cent of individuals.

End of the World Postponed till October after earlier deadline passes peacefully: David Meade

End of the World Postponed till October after earlier deadline passes peacefully: David Meade

Christian numerologist David Meade had predicted that our world would come to an end on September 23 as Planet X would collide with our planet. However, everyone questioned Meade as his earlier predicted doomsday date of September 23 passed peacefully. Scientists across the world have talked against such predictions made by many in the past as well. NASA also issued a statement to deny the claims made by David Meade. NASA clarified that there isn’t any planet with name Nibiru and there won’t be any collision in September or even in October.

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CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

CVS to limit opioid prescriptions to Seven days

Pharmacy giant CVS announced on Friday that it would limit the number of opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain health conditions. The new restriction, which will apply to patients new to pain therapy, is part of the company’s effort to help tackle the deadly crisis of opioid addiction in the United States.

In addition, it will limit the daily dosage of pain medication based on their strength. It will also require use of immediate-release formulations prior to extended-release opioids are dispensed.

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Newly engineered antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

A team of scientists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical firm Sanofi claimed to have engineered an antibody capable of attacking 99 per cent of HIV strains and preventing infection in primates. The antidote attacks three key parts of the deadly virus, making it difficult for the virus to resist its effects.

The International Aids Society (IAS) called the engineered antidote an “exciting breakthrough” in the field of medical science.

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Deficiency of vitamin D puts a woman at a significantly higher long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who get enough, according to a new research.

In a case-control study, an increase in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was found to reduce the risk of MS by 39 per cent, after adjusting for sample year, number of pregnancies and births, and the matching factors.

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Consumption of artificial sweeteners in large amounts could significantly raise the risk of developing type-2 diabetes (T2DM), a new research revealed. A team of researchers examined 27 healthy volunteers who were given a quantity of two different NAS (sucralose and acesulfame-K) equivalent to drinking 1.5L of diet beverage daily or an inactive placebo.

The volunteers were asked to consume in the form of capsules thrice a day before meals over a period of two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the researchers examined the subjects again.

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening significantly reduces the risk for death from deadly disease of prostate cancer as detection at early stage improves outcomes for patients, a new study claimed.

After disparities in settings and implementation were accounted for, two prostate cancer screening trials provide strong evidence that screening really decreases prostate cancer mortality rates.

U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

A new report released by nonprofits Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has indicated that obesity rates in the United States are finally leveling off.

According to the report, obesity rates among adults remained stable in 45 states between 2015 and 2016. Merely four states, viz. Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and West Virginia, reported increases in obesity rates.

Kansas reported a notable decrease in obesity rates among its residents during the same period.

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

American paleontologists have confirmed that fossils unearthed at a construction site near Marco's Pizza in Thornton, Colorado, belonged to a dinosaur that thrived in the area as many as 66 million years ago.

The paleontologists told reporters that the fossil was a 66-million-year-old skull of an adult triceratops – slow-moving herbivores that weighed more than six tones, and stood nearly 10 feet in height and 30 feet in length.

The site of the excavation is now being patrolled by security guards around the clock.

Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

A new study by a team of health experts from Brigham & Women’s Hospital has suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs can significantly slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The team examined nearly 10,000 patients and found that the anti-inflammatory drug canakinumab was able to reduce the risk of a repeated heart attack among patients by 15 per cent.

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