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Nearly 60% of People trying Cigarette for First Time turn into Regular Smokers

Nearly 60% of People trying Cigarette for First Time turn into Regular Smokers

Many people try cigarettes during teenage just as an experiment but a new study suggests that nearly 60 percent of those turn into regular smokers. Survey results were analyzed by a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London. The study team noticed that 61 percent of first time smokers turn into regular smokers. The study team checked results of a survey involving 215,000 participants. Results of the study have been published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Weight Loss Patch Showcases Impressive Reduction in weight and body fat

Weight Loss Patch Showcases Impressive Reduction in weight and body fat

Researchers in Singapore have witnessed success in laboratory test with a weight loss patch that converts energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat. The patch delivers medicine using microneedles smaller than a human hair. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University noticed 30 percent reduction in body fat for lab mice after the patch was used for four weeks. The study team also noticed lower level of cholesterol and fatty acids.

Green Leafy Vegetables Slow Brain Aging: Study

Green Leafy Vegetables Slow Brain Aging: Study

Regular consumption of green leafy vegetables can reduce cognitive decline as per results of a new study. The study conducted by a team of researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago claims that regular consumption of green vegetables can improve brain health. The study team checked health records and cognitive function for 1,000 study participants. Individuals eating one or two daily servings of vegetables like spinach, lettuce or kale, witnessed much slower cognitive decline.

FDA approves Gene Therapy for rare form of blindness

FDA approves Gene Therapy for rare form of blindness

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever gene therapy for a rare form of inherited blindness. The approval marks a major milestone for genetic medicine. Spark Therapeutics has received FDA approval for gene therapy in which a corrective gene is directly given to patients. The injection will be marketed under brand name Luxturna. The treatment has been approved for patients with confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy that leads to vision loss.

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‘Mermaid Baby’ Dies Four Hours After Birth in Indian Hospital

‘Mermaid Baby’ Dies Four Hours After Birth in Indian Hospital

A baby born with Sirenomelia (or Mermaid Syndrome) died four hours after birth in Kolkata, India. The baby born with underdeveloped pelvis and fused legs couldn’t survive. The doctors have been unable to identify sex of the baby.

23-year old Muskura Bibi surprised medical staff at government hospital after delivering the baby with Sirenomelia (or Mermaid Syndrome). The baby marks second case of mermaid baby born in India and the fifth across the world.

New Research Links Canola Oil Consumption with Memory Issues in Mice Model

New Research Links Canola Oil Consumption with Memory Issues in Mice Model

Canola oil has been linked to increased risk of memory issues and Alzheimer’s disease in a new research conducted on mice model at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. The research team found that consumption of canola oil on a regular basis increased the risk of memory issues among lab mice. The consumption of canola oil was also linked to weight gain in mice.

Study links Genetic Difference to Sexual Orientation among Straight and Gay Individuals

Study links Genetic Difference to Sexual Orientation among Straight and Gay Individuals

Researchers have reportedly found difference in two genes among straight and gay individuals which could explain sexual orientation. The research has been published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study team compared genomes for straight and gay men and found differences between two genes.

The research was conducted by a team at the North Shore University in Illinois. The study team found differences in TSHR, responsible for thyroid function, among gay and straight individuals. TSHR has previously been linked to sexual preferences and to weight loss.

Pfizer plans reduction in Viagra Price as Patents Expire

Pfizer plans reduction in Viagra Price as Patents Expire

Pharmaceutical major Pfizer has planned to launch generic version of Viagra as the patent for its popular erectile dysfunction pills expires. Pfizer will introduce the generic version of little ‘blue pill’ at half of price of its patented medication. The white colored, generic version of Pfizer’s Viagra will be available in the U.S. markets starting Monday.

20 Minutes of Intensive Exercise Improves Memory Function

20 Minutes of Intensive Exercise Improves Memory Function

Intensive exercise for short period has been associated with health benefits in earlier research projects as well but a new research conducted in Canada suggests memory function improvement with interval training. The research paper published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience claims about boost in memory function with 20 minutes of interval training.

The research was led by Jennifer Heisz, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.

Two New Drugs Could Help with Migraine Pain: Study

Two New Drugs Could Help with Migraine Pain: Study

Two new drugs that offer relief for migraine have showcased impressive results in recently conducted studies. More than a billion people worldwide suffer from varying degree of migraine pains. Current migraine treatments involve use of drugs primarily meant for high blood pressure, depression and epilepsy. The new drugs work by using special antibodies to suppress a system in the brain that deals with pain.

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