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Going gluten-free could be damaging for many in long term: Study

Going gluten-free could be damaging for many in long term: Study

Many individuals opting to go gluten-free could actually be doing themselves more harm than good, a new study has warned. Highlighting a Spanish study that found merely 16 per cent of people who self-reported gluten sensitivity really showed the symptoms in a proper trial; the new study warned that opting to go gluten-free might bring unnecessary risks if the person does not have celiac disease.

Research tells us why yawning is so contagious

Research tells us why yawning is so contagious

The human tendency for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in an area of the brain that is responsible for motor function, a new study revealed. It is commonly experienced that a person automatically yawns if someone nearby yawns. Now, a team of experts at the University of Nottingham claimed to have solved the mystery.

They found that the human intensity for contagious yawning is triggered involuntarily by an area of the brain called primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex.

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.

Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Slow walkers are twice at risk of heart-related death: Study

Middle-aged healthy slow walkers face a significantly higher risk of dying due to heart disease than those who walk at a brisk pace, a new study revealed.

A team of researchers at the University of Leicester followed more than 420,000 individuals over a period of 6 years to assess death rates. They were surprised to find that slow walkers were 1.8 to 2.4 times more prone to die of heart disease.

Professor Tom Yates, who led the study, said that people’s walking pace could be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness.

Carbs, not fats, are bad for your health: Research

Carbs, not fats, are bad for your health: Research

A large study could prompt nutritionists to rethink and alter their views on current nutritional standards as it suggests that carbs, not fats, are bad for health.

A team of researchers led by Mahshid Dehghan of the McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute found that it is not the fat in your diet that increases the risk of premature death; rather too many carbohydrates, particularly the refined, processed type of carbs, might be the real killer.

Irish hospital to use new, rapid test for Meningitis

Irish hospital to use new, rapid test for Meningitis

An A&E department of a hospital in Northern Ireland has announced that is will soon start using a new test for meningitis to accelerate diagnosis and save more lives. The devastating meningitis infection can kill a high-risk patient within hours but the existing way to positively identify it takes nearly a couple of days.

Luckily, the new test for meningitis called "Lamp" (Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification) that the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children is going to use will give results in less than 60 minutes.

Ecstasy ingredient MDMA granted ‘Breakthrough Therapy Designation’ status

Ecstasy ingredient MDMA granted ‘Breakthrough Therapy Designation’ status

Supporting the need for medical research on psychedelic substances, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted the ecstasy ingredient MDMA "Breakthrough Therapy Designation" status.

The term of “Breakthrough Therapy Designation” means that the federal agency will expedite the development as well as review of the ecstasy drug. This status is granted to those substances that are projected to treat a grave or life-threatening health condition.

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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.

Four cups of coffee daily can lower risk of death: Study

Four cups of coffee daily can lower risk of death: Study

Many research projects have been conducted to check impact of coffee consumption on human health till date. A new research has informed that people who consume at least four cups of coffee daily have significantly lower risk of death than others who don’t consume or consume lower amount of coffee per day.

A team of researchers at the Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, examined thousands of people’s consumption of coffee and its effects on health. They were surprised to find that higher consumption of coffee can lower the risk of death.

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Vitamin B provides protection against diseases but it is a “double-edged sword” as taking this vitamin in high doses may increase risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Various researches have proved the health benefits of Vitamin B6 and B12, but the new study of more than 77,000 Americans revealed a link between its high doses and lung cancer. However, the risk was found only among men, not women.

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