Health and Lifestyle

Thursday, December 12, 2019Over 9 hours' of sleep may raise stroke risk by 23%

New York, Dec 12: People who sleep nine or more hours per night are 23 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who sleep seven to less than eight hours per night, warns a new study.

The results revealed that long naps are also not good for your health.

People who took a regular midday nap lasting more than 90 minutes were 25 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than p


Friday, November 29, 2019Infants spending too much time on screen: Study

Nov 29: Researchers have found that the amount of time children are spending each day watching television or using a computer or mobile device is increasing at an alarming rate.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found that children's daily screen time increased from 53 minutes at age 12 months to more than 150 minutes at 3 years old.

According to the researchers, by age


Friday, November 29, 2019Breast milk may prevent heart disease in preterm babies

London: Researchers have found that early use of breast milk could play a vital role in preventing heart disease in prematurely born infants.

One of the long-term health complications that young adults born prematurely may have is unique heart characteristics.

These can include smaller heart chambers, relatively higher blood pressure, and a disproportionate increase in muscle mass in the he


Wednesday, November 27, 2019Over 300 children die everyday from AIDS-related causes

United Nations, Nov 27: Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday.

Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 p


Tuesday, November 26, 20192 militants killed in encounter with security forces in J-K's Pulwama

Srinagar, Nov 26: One more militant was killed on Tuesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, taking the toll to two, police said.

The encounter broke out after militants fired on security personnel posted at a vehicle checkpoint on Shadimarg in the south Kashmir district, a police officer said.

On Monday night, one militant was killed in retaliator


Tuesday, November 26, 2019Air pollution can cause blindness: Study

London, Nov 26: Living in a more polluted area is associated with a greater likelihood of having glaucoma, a debilitating eye condition that can cause blindness, says a new study.

The findings, published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, found that people in neighbourhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter pollution were at least six per cent more likely


Thursday, November 21, 201930% rise in skin problems due to pollution

New Delhi: With the air quality worsening in the Delhi-NCR region, health experts on Wednesday revealed that doctors have observed 30 per cent jump in skin related problems here.

Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin, causing allergies, rashes and premature ageing, thereby forcing them to seek medical treat


Monday, November 18, 201940% parents struggle to see depression signs in kids

New York, Nov 18: Telling the difference between a teen's normal ups and downs or something bigger is among the top challenges parents face while identifying depression among the youth, says a new study.

Forty per cent of parents struggle to differentiate between normal mood swings and signs of depression, while 30 per cent are tricked as their child hides his/her feelings well, according to a


Thursday, November 14, 2019Delhi AQI at 470 in emergency zone

New Delhi, Nov 14: The air pollution emergency in Delhi persisted on Thursday with an overall air quality index (AQI) of 470 in the severe plus category.

The PM 10 count is also in the severe plus category at 496 and PM 2.5 count at 324.

The Delhi AQI is almost at Wednesday's level which clocked an overall count of 476 and not much relief is expected for two days.

While overall AQI is in


Thursday, November 14, 2019WHO launches first-ever insulin prequalification programme to expand access to life-saving treatment for diabetes

Kolkata, Nov 14: The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the start of a pilot programme to prequalify human insulin to increase treatment for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.

The decision, announced on Wednesday ahead of World Diabetes Day (November 14), is part of a series of steps WHO will take to address the growing diabetes burden in all regions.
About 65 million p


Wednesday, November 13, 2019How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

New Delhi: Researchers have found that meditation could help you to become less error prone. According to the health experts here, meditation also helps in rejuvenating the mind, mental well being, better concentration power along with improved memory.

Practically stress and unwanted tension are some of the major reasons of short term forgetfulness and unfocused behaviour, the experts added.


Thursday, November 7, 2019Twitter posts can reveal how lonely you are: Study

New York: Researchers have found that users who tweet on loneliness are much more likely to write about mental well-being issues and things like struggles with relationships, substance use and insomnia on Twitter.

By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness.

"Loneliness can be


Friday, November 1, 2019TB patient in UP had nothing to eat for 6 days

Kaushambi (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 1: In a heart-wrenching incident, a tuberculosis patient, who was starving for over six days here, fell severely ill.

A local news channel team went to the TB patient, Balram's house on hearing of his plight and after giving him food, informed the district administration.

The district officials then got him admitted him to a hospital and arranged for his treat


Wednesday, October 30, 2019Air pollution effect may not be visible right away: Doctors

New Delhi: If all the talks of the ill-effects of poor air quality on health sound a little exaggerated because you are still living a normal life after Diwali, there is nothing to cheer.

Doctors have warned that even though the impact of air pollution may not be immediately visible, it may have long-term effects, especially for pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Some hospitals in the


Friday, October 25, 2019Don't burst crackers, just eat them now

Lucknow, Oct 25: Crackers, rockets and "Sutli bombs" that you can eat and not ignite, cash notes that you can give but not preserve and playing cards that you can snack on but not play.

Bakers, sweet shops and even private entrepreneurs have come up with a new range of designer snacks and sweets that are healthy and low on calories apart from being attractive.

"We have tried to innovate wit


Thursday, October 24, 2019Death of new-borns: Assam rushes doctors' team to JMCH

Guwahati: After the death of 20 new-borns was reported in the past one week at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in Assam, the state government has rushed a team of doctors to the medical college.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced this on Wednesday, adding that the flow of patients to the Jorhat Medical College has increased manifold in the past one month.



Wednesday, October 23, 2019Dengue fever grips Aurangabad again as city reels under heavy downpour

Aurangabad: Despite health department's stringent measures to control Dengue, the mosquito-borne viral infection is continuously spreading its tentacles, here, in the region.
The intensity of this deadly disease has increased from past couple of days due to the continuing spell of rains.

Dengue has so far claimed seven lives and reported an increase in positive patients toll which goes up to


Saturday, October 19, 2019Kovind interacts with parents of infants in the Philippines who underwent liver transplant in India

Manila, Oct 19: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday interacted with the parents of the infants in the Philippines who successfully underwent liver transplant in India, expressing happiness about the country's engagement with the key Southeast Asian country that has brought people's causes within its expanding ambit.

In the last 28 months, 35 babies from the Philippines have underwent success


Tuesday, October 15, 20192 terrorists arrested in Ganderbal

Srinagar: Two terrorists belonging the pro-Pakistan outfit Hizbu-ul- Mujahideen were arrested in Ganderbal district, a police spokesman said.

Acting on a credible information, police along with security forces arrested two terrorist identified as Chandi Khatana and Wajid Ali Khatana, both residents of Jandiwada Rajouri, he said.

According to police records, both of them were part of the pro


Tuesday, October 15, 2019236 test positive for dengue in Jammu region

Jammu, Oct 15: As many as 236 people have been tested positive for dengue in Jammu and Kashmir this year.

A health department official said on Monday that till date 1147 patients have been tested for dengue and out of these 236 have been found positive while 911 patients were negative. He asserted that there is no need to panic as necessary measures are in place to deal with the vector-borne d


Sunday, October 13, 2019Watch your weight before 40, else face cancer risk

Researchers have found that being overweight before the age of 40 could increase the risk of various cancers in adults.

"Obesity is an established risk factor for several cancers. In this study, we have focused on the degree, timing and duration of overweight and obesity in relation to cancer risk," said study author Tone Bjorge, Professor at University of Bergen in Norway.

For the findings


Friday, October 11, 2019Over 25,000 dengue cases reported in Pak this year

Islamabad, Oct 11: Pakistan has recorded over 25,000 dengue cases so far this year, with a total of 42 fatalities due to the mosquito-borne disease, according to health authorities.

According to a government document available with Dawn news, 6,537 cases were reported from Islamabad, 5,642 from Punjab, 4,403 from Sindh, 4,276 from Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and 2,750 from Balochistan.

The remaini


Thursday, October 10, 201978 more test positive for dengue in J-K, total number goes up to 195

JAMMU, OCT 10: In last 10 days, 78 patients have been tested positive for dengue in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of people affected by the vector-borne disease this year to 195.

Majority of the patients have already recovered fully, while the condition of rest of the people is stable, an official of Health Department said. He said a total of 1040 blood samples were taken for screening


Wednesday, October 9, 2019Anaemia a health problem in all states except Kerala

New Delhi: Anaemia is at least a mild public health problem for school-age children between the age group of 5-9 years in all states except for Kerala, according to the findings of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS), 2016-18.

Anaemia was a moderate or severe public health problem among pre-school children in 27 states, school-age children in 15 states and adolescents in 20 stat


Tuesday, October 8, 2019Nutrition survey finds rising diabetes risk in children

New Delhi: There is a growing risk of non-communicable diseases among children aged 5 to 9 years and adolescents aged 10-19 years in India. As per the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) 2016-18, one in 10 school-age children and adolescents were pre-diabetic.

One percent of school-age children and adolescents were diabetic and three percent of school-age children and four per cent


Tuesday, October 8, 2019DGP urges SFs to make Kishtwar militancy-free

JAMMU: In the backdrop of the increasing terror activities in Kishtwar township, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Monday exhorted the security forces to go pro-active and make the hilly district militancy-free once again.

Kishtwar was rocked by four terror attacks since November last year, but the security forces achieved a major success in the recent past by eliminating three hardco


Tuesday, October 8, 2019JKP to order 50 UAVs this month, procurement likely by 2019-end

JAMMU: One-and-a half-year after the proposal was first mooted in this regard, the Jammu and Kashmir Police is set to make an order for 50 latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in two weeks from now, to help the force in security, surveillance and detection operations in the to-be union territory as the government braces for militants activities and other possible small incidents in the days to


Tuesday, October 8, 2019State BJP, RSS leaders meet Shah, Or officials

JAMMU: The State Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders and prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members Monday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs and discussed with them the policies and the future course of action ahead of Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation into two Union Territories (UTs).

The discussions with BJP president were also hel


Tuesday, October 8, 2019Four years on, JKMSCL fails to provide MRI Machine to GMC

Patients forced to take to pvt hospitals at 2.5x cost

JAMMU: The Jammu Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd (JKMSCL) has failed to provide the much-needed MRI Machine to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), the premier hospital of region, despite repeated requests by the hospital authorities since the last around four years.

It may be mentioned that there is only one MRI Machine in the GMC, which also caters to all the Associated


Monday, October 7, 2019Groundwater in US brimming with antibiotic-resistant genes

In an alarming find, a team of US researchers has discovered that antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) were prevalent in groundwater, posing a potential hazard to public safety and water security.

The big concern is the spread of new and emerging contaminants like ARGs through the water system and an increase in development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs, the researchers warned.

"ARGs are