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Maintaining balance: Blood sodium levels may affect cognition in older adults

Scientists have found that lower levels of sodium in the blood – known as hyponatremia – is linked with a decline in cognitive function with advancing age. Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium level in the blood falls below 135 Millimoles Per Litre (mmol/L), according to a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Mild hyponatremia was once thought to be asymptomatic, but recent studies suggest that it may be associated with higher risks of attention deficits, gait disturbances, falls, cardiovascular events, and even premature death….

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Pathological signatures: Autism, schizophrenia share gene activity in brain

Researchers have found that certain psychiatric disorders like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share some physical characteristics at the molecular level, specifically, patterns of gene expression in the brain. The findings, published in the journal Science, raise hope for better diagnosis and therapies for people with major psychiatric disorders. “These findings provide a molecular, pathological signature of these disorders, which is a large step forward,” said senior study author Daniel Geschwind, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The major challenge now is to understand how these changes arose,”…

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Moms-to-be, take note. European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An expert committee of Europe’s medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France’s medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review. The EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) said in a statement Friday it was recommending that valproate not be…

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5 Incredible Benefits Of Turmeric Leaves You Must Know

India and its love affair with turmeric needs no introduction. Ayurveda’s most priced spice has been a staple across kitchens for over 4000 years now. Food writer Marryam H. Reshi points out in her book ‘The Flavour of Spice’, that turmeric is the only spice that enjoys a ‘devotional distinction’. It is seen as a befitting offering to Gods in various communities and is an indispensable part of almost every Indian household because of its immense health benefits.   Think turmeric and most of us would picture the bright yellow hued powder…

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Research Review Focuses On Potential Health Benefits Of Pears

HIGHLIGHTS Review of studies attempts to outline health benefits of pears. Pears are excellent sources of fiber, sorbitol and potassium. USDA guidelines recommend eating more fruits. Who doesn’t love to bite into the juicy, bright green pear? It’s as much a fruit to be eaten raw, as it’s a delight to cook with. Now new research review has systematically attempted to study the health benefits of pears, hinting that regular pear consumption might be healthier than we earlier thought, and might even aide weight loss, due to the presence of…

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One Or More Sweet Beverage Daily By Either Partner May Reduce Chances of Pregnancy

Those trying their chances at pregnancy take note. According to a latest study, one or more sugar sweetened beverage everyday by either partner may significantly bring down the couple’s chances of pregnancy. “We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality,” said Elizabeth Hatch, from Boston University in the US. “Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related…

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