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Spider Venom May Prevent Damage Caused by Strokes

The poison from one of the creepiest animals may actually turn out to be quite useful in preventing the damaging effects of a stroke. Researchers from the University of Queensland and Monash University, have discovered a protein found in the venom of Australia’s deadly funnel-web spider that may prevent the human brain from the devastating damage which may occur as a result of a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to a part of the brain is cut off. In such a situation, the brain cells do not receive the required…

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Believe it or Not, Taking Regular Showers May Damage Your Immunity

Growing up, we were always told to brush twice and also shower regularly for good hygiene. It turns out that there might be little truth in this advice. According to a new study conducted at the Genetic Science Centre at the University of Utah, over-cleaning can damage the human microbiome which can have a negative impact on our immune system, digestive functions and even our heart health. The human microbiome is a collection of good bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in your body and help in regulating day to day functions. They…

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Consuming more honey, fruit juice may damage your liver

The findings indicated that in addition to higher weight gain, the fructose group showed more markers of vascular disease and liver damage, than the glucose group. According to researchers, these type of sugar may also play a role in increasing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. The paper was published in the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Researchers compared the effects of two types of sugar on metabolic and vascular function. For the study, female rats were given a liquid solution of…

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Extra Dietary Zinc May Reduce DNA Damage: Study

A modest increase in dietary zinc – equivalent to four milligrammes per day – may reduce oxidative stress and ‘wear and tear’ to DNA, a new study has claimed. Researchers from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Research Institute (CHORI) in the US show that extra zinc in the diet can have a profound, positive impact on cellular health that helps fight infections and diseases. This amount of zinc is equivalent to what biofortified crops like zinc rice and zinc wheat can add to the diet of vulnerable, nutrient deficient populations,…

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​Why cancer treatments cause collateral damage in kids

When exposed to cancer treatment like chemotherapyand radiation, brain and heart tissues in very young children are more prone to apoptosis or programmed cell death, researchers said. Apoptosis, in which molecular signals order cells to self-destruct, plays an important role in deciding the “fate” of a developing cell. These toxic treatment stressors put young children at high risk for developing severe, long-lasting impairments in their brain, heart, the study said. But active apoptosis in the early brain “also sets the stage for extremely high sensitivity to any type of damage…

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Using the internet to self medicate could damage your health

When Purva Mehta started depending on painkillers to ease her chronic backache regularly, she didn’t realise that it could lead to long-term kidney damage. Similarly, when Rakesh Chhabria decided to treat his daughter’s viral fever using over-the-counter medication suggested by a random health website, he was unaware that it could cause further complications for his child. Purva and Rakesh are not alone. A recent study estimated that an increasing number of people (in India and around the globe) have no qualms about self-diagnosing and depending on the internet to answer…

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