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Psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder may be genetic

Scientists have found that some psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may be genetic, whereas neurological disorders like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, appeared more distinct. The study indicated that psychiatric disorders are likely to have important similarities at a molecular level, which current diagnostic categories do not reflect. “This work is starting to re-shape how we think about disorders of the brain. If we can uncover the genetic influences and patterns of overlap between different disorders, then we might be able to better understand the root causes of these conditions…

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Female athletes often suffer from eating disorders. A simple estrogen therapy can help them

Young female athletes with normal weight and no or irregular menstrual periods reported fewer disordered eating behaviours after receiving estrogen therapy for a year, a recent study has found. “Female athletes with exercise-induced menstrual dysfunction (associated with low estrogen levels) often have disordered eating behavior, which may impact their reproductive and bone health,” said lead researcher Madhusmita Misra of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Our findings underscore the relationship between estrogen and disordered eating behavior, and the potential of estrogen replacement as a treatment target, not just in athletes,…

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Good news! Green tea may benefit people with bone-marrow disorders

The green tea that you drink to lose those extra pounds has many other powerful effects as a compound found in this ‘super-drink’ may have a life saving potential for people with bone-marrow disorders, reveals a study. The research appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis in the U.S. and their German collaborators found that a compound epigallocatechine-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol found in green tea leaves, may be of particular benefit to patients struggling with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, often-fatal medical complications associated…

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Sip on Green Tea: It Could Protect Those With Bone Marrow Disorders

Love sipping green tea? You are doing wonders for your health. This elixir is loaded with miraculous properties that are not only good for detoxifying, weight loss, de-stressing and glowing skin but also in helping you fight the risks of several major diseases. Green tea contains natural agents like catechins, polyphenols and antioxidants that help in effectively carrying out various functions of the body, including fighting against harmful free radicals. It’s not without reason that health experts recommend including green tea in one’s daily diet. For first timers, it may take…

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Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

A lot of people are subjected to fat shaming – at work, in school and almost every day. It is a form of prejudice where people are extremely critical of your appearance. Researchers from Penn Medicine believe that people who are obese or overweight face the stereotype of being lazy, incompetent or unattractive and are constantly blamed for their excess weight. According to this study, this kind of an attitude can take a toll on their health and put them at the risk of other diseases like heart trouble and metabolic…

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New Blood Test May Identify Alcohol Disorders in Foetus

Researchers have identified a blood test that may help predict how severely a newborn can be affected by alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a severe form of mental and physical disabilities. Children and adults affected by FASD may experience a range of symptoms, from physical changes like a small head and subtle differences in facial characteristics to learning difficulties and behavioural issues. The study showed that moderate to high levels of alcohol exposure during early pregnancy resulted in significant differences in some circulating small RNA…

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