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Blood pressure drugs may increase risk of depression

London, Oct 11 (IANS) Some commonly prescribed blood pressure medications may increase risk of mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, say researchers including one of Indian-origin. “Mental health is under-recognized in hypertension clinical practice, and the possible impact of antihypertensive drugs on mental health is an area that …

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Enzyme behind bacteria’s antibiotic resistance identified

New York, Oct 10 (IANS) Researchers have identified an enzyme that has caused rifampicin — a popular antibiotic used to treat bacteria that causes tuberculosis, leprosy, and Legionnaire’s disease — to become less effective and develop more resistance. The actions of the enzyme Rifampicin monooxygenase — a flavoenzyme which is …

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How Teenagers Learn Differently Than Adults

New York, Oct 10 (IANS) An adolescent’s ability to learn and form memories is closely linked to the reward-seeking behaviour of the brain, researchers have found. “Studies of the adolescent brain often focus on the negative effects of teenagers’ reward-seeking behaviour,” said Daphna Shohamy, Associate Professor of psychology at New …

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Why we get distracted while performing a task?

New York, Oct 9 (IANS) Motivation can act as the best defence against distractions that arise while performing activities that are both difficult as well as an easy, a study has found. In the study, the researchers from the University of Illinois, have challenged the popular notion that people become …

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Can drinking eight glasses of water a day harm you?

Sydney, Oct 8 (IANS) Challenging the popular notion that we should drink eight glasses of water a day for good health, researchers have found that drinking too much water can put people in danger of water intoxication. Researchers from Monash University in Victoria, Australia have found a mechanism that regulates …

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Working night shifts not linked to breast cancer

London, Oct 7 (IANS) Working night shifts has little or no effect on a woman’s breast cancer risk, says a study. The results could dismiss concerns raised by a review in 2007 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifying shift work disrupting the ‘body clock’ as a …

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Depression during pregnancy affects mental health of children

London, Oct 1 (IANS) Depression during pregnancy increases the risk of behavioural and emotional problems in children, suggests a new finding. Depression is thought to affect at least one in five women globally in the later stages of pregnancy and shortly after birth, and is characterised by low mood and …

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Fathers’ smoking may up asthma-risk in kids

London, Sep 30 (IANS) Men who indulge in smoking since their adolescence may put their future children at more than three times higher risk of an early-onset of asthma, a finding suggests. In the study, the researchers included more than 24,000 children and showed that both a father’s early smoking …

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Early menopausal symptoms may predict heart disease

New York, Sep 29 (IANS) Women who experience menopausal symptoms — hot flashes and night sweats — much earlier are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) as compared to those with later onset of such symptoms, says research. Up to 80 per cent of women experience menopausal symptoms …

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