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Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

Even if marriage is sometimes more a bed of nails than roses, living into old age with a partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, researchers said Tuesday.
 
A sweeping survey of research conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77 found that being hitched significantly reduced the risk of both maladies, they reported in the medical journal Heart.
 
 

Japan to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.
 
Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.
 
It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at room temperature are suitable for analysis, Hitachi spokesman Chiharu Odaira told AFP.
 

New brain cells in the old? Study stokes debate

People as old as 79 may still generate new brain cells, US researchers said Thursday, stoking fresh debate among scientists over whether or when our mental capacity ever stops growing.
 
The report by scientists at Columbia University in New York, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, runs directly counter to a different study published in Nature last month which found no evidence of new neurons are being created past the age of 13.
 
 

Protein causing cancer cells to self-destruct discovered

The unusual protein, found in the skin cells of human beings and other warm-blooded animals, has a molecular structure similar to that of the toxins of snakes and other reptiles.
 
Molecular biologists from Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered proteins that can help suppress the growth of cancerous tumors. 
 
 

Two thirds of women are overweight, UAE mall study finds

Source : The National / 29 Sep 2014

Almost two thirds of women take no exercise and are overweight, a new health-screening survey suggests.

Nearly a third of women screened were obese, more than a third had a family history of heart disease and half had family members who were diabetic.

 

Poor sleep pattern may shrink brain: Study

Source : Presstv / 09 Sep 2014

European researchers have identified an association between poor sleep patterns like insomnia and the size of brain.

Researchers examined some 147 adults between the ages of 20 and 84 via two series of MRI scans.

 

Sitting too much increases cancer risk - research

Source : Voice of Russia / 17 Jun 2014

Every year scientists add new factors to the list of cancer-triggers – junk food, processed meats, smoking, polluted air. Recently, the list has expanded – sitting or sedentary lifestyle is now linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers as well as heart disease and diabetes, new research has revealed.

 

Countries with highest infant mortality

Source : Trust.org / 21 May 2014

Every day, 15,000 babies enter and leave the world with no record of their ever having existed, while one in three newborns – more than 45 million babies – do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday, undermining the fight against infant mortality, experts say.

 

Obesity: A Modern Epidemic

Source : WHO / 20 May 2014

Key facts

· Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.

· In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.

· 35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11% were obese.

· 65% of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.

 

Japan's women enjoy top for life expectancy

Source : AFP / 17 May 2014

Life expectancy in the globe's poorest countries has risen by an average of nine years over the past two decades, thanks to major improvements in infant health, the UN said.

In its annual statistics, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said that six of the countries had even managed to raise life expectancy to over 10 years between 1990 and 2012.

 
 

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