Free Press Journal
  • Prolonged standing as bad as sitting

    London : While health detriments associated with sitting for long stretches of time at the office are well documented, it has been found that jobs that require people to stand for long may be equally harmful for health, shows research, reports IANS.

  • Amartya Sen: Right And Wrong On Kerala

    “…I was told that Kerala’s policies were unaffordable because it was one of the poorest states in India. It was not unaffordable, and Kerala has had the highest life expectancy in India for many decades now (in fact, higher than the average of China).

  • Antibiotics

    Antibiotics may double juvenile arthritis risk

    New York: Taking antibiotics may double the risk of a child contracting juvenile arthritis, a form of auto-immune disease that involves chronic inflammation of the joints and eyes that can lead to pain, vision loss and disability, says a study. “Our research suggests another possible reason to avoid antibiotic overuse for infections that would otherwise get better on their own,” said lead study author Daniel Horton from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

  • Breast Cancer

    Why many breast cancer patients develop drug resistance

    Washington DC : Researchers have discovered a possible reason for drug resistance in breast tumors. HER2 membrane proteins play a special role in certain types of breast cancer: amplified levels of HER2 drive unrestricted cell growth. HER2-tailored antibody-based therapeutics aim to prevent cancer cell growth, but two-thirds of HER2 positive breast cancer patients develop resistance against HER2-targeting drugs. The reason for this is not yet understood.

  • Tyres, other mosquito breeding spots destroyed

    Mumbai : In an effort to reduce the prevalence of dengue and malaria in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) destroyed 11,000 tyres and over 4 lakh other items that can be potential mosquito breeding grounds and health hazards during the monsoon between January and June this year. The other items include tin cans and drums, plastic sheets, thermocol sheets, empty coconut shells and empty water bottles.

  • drug

    New drug shows potential to cure and prevent malaria

    New York: A drug currently being tested on humans shows potential to cure malaria in a single dose and offers promise as a preventive treatment as well, new research says. The compound, invented by an international team of researchers, including Indian-origin Pradipsinh Rathod from the University of Washington, is the first to cripple a critical protein that the malaria parasite needs to survive at different stages of its complex life cycle, the study

  • Alzheimer

    Simple test to spot Alzheimer’s risk

    New York: An affordable non-invasive test that detects electrical activity in the brain may be used to spot people who are at the risk of Alzherimer’s, say researchers. Electroencephalogram (EEG) technology can be used to measure cognitive deficits in people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Individuals with aMCI are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease, but currently no conclusive test exists to predict

  • 1 ANM removed, 2 suspended during inspection in Manpur

    Indore : To improve the health facilities at block level, District Health Department has launched an inspection drive in Manpur area on Tuesday. More than 11 teams of the department inspected every hospital and primary health centre in Manpur and reported to the Joint Director, Health Dr Sharad Pandit in the evening.

  • BMC wakes up, changes misleading signboards

    Mumbai :  On July 8, the Free Press Journal carried a report entitled ‘BMC Health insight – Dengue and Malaria caused via food’ which reported misleading signboards put up around Gateway of India that read “To avoid gastro, malaria and dengue Pl. don’t eat food material sold on street”.

  • mushrooms

    Eating wild mushrooms can lead to liver failure

    Toronto: Foraging and eating wild mushrooms can result in liver failure and even death because mistaking toxic mushrooms for edible varieties is common, says a study. “Distinguishing safe from harmful mushrooms is a challenge even for mycologists,” said Adina Weinerman, Division of General Internal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, with co-authors. The study focuses on a previously healthy 52-year-old immigrant woman of Asian descent who had foraged for wild mushrooms

  • DRUG

    Drug abuse reduces grey matter in women but not men

    New York: Drug abuse has long-term effects on brain volume in women but not in men, a study says. The researchers found that brain structures involved in reward, learning and executive control showed vast changes in women even after a prolonged period of abstinence from drug use. “We found that after an average of 13.5 months of abstinence, women who were previously dependent on drugs had significantly less grey matter volume in

  • Smoking

    Secondhand smoke increases stroke risk

    Washington: Secondhand smoke may increase the risk of stroke by about 30 per cent for nonsmokers, a new study has warned. Researchers used data from the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a population-based, longitudinal study investigating cardiovascular disease events and mortality endpoints among white (55 per cent) and African American (45 per cent) adults aged greater than 45 years in the US.

  • Peppermint oil, cinnamon

    Peppermint oil and cinnamon heals wounds

    New York: Scientists have found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny capsules that can both kill bacteria on chronic wounds and actively promote healing. Infectious colonies of bacteria called biofilms that develop on chronic wounds and medical devices can cause serious health problems and are tough to treat.  The new material, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could be used as a topical antibacterial treatment and disinfectant.

  • Coffee has nothing to do with obesity, diabetes

    Washington DC : You can drink your cup of coffee worry free and a new study has shown that coffee neither increases nor decreases the risk of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes. New research from the University of Copenhagen and Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, which is also the world’s first to have used genes to investigate the impact of coffee on the body, analysed 93,000 Danes from the Copenhagen General Population

  • sex

    One-hour extra sleep will ramp up your sex life!

    New York: Ladies, please take note! If you are experience a sudden dip in your sexual desire, try to sleep an extra hour tonight and reap its benefits between the sheets the very next day. According to an interesting study, women who slept for an extra one hour than usual had an enhanced sexual desire next day. Reflecting sleep’s impact on sexual desire, each additional hour of sleep increased the likelihood of sexual

  • Brain

    New brain scan can help predict Alzheimer’s years in advance

    London: Now deadly Alzheimer’s can be predicted years in advance with help of a simple brain scan. US experiments have found that quick and cheap routine imaging scans can reveal analysis of cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, which can then be used to confirm whether a patient is likely to get Alzheimer’s in the future, the Daily Express reported. Professor Anne Fagan said though it was too early to definitively predict

  • Treadmill

    Treadmill workstations at office can reduce muscle strains

    Washington DC : A kinesiology researcher has found ways to prevent the kinds of muscular and skeletal stresses and pains that can affect one in ten office workers at some point in their careers. Professor at the McGill University, Julie Cote said that even though office workers may not naturally see it that way, their body was basically their work instrument, just as it is for an athlete. She added that it could get

  • Heart Failure

    Healthy lifestyle halves the risk of heart failure post age 65

    Washington DC : A new study has revealed that people who follow healthy lifestyle avoid obesity and are half likely to have heart failure than those who have zero or low-risk factors after turning 65. The American College of Cardiology study analysed 4,500 adults for two decades and observed that adults who walked briskly, were moderately active in their leisure time, drank moderately, didn’t smoke and avoided obesity had half the risk of

  • dengue virus

    Scientist shed light on how dengue adapts as it travels

    Washington DC : Researchers have claimed that the dengue virus has developed to optimist its ability in order to cause outbreaks as it travels across the globe to new places and revisits old ones. Dengue virus has been spreading throughout warm regions of the world, prompting the virus to adapt to new environments. This diversification in viral strains has resulted in the development of strains that appear associated with greater potential for sparking

  • Coffee

    How your coffee cuppa benefits your health

    Washington DC : The much believed fact that coffee does good to people is now being proved as researchers have claimed that drinking coffee can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease. According to a report presented at the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation drinking three to five cups of coffee per day can cut an individual’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by up to 21 per cent, reported U.S.