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Car vibrations make drivers sleepy: Study

Melbourne, Jul 8: Natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel, a study has found.

With about 20 per cent of fatal road crashes involving driver fatigue, researchers hope that their findings can be used by manufacturers to improve car seat designs to help keep drivers...

Mobile apps sharing usernames, passwords, credit card details with third parties: Study

Washington, Jul 8: Some popular smartphone apps may be secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties, a study has found. This is particularly disturbing because these screenshots - and videos of your activity on the screen - could include usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other important personal information, researchers said.

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Minor stroke needs quick medical attention, too

Jul 4: Minor strokes and “mini-strokes,” or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), need early medical attention, just like major strokes, but a public education campaign in the UK had little success convincing the public to act fast after these events.

“Although the campaign worked well for behavior after more major stroke, patients were still slow to act on, or ignored...

Oxytocin formulations ban to come into effect from July 1

New Delhi, Jun 30: From July 1, no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture Oxytocin for domestic use.

Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone that causes uterine contractions during labour and helps new mothers lactate.

But its misuse is widespread in the dairy industry where livestock are injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time...

The downside of normalisation of 'plus-size'

London, Jun 23: Normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes lead to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight - undermining efforts to tackle the problem of obesity.

While attempts to reduce stigmatisation of larger body sizes - for example with the launch of plus-size clothing ranges - help promote body positivity, the study highlights an unintentional negative consequence that...

Being married may lower heart disease, stroke risk

London, Jun 20: Marriage can help protect people from heart diseases or strokes, as well as reduce the risk of death from these conditions, a study claims.

Published in the journal Heart, the study is the largest to date, with the age and ethnicity of the participants strengthening the wider applicability of the findings, researchers said.

Previous research...

Sleeping too much may up stroke, heart disease risk

Seoul, Jun 14: Sleeping for over ten hours or less than six hours a day is likely to cause metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, a study has found. Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea found that compared to individuals who slept six to seven hours per...

Avatar-based app helps recognise heart attack symptoms

Melbourne, Jun 11: Scientists have developed an app that uses a simulated digital nurse to teach patients how to recognise symptoms of heart attack and call emergency. Patients using the SAVE app are more likely to call an ambulance when they had symptoms and had fewer hospital admissions, researchers said.

“Most deaths from heart attacks occur within the first...

Kitchen towels could be behind food poisoning, reveals study

Washington D.C, Jun 10: Dirty kitchen towels can aid the growth of pathogens and cause food poisoning, a new research has claimed.

Researchers from the University of Mauritius have shown that factors such as family size, type of diet, multi-usage of towels, among other factors, impact the growth of pathogens on kitchen towels, potentially causing food poisoning.

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