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Sleeping with contact lense raises risk of serious eye infections

Washington, Dec 31: Going to sleep without removing your contact lenses can cause serious eye infections that may ultimately result in blindness, scientists warn.

Six reports published in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine showed that improper care or wear can lead to infections of the cornea like microbial keratitis.

"Sleeping in your contact lenses...

Kicking, yelling in sleep can increase the risk of neurological diseases later

Washington, Dec 29: Kicking and yelling during sleep? You may want to know the risk factors of a violent sleep disorder.

According to a recent study, taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep...

Drinking soda, sweetened drinks may up chronic kidney disease: Study

Washington, Dec 28: People who drink lots of sugar-sweetened drinks and soda may be putting themselves at a greater risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a study. The findings, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), contribute to the growing body of evidence pointing to the negative health consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages....

How exercise helps us shed kilos decoded

London, Dec 28: Some of you may have made a New Year's resolution to hit the gym to shed that unwanted belly fat, and now researchers have revealed how exercise produces this desired effect.

A signalling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, according to the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

A 12-week...

Father's post-natal depression linked to emotional stress in teen girls: Study

London, Dec 27: Post-natal depression in fathers is linked to emotional problems for their teenage daughters, a study has found.

Almost one in 20 new fathers suffered depression in the weeks after their child was born, according to the study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

The study, based on a sample of over 3,000...

GM plants can cut cancer-causing pollutants from home

Washington, Dec 26: Scientists have genetically modified a common houseplant to remove cancer-causing pollutants from our homes.

While a variety of air filters in our homes can keep allergens and dust particles at bay, some hazardous compounds are too small to be trapped in these filters.

Small molecules like chloroform, which is present in small...

How heroes can influence your buying behaviour!

Washington D.C, Dec 23: Ever wondered if heroes and villains can have an impact on what you buy at the grocery store?

The findings of a recent study have just proved that. Professor Tamara Masters of Brigham Young University predicted that vice, or indulgent, foods with hero labels would be more compelling than the same foods shown with villain...

Did you know? Dieting may lead to binge-eating disorder, obesity

Washington Dec 19: Inculcating severe food restrictions can lead to binge-eating disorder and obesity, a new study has found. It is important to examine potential links between binge-eating disorder and food insecurity, as binge-eating is associated with more severe mental and physical health problems than overeating or obesity alone.

To investigate, researchers surveyed 1,250 adults in the...

Aggressive behaviour emotionally affects sadists, finds study

Washington, Dec 19: Contrary to popular belief, aggressive behaviour brings emotional pain to sadists, a recent study has observed.

People with sadistic personality traits tend to be aggressive, but only enjoy their aggressive acts if it harms their victims. However, according to a series of studies conducted on 2000 people, these actions ultimately leave sadists feeling worse...

No online sale of medicines till norms in place, says HC

New Delhi, Dec 18: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said its stay on sale of drugs and prescription medicines by online pharmacies will continue till rules are framed to regulate such entities.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao said that "once the rules come into play, you (online pharmacies) can start selling...