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Category archives: Science & Technology

A Japanese doctor who studied longevity - and lived to 105 - said if you must retire, do it well after age 65

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara worked into his 100s. Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, credited with building the foundations of Japanese medicine and helping make Japan the world leader in longevity, often practiced what he preached. The physician, chairman emeritus of St. Luke’s International University, and honorary president of St. Luke’s International Hospital recommended several basic guidelines for living a long, healthy life in an interview with Japan Times journalist Judit Kawaguchi. Among them: […]

This floating pipe is trying to clean up all the plastic in the ocean

A 2,000 foot-long floating pipe nicknamed Wilson is about to start its mission to collect all the plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Last month, the Ocean Cleanup foundation launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system out of San Francisco to take on the notorious “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a giant floating trash pile between San Francisco and Hawaii that is twice the size of Texas. It’s the […]

World’s first baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported. The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals. It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased […]

Women who snore are at a greater risk of having cardiac problems

According to the findings of a recent study, women who snore have a greater cardiac risk. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Researchers stated that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men. A common but dangerous sleep disorder, OSA causes an increased risk for left ventricular and, more […]

Children worldwide not physically active: Report

Children around the world are leading sedentary lifestyles and not maintaining a healthy growth and development, stated a global report. The report by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) — an Australia-based non-profit organisation — showed that modern lifestyles including an increase in screen time, growing urbanisation of communities and the rise in automation of previously manual tasks are contributing to a pervasive public health problem. “Global trends, including […]

Designer babies with DNA changes: World first gene-altered twin baby girls born in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap in science and ethics. A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned […]

5 simple ways to stay fit in the changing season

The change of seasons should be used as a cue to take even more care of your health. The change in temperature results in modification of the routine, diet and even exercise regimen. However, if you have been investing the whole year in becoming more fit, you also don’t want that effort to go waste. So, how can you maintain that balance between enjoying the winter season and simultaneously maintaining […]

Air pollution exposure linked to breast cancer

Women working near busy roads are at high risk of developing breast cancer, due to traffic-related air pollution, researchers have warned. The team, from University of Stirling in Scotland, analysed the case of a woman who developed breast cancer after spending 20 years working as a border guard at the busiest commercial border crossing in North America. The woman was one of, at least, five other border guards who developed […]

New drug shows promise in halting spread of brain cancer

Scientists have developed a novel drug that could block glioblastoma — the deadliest form of brain cancer — from spreading. The tissues in our bodies are largely made of fluid. It moves around cells and is essential to normal body function. But in some cases, this fluid may be doing more harm than good. In people who have glioblastoma, this fluid has a much higher pressure, causing it to move […]

Hot bath may improve inflammation, metabolism: Study

If you are unable to exercise, a hot water treatment may help improve inflammation and blood sugar (glucose) levels, particularly in overweight men, suggests a new study. Physical stress such as exercise can increases the level of an inflammatory chemical (IL-6), which activates the release of anti-inflammatory substances to combat unhealthily high levels of inflammation, known as chronic low-grade inflammation. However, a hot-water immersion may “improve aspects of the inflammatory […]