Obesity costs more than 8bn in lost US productivity study

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Obesity among workers in the United States is costing the nation $8.65 billion a year in lost productivity, according to a study released Friday. The study by Yale University researchers is the first to give state-level estimates of the cost of worker absenteeism due to obesity. Those costs ranged from $14.4 million in Wyoming to $907 million in California, it said, adding that obesity accounts for 9.3 percent... 

Colon cancer could surge among young study

Posted by on Nov 05, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Colon cancer among people under 34 may nearly double over the next 15 years, raising new concerns about how to fight one of the most common and deadly cancers, researchers said Wednesday. The rise in incidence in the younger population — blamed on lifestyle choices — goes against a long-running decline in colon cancer among people over 50. The decline was largely due to tougher screening and regular... 

Shift work link to brain power decline study

Posted by on Nov 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: People who work shifts for 10 years or more may suffer loss of memory and brain power, said a study Tuesday that also warned of safety concerns in high-risk jobs. The effects on brain function can be reversed, the team wrote in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, but this may take at least five years. The research is the latest to highlight the dangers of shift work, which disrupts the body´s... 

Loss of smell may be predictor of death in older adults study

Posted by on Oct 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Being unable to smell bacon frying may be far more dire than simply missing out on one of life’s pleasures. In older adults, it could be a predictor of increased risk of death within five years. In a study of more than 3,000 people aged 57 to 85, 39 percent of subjects who failed a simple smelling test died within five years, according to results published on Wednesday in the science journal PLOS ONE. That compared... 

Islamic State fighters using US arms study

Posted by on Sep 08, 2014 | Leave a Comment

LONDON: Islamic State fighters appear to be using captured US military issue arms and weapons supplied to moderate rebels in Syria by Saudi Arabia, according to a report published on Monday. The study by the London-based small-arms research organisation Conflict Armament Research documented weapons seized by Kurdish forces from militants in Iraq and Syria over a 10-day period in July. The report said the militants disposed... 

Ebola vaccine okayed in monkey trials study

Posted by on Sep 07, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: A novel vaccine temporarily shielded lab monkeys from Ebola, and a booster jab provided lasting protection, according to a study Sunday that endorsed approval for tests on humans. A single shot of the vaccine, based on a cold virus that affects chimps, gave macaques “complete short-term and partial long-term protection” from the deadly virus, researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Animals... 

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: People with autism have too many synapses — the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals — according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder. The extra synapses in autistic brains are the result not of overproduction, but of a failure in the normal process of discarding old and degraded cells. Researchers at New York´s University of Columbia were... 

Instant noodles carry health risks for women study

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

WASHINGTON: Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two times a week face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and high cholesterol, US researchers said Thursday. The study looked at data from 10,711 adults — just over half of whom were women — in the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Researchers at Harvard University found that there was a 68 percent... 

Aspirin reduces risk from some cancers says study

Posted by on Aug 06, 2014 | Leave a Comment

PARIS: Daily, long-term doses of aspirin can slash the risk of cancer of the digestive tract, according to an overview of research published on Wednesday. Aspirin greatly reduces the risk of developing and dying from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, its authors said. They found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35 percent and deaths by 40 percent. Rates of oesophageal and stomach... 

Younger women more likely to die of heart attacks study

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment

ISLAMABAD: Women have longer hospital stays and are more likely than men to die in the hospital after a heart attack researchers has found. In the study researcher Aakriti Gupta and her team at the Yale School of Medicine analysed 230 684 hospitalisations for heart attack in patients age 30 to 54 in a database from 2001 to 2010 Khaleej Times reported. The study found that heart attack hospitalisation rates for patients... 
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