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Autism may increase depression risk

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) — especially without intellectual disability — may have a greater risk of depression in their young adulthood, a new study, led by an Indian-origin researcher, suggests.  ASD are developmental conditions with difficulties in reciprocal ...

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Interview with Catherine Spencer from icddr,b

Sabia Kamali : In 2017, on behalf of icddr,b the Director of Communications and Change Management Catherine Spencer accepted the Hilton Humanitarian Prize –the worlds largest annual humanitarian award, which is presented to non-profit organisations who have made tremendous contribution ...

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FDA warns against consuming food prepared with liquid nitrogen

The US Food and Drug Administration, on Thursday, issued a safety alert warning the consumers against eating food prepared with liquid nitrogen.   According to FDA, consuming food such as ice cream, cereal or cocktails, prepared by adding liquid nitrogen ...

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This non-addictive painkiller could help curb opioid crisis

Scientists have found a non-addictive painkiller to help fight the current opioid crisis, though in an animal model.   Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has a dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced ...

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Teenagers who smoke and drink suffer ill effects by age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age.   These physical changes have ...

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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal ...

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Chemotherapy could cause early menopause: Study

Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study.   The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung ...

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Poor sleep linked to hardened arteries

Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows arteries, warns a study.   “Failure to get enough sleep and restlessness during ...

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Aussie scientists use gold-plated nanoparticles to detect cancer signals

A new diagnostic technique, using gold-plated nanoparticles, could make the detection of cancer much cheaper and faster, according to Australian scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) who developed the method.   The scientists are now able to ...

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Smartphone app to detect irregular heart beat

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can help in screening for atrial fibrillation — the most common heart rhythm disorder.   The disorder leads to an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow.  It is ...

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