Health News Headlines

Depression shrinks people's brain

Washington , July 5

Chronic and repeated episodes of depression can shrink the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for memory and emotion, an international study has revealed.

Obese cancer patients may live longer

London , July 5

Being overweight or obese may boost the survival chances of people diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, says a new study.

X-Rays may not cause cancer after-all

Maywood , July 04

In recent years, there has been an overwhelming number of scientific studies claiming that, imaging techniques like X-rays and CT scans are carcinogenic.

REM sleep key for young brain development

New York , July 4

Young human brains go through critical periods when vision, speech, language, motor skills, social skills and other higher cognitive functions are being developed.

Man of 79 becomes first in Colombia to be euthanised

Bogota , July 4

Ovidio Gonzalez, 79, who was suffering from a painful mouth cancer that had disfigured him, became has the first person submitted to euthanasia in Colombia, his family said.

Stress hormone enhances memory retrieval

London , July 5

The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences in life, researchers report.

Diabetes drug may help obese people lose fat

New York , July 5

A drug originally meant for diabetics may help obese individuals without diabetes shed weight and also keep it off, suggests a research.

Sikkim opens crisis centre for suicide prevention

Gangtok , July 4

In its bid to address the high suicide rates in the state, the Sikkim government on Saturday launched a 24X7 crisis centre-cum-suicide prevention helpline at STNM Hospital here.

Every third person in world overweight: Study

London , July 4

More than a third of the world's population - 37 percent of men and 38 percent of women - is overweight, says a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

DNA repair method prevents disease

Moscow , July 4

A team of Russian researchers has discovered a mechanism of DNA repair that will help prevent and treat diseases in the future.