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Health News on March 27, 2012

Soy products may help lower blood pressure
Eating foods that contain isoflavones - a key compound in soy milk, tofu, green tea and even peanuts - every day may help young adults lower their blood pressure, say experts. ANI

Sleeping too much or too little puts heart at risk
An Indian origin scientist has revealed that getting too little sleep - or even too much - may lead to heart problems. ANI

Snacking on raisins may significantly lower blood pressure
Eating a handful of raisins everyday may benefit individuals who have slightly higher than normal blood pressure - known as prehypertension. ANI

Mind games may help prevent mental decline of healthy older people too
While cognitive training including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills are known for reducing the risk and slowing down the progress of dementia amongst the elderly, researchers have now shown that it may also improve reasoning, memory, language and hand eye co-ordination of healthy, older adults. ANI

How colds cause coughs and wheezes in asthma patients
"Cough receptors" in airways are made more sensitive by cold-like infections rendering asthmatics more prone to bouts of coughing and wheezing, say scientists. ANI

Prolonged sitting could double risk of dying within 3 years
A study has found that adults who sat 11 or more hours per day had a 40 percent increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day. ANI

Barefoot running may be less efficient
A new study has raised doubts over the minimalist running shoe movement, which may have prompted people to ditch their running shoes.esearchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder evaluated 12 barefoot runners on a treadmill sporting lightweight shoes or nothing but lead strips taped to their bare feet. ANI

Chronic stress may lead to Alzheimer's
Repeated stress may trigger the production and accumulation of insoluble protein aggregates that are associated with Alzheimer's, a new study has suggested. ANI

Second-hand smoke exposure affects girls more than boys~
According to a new research, the negative health effects of early-life exposure to secondhand smoke appear to impact girls more than boys-particularly those with early-life allergic sensitisation. ANI

Soon, 'electronic skin' patches to monitor health wirelessly
People may one day be able to put "electronic skin" patches - as thin as a human hair - onto their arms to wirelessly diagnose health problems or deliver treatments, researchers say. ANI

Weight-loss surgery may help reverse diabetes
Overweight, diabetic patients who undergo bariatric surgery may achieve considerable improvement or remission of their diabetes, a new study has revealed. ANI

Antibody injection may help cut bad cholesterol by upto 72 pc
Scientists have identified a novel monoclonal antibody that can significantly lower circulating LDL cholesterol by 40 percent to 72 percent. ANI

'Remembering' prior antidepressant use affects brain's response to new drugs
Our brain's response to antidepressant medication may be influenced by its remembering of past antidepressant exposure, a new study has suggested. ANI

Smokers may be more prone to schizophrenia
Smoking might increase the impact of a schizophrenia risk gene, researchers say. ANI

Gorging on chocolate bars may help cut your extra kilos
Eating chocolate more frequently may help lower body mass index (BMI), a new study has suggested. ANI

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