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HPV raises reinfection risk to 20 times in men

HPV raises reinfection risk to 20 times in men According to researchers, men who are infected once with HPV16, the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers are at 20 times higher risk of reinfection after one year and 14 times higher after two years. Vaccination could potentially prevent reinfection in older men who have already contracted the virus, the researchers said. Men infected with one type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) may be at 20 times more at risk of reinfection with the same type, researchers say. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and it is a major cause of genital warts and cancers of the genitals, mouth and throat. The findings showed that men who are infected once with HPV16 — the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers — are at 20 times higher risk of reinfection after one year, and 14 times higher after two years. The same effect was observed in both men who are sexually active and celibate, suggesting that they are not reacquir…

New tool can help predict Alzheimers risk

New tool can help predict Alzheimers risk

Scientists have developed a new tool that tracks brain performance in adults and may help identify people who are prone to Alzheimers disease or other forms of dementia.

Dementia is a growing problem worldwide with many undiagnosed cases. Although there is no cure, potential treatments are being tested and some risk factors, such as diet and exercise, can be addressed to delay onset.

The tool, called QuoCo (cognitive quotient), could be used by healthcare professionals, especially family physicians, to monitor cognitive decline in patients before irreversible damage occurs.

"Similar to growth charts used in pediatrics, the QuoCo cognitive charts allow physicians to plot cognitive performance of any patient based on age and education, and track cognitive change over time," said Robert Laforce, from Universite Laval in Canada.

"This would allow physicians to intervene and potentially treat an older adult who fell off the curve,&qu…

Women have a mysterious superpower: moderate exercise

Women have a mysterious superpower: moderate exercise Remember the old playground taunt “Girls rule, boys drool”? Well, there may be some truth to it — at least when it comes to aerobic exercise. A new study from researchers at the University of Waterloo has found women can transfer oxygen from their blood to their muscles about 29 per cent faster than men during moderate exercise. The rate the body consumes oxygen, also called VO2 or oxygen uptake, is a major measure of cardiorespiratory fitness. Muscles need oxygen to burn fuel for energy. We absorb it from our lungs into the haemoglobin in our red blood cells and finally into the muscles. But at some point during intense exercise – depending on how hard your heart muscle can pump, your haemoglobin levels and a few other factors – your VO2maxes out. There’s only so much extra breathing you can do. By this point, your muscles are burning more fuel anaerobically, or without oxygen, causing a build-up of by-products like lactic acid in…

Over 52 percent teenagers believed that smoking helps increase concentration levels.

The survey showed that over 52 percent teenagers believed that smoking helps increase concentration levels. New Delhi: The rise in the habit of smoking among youngsters is a concerning matter around the globe and their motives behind adopting the habit is often questioned. With the number of smoking teens in India on the rise, a survey revealed the disturbing reason behind their decision to pick up the toxic stick. According to the survey, over 50 percent of teenagers in India smoke cigarettes because they believe it helps reduce stress, and because smoking makes them appear "cool" among their peers. The survey showed that over 52 percent teenagers believed that smoking helps increase concentration levels. While nearly 90 percent of teenagers said they would continue smoking if there is no resistance from their parents, over 80 percent teenagers noted that it is okay to experiment with smoking at least once. "Smoking is plaguing the society and we are moving into an era…

Alcohol destroys your skin by staying in your system for 28 days!

Alcohol destroys your skin by staying in your system for 28 days! It’s no secret that alcohol consumption can cause numerous diseases. But now, it has been found that heavy drinking can also take a toll on your skin. It can also worsen pre-existing skin conditions and leave you vulnerable to skin problems that pose a risk to your health, reports Express.co.uk. According to the research, consuming over 14 units of alcohol causes toxicity and immediate harm to a woman’s facial skin that is visible the next morning. Fourteen units are considered to be healthy for the average woman’s weekly alcohol limit. The scientists found that while the hangover can subside after 24 hours, the effects on the skin for a woman aged 40 can last 28 days. Younger women bounce back faster but skin ageing on those in their 20s still lasts a couple of weeks. For men, their skin is able to cope with the effects quicker but it can still take at least a week to recover. More symptoms of heavy drinking include da…

Merely looking at babies it is difficult to say if they are in pain or not, says study

Merely looking at babies it is difficult to say if they are in pain or not, says study

Behaviour such as crying or facial responses is widely used as a measurement of a baby's pain experience.


A study has recently suggested that doctors and nurses may not be able to reliably tell whether babies being treated in hospital are in pain merely by observing how they behave. In stressed newborn babies, behaviour alone is not a reliable way of assessing pain, according to new UCL and UCLH research. According to University College London researchers, the hospitalised newborns, who are already stressed by their environment have a much larger pain response in their brain following a routine clinical skin lance than non-stressed babies. This disconnect between the behaviour of newborn babies under stress and their brain activity in response to pain has not been shown before and suggests that stress is an important factor in influencing how babies perceive and react to pain. Read to know which…