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India bans e-cigarettes following vape backlash

WT24 Desk India announced on Wednesday a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, as a backlash gathers pace worldwide about a technology promoted as less harmful than smoking tobacco, AFP reports. The announcement by India came a day after New York became the second US state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes following a string of vaping-linked deaths. “The decision was ...

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New cancer treatment prevents hair loss from chemotherapy

WT24 Desk A novel method discovered recently by a group of researchers shows how hair loss from chemotherapy can be prevented during cancer treatment in patients, arguably one of the most psychologically distressing side effects of modern cancer therapy, according to IANS. The study published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine describes how damage to the hair follicles caused by ...

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Knowing different languages is good for brain’s cognitive development

Health experts have said that if a person knows more than two languages, different parts of the brain get activated which helps in better concentration and development of brainpower. WT24 Desk While the Union Home Minister Amit Shah called for culturally unifying India with Hindi as it’s the national language, doctors from leading medical institutes have opined that learning different languages ...

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Fasting, traditional diets lower allergy, autoimmune disease risk

What and how much you eat determines the immunological response and susceptibility to disease more than your genes. WT24 Desk Fasting and going back to traditional diets can help lower allergies and autoimmune disorders that have shot up over the past three decades, according to an international study from Germany, according to The Hindustan Times. What and how much you eat determines the ...

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Nepal starts Indra Jatra festival with goddess, dance

WT24 Desk Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal’s capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing, AP reports. President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a blessing Friday from the girl, one in a ...

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Researchers develop health-monitoring sleepwear ‘phyjamas’

The researchers realised that there is no existing fabric-based method to sense continuous and dynamic changes in pressure, particularly given the small signals that they needed to measure. WT24 Desk Scientists predict that future garment will come with unobtrusive, portable devices for monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep. But for now, they have developed physiological-sensing textiles called phyjamas, ...

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‘Short people at greater risk of diabetes’

WT24 Desk Shorter people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday, AFP reports. Each additional 10 centimetres in height translates into a 41 per cent smaller chance of contracting the disease in men and a 33 per cent smaller chance in women, according to the research in medical journal Diabetologia. The greater ...

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Stand little more to combat effects of sedentary lifestyle

WT24 Desk Spend more time standing to increase energy expenditure and combat the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, a new study suggests, according to IANS. The research published in the journal PLOS ONE, has also found that we burn 45 kilocalories more, per six-hour period while standing compared to lying or sitting. “If we take steps to combat ...

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