HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

24-hours of sleep deprivation leads to schizophrenia-like symptoms

"It was clear to us that a sleepless night leads to impairment in the ability to concentrate. But we were surprised at how pronounced the spectrum of schizophrenia-like symptoms was," said a professor, leading an international team of researchers.

Time of day impacts medical test results: research

The time of day and sleep deprivation have a significant effect on your metabolism, says a new research. The finding could be crucial when looking at the best time of day to test for diseases such as cancer and heart disease, and for administering medicines effectively.

Full moon night makes you sleep 20 minutes less: study

Next time your grandmother tells you a folklore, as you try to sleep on a full moon night, tell her to cut short as you are going to lose some sleep owing to the effect of lunar cycle on your brain. Researchers have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full.

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards developing a test for the brain-wasting disease.

Not taking cause of stress head-on causes insomnia

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers say, dangerous coping mechanisms that could lead to insomnia include disengaging without confronting the stressor, turning to drugs and alcohol, and using media as a means of distraction.

A first: toolkit to help treat menopause

Now, a toolkit can be used by doctors to help manage menopausal conditions for women globally, scientists say. Most women reach menopause, the end of the monthly cycle of menstruation, between the ages of 45 and 55, but many remain confused.

Selfie-obsessed youngsters favour cosmetic surgery

The fetish to look perfect seems to be straying into the bizarre territory. many young people are queuing up at cosmetic surgery clinics for star-like perfect looks. Doctors deem these surgeries unnecessary and warn people to stay away.

Soon, 'microwave' that counts calories in food

A scientist has developed a gadget that counts the calories in a plate of food. The machine takes advantage of the fact that microwaves penetrate fat and water differently. One of the versions of the gadget would go on top of a plate of food and then, with a press of a button.

After rains, brace for wave of diseases

The monsoon has finally arrived in the Capital and closely following the rains will be diseases like dengue, malaria, jaundice, diarrhoea and typhoid. Some basic precautions, if exercised in the right way, can keep you safe. Find out what.

Is your protection against mosquitoes foolproof?

Monsoons are finally here. But are you prepared to face the mosquitoes that come with the good weather? Take our quiz to find out.

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