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16 April, 2015 10:11 PM Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes tripled in one year — to more than 13 percent. Water pipes or hookahs were used by 9.4 percent. But smoking of traditional cigarettes plummeted 26

16 April, 2015 6:03 PM Defying death in the Holocaust for a sister

Shoresh: Suzanna Braun, who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust and defied death at least three times, believes she survived because of her determination to save her sister -- and some divine intervention. Suzanna was just two weeks shy of 16 when she, her sister Agi and her parents were rounded up in their hometown of Kosice, in what is now Slovakia 21

16 April, 2015 3:29 PM 'Suicide will soon become India's number 1 killer': Vikram Patel

LONDON: India's foremost mental health expert who spends most of his time between Goa and London has now been named as among TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Professor Vikram Patel, who has done seminal research on suicides in India hopes that his presence in the list makes the Indian government wake up to the serious shortage 31

16 April, 2015 1:47 PM 'Pleasure hormone' tells mom what her baby needs

New York: A hormone better known for its role in inducing sexual attraction and orgasm also helps mothers to stay alert and respond to her baby's cries for help and attention, suggests a new research. The powerful brain hormone oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviours, the findings showed."We found that oxytocin turns 28

16 April, 2015 1:09 PM Fish oil fatty acids must for your kid's brain

The fatty acids that fish oil contains are vitally important to the developing brain, says a new study, suggesting that women maintain a balanced diet rich in these fatty acids for themselves during pregnancy and for their babies after birth. Dietary deficiencies in the type of fatty acids found in fish and other foods can limit brain growth during foetal 20

16 April, 2015 12:19 PM Sleep disturbance can hamper your kid's memory

Children with sleep problems may find it harder to learn and remember new lessons, says a new research. "Our results show that sleep disturbances have an impact on the developing brain and could affect the way children learn," said lead author Dezso Nemeth from Eotvos Loraind University in Hungary. The research found that disrupted sleep had an impact 19

16 April, 2015 11:43 AM ‘Pleasure hormone’ tells mom what her baby needs

A hormone better known for its role in inducing sexual attraction and orgasm also helps mothers to stay alert and respond to her baby’s cries for help and attention, suggests a new research. The powerful brain hormone oxytocin acts on individual brain cells to prompt specific social behaviours, the findings showed. “We found that oxytocin turns up the volume 19

16 April, 2015 10:18 AM Study: Sleep disturbances can hamper memory processes in children

Published on April 15, 2015 at 2:01 PM Sleep disordered breathing can hamper memory processes in children, according to a new study. The research, which will be presented today at the Sleep and Breathing Conference (16 April 2015), found that disrupted sleep had an impact on different memory processes and how children learn. Eszter Csabi led a team of researchers 21

16 April, 2015 9:47 AM Here's how brain processes athletic and monetary successes

Washington: A new study has indicated that the brain works very similarly upon soccer goals and financial wins. As a preliminary study, the University of Bonn researchers showed 200 different photos depicting such scenes in front of the opponent's goal to 377 German soccer players, who were asked to estimate in each situation whether they would pass the ball or take aim at the goal themselves 32

16 April, 2015 9:34 AM Smoking can make you crave alcohol

A new study led by the researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has claimed that smoking actually promotes alcohol addiction. High exposure to nicotine like smoking cigarettes promotes alcohol addiction, as nicotine in combination with alcohol, activates a unique group of neurons in the human body, giving positive reinforcement to continue 36