Suffering from arthritis? Follow these 6 hand exercises to relieve painful symptoms

Arthritis, which means ‘inflammation of the joints’, is actually a symptom that has a number of causes. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by local structural changes in specific joints; while rheumatoid arthritis, the next most common type, is a systemic disease affecting the entire body. There’s currently no cure for arthritis, but some treatments could help to reduce some of the painful symptoms. Here are some simple exercises that could help to relieve some of the arthritic joint pain: 1) Fist clenching Beginning with…

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Struggling to fall asleep? Make a ‘to-do’ list before hitting the bed for better sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Jotting down your “to-do” list just before bedtime can help you doze off quickly, scientists say. Researchers from Baylor University in the US compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus those who chronicled completed activities. “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished tasks at bedtime,” said Michael K Scullin, assistant professor at Baylor University. “Most people just cycle through their to-do lists…

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Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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Americans more concerned about health care than taxes in 2018

A mom and her children visit their pediatrician. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP via Getty Almost half of Americans in a new Associated Press-NORC poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018. Health care outpaced other issues, like taxes, immigration and climate change, by more than 15 percentage points. Why it matters: Congress and President Trump rushed to pass an overhaul of the tax system after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans may not spend more political capital on health care next year, the issue won’t go away as the public…

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Blockchains and health care: promising and moving quickly, though no silver bullet

T he buzz about opportunities for blockchains in the health care and pharmaceutical industries continues to ramp up. This technology can give us new tools to secure medical information, track pharmaceutical supply chains, and more. While blockchains have promise, they are not a panacea for health care. Make no mistake: We are excited about the opportunity to use blockchains in our industry. Earlier this year, we launched Elektra Labs, a venture backed by a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to develop a more secure system to share and verify health information. To build…

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Healthy lifestyle and exercise key to staving off alzheimer’s, study finds

A healthy lifestyle and regular exercise are key elements to battling alzheimer’s And it is never too late to start, say researchers who found that physical activity helps stimulate blood circulation in areas at risk in the front of the brain. “We understand that living with dementia poses many challenges to individuals and their families and the idea of improving their physical fitness may seem like an unachievable target,” said lead researcher Alice Hollamby, of University College London. “However, we encourage increased physical fitness in any way – even what…

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Long-Term Health Comes Down To Two Main Habits, Says Researcher

In the ongoing search for health and longevity, researchers have looked to parts of the world where people live the longest—the “blue zones,” which include Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. In these places people tend to live into their 90s or 100s pretty regularly. So researchers have studied their habits, and have taken away what seem to be the most effective lifestyle factors. And, as they should, they match up extremely well with what other types of scientific study have found about cellular…

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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Microsoft developing health chatbot platform – Lifespan aims to cut $182 million in costs with GE partnership – Hitachi working to reduce hospital readmissions

The tech giant is developing the platform as a part of its Healthcare NExT program and has partnered with Aurora Health Care to create the Aurora Digital Assistant, a new chatbot service that aims to demonstrate how digital assistants can benefit not only patients but healthcare providers and networks, too. Currently, the platform is being privately previewed to Microsoft’s new partners. Microsoft hopes the service will help make it easier for users to access medical info from their smartphones. Aurora patients can “text” the digital assistant in a conversational manner via an app,…

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Acne – Causes, Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

Acne is a big concern, especially for women in their 20s. However, it would be wrong to say that men don’t suffer from acne. To many, acne is also known as blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or cysts. It is most common during puberty and adolescence. According to recent data, almost 80 per cent of people in the age group of 11 to 30 years have acne outbreak at least once. Having said that, even adults are not fully immune. The number is low, but people in their 40s and 50s also…

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Masking for breath

Last year, Delhi air was so foul that we were set to beat Beijing – up until then the world’s most polluted city – in a battle of breaths. Everyone gasped, choked and then geared up for a tough fight, blasting it with air purifiers and bracing with an assortment of masks. While the purifiers come with many tech specifications, the anti-pollution masks are another ballgame. Because, just wearing a mask, any mask, is not going to help you breathe easy – it has to be the right one. Mumbai-based…

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