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A little sugar in elderly can improve memory: Study

London, July 19 (IANS) For older adults (over 60), increase in sugar levels can improve memory and make them more motivated to perform difficult tasks at full capacity, according to new research. The findings showed that high blood sugar levels not only improves their memory and performance, but also makes older adults feel happier during a task. Our results bring us a step close...

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Modi capitulating to US while pretending otherwise: CPI-M

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Modi government is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration while taking a public stand that seems otherwise, the CPI-M has said. The contradiction between the strategic alliance with the US and India's national interest is coming to the fore, an editorial in the CPI-M journal People's Democracy said. The Modi governmen...

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Can changing expectant mothers' diet help prevent autism?

New York, July 19 (IANS) The mother's microbiome -- the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us -- can determine the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her children, suggests a study. The study raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mother modifying her diet or taking custom probiotics. The f...

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NASA sees first sign of one young star devouring planets

Washington, July 19 (IANS) Observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that scientists may have for the first time seen a young star devouring a young planet or planets. Computer simulations have long predicted that planets can fall into a young star, but we have never before observed that, said lead researcher Hans Moritz Guenther from Massachusetts Institute of Technol...

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'The Untold Story of Sunny Leone' doesn't tell much

Web series: Karenjit Kaur - The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone; Director: Aditya Dutt; Cast: Sunny Leone, Karanvir Lamba, Rysa Saujani, Raj Arjun, Grusha Kapoor and Bijay Anand; Rating: ** There is little here in this 10-part series chronicling the rise of Sunny Leone from porn to Bollywood that we don't know already. Sunny, who is a beautiful, articulate and clear-headed woman in real life...

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HIV infection doubles heart disease risk: Study

London, July 19 (IANS) People infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal Circulation, suggested that the virus is also thought to raise fat levels in the blood and affect the body's ability to regulate sugar levels, which may contribute to heart disease. This stud...

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World's beaches eroding in protected marine areas: Study

Washington, July 19 (IANS) The world's sandy shorelines are declining in protected marine areas which could threaten plant and animal species and cultural heritage sites, a global survey of beaches with satellites data from NASA and the US Geological Survey shows. About 24 per cent of sandy beaches worldwide are eroding, while 27 per cent are growing, showed the findings published in the...

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Documenting the death of a whirlwind called Qandeel Baloch

Book: The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch; Author: Sanam Maher; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 466 Like a dragon exhaling spurts of fire, the global social media factory has spewed many a fiesty celebrities over time. But unlike the Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians of the world and India's own Rakhi Sawant, Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch, the social media queen ...

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Russian meddling still a threat, White House says

Washington, July 19 (IANS) The White House said on Wednesday that there is still a threat of Russian meddling in the US elections, claiming that president Donald Trump was not referring to that issue when he responded to journalists hours earlier. We believe that the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White...

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Daily exercise may boost your heart even in polluted areas

London, July 18 (IANS) People who continue with their regular physical activities may have reduced risk of first and recurrent heart attack even in the areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution, a new study suggests. The findings suggests that higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) -- a pollutant generated by traffic -- were associated with more heart attacks, but the risk...

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11 Afghan journalists killed in six months

Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Eleven Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed in the first half of the year amid deteriorating security, an independent media safety group said on Wednesday. The first six months of 2018 was the bloodiest reporting period for journalists and the media community in Afghanistan. About 89 cases of violence and intimidation were reported, 11 of which invo...

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Parrikar retort: Should I enter your stomach to check if fish safe?

Panaji, July 18 (IANS) Badgered by media over the safety of the fish sold in Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar snapped back at a journalist, asking if he should enter the reporter's stomach to check the fish he had eaten. Should I look into your stomach? Should I enter your stomach and tell you if it (fish) was safe or not? What we tested the other day, we gave you the report. You go ...

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Mandela: Beyond a revolutionary, statesman and moral symbol

Sentenced in 1964 to a life term for rebellion, he spent three decades in jail, mostly in a damp concrete cell on an island prison, physically and verbally harassed by wardens and made to break stones and then quarry lime, he sustained himself with the poem Invictus (..I am the master of my fate,/I am the captain of my soul.) But as Nelson Mandela's subsequent career showed, his influenc...

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Smelling coffee may boost your analytical skills

New York, July 18 (IANS) If you love the fragrance of coffee, there are high chances of better performance in analytical tasks, a new study has found. According to the researchers, smelling a coffee-like scent -- which has no caffeine in it -- has an effect similar to that of drinking coffee, suggesting a placebo effect of coffee scent. The findings also suggested that the scent ...

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Investors' backlash forces Musk to say sorry over 'pedo' remark

San Francisco, July 18 (IANS) Bowing to pressure from investors amid falling Tesla stock, Elon Musk on Wednesday apologised to famed British cave explorer Vern Unsworth for calling him a pedo after he saved 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand. Unsworth had dismissed the mini-submarine idea from Musk to save the boys, called it a PR stunt to which, Musk reacted ...

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Eat dinner before 9 pm to lower risk of breast and prostate cancer

London, July 18 (IANS) Having your last meal before 9 pm or at least two hours before going to bed could lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer, suggests a new study. Compared to those who have supper after 10 pm or those who go to bed right after meal, people who take their evening meal before 9 pm or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have approximately 20 per cent low...

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Childhood abuse may up endometriosis risk in adulthood

New York, July 18 (IANS) Getting physically and sexually abused as a child may increase the risk of endometriosis -- a gynaecological disorder characterized by chronic pelvic pain and painful periods -- during adulthood, a new study suggests. The study suggested that women reporting severe chronic abuse of multiple types had 79 per cent increased risk of laparoscopically-confirmed endome...

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Smartphone use may lead to behavioural problems in teenagers

New York, July 18 (IANS) Think twice before handing over a smartphone to your teenager as new research warns that adolescents who frequently use digital devices are more likely to develop symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teenagers who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show symptoms of ADHD, showed the findings publis...

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Musk says sorry over 'pedo' remark after backlash

San Francisco, July 18 (IANS) Bowing to pressure from investors amid falling Tesla stock, Elon Musk on Wednesday apologised to British cave explorer Vern Unsworth whom he had baselessly called a pedo. Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologise to Mr Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alo...

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'Vaishnav jan to' and its unsung writer

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) What impact can a song have on an individual, particularly on somebody as iconic as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi? The surreal, symbolic and sensual Vaishnav jan to was Bapu's favourite song and is synonymous with him even today. But who is its writer? As somebody who grew up in India over four decades after its independence, this correspondent's introduction to Va...

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