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Eye movements can reveal whether a person is lying: study

ISLAMABAD, MAR 26, (DNA) – A study was reported recently according to which little movements in eyes could tell whether a person is lying or not. It may be helpful in telling whether a person recognizes someone. Findings of the research could prove to be beneficial for police. While interrogating a suspect, police could identify connection between criminal networks by such tiny eye movements.

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Here is why spending time with parents is necessary?

MAR 17, (DNA) -As we grew old, our priorities got changed with time and in some cases, studies and work kept us busy to weeks or even for months. Searching for work, and moving to other parts will also make us busy. In all such scenario, we often forget that our parents are getting old and weak too. They need us more in old age.

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UN wants new drugs against twelve supergerms

PARIS, FEB 28, (DNA) – The UN’s health agency urged governments, scientists and pharma companies Monday to create new drugs to tackle 12 antibiotics-resistant supergerms threatening an explosion of incurable disease.For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily-treatable infections into serial killers.“Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of the WHO, which previously warned the world may be headed for a “post-antibiotic” era.

Even ‘mild’ heart defects may affect kids’ school performance

Even ‘mild’ heart defects may affect kids’ school performance

NEW YORK, FEB 28, (DNA) -Children born with heart defects, even minor ones, perform worse than other kids on third-grade reading and math tests, a new study finds. “While it was not surprising to see this finding in children with severe heart defects, it was a surprise to see that children with heart defects that are often considered mild may likewise have challenges in school,” lead author Dr. Matthew Oster from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta told Reuters Health.

Smartphones can be used as a pocket doctor

Smartphones can be used as a pocket doctor

FEB 19, (DNA) – Smartphones will soon become mobile laboratories which can monitor bone density, calculate red blood cell levels and even predict if an asthma attack is imminent.Scientists are repurposing the technology which already exists within phones, such as accelerometers, camera flashes and microphones to use as medical tools.Professor Shwetak Patel, of the University of Washington is currently devising an app which can detect red blood cell levels simply by placing a finger over the camera and flash, so that a bright beam of light shines through the skin.

Heart attack risk rises in winter, dips in summer

Heart attack risk rises in winter, dips in summer

ISLAMABAD, FEB 18, (DNA) -The risk of getting a heart attack is highest in winter and lowest in summer, according to latest research based on analysis of more than 100,000 patients in seven European countries. The researchers found that levels of several cardiovascular risk factors (such as blood pressure, waist circumference and total cholesterol) were higher in winter (January to February) and lower in summer (June to August) compared to the annual average, Science Daily reported.

EU food safety body to look again at palm oil health risks

EU food safety body to look again at palm oil health risks

JAN 30, (DNA) – The European Food Safety Authority will re-examine its warning on health risks stemming from palm and other vegetable oils, a spokeswoman at the European body said in light of a recent study expressing less concern than EFSA.Food producers across Europe are closely monitoring independent authorities’ indications on health risks related to palm oil, a low-cost ingredient which is used in a wide range of products from biscuits to chocolate spreads.Last May the Italian-based EFSA said palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it.