Hepatitis C infection increases risk of neck and head cancer

People infected with Hepatitis C are two to five times more likely to develop cancer of head and neck, a US study warns. Researchers from University of Texas enlisted 409 head and neck cancer patients and 694 control subjects, who were diagnosed with smoking-related cancers. The researchers found that 14% of the patients with head and neck cancers were tested positive for Hepatitis C antibodies while in the control group, only 6.5% carried the same antibodies. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Overweight people make more unhealthy food choices when they can see the food

Overweight people are more likely to make unhealthier choices when they have real food in front of them, a British study claims. Researchers from University of Cambridge that when it came to making hypothetical food choices, slim and overweight people showed similar patterns in their choices and accompanying brain activity. But, when they had choose with real food in front of them, overweight chose food that was least healthy despite knowing that the food was less healthy. Researchers believe this study reinforces the growing evidence that effective obesity policies are those that target food environments and not just education aspect of it.

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Stroke survivors often struggle after returning to work

Stroke survivors are more likely to face memory, concentration and fatigue issues after joining work, a British study claims. Researchers from London School of Medicine studied the archives of an online forum TalkStroke between 2004 and 2011 and found that 60 people had experienced residual issues such as poor memory and lack of concentration. “Recovery and successful staying in work can be improved by adjustments to the workplace or to the type of job, gradual return, reduced hours of work, allowing work from home and reducing stress levels," said lead author Dr. Anna De Simoni. The study was published in BMJ Open.

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Chronic illness in infancy can make schooling difficult

Children who are constantly sick early in their infancy are more likely to have a harder time at school when they grow up, an Australian study finds. Researchers from University of Western Australia assessed school readiness in 23,000 children by taking into account their physical independence, social skills, emotional maturity, cognitive abilities and communication skills. The findings showed that students who had chronic illness in early childhood showed delays in independent dressing, delays in emotional maturity and poor communication skills. The study was published in journal Paediatrics.

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Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar