Keep that beard, it could help ward off infection3 min read . Updated: 21 Jan 2016, 01:02 PM IST
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Text message-based reminders can help control blood pressure
Sending text messages like ‘when to take medicines’ can help blood pressure patients adhere to medication more effectively, a British study suggests. Researchers from Oxford University enlisted 1,300 high blood pressure patients living in Cape Town area. They were divided into three groups and were given written instructions on high blood pressure and healthy living. The first and second groups were sent weekly messages, encouraging patients to collect and take their medication on time. The third group received standard care. After 12 months, all three groups had reduced blood pressure. But those who were receiving text messages showed higher reduction in blood pressure. The study appeared in the journal Circulation. Read more here.
Experience can negate age related issues of having an older CEO
The notion that age leads to decline in cognitive functions isn’t always true. A University of Missouri study shows that accumulated job experience improves performance and can counter age-related declines. The researchers analysed data from some 2,143 firms and found that experience can help improve firm value and overall operational performance of the company. The study pointed out 49% of companies on Standard and Poor’s list have mandatory retirement polices to get rid of underperforming old CEOs to bypass age discrimination laws. The study will be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Empirical Finance. Read more here.
Beard can help ward off bacterial infection
Clean shaven people are more likely to spread infection than people with beard, shows a study. Researchers from the University College London tested 100 different bacteria in petri dishes that were extracted from beards. Their study was based on the findings of a hospital study which showed the risk of spreading infection was higher from clean-shaven staff, and not from those who had a beard. Clean shaven men were three times more likely to be harbouring methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) on their face. MRSA is one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections as it is highly resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found that beard contains a form of microbe called staphylococcus epidermidis which kills other bacteria and prevents infections. Researchers believe shaving causes micro-abrasions on the skin which encourages bacterial colonisation.
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Psychologically stressed teens are more likely to develop diabetes in later life
Men who can’t handle psychological stress at the age 18 are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in later years, a US study claims. Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York studied the record of 1.5 million 18-year-old men conscripted into military service in Sweden between 1969 and 1997. They did not have diabetes when they were conscripted. They all underwent standard psychological tests to measure their stress resistance. When the researchers examined the health record of these men from 1987 to 2012, they found 34,000 cases of type 2 diabetes. It was found that men with low stress levels at the age of 18 were 51% more likely to have diabetes. Read more here.
Skin cancer can be more deadly for pregnant women
Pregnant women with melanoma (a form of skin cancer) are more likely to die from it compared to women who acquire it when they are not pregnant, warns a US study. Researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Centre in Philadelphia studied medical records of 462 women diagnosed with melanoma and found that the risk of the tumour spreading to other organs and tissues was significantly higher in women who caught melanoma during or soon after pregnancy. The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Read more here.
Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar