April 14, 2009

Diabetes also attacks mind

Blindness, renal failure, stroke and heart disease are potential outcome of type 2 diabetes, which currently afflicts more than 15 million Americans. Now research from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has found something more worrisome: it can also accelerate mental decline and dementia.

Tali Cukierman-Yaffe, physician and researcher from TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine, found that people with diabetes were 1.5 more likely to experience cognitive (mental) decline, and 1.6 times more likely to suffer from dementia than people without diabetes.

Her recent study suggests that higher-than-average levels of blood sugar may have a role in this relationship.
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Brain power: a cup of hot chocolate

It is supposed to be the perfect bedtime drink to send you off to sleep. But in fact, a cup of hot chocolate could be just the thing to peep you up, scientists say.

Research shows that flavanols — plant chemicals abundant in dark chocolate — stave off fatigue and boost mental sharpness.

It is thought that they widen blood vessels, boosting blood flow to the brain. Psychologists asked 30 people to carry out a battery of mental arithmetic tests before and after having a flavanol-rich chocolate drink or a dummy beverage.
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Rawalpindi: NUST to launch medical college, 1,000-bed hospital

Afshan S. Khan

National University of Science & Technology (NUST) plans to introduce a medical college along with a 1,000-bed hospital, complete with all state-of-the-art facilities within few years.

The university’s future plans also include the establishment of new faculties such as Creative Arts & Media and Educational & Behavioural Sciences, and the revival of International Institute of Peace & Conflict Resolution.Read More »Rawalpindi: NUST to launch medical college, 1,000-bed hospital

Pakistan auto sales down 46 percent in FY09, Used car sales also on decline

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By Moonis Ahmed

KARACHI: As the macroeconomic indicators are getting better and the economy is on the path of recovery the fiscal year 2009-10 may witness better for the wavering auto industry that has been suffering from sagging conditions since last two years, industry officials told Daily Times.

Continued decline in the steel prices in international market and the expected decline in the interest rate would help manufacturers to reduce the prices, they added. Read More »Pakistan auto sales down 46 percent in FY09, Used car sales also on decline