Want to quit smoking? Do it gradually

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): If you made a new year resolution to no longer take those tobacco puffs, tweak your plans a bit as a new study says that it's better to quit smoking gradually rather than at once.Though smoking is harmful in almost every respect, and causes hoard of health related issues like cancer, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, a new research suggests that smoking initially increases brain activity.Brain scans suggest that regular smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, which can be quite an unpleasant experience, and is probably one of the reasons why it can be very difficult to quit smoking once and for all.Habitual smokers seemingly need to continue smoking just to keep their brain functioning normally. With time, they may become less dependent on smoking, but the researchers still do not know how long it takes before the brain of a former smoker has regained its normal energy consumption and blood flow. Jan 29, 2015

Ebola Death Toll Nears 8,800, Says WHO

The deadly virus, so far, has infected 22,057 people across the whole world, mainly in three West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Jan 28, 2015

How what you eat can impact your brain health

New Delhi, 27 Jan (ANI): A new study describes that what we eat are responsible for our gut bacteria which has a significant impact on behavior and brain health. The study presents the most up-to-date understanding of the relationship between the proteins produced by intestinal bacteria and the human central nervous system and explores the various mechanisms through which the microbiome can influence the brain: by stimulating and over-stimulating the immune system, releasing hormones identical to those made by the human body, or through stimulation that sends signals to the brain. The new study describes many ways gut bacteria could impact normal brain activity and development, affect sleep and stress responses, play a role in a variety of diseases, and be modified through diet for therapeutic use. Jan 27, 2015