Fever in early pregnancy may up birth defect risk

Fever in early pregnancy may up birth defect risk

New York, October 12 (IANS) Babies whose mothers’ suffered from fever in the first trimester of pregnancy may be at risk of developing some heart defects and facial deformities such as cleft lip or palate, a study has shown.   The findings showed that fever itself interferes with the development of the heart and jaw […]

Obesity-related diseases to cost India $13 bn by 2025: Report

Obesity-related diseases to cost India $13 bn by 2025: Report

New Delhi, October 10 (IANS) The annual cost of treating the consequences of obesity such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, depression and many types of cancer will reach a staggering $13 billion in India by 2025, according to a new experts estimate.   The global annual medical cost of treating these serious consequences of […]

More trees can reduce diarrhoeal disease in rural kids

More trees can reduce diarrhoeal disease in rural kids

New York, October 9 (IANS) When it comes to sanitation, trees may not be more important than toilets, but a study of 300,000 children in 35 nations has found that increasing tree cover in watersheds can reduce the burden of diarrhoeal disease, which has many causes, including waterborne pathogens.   Diarrhoeal disease is the second […]

Air pollution cuts growth of working memory in kids

Air pollution cuts growth of working memory in kids

London, October 8 (IANS) Exposure to air pollution on the way to school can have damaging effects on growth of children’s working memory, suggests new research.   The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, found an association between a reduction in working memory and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) — fine inhalable particles […]

Breast cancer tied to bacterial imbalances

Breast cancer tied to bacterial imbalances

New York, October 8 (IANS) Researchers have found that the bacterial composition of breast tissue of healthy women are different from that of women with breast cancer.   The study published in the journal Oncotarget showed that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methylobacterium, a finding which could offer a new perspective […]

Antibiotics for dental procedures may up superbug infection risk

Antibiotics for dental procedures may up superbug infection risk

New York, October 7 (IANS) If your are planning to visit a dentist, think twice. According to a study, antibiotics prescribed by dentists may contribute to the growing problem of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) — a serious and potentially deadly infection that causes severe diarrhoea.   Dentists write more than 24.5 million prescriptions for antibiotics […]

Drinking more water may ward off UTIs in women

Drinking more water may ward off UTIs in women

New York, October 7 (IANS) Do you often suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs)? A new study suggests that drinking an additional three pints of water may reduce the recurrence of UTIs in women.   According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 40-60 per cent of women will develop a […]

Eating bananas, avocados daily may prevent heart disease

Eating bananas, avocados daily may prevent heart disease

New York, October 6 (IANS) Eating one banana and an avocado a day may prevent hardening of the arteries that can result in heart disease and death, researchers have found.   The study, conducted on mice, showed these foods that are rich in potassium reduces vascular calcification — common complication in both heart and kidney […]

High BP in 40s may put women at increased dementia risk

High BP in 40s may put women at increased dementia risk

New York, October 6 (IANS) Women with high blood pressure in their 40s are more likely to develop dementia years later, warns a new study.   The study, published online in the journal Neurolog, showed that women who developed high blood pressure in their 40s were 73 per cent more likely to develop dementia than […]

Why do women develop heart disease later than men?

Why do women develop heart disease later than men?

Toronto, October 5 (IANS) Investigating why heart disease generally develops later in women than men, researchers have found that the interplay between female ovarian hormones and a circadian “clock” molecule protects the heart health of women as they age.   The findings, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, could lead to new treatment to help […]

Women with asthma more likely to have underweight babies

Women with asthma more likely to have underweight babies

London, October 5 (IANS) Women suffering from asthma are more prone to develop preeclampsia — a dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure – and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies, says a new study.   Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms […]