‘Smart’ chocolate may slow brain loss in the elderly

‘Smart’ chocolate may slow brain loss in the elderly

New York, (IANS) A novel chocolate made of dietary cocoa extract can promote brain health and prevent age-related neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s in the elderly, scientists have determined. [google_ad_728_90_text] There is strong scientific evidence supporting the growing interest in developing cocoa extract, and potentially certain dietary chocolate preparations, as a natural source to maintain and […]

Lack of exercise can increase eye disorder risk

Lack of exercise can increase eye disorder risk

New York, (IANS) Heavy smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise can put you at increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), especially if you have a family history of the blinding eye disorder, says a new study. [google_ad_728_90_text] The findings suggest that genetic and lifestyle factors may contribute to AMD in a synergistic way. […]

Air pollution linked to increased deaths from heart disease

Air pollution linked to increased deaths from heart disease

New York,  (IANS) Even minuscule increases in the amount of tiny chemical particles — by 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air, for example — lead to roughly a 10 percent increase in risk of death due to heart disease, says a study. [google_ad_728_90_text] “Our data add to a growing body of evidence that particulate […]

BP management can reduce heart disease death

BP management can reduce heart disease death

Washington, (IANS) Maintaining blood pressure at a lower than currently recommended level can significantly reduce risk of death due to cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, new research led by an Indian-origin doctor suggests. [google_ad_728_90_text] By targeting a blood pressure of 120 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg), lower […]

Diabetic women at greater heart attack risk than diabetic men: Study

Diabetic women at greater heart attack risk than diabetic men: Study

London, (IANS) Diabetic women are at 34 percent higher risk of heart attack and other related complications than diabetic men as they age, researchers have warned. [google_ad_728_90_text] “With respect to acute heart attack (acute myocardial infarction or AMI), diabetic women are more disadvantaged compared to diabetic men, with a gender driven “risk window” for women […]

Tall people are more likely to be slim

Melbourne, (IANS) A country with a taller population may have to worry less about obesity as researchers have found that the genes that result in greater height correlate strongly with genes that reduce body mass index (BMI). [google_ad_728_90_text] “The research suggests that tall nations are genetically more likely to be slim,” said Peter Visscher, professor […]

Junk food may shrink your brain: Study

Junk food may shrink your brain: Study

Melbourne, (IANS) The part of the brain believed to be integral to learning, memory and mental health is smaller in people who regularly consume unhealthy foods such as sweet drinks, salty snacks and processed meats, new research has found. [google_ad_728_90_text] Although the study was conducted in adults over 60 years of age, the researchers believe […]

Poor fitness levels hamper brain power in elderly

Poor fitness levels hamper brain power in elderly

New York, (IANS) There is a definite connection between brain activation, cardio-respiratory fitness and executive function (which helps with reasoning and problem solving) in older adults, new research shows. [google_ad_728_90_text] Previous studies have shown that there is a relationship between cardio-respiratory fitness and behavioural performance in older adults.   Other studies have looked at cardio-respiratory […]

Switching to diet drinks won’t make you slimmer

Switching to diet drinks won’t make you slimmer

New York, (IANS) If you are trying to shed some extra kilos, switching to sugar-free drinks may not really help, said a study. [google_ad_728_90_text] Diet-beverage consumers tend to compensate for the absence of calories in their drinks by noshing on extra food that is loaded with sugar, sodium, fat and cholesterol, the study said.   […]

Red wine compound may stop Alzheimer’s progress

Red wine compound may stop Alzheimer’s progress

Washington, Sep 12 (IANS) An investigational new drug from a naturally occurring compound found in foods such as red grapes, raspberries, dark chocolate and some red wines may stop progression of Alzheimer’s disease, shows results of a clinical trial. [google_ad_728_90_text] In people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, high-dose of the compound resveratrol stabilised a […]

High BP, bad diet leading cause of death worldwide: Study says

High BP, bad diet leading cause  of death worldwide: Study says

[google_ad_728_90_text]   Washington/Sydney, September 11 (IANS): Poor dietary habits and high blood pressure have replaced child and maternal malnutrition, unsafe water, sanitation and lack of hand washing as leading risks for death globally, a significant study has revealed.   After looking at 79 risk factors for death in 188 countries between 1990 and 2013, the […]