Health

  • Egg intake doesn't up heart disease, stroke risks: Study
    New York, December 16 (IANS) Heart-healthy diets are naturally low in dietary cholesterol and can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, say researchers, adding eating one egg a day is not associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Too much cholesterol in blood contributes to formation of thick, hard deposits in arteries, a process that underlies most heart diseases and strokes. Reducing dietary cholesterol by focusing on an overall heart-healthy diets t
  • Low income countries facing both obesity, malnutrition
    New York, December 16 (IANS) Low-and middle-income countries have high levels of overweight and obesity along with undernutrition, say researchers, adding that these two issues have become increasingly connected. "Our research shows that overweight and obesity levels of at least 20 per cent among adults are found in all low-income countries. Furthermore, the double burden of high levels of both undernutrition and overweight occur primarily in the lowest-income countries -- a reality
  • SL dengue outbreak reaches epidemic proportions
    Colombo, December 15 (IANS): Sri Lanka’s health officials have said that the dengue outbreak in the island nation has reached epidemic proportions with the deaths of 120 people, adding that over 10 districts were affected by the rapidly increasing spread of the disease. Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary, Haritha Aluthge told the Daily Mirror on Saturday that while Colombo, Gampaha and Kandy were the worst affected districts, with 50 per cent of the tota
  • Brain protein that could protect against Alzheimer's disease
    Toronto, December 14 (IANS) Researchers have found that a protein that regulates white blood cells in the human brain could protect against Alzheimer's disease. The results published in the journal Communications Biology suggest that this protein, called CD33, could have important implications in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. "Immune cells in the brain, called microglia, play a critical role in Alzheimer's disease," explained study co-author Matthew Macauley, Assistant P
  • Yoga as good as aerobic exercise for super brain health
    New York, December 14 (IANS) If you do not like or cannot perform aerobic exercise for some reason, try yoga to improve brain health as scientists led by Indian-origin Neha Gothe have found evidence that yoga enhances many of the same brain structures and functions that benefit from aerobic exercise. The findings are based on a review focused on 11 studies of the relationship between yoga practice and brain health. Five of the studies engaged individuals with no background in yog
  • Why exercise won't help most women suffering from migraine
    London, December 13 (IANS) Despite doctors recommending regular aerobic exercise to prevent migraine, physical exercise can actually be a trigger of migraine attacks for most women because of "anxiety sensitivity" in them, find researchers. "Anxiety sensitivity" refers to one's fear of experiencing anxiety arousal due to harmful physical, cognitive and socially-observable consequences, may be related to physical activity (PA) avoidance in migraine patients. Migraine affects aroun
  • Catch up on some fitness inspiration
    December 13, 2019 (IANSlife) Being fitter is on almost everyone’s new year’s resolutions list, and with 2020 around the corner, it is a matter of time before you motivate yourself to get started. Fitness is a commitment, requires discipline and  in case you’ve fallen off the motivation wagon, here are a few words of advice from the best athletes in the country from three of India’s leading athletes and one fitness industry expert. Meant for aspiring athletes, fi
  • Poor diet increases risk of vision loss in later life
    New York, December 12 (IANS): If you want to protect your vision in old age, make sure you eat healthy food. Researchers have found that people eating a diet high in red and processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy products may be three times more likely to develop an eye condition that damages the retina and affects a person's central vision.   The condition is called late stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an irreversible condition that
  • Over 9 hours' of sleep may raise stroke risk by 23%
    New York, December 12 (IANS) People who sleep nine or more hours per night are 23 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who sleep seven to less than eight hours per night, warns a new study. The results revealed that long naps are also not good for your health. People who took a regular midday nap lasting more than 90 minutes were 25 per cent more likely to later have a stroke than people who took a regular nap lasting from one to 30 minutes, said the study publ
  • Physical illness ups suicide risk in men, not women: Study
    New York, December 11 (IANS) When it comes to identify who is more at suicide risk, scientists have found that physical illness and injury raises the risk of suicide in men but not women, along with a plethora of other insights into the complex factors that may increase a person's risk of suicide. The study, led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to use data from the population of an entire country (Denmark) and parse
  • Keto diet may fight against Alzheimer's disease
    Washington, December 11 (IANS) Eating low-carb and high-fat diet can help you fight against Alzheimer's disease, by protect neurons from death during the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to new research in mice. "Ketogenic" is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries and white bread. Ea
  • AI can help doctors identify cancer cells
    New York, December 10 (IANS) Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern have developed a software tool that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images - giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes. The spatial distribution of different types of cells can reveal a cancer's growth pattern, its relationship with the surrounding microenvironment, and the body's immune response. But the process of manually identif
  • New Mediterranean diet lets you eat meat without any guilt
    Sydney, December 10 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new version of Mediterranean diet that includes meat to cater to Western tastes and also deliver health benefits. A typical Mediterranean diet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate amount of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods. The new version of the Mediterranean diet includes 2-3 serves (250g) of f
  • Even one drink a day may increase cancer risk
    Tokyo, December 9 (IANS) If you thought one-two drinks a day would not do any harm, think again. Researchers in Japan have found that even light alcohol consumption might increase the cancer risk. In the study published in the journal Cancer, the overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption. The elevated risk appeared to be explained by alcohol-related cancer risk across relatively common sites, including the colorectum, stomach, breast, prostate and eso
  • Malaysia launches vaccination campaign after 1st polio infection in 27 years
    Kuala Lumpur, December 9 (IANS): Malaysian health authorities on Monday launched a vaccination campaign in rural areas of the jungle-covered island of Borneo after detecting the first case of polio since the Southeast Asian country declared itself free of the viral disease in 2000.   The infected is a three-month-old boy in the town of Tuaran, who was hospitalized with fever and muscle weakness and tested positive for the virus on December 6, the Director-General of Mal
  • Vigorous exercise lowers mortality risk in women: Study
    London, December 9 (IANS) Women who exercise vigorously are at significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other causes, reveals a new study. The study, presented at EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), examined exercise capacity and heart function during exercise in women and their links with survival. The study included over 4,000 adult women referred for treadmill exercise echocardiography because of known or su
  • Brain region smaller in birth control pill users: Study
    New York, December 8 (IANS) Researchers have found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the pill. Located at the base of the brain above the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus produces hormones and helps regulate essential bodily functions including body temperature, mood, appetite, sex drive, sleep cycles and heart rate. Structural effects of sex hormones, includin
  • Blood test can identify people at risk of night-time high BP
    New York, December 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that a simple blood test can help identify people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems because of a phenomenon called "reverse dipping" that causes blood pressure to rise rather than lower during sleep. Most people experience lower blood pressure at night. The new study, published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests a potential cause for reverse dipping that may help patients
  • Kids born through C-sections not at higher obesity risk
    London, December 7 (IANS) A child born through cesarean procedure or C-section is no more likely to develop obesity than those born through vaginal delivery, new research has found. The findings contradict several smaller studies that did find an association between C-section deliveries and offspring obesity but did not consider the numerous maternal and prenatal factors that the researchers did in this study published in the journal PLOS Medicine. "We found no evidence to suppor
  • Brain differences detected in kids with depressed parents
    New York, December 7 (IANS) Researchers have found structural differences in the brains of children at high risk for depression due to parental depressive history. Depression is a common and debilitating mental health condition that typically arises during adolescence. While the causes of depression are complex, having a parent with depression is one of the biggest known risk factors. Studies have consistently shown that adolescent children of parents with depression are two