Health

  • Maternal, infant health improves in India: Study
    New Delhi, October 28 (IANS) Community-based health programmes in parts of India, Ethiopia and Nigeria have been successful in improving health care for mothers and newborns, but inequities still exist, says a new study. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). According to the researchers, underlying inequities in these rural settings mean that more work is needed to reach the poorest families, who bear the greatest burden of maternal and newbo
  • Drinking soft drinks linked to obesity, tooth wear
    London, October 28 (IANS) Researchers have found that sugar-sweetened acidic drinks, such as soft drinks, is the common factor between obesity and tooth wear among adults. "It is the acidic nature of some drinks such as carbonated drinks and acidic fruit juices that leads to tooth wear," said study lead author Saoirse O'Toole from King's College London. The study published in the journal Clinical Oral Investigations, found that being overweight or obese was undoubtedly associated
  • High fibre diet reduce lung cancer risk, says study
    New York, Oct 26 (IANS) Researchers from Vanderbilt University have found that high fibre diet and yogurt help reduce lung cancer risk. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Oncology, are based on an analysis of data from studies involving 1.4 million adults in the USA, Europe and Asia. "Our study provides strong evidence supporting the US 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline recommending a high fibre and yogurt diet," said study senior author Xiao-Ou Shu, professor at the Vanderbil
  • People with serious mental disorders die prematurely: Study
    London, October 26 (IANS) As compared to the general population, average life expectancy is respectively 10 and seven years shorter for men and women with mental disorders, says a new study. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, explores mortality for those with different types of mental disorders. "We investigated how mortality rates changed for each type of disorder, for each age, for males and females. In addition to looking at premature mortality, we were able to ex
  • Obesity causes diabetes in women, kidney disease in men
    London, October 25 (IANS) Obesity poses a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in women, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and chronic kidney disease in men, said a new study from the University of Oxford. "The study shows just how harmful carrying excess weight can be to human health, and that women and men may experience different diseases as a result," said the study's first author Jenny Censin. To identify additional causes of death made worse by obesity, researchers
  • Bursting the myths around diabetes
    October 25 (IANSlife) With diabetes becoming a worldwide health issue, it is necessary to know the details. It comes with a lot myths and Dr Pramod Tripathi, founder of Freedom from Diabetes explains what it is logically Myth #1: Diabetes goes only with death… One can never become free! Truth #1: Diabetics do become free of insulin and medicines permanently! In fact, through experimentation and research have formulated four protocols namely diet, exercise, inner transformation an
  • Young moms more likely to have kids with ADHD: Study
    Canberra, October 25 (IANS) Young mothers have a greater chance of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), warn researchers from the University of Australia. ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder which impacts a person's ability to exert age-appropriate self-control. "The findings could help improve reproductive health in women and deliver better outcomes for their children," said Hong Lee, Associate Professor at the University of Australia.
  • Mother's exposure to some chemicals linked to lower IQ in kids
    New York, October 24 (IANS) Exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy to certain chemicals found in plastic food and drink containers and other chemicals found in consumer products is related to lower IQ in children by age 7, warns a study. Some of these chemicals cross the placenta during pregnancy, exposing the foetus and potentially causing irreversible developmental damage, said the study. "This study is significant because most studies evaluate one chemical at a time;
  • Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle weakness
    London, October 24 (IANS) Vitamin D deficiency may lead to poor skeletal muscle function in adults aged 60 years and over, suggests new research. Maintaining skeletal muscle function throughout life is a crucial component of successful ageing, in promoting independence, mobility, quality of life and reducing falls and frailty. While resistance exercise is known to preserve muscle function, there is growing evidence that adequate vitamin D status may also be protective. "Our re
  • Men with breast cancer face high mortality rates: Study
    New York, October 23 (IANS) Men with breast cancer are more likely to have lower overall survival rates than their female counterparts, a study said. "The persistent disparity, derived from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database, suggests a possible distinct cancer biology, less effective treatment or compliance issues, and perhaps unhealthy lifestyles among men may be responsible for the lower overall survival rates," said the study's senior author Xiao-Ou Shu from t
  • Pancreatic, colorectal cancer up 10% in 30 years: Study
    Madrid, October 23 (IANS) Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017, the results of a major study conducted across 195 countries revealed. The results, presented at the UEG Week Barcelona, found that the number of pancreatic cancer cases increased by 130 per cent over the 27-year study period, from 1,95,000 in 1990 to 4,48,000 in 2017. "Pancreatic cancer is one of the world's deadliest ca
  • New method to predict pregnancy disorder developed
    Sydney, October 22 (IANS) Researchers have developed a simple, low-cost way to predict preeclampsia, one of the leading causes of maternal-foetal mortality worldwide. Preeclampsia can cause devastating complications for women and babies, including brain and liver injury in mothers and premature birth. "In developing nations, preeclampsia is a leading cause of death for both mothers and babies. In Ghana, it's responsible for 18 per cent of maternal deaths," said Enoch Anto, the st
  • Fat accumulates inside lungs of obese people: Study
    Canberra, October 21 (IANS) Researchers have found that fatty tissues accumulate in the airway walls, particularly in people who are overweight or obese. The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggested that the fatty tissue alters the structure of people's airways and this could be one reason behind the increased risk of asthma. "Our research team studies the structure of the airways within our lungs and how these are altered in people with respiratory disease
  • Resistance to common antibiotic rising among Indian patients
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS) Resistance to commonly-used antibiotic clarithromycin is rising among Indian patients and that too at quite a fast pace, health experts have warned. Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global heal
  • Long-term asbestos exposure can trigger lung cancer: Experts
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) After the US health regulators found traces of asbestos in samples from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby powder and forced the company to recall 33,000 bottles of talcum powder, physicians in India have warned that long-term exposure of asbestos can trigger lung cancer in children. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the potential to cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health grou
  • Smartphone can help patients take pills on time
    Buenos Aires, October 20 (IANS) The smartphone is now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients. Researchers have found that a simple app can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed, thereby reducing risk of premature death. Following a heart attack, patients are prescribed medications to prevent another event. However, one in four pat
  • Limiting mealtimes increases motivation for exercise: Study
    Tokyo, October 19 (IANS) Limiting access to food might increase levels of hormone - ghrelin, which might also increase your motivation to exercise, said a new research. The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology suggested that a surge in levels of the appetite-promoting hormone - ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise. These novel findings indicate that better diet control, for example limiting food intake to mealtimes or fasting
  • Eating potato as effective as carbohydrate gels: Study
    New York, Oct 19 (IANS) Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, a new study suggests. "The research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance," said study's lead author Nicholas Burd, Professor at the University of Illin
  • Want to be fit? Workout before breakfast
    London, October 18 (IANS) Fitness enthusiasts, take a note! Researchers have found that working out before breakfast could increase health benefits of exercise. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Universities of Bath and Birmingham found that by changing the timing of when you eat and exercise, one can better control the blood sugar levels. "We found that the men in the study who exercised before breakfast burned double the amount of
  • 3 mn TB cases not getting proper care: WHO report
    Geneva, October 18 (IANS) More people received life-saving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in 2018 than ever before, largely due to improved detection and diagnosis, however, severe under-funding and lack of access to care is still jeopardising around three million of those suffering with TB, a World Health Organization (WHO) report said. According to report, the highest burden of TB in 2018 was in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippi