Health

  • The manifold benefits of early detection of cancer
    New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The importance of early health screening in cancer is twofold, as detecting cancer in the initial stages for better treatment outcomes, and screening is also helpful in risk assessment and risk reduction through counselling, says Dr Indu Aggarwal, Head of Department, Preventive Oncology at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC). "Some cancers including Oral cancer and Cervical cancer are preventable since these can be detected at
  • Cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes on the rise in India, warns report
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 (IANS): While alcohol intake and thyroid issues among Indians seem to have reduced over the past year, a new health report has detailed a concerning increase in levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, despite fitness and health becoming a nationwide area of interest during the Covid-19 lockdown. As per the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Score, 1 in 2 Indians is either in the 'High Risk' or 'Borderline' category. This is a massive 12 per
  • 2 servings of fish per week may help prevent recurrent CVD
    Toronto, March 9 (IANS) Consuming two servings of oily fish per week can help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in high-risk individuals, such as those who already have heart disease or stroke, a new study finds. The study indicates that the critical ingredient is omega-3 fatty acids that was linked to lower risk of major CVD events such as heart attacks and strokes by about a sixth in high-risk people who ate two servings of fish rich in omega-3 each week. "There is a si
  • Risk of heart disease is increasing in women
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 9 (IANS): Generally, it is believed that women whose estrogen hormone levels decrease after menopause are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, but due to the changes in lifestyle in recent times, cases of heart disease in women are increasing rapidly, says Ravindra Singh Rao, senior intervention cardiologist and structural heart disease expert, Jaipur. Now not only after 50, but at the age of 40, women are having heart related problems. In the absence of awa
  • Multilayer masks effective to prevent aerosol generation: IISc
    Bengaluru, March 7 (IANS) As triple-layered and N95 masks offer best protection from Covid, they must be used where health officials have made it mandatory to prevent aerosol generation, according to a study by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)on Sunday. "You are protected, but others around you may not be. For single and double-layered masks, most of the droplets were found to be below 100 microns, with the potential to become aerosols that remain suspended in the air for
  • Shield yourself from Covid with three-layered masks: Experts
    New Delhi, March 6 (IANS): While buying a new face mask to protect yourself against Covid-19 infection, make sure you go for a three-layered mask as it is more effective than single or double-layered alternatives, health experts emphasised on Saturday. According to the experts, additional layers in the mask may help us protect against SARS-CoV-2 by not letting the virus-laden contagious droplets or particles pass through the mask. "Covid-19 is mainly spread through respirato
  • Vision impairment linked to mortality
    New York, March 6 (IANS) People with more severe vision impairment are at a higher risk of all-cause mortality as compared to those with normal vision or mild vision impairment, says a new study. The findings indicated that the risk of mortality was 29 per cent higher for participants with mild vision impairment as compared to normal vision. The risk increases to 89 per cent among those with severe vision impairment. "It's important these issues are addressed early on be
  • High life satisfaction linked to better overall health
    Toronto, March 5 (IANS) Higher life satisfaction is associated with better physical, psychological and behavioural health, say researchers. The research found that higher life satisfaction is linked to 21 positive health and well-being outcomes, including a 26 per cent reduced risk of mortality, a 46 per cent reduced risk of depression, a 25 per cent reduced risk of physical functioning limitations. "Life satisfaction is a person's evaluation of his or her own life based
  • Sputnik V could be India's 3rd Covid vax: Experts
    New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) To cater to the vaccination process of the world's largest democracy, it would be pertinent to bring in safer and more effective vaccines from other countries. However, on February 24, India's drug authority had asked Dr Reddy's, the Indian pharmaceutical company facilitating the trials in the country, to supply data on immunogenicity for going ahead with the approval process. However, experts across the country have been questioning the approva
  • Covaxin demonstrates interim clinical efficacy of 81%
    Hyderabad, March 3 (IANS) Bharat Biotech on Wednesday announced the first interim analysis of Covaxin, which shows the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine to be at 81 per cent. The Hyderabad-based vaccine maker said whole virion inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated an interim vaccine efficacy of 81 per cent in its Phase 3 clinical trial. The trials involved 25,800 subjects, the largest ever conducted in India, in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Customized diets are essential to mental health: Study
    New York, March 3 (IANS) Lifestyle changes and customized diets could be key to optimizing mental health, a new study suggests. The study indicates that significant dietary and lifestyle approaches to improve mental well-being among young women include daily breakfast consumption, moderate-to-high exercise frequency, low caffeine intake and abstinence from fast food. "There is increasing evidence that diet plays a major role in improving mental health, but everyone is talkin
  • How yoga during pregnancy helps mother and child
    New Delhi, March 2 (IANSlife) Giving birth to a baby can be extremely challenging for the mother's body, and yoga can help with both the elasticity and endurance power of expecting mothers, in turn increasing chances of a normal delivery, says a maternity yoga expert who runs a Gurgaon-based health and wellness yoga centre. Kedar Nath, Director of Maatriyoga says the aim of pregnancy yoga is to help the mother bring the unborn into the world with minimum hassle and completely no
  • Frustration could lead to drug addiction
    New York, March 2 (IANS) While traditional addiction research has focused on three aspects of substance use disorders, namely craving, impulsivity, or habit, a new study suggests that frustration could also lead to escalation of drug use and addiction. The new study published in the journal Psychopharmacology noted that research into the role of frustration and substance use disorders is sparse, but a number of studies suggest that persons with substance use disorders have lower fru
  • Protein linked to reduced severity of Covid
    Toronto, February 28 (IANS): Researchers have discovered that increased levels of the protein OAS1 are associated with reduced mortality and less severe disease requiring ventilation among patients with Covid-19. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, indicates that using drugs that boost OAS1 levels could be explored to try to improve these outcomes. "Our analysis shows evidence that OAS1 has a protective effect against Covid-19 susceptibility and severit
  • US approves Johnson & Johnson's Covid vaccine
    February 28 (PTI): The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson and Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine that works with just one dose instead of two for emergency use, giving America its third jab to fight the pandemic that has claimed over half a million lives in the country. President Joe Biden described the FDA's approval as an encouraging development in efforts to end the COVID-19 crisis and said this is exciting news for all US citizens. The Johnson and
  • The risks of a pain in the neck and how to manage it
    New Dehi, February 28 (IANSlife): A pain in the neck happens to be the fourth leading cause of disability globally, lagging behind ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and lower respiratory infection. Neck pain can interfere with daily life, including the ability to feel productive, sleep, and enjoy time with family. It is a common occurrence among the working population usually engaged in tech jobs or desk jobs. Srikanth H.S, Sr. Naturopath, Jindal Naturecure Institute,
  • Why some Covid strains are more infectious than others
    New York, February 28 (IANS): A team of researchers has discovered one reason that likely makes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, so much more infectious than SARS-CoV-1, which caused the 2003 SARS outbreak. The coronaviruses that cause SARS and Covid-19 have spike proteins that move into 'active' and 'inactive' positions, and the study indicates how those molecular movements may make the Covid-19 virus more infectious compared to the SARS virus, according
  • NITI Aayog propose vax price between Rs 300-500
    New Delhi, February 27 (IANS): The NITI Aayog has promulgated a price range of Rs 300-500 for two Covid vaccines that would be available for the priority group at private facilities in the third phase of vaccination set to begin from March 1, sources privy to the development told IANS, adding that the Bharat Biotech's Covaxin would cost a bit higher. However, the union health ministry would take a final call on the proposition. The proposed price has been floated after a five
  • Mental health most impacted during Covid-19, says students' survey
    New Delhi, February 26 (IANSlife): As the country continues to battle the coronavirus, young adults in college say that their mental well-being has been most impacted by the pandemic's social consequences. But the silver lining is visible to most and the outlook is one of hope for this year, state the results of a survey by BML Munjal University. One out of every two, that is, 49 per cent students say that stress, anxiety and loneliness have been the most challenging to cope wit
  • Plant-based diet may improve cardiac function, cognitive health
    New York, February 26 (IANS): Want to improve your cardiac function, cognitive health? Plant-based diets may help, say researchers. The study suggests that by eating more plant-based food such as berries and green leafy vegetables while limiting consumption of foods high in saturated fat and animal products, may slow down heart failure and ultimately lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. "Our findings highlight the importance of adherence to the MIND diet for a bette