Health

  • 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
  • Frequent drinking more harmful than binges: Study
    Seoul, October 17 (IANS) Alcohol lovers, take a note. Drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently is linked with a higher likelihood of atrial fibrillation than binge drinking, says a new study. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder and raises the risk of stroke by five-fold. Symptoms include palpitations, racing or irregular pulse, shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pain and dizziness. "Our study suggests that drinking less often may also be important
  • Stress during pregnancy may affect baby's sex: Study
    New York, October 15 (IANS) Pregnant women experiencing physical and psychological stress are less likely to have a boy, says a new study. "Stress can also affect the mother's immune system, leading to changes that affect neurological and behavioural development in the foetus," said study leader Catherine Monk, Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College in the US. "What's clear from our study is that maternal mental health matters, not only for the mother but also for her f
  • New device shows promise in Type 2 diabetes treatment
    London, October 14 (IANS) Researchers have found that a newly tested medical device, called "Sleeveballoon", mimics the effects of traditional bariatric surgery in rodents and produces impressive results on body weight, fatty liver and diabetes control. Sleeveballoon is a device that combines a balloon with a connected sleeve, which covers the initial parts of the small intestine. It is inserted into the stomach and bowel during minimally invasive surgery under general anaesthetic.
  • Coffee bean extracts can cut fat-induced inflammation
    New York, October 13 (IANS) Coffee is beneficial for health we all know, but unused coffee bean extracts can also help reduce fat-induced inflammation in the cells and improved glucose absorption and insulin sensitivity, find researchers. When coffee beans are processed and roasted the husk and silverskin of the bean are removed and unused, and often are left behind in fields by coffee producers. Food science and human nutrition researchers at the University of Illinois have disc
  • Poor dietary habits, increased stress linked with acne
    Madrid, October 12 (IANS) Poor dietary habits, increased stress and harsh skincare routines were among the most significant factors associated with acne, according to a study. The research presented at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Madrid evaluated the exposure to different worsening factors on acne on more than 6,700 participants across six countries. "For the first time, this study allows us to identify the most important exposome factors
  • Watch your weight before 40, else face cancer risk
    London, October 12 (IANS) Researchers have found that being overweight before the age of 40 could increase the risk of various cancers in adults. "Obesity is an established risk factor for several cancers. In this study, we have focused on the degree, timing and duration of overweight and obesity in relation to cancer risk," said study author Tone Bjorge, Professor at University of Bergen in Norway. For the findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the res
  • Rest can reduce PTSD symptoms: Study
    London, October 12 (IANS) A period of rest following a traumatic event could reduced the subsequent development of involuntary 'memory intrusions', one of the hallmark symptoms in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study said. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggested that memory disturbances in PTSD might be ameliorated by increased 'consolidation' (a process by which memories are stored and contextualised), which could shed new light on treatment
  • New transplant research aims to salvage infected donated organs
    Aadil Ali runs a test on a pig's lung being inflated at a lab run by the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 24, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   Toronto, October 11 (Reuters): Retired subway and bus driver Stanley De Freitas had just celebrated his 70th birthday when he started coughing, tiring easily and feeling short of breath. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, and put on the wait list for a transplant.  
  • Light smoking still damages lungs: Study
    New York, October 11 (IANS) People who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day cause long-term damage to their lungs, according to a new research. "Many people assume that smoking a few cigarettes a day isn't so bad, but it turns out that the difference in loss of lung function between someone who smokes five cigarettes a day versus two packs a day is relatively small," said study lead author Elizabeth Oelsner, Assistant Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College in the US.
  • More Indians prefer physical wellbeing over mental: Survey
    New Delhi, October 11 (IANS) A majority of Indians, at 75 per cent, are preoccupied about their physical wellbeing, over mental wellbeing at 62 per cent, a survey by global market reseach agency Ipsos has found. The survey, conducted to coincide with the World Mental Health Day, found 64 per cent Indians believe that is equally important to have both, physical and mental health. Indians want a clear shift in the handling and perception of mental illness. As many as 64 per cent In
  • WHO to collaborate with govt to accelerate Ayushman Bharat
    New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS): The WHO India Country Cooperation Strategy 2019-2023 has identified accelerating progress of the Ayushman Bharat programme as the top strategic priority.   As per the strategy document released on Wednesday, accelerating progress on universal health care (UHC) will be the top priority with a focus on equitable access and all aspects of health service delivery, from the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat health sector reforms aimed at expanding acc
  • Only 1 in 5 Indians go for regular eye checkups: Study
    New Delhi, October 9 (IANS): New research findings have revealed a significant increase in the number of Indians suffering from poor eyesight, with only one in five adults going for regular eye-checkups and an alarming 84 per cent admitting to not following their doctor's advice for eye-care.   The study by Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, covered 1,000 Indian adults and 300 ophthalmologists across top 10 Indian cities.   While 65 per cent adults claim
  • India biggest success story among malaria-endemic countries
    New Delhi, October 9 (IANS): India has been the biggest success story amongst malaria endemic countries in the world in bringing down malaria cases and deaths, which have declined by 49.09 per cent and 50.52 per cent in 2017, respectively, as compared to 2013.   This was apprised to the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a briefing on the progress under the National Health Mission (NHM) and decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Stee
  • Dietary fibre cuts risks of hypertension, diabetes: Study
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 4 (IANS): Indian researchers have found that patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes who consumed a high fibre diet witnessed an improvement in their blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting glucose. For the study, the research team from Care Well Heart and Super Specialty Hospital in Amritsar, investigated the relationship between a high fibre diet and its impact on cardiovascular disease risk factors. "Comprehensive evaluation of etiological effects
  • Heart attack and heart failure: Know the difference
    New Delhi, September 30 (IANSlife) Heart attack, cardiac arrest, heart failure - all three refer to a health emergency involving the heart. And we often use the terms interchangeably, not knowing the difference between each of them. Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, and Head of Cardiology Council of Fortis Group of Hospitals explains how a heart attack differs from a heart failure. When the heart is unable to pump blood as well as it should it is called hear
  • Insomnia drug may reduce suicidal thoughts: Study
    New York, September 30 (IANS) Insomnia is a driver of suicide, and people with severe insomnia may safely benefit from taking a sedative to help address their sleep problems as it reduces their suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, included 103 participants aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. All participants took an antidepressant for the eight-week duration of the trial and
  • Type 2 diabetes remission possible with weight loss: Study
    London, September 30 (IANS) People who achieve weight loss of 10 per cent or more in the first five years after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have the greatest chance of seeing their disease go into remission, says a study. The findings, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, suggest that it is possible to recover from the disease without intensive lifestyle interventions or extreme calorie restrictions. "We've known for some time now that it's possible to send diabet
  • Human ageing processes may hinder cancer development: Study
    London, September 30 (IANS) Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that the human ageing processes may hinder cancer development. Ageing is one of the biggest risk factors for cancer. However, the biological mechanisms behind this link are still unclear, the study said in a paper published in the journal Aging Cell. In an effort to better understand the biological mechanisms researchers compared how genes differentially expressed with age and genes differentially