Health

  • Malaria can be eradicated by 2050, say global experts
    An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on November 23, 2015. (REUTERS File Photo)   San Francisco, September 9 (REUTERS): Malaria can be eradicated within a generation, global health experts have said.   In a major report on Sunday, 41 specialists said a future free of malaria - one of the world's oldest and deadliest diseases - can be achieved as early
  • 76% of Indian households consume adequately iodised salt
    New Delhi , September 9 (IANS) A new survey on Monday revealed that 76.3 per cent of Indian households consume adequately iodised salt which means salt with more than or equal to 15 parts per million (ppm) of iodine. According to WHO guidelines, a daily iodine intake of 150µg is required to prevent iodine deficiency disorders which can be achieved if household salt contains a minimum of 15 ppm of iodine. Nutrition International, a global nutrition organisation in collaboration w
  • Experts challenge WHO with 'epic' goal to eradicate malaria by 2050
    An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters/Files   LONDON, September 9 (Reuters) - Malaria can be eradicated within a generation and the World Health Organization (WHO) should not shy away from this "goal of epic proportions", global health experts said on Sunday.   In a major report that contrad
  • Eating mushrooms cuts prostate cancer risk: Study
    Tokyo, September 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that consuming mushrooms three times a week cuts the risk of developing prostate cancer in males. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found an inverse relationship between mushroom consumption and the development of prostate cancer among middle-aged and elderly Japanese men. For the findings, a total of 36,499 men, aged 40-79 years who participated in the Miyagi Cohort Study in 1990 and the Ohsaki Cohort St
  • PTSD linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer
    New York, September 7 (IANS) Women who experienced six or more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in life have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women who never had any PTSDs, says a new study. The study published in the journal Cancer Research, also found that the link between PTSD and ovarian cancer remained for the most aggressive forms of ovarian cancer. "In light of these findings, we need to understand whether successful tr
  • Blood pressure issues? Try hot yoga
    New York, September 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that taking hot yoga classes lowered the blood pressure of adults with elevated or stage 1 hypertension. While there is evidence of regular, room-temperature yoga's positive effect on blood pressure, little is known about hot yoga's potential impact on blood pressure, said researchers who presented the study at Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in the US. "The results of our study start the conversation that hot yoga could b
  • Vaping may harm fertility in young women
    New York, September 7 (IANS) Researchers have found that e-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes in young women. Many young and pregnant women are using e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking, but little is known about its effects on fertility and pregnancy outcomes. "We found that e-cigarette usage prior to conception significantly delayed implantation of a fertilized embryo to the uterus, thus delaying and reducing fertility (in mice)," said study
  • WHO urges speedier efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030
    New Delhi, September 6 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged South-East Asian countries to accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030. "Countries need to expand vaccination, screening, detection and treatment services for everyone, everywhere to address the growing problem of cervical cancer," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia at the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee here in Delhi. Cervical cancer is a si
  • Drinking coffee may protect against gallstones
    London, September 6 (IANS) In a treat to coffee lovers, researchers have found that drinking coffee may help in reducing the risk of developing gallstones. "We have tested the hypothesis that high coffee intake causally protects against symptomatic gallstone disease," said researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. According to the research published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, among 104,493 individuals, those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day
  • WHO welcomes Facebook pledge to curb anti-vaccine misinformation
    World Health Organisation headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 2006. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, September 5 (Reuters): The World Health Organization said on Thursday it welcomed a commitment by Facebook that it would direct users seeking vaccine information on its Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups and other forums towards facts, not misinformation.   After several months of talks with the WHO, Facebook has pledged to direct its users to "a
  • Harsh Vardhan stresses healthy eating, sustainable living
    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan interacting with the media on the ‘Eat Right Movement’ of FSSAI, in New Delhi on September 05, 2019.  The Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Preeti Sudan is also seen.(PIB Photo)   New Delhi, September 5 (IANS) Launching the Poshan Maah (nutrition month) 2019, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said the 'Eat Right India' movemen
  • Want to live longer? Stop consuming soft drinks
    London, September 5 (IANS) Greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks is linked to a higher incidence of all-cause mortality, researchers have warned. "We found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks were consumed," said study senior author Neil Murphy from International Agency for Research on Cancer in France. "Our results fo
  • Mouthwash use reduces the benefits of exercise: Study
    London, September 5 (IANS) Researchers have found that the blood pressure-lowering effect of exercise is significantly reduced when people rinse their mouths with antibacterial mouthwash, rather than water - showing the importance of oral bacteria in cardiovascular health. "Scientists already know that blood vessels open up during exercise, as the production of nitric oxide increases the diameter of the blood vessels (known as vasodilation), increasing blood flow circulation to acti
  • Decoded: Why women get heart attacks later than men
    London, September 4 (IANS) Although women develop coronary artery disease (CAD) almost 10 years later than men as scientists have attributed this decade-long delay to the protective effects of sex hormones, the heart disease finally catches up with women owing to the presence of "fat-absorbing" XX hormones. There is a lot of evidence that hormones like estrogen and progesterone protect the heart, but scientists had little data on the influence of the genetic component -- the X
  • Not just cancer, DNA changes may trigger other diseases too
    London, September 4 (IANS) DNA changes throughout a person's life can significantly increase their susceptibility to heart conditions and other age-related diseases, says a research led by an Indian-origin scientist. Such alterations -- known as somatic mutations -- can impact the way blood stem cells work and are associated with blood cancers and other conditions, said scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.  These somatic mutations and the associate
  • 63 per cent of Indian executives are overweight: Report
    New Delhi, September 4 (IANS) A report on ‘fitness levels of Corporate India by HealthifyMe health and fitness app on Tuesday revealed that 63 per cent of executives are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 23. The report has been compiled by reviewing the diet and activity levels of close to 60,000 working professionals across 20 plus companies over a period of 12 months.  These professionals range from factory workers, sales professionals, IT profess
  • Malaria linked to 30% higher risk of heart failure
    Paris, September 3 (IANS) Malaria infection is linked to 30 per cent higher risk of heart failure, a new research has warned. The mosquito-borne infection affects more than 219 million people worldwide each year, according to the 2018 statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO). "We have seen an increase in the incidence of malaria cases and what is intriguing is that we have seen the same increase in cardiovascular disease in the same regions," said the first author of the
  • Breast cancer drugs may put some cells into 'sleeper mode'
    London, September 3 (IANS) Breast cancer drugs may force some cancer cells into 'sleeper mode', allowing them to potentially come back to life years after initial treatment. The research could open avenues for finding ways of keeping the cancer cells dormant for longer, or even potentially finding a way of awakening the cells so they can then be killed by the treatment. The team studied human breast cancer cells in the laboratory and examined the effects of a group of breast canc
  • Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death in high BP patients
    London, September 2 (IANS) Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with 18 per cent reduced risk of death during the flu season, according to a new study. "Vaccination is safe, cheap, readily available and decreases influenza infection. On top of that, our study suggests that it could also protect against fatal heart attacks and strokes and deaths from other causes," said study first author Daniel Modin from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
  • Diabetes medication to reduce heart disease shows promise
    Toronto, September 1 (IANS) Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have shed light on how a class of medications that help regulate blood sugar for patients with Type 2 diabetes can also protect from heart disease. The findings published in the journal Cell Metabolism, focus on the effect of diabetes medication -- empagliflozin -- on cell repair in blood vessels and the resulting risks of heart disease. Empagliflozin is a medication that falls under a category of drugs c