Health

  • 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
  • Eating nuts twice a week lowers heart attack risk: Study
    Paris, August 31 (IANS) Eating nuts at least twice a week can slash the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by almost 17 per cent, a new study suggests. "Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat," said study author Noushin Mohammadifard from Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute, Iran. "They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre, phytosterol, and polyphenols which benefit heart health. European and US studies have related nuts wi
  • Exposure to sun ups skin cancer risk in athletes
    London, August 31 (IANS) Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays, which most often comes from the sun, can cause skin cancer in athletes, according to a new study. According to the researchers, limiting the sun exposure and applying sunscreen regularly can protect the skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun and keep skin problems at bay. "Sun protection in athletes is especially important as multiple studies demonstrate an elevated risk of skin cancer for those who
  • Motivational text messages help diabetic patients: Study
    Paris, August 31 (IANS) Researchers have found that a low-cost text messaging programme improves blood sugar control in patients with diabetes and coronary heart disease. "The effect in this study was not only statistically significant but also has the potential to be clinically relevant by reducing risk of diabetic complications and death," said study researcher Xiqian Huo from Fuwai Hospital in China. "Capitalising on the exponential growth in mobile phone usage over the past d
  • Teen birth control use linked to adult depression
    Toronto, August 31 (IANS) Teenage girls who used oral contraceptives during adolescence are three times more likely to be clinically depressed in later life, a new study warns. According to the findings published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found teenage birth control pill users were 1.7 times to three times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults and to women who had n
  • Alternate-day fasting a safe option to cut calories: Study
    Sydney, August 31 (IANS) Researchers have found that alternate-day fasting (ADF) can be a safe option for calorie restriction. The study published in the journal Cell Metabolism looked at the effects of strict alternate-day fasting on healthy people and found several health benefits. "In this study, we aimed to explore a broad range of parameters, from physiological to molecular measures. If ADF and other dietary interventions differ in their physiological and molecular effects,
  • This diabetes drug cuts heart failure risk by 34%: Study
    London, August 31 (IANS) The new type of drugs for type 2 diabetes -- SGLT2 inhibitors -- are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure by 34 per cent, researchers said. The new SGLT2 inhibitors, which are now a commonly used drug group, reduce blood glucose, they added. In the study published in the journal The BMJ, the researchers wanted to show if there were positive cardiovascular effects from SGLT2 inhibitors in a broader patient group. "There is cardiovascular bene
  • Parenting stress weakens mother-child communication
    Singapore, August 31 (IANS) mothers who reported higher levels of parenting stress had less synchrony in brain activity with their child, than those who reported lower levels of parenting stress, researchers have found. Excessive parenting stress can block maternal sensitivity, lead to reactions that punish the child and negatively affect the parent-child relationship for the long term. "Our study shows that parenting stress may very well weaken mother-child communication early i
  • Why it's never too late to start working out
    London, August 31 (IANS) Older people who have never taken part in exercise programmes have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, researchers have found. "Our study clearly shows that it doesn't matter if you haven't been a regular exerciser throughout your life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start. "Obviously a long term commitment to good health and exercise is the best approach to achieve whole-body
  • Health warnings on each cigarette may help reduce smoking
    London, August 30 (IANS) Health warnings printed on individual cigarettes could play a key role in reducing smoking, says a new research. For the study published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory, the researchers examined smokers' perceptions of the warning 'Smoking kills' on individual cigarettes - as opposed to the message only appearing on packs. "Tactics like making the cigarettes themselves unappealing could be an effective way of doing this," said Linda Bauld, Pr
  • Married people less likely to experience dementia
    New York, August 30 (IANS) A new study has found that married people are less likely to experience dementia as they age. On the other hand, divorcees are about twice as likely as married people to develop dementia, the study indicated, with divorced men showing a greater disadvantage than divorced women. "This research is important because the number of unmarried older adults in the US continues to grow. As people live longer and their marital histories become more complex, marit
  • India's move to ban e-cigarettes flawed: Cancer experts
    New Delhi, August 29 (IANS) Tobacco use, particularly smoking, exacts a heavy toll in India every week but the government move to ban e-cigarettes while allowing sale of normal cigarettes does not seem justified, cancer experts said. Addressing a press meet organised by bcbpf-The Cancer Foundation, Riccardo Polosa of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Italy's University of Catania, Ron Borland, Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne, and Sameer K
  • Red wine improves gut health: Study
    London, August 29 (IANS) Researchers have found that people who drink red wine have an increased gut microbiota diversity as well as lower levels of obesity and bad cholesterol. "Moderate red wine consumption is associated with greater diversity and healthier gut microbiota that partly explain its long-debated beneficial effects on health," said Caroline Le Roy from King's College London. An imbalance of 'good' microbes compared to 'bad' ones in the gut can lead to adverse h
  • 70-90% of Indians are Vitamin D deficient: Study
    Mumbai, August 29 (IANS) A new study on Wednesday revealed that 70-90 per cent of Indians are Vitamin D deficient and this condition was significantly associated with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. This finding by P.G. Talwalkar, Diabetologist at Shushrusha Hospital in Mumbai, further confirms that Vitamin D deficiency leads to chronic diseases. "Pregnant women in India have up to 84 per cent prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency, which also correlates with the level of Vita
  • This is why lean people get fatty liver disease
    Sydney, August 28 (IANS) Researchers have discovered how fatty liver disease develops in lean people, aiding the development of potential treatments for these patients. "Lean fatty liver patients have a very distinct metabolism compared to non-lean ones, which can explain some of the differences we see in disease progression," said Jacob George, Professor at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia. Fatty liver disease - a condition characterised by a build-up of
  • This sea snail compound may reduce cancer risk
    Sydney, August 28 (IANS) Researchers have isolated one compound in the gland secretions from the Australian white rock sea snail (Dicathasis orbita) which has not only anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, but important anti-cancer properties. "After a decade of work, we have found an active compound derived from the substance produced by the mollusc's gland which could be used as a preventative in bowel cancer," said senior lead researcher Catherine Abbott from Flinders U
  • Exercise is good for ageing brain: Study
    New York, August 28 (IANS) Exercise seems to endow a wealth of benefits, from the release of happiness-inducing hormones to higher physical fitness and now it may provide a boost to the mind too, a new study suggests. The researchers have found that a single bout of exercise improves cognitive functions and working memory in some older people. In experiments that included physical activity, brain scans, and working memory tests, they also found that participants experienced the s