Health

  • AI helps spot early signs of glaucoma progression to blindness
    London, May 3 (IANS) Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), researchers have developed a quick test to identify which people with glaucoma are at risk of rapid progression to blindness.   A new test can detect glaucoma progression 18 months earlier than the current gold standard method, said the study published in the journal Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics.   Glaucoma, the leading global cause of irreversible blindness, affects over 60 million people, which i
  • Cancer patients may face high mortality from COVID-19: Study
    New York, May 2 (IANS) An Indian-origin team of researchers in the US has claimed that people with cancer who develop coronavirus (COVID-19) are much more likely to die from the disease than those without cancer.   The mortality rate for COVID-19 in the US is 5.8 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation.   "Our findings emphasise the need to prevent cancer patients from contracting COVID-19 and - if they do - to identify and closely monitor these indiv
  • For COVID-19 patients with diabetes, blood sugar control is key
    Beijing, May 2 (IANS) People with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at greater risk of a poor outcome if they become infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) -- and in such situations, controlling blood sugar levels can lead to favourable outcomes, say researchers.   More than 500 million people around the world have T2D. While it was clear that people with this condition fare worse with COVID-19, the researchers wondered what role a person's blood glucose control might have o
  • Researchers reveal why loud noise is bad for your health
    London, May 2 (IANS) Whether it is loud machinery at work, a busy freeway, a nearby airport or loud music, many people are exposed to high levels of noise, say researchers, adding that exposure to loud noise is not only annoying but also bad for your health.   Large studies have linked noise exposure to various health problems in people.   Now, two new mouse studies provide new insight into how this type of noise exposure can lead to high blood pressure and cancer
  • Has heart attack risk declined among diabetics in last 20 years?
    Sydney, May 2 (IANS) Researchers now claim that the rate of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications has improved among people with diabetes over the past 20 years, narrowing the gap in cardiovascular mortality rates between individuals with and without diabetes.   More than 463 million adults worldwide have diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation.   Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart at
  • Researchers develop fast antibody blood test for Covid-19
    Beijing, May 1 (IANS) A team of researchers here has developed a quick, sensitive test of antibodies against coronavirus in human blood, which could help doctors track a person's exposure to the disease, as well as confirm suspected Covid-19 cases which have been tested negative by other methods.   Published in the journal Analytical Chemistry, the study revealed that researchers from China wanted to develop a fast, sensitive antibody test to help identify people with curren
  • New Covid symptoms in Indian patients? Experts need more data
    New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The initial symptoms of novel coronavirus disease were identified as Influenza like and respiratory problems till now, but recently the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking and investigating public health trends, has come up with new symptoms of novel coronavirus. These new symptoms include symptoms like chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell. Some experts say t
  • HCQ has 90% chance of helping COVID-19 patients: US doctors' body
    New York, April 29 (IANS) A team of US doctors has claimed that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug termed potential "game-changer" for COVID-19 by President Donald Trump, has improved the survival and recovery odds for about 90 per cent of patients infected with the virus. In a letter to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) presented a frequently updated table of studies that report results of treating COVID-19 with the
  • IIT Guwahati, Hester Biosciences collaborate to develop COVID-19 vaccine
    Guwahati, April 29 (IANS) Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with pharmaceutical company Hester Biosciences Limited to develop a vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19).   The vaccine is expected to be ready by the end of this year for animal studies. The work is currently in its early stage of development, IITG said in a statement.   The vaccine will be based on a recombinant avian paramyxovirus based vector plat
  • Men more likely to suffer severe effects of COVID-19 than women: Study
     A family use umbrella to protect themselves from rain as they walk to home on a two-wheeler during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in Guwahati on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)   New Delhi, April 29 (PTI): Men and women are at equal risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, but men are more likely to suffer severe effects of the virus and die, according to a study which suggests that older male patients with COVID-19 may need additional supportive care
  • Everything you need to know about a brain stroke
    New Delhi, April 29 (IANSlife) A common but life-threatening medical emergency, a brain stroke can often lead to irreparable damage to your brain, body and quality of life. However, it is preventable to some extent.   "One may suffer from stroke if the blood supply to the part of your brain is reduced or interrupted, thereby preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. You will be shocked to know that the brain cells tend to die. Trouble in speaking and walking
  • Work-related stress may up risk for peripheral artery disease
    London, April 28 (IANS) People who reported work-related stress were more likely to be hospitalised for peripheral artery disease compared to those who did not report work-related stress, according to a study.   Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a cardiovascular disease that occurs when cholesterol or other fatty substances in the blood build up in the blood vessels away from the heart, usually the legs, impeding blood flow.   Worldwide, peripheral artery dise
  • Why breathing during exercise harder for women than men
    Toronto, April 28 (IANS) While both sexes have the capacity for phenomenal athletic achievements, researchers have found that breathing during difficult exercise may be harder for women as compared to men.   The study suggests one possible way sex could affect exercise dynamics and potentially also contribute to differences in how men and women experience airway disorders such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   "The amount of work the re
  • Yoga helps Kids with Autism cope with quarantine
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANSlife) Children who are autistic tend to have sensory experiences that are very different from others. As children with special needs, they have the kind of responses to situations that put their bodies in fight, flight, or freeze modes.   What this does is it diverts the flow of blood from the digestive organs to the skeletal muscles. This activity disrupts their digestion, increases their heart rate, and causes shallow breathing-which are big factor
  • E-cigarettes may up heart rate, blood pressure in young people
    New York, April 28 (IANS) Smoking e-cigarettes? Read this carefully. Researchers have found that nicotine-filled e-cigarettes can increase heart rate and blood pressure in young people after a vaping session.   According to the study, published in the FASEB Journal, e-cigarettes are often marketed to teenagers and young adults as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco products.   Previous studies have shown that active smoking of tobacco cigarettes leads t
  • COVID-19 impacting major organs; young, middle-aged dying of stroke
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Doctors in the US have sounded alarm about people in their 30s and 40s dying of stroke because of coronavirus.   The Washington Post reported that young and middle-aged people, barely sick with COVID-19, are dying of strokes.   The report said doctors sound an alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead. Some didn't even know they were infected.   The report said that there has been a stroke surge and re
  • Sugary drinks can increase the risk of heart disease
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANSlife) If there wasn't already enough reasons to stay away from sugary drinks, here's another reason not to, sugar filled drinks can increase the risk of heart disease.   Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and their incidence is increasing especially in young adults owing to poor dietary habits and lack of physical exercise. Among the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease are diet, high blood pressure, as well as e
  • Men and women may develop heart disease differently: Study
    Toronto, April 27 (IANS) Researchers have revealed the minerals that block heart valves in men are totally different, as compared to women. This discovery could impact how heart disease is diagnosed and treated for different sexes.   The study, published in the journal Acta Biomaterialia, shows considerable differences in the mineral deposits found in aortic valves of men and women who suffer from stenosis, a life-threatening heart condition caused by a narrowing of the aort
  • Cancer patients need extra precaution during COVID-19
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANSlife) Cancer patients are generally immune-compromised (have low immunity) and are at higher risk of contracting an infection like COVID-19.   Accordingly cancer patients should strictly observe social distancing, avoid outings as far as possible, take balanced diet and remain positive, said Dr Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC).   Dr Sudhir Rawal shares with IANSlife the precarious
  • Boost your diet with Vitamin C and Zinc
    New Delhi, April 26 (IANSlife) The Coronavirus outbreak has seen a huge spike in people buying vitamin supplements, with Vitamin C and Zinc emerging two of the top supplements in demand.   Typically, in any viral infection, the body's defence mechanism is to produce white blood cells (WBCs) to fight against the infection.   Zinc and Vitamin C reduces the level of chemicals called cytokines that are harmful to the body and are produced in the body during infections