Health

  • Vitamin D deficiency may lead to muscle weakness
    London, October 24 (IANS) Vitamin D deficiency may lead to poor skeletal muscle function in adults aged 60 years and over, suggests new research. Maintaining skeletal muscle function throughout life is a crucial component of successful ageing, in promoting independence, mobility, quality of life and reducing falls and frailty. While resistance exercise is known to preserve muscle function, there is growing evidence that adequate vitamin D status may also be protective. "Our re
  • Men with breast cancer face high mortality rates: Study
    New York, October 23 (IANS) Men with breast cancer are more likely to have lower overall survival rates than their female counterparts, a study said. "The persistent disparity, derived from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database, suggests a possible distinct cancer biology, less effective treatment or compliance issues, and perhaps unhealthy lifestyles among men may be responsible for the lower overall survival rates," said the study's senior author Xiao-Ou Shu from t
  • Pancreatic, colorectal cancer up 10% in 30 years: Study
    Madrid, October 23 (IANS) Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017, the results of a major study conducted across 195 countries revealed. The results, presented at the UEG Week Barcelona, found that the number of pancreatic cancer cases increased by 130 per cent over the 27-year study period, from 1,95,000 in 1990 to 4,48,000 in 2017. "Pancreatic cancer is one of the world's deadliest ca
  • New method to predict pregnancy disorder developed
    Sydney, October 22 (IANS) Researchers have developed a simple, low-cost way to predict preeclampsia, one of the leading causes of maternal-foetal mortality worldwide. Preeclampsia can cause devastating complications for women and babies, including brain and liver injury in mothers and premature birth. "In developing nations, preeclampsia is a leading cause of death for both mothers and babies. In Ghana, it's responsible for 18 per cent of maternal deaths," said Enoch Anto, the st
  • Fat accumulates inside lungs of obese people: Study
    Canberra, October 21 (IANS) Researchers have found that fatty tissues accumulate in the airway walls, particularly in people who are overweight or obese. The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggested that the fatty tissue alters the structure of people's airways and this could be one reason behind the increased risk of asthma. "Our research team studies the structure of the airways within our lungs and how these are altered in people with respiratory disease
  • Resistance to common antibiotic rising among Indian patients
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS) Resistance to commonly-used antibiotic clarithromycin is rising among Indian patients and that too at quite a fast pace, health experts have warned. Clarithromycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global heal
  • Long-term asbestos exposure can trigger lung cancer: Experts
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) After the US health regulators found traces of asbestos in samples from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) baby powder and forced the company to recall 33,000 bottles of talcum powder, physicians in India have warned that long-term exposure of asbestos can trigger lung cancer in children. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the potential to cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health grou
  • Smartphone can help patients take pills on time
    Buenos Aires, October 20 (IANS) The smartphone is now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients. Researchers have found that a simple app can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed, thereby reducing risk of premature death. Following a heart attack, patients are prescribed medications to prevent another event. However, one in four pat
  • Limiting mealtimes increases motivation for exercise: Study
    Tokyo, October 19 (IANS) Limiting access to food might increase levels of hormone - ghrelin, which might also increase your motivation to exercise, said a new research. The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinology suggested that a surge in levels of the appetite-promoting hormone - ghrelin, after a period of fasting prompted mice to initiate voluntary exercise. These novel findings indicate that better diet control, for example limiting food intake to mealtimes or fasting
  • Eating potato as effective as carbohydrate gels: Study
    New York, Oct 19 (IANS) Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, a new study suggests. "The research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance," said study's lead author Nicholas Burd, Professor at the University of Illin
  • 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.