Health

  • 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
  • Lipid in humans can help control blood sugar
    Sao Paulo, September 29 (IANS) A team of global researchers has discovered that a lipid -- produced in response to cold by brown adipose tissue in the human body -- helps reduce blood sugar. The discovery with the lipid known as 12-HEPE can pave the way for new treatments for diabetes, said the team from Brazil, the US and Germany. The group also observed that a drug used to treat urinary dysfunction increases the amount of 12-HEPE released into the bloodstream in human patients.
  • New blood test may detect 20 types of cancers
    New York, September 28 (IANS) A new blood test has shown ability to screen numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy. A trial of the test showed it detected and localized more than 20 types of cancers. The test, developed by biotechnology company Grail Inc uses next-generation sequencing technology to probe DNA for tiny chemical tags (methylation) that influence whether genes are active or inactive. When applied to nearly 3,600 blood samples -- some from patients wi
  • 14 drinks a week may put older adults at dementia risk
    New York, September 28 (IANS) If you drink nearly 14 drinks per week (2 drinks per day) and already suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), you may be at a higher risk of developing dementia than those who enjoy drink a week, say researchers. According to researchers from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, among those adults with MCI, the risk of dementia according to numbers of alcoholic drinks per week wasn't statistically significant, although it appeare
  • Why should people live near green spaces?
    London, September 27 (IANS) Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighbourhoods were at a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green spaces, a new study said. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together and include obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar levels and abnormal fat levels. "The study found more health benefits in those areas with higher tree coverage, which provides a basis for investigati
  • Gum disease has high connection with your BP
    London, September 25 (IANS) People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure or vice versa, warn researchers. The study investigated gum disease as a potential risk factor for hypertension, but the reverse could also be true. "Further research is needed to examine whether patients with high blood pressure have a raised likelihood of gum disease. It seems prudent to provide oral health advice to those with hypertension," said
  • Antacid ranitidine could cause cancer, health alert sounded
    New Delhi, September 25 (IANS) The Drugs Controller of India on Tuesday sounded a public health alert on ranitidine, a old, cheaply-priced medicine used commonly to counter stomach acidity, as some drug regulators in other countries have found it to contain a chemical compound which can cause cancer. Drugs Controller, V.G. Somani, who is under the Directorate General of Health Services, has issued a directive to all states alerting them on ranitidine and asking them to ask all drug
  • Fish oil show promise in prevention of heart attack: Study
    New York, September 25 (IANS) Vitamin D and Omega-3 (fish oil) trial shows promise in prevention of cancer death and heart attacks, a new study suggests. Results have been mixed but show promise for some outcomes and now confirmed by updated meta analyses, according to the researchers. "The pattern of findings suggests a complex balance of benefits and risks for each intervention and points to the need for additional research to determine which individuals may be most likely to d
  • Peanut butter for a healthier you
    New Delhi, September 24 (IANSlife) Peanut butter, a high-protein spread made from grounded peanuts, is a nutritious and delicious snacking option. A staple in many countries, especially the US, it is finding growing acceptance in India due to increasing health consciousness and rising disposable incomes. Its texture and content make peanut butter a very tasty and filling snack. In other words, it is a super food. Although there are many known positives to eating peanut butter, it
  • Fat mass index linked to heart disease in diabetics
    Toronto, September 24 (IANS) Fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular events in people with diabetes, says a study. Heart disease is a major cause of death worldwide, and obesity is a major risk factor. Body mass index, a common measure of obesity, has been recently shown to be an imperfect metric because it does not distinguish between lean muscle mass and fat mass. When issues related to obesity are studied, suitable metrics that d
  • Why your baby deserves the best massage
    New Delhi, September 23 (IANSlife) A practice that has its roots in ancient times, baby massage is an important step in babys skin care routine. Apart from soothing and strengthening the muscles, a massage has many added benefits, including improving weight gain, aiding good sleep, promoting digestion, and the overall growth and development of your little one. A massage not only ensures that the baby is healthy but also helps the parent and little one bond. Research suggests that