At-home genetic test for 10 diseases gets first FDA approval

On April 6, the US Food and Drug Administration gave 23andMe permission to market its Personal Genome Service genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases. It is the first direct-to-consumer genetic test the FDA has allowed to provide that information

At-home genetic test for 10 diseases gets first FDA approvalYou will be able to test yourself at home for a genetic predisposition for certain diseases, thanks to a new ruling from the US Food and Drug Administration. On April 6, the FDA gave 23andMe permission to market its Personal Genome Service genetic health risk tests for 10 diseases. It is the first direct-to-consumer genetic […]

7 per cent of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say experts

The Danish study tracked 45,000 people aged between 50 and 65 for over the next two decades and found that consistent exercise has a huge impact on health, especially done as part of a routine

7 per cent of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say expertsCycling to work in middle age dramatically reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack in later life, a major study reveals. As little as 30 minutes a week has a marked effect on the chance of developing coronary heart disease over the next 20 years, researchers found. The Danish study, which recruited 45,000 people […]

Trial finds Vitamin D, calcium have no effect on cancer risk

Previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may lower the risk of developing cancer, so a new randomized trial tests this hypothesis in healthy, older women

Trial finds Vitamin D, calcium have no effect on cancer riskCancer only comes second to heart disease as a leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for almost 600,000 deaths in 2014. The disease is a major public health concern, as approximately 40 percent of U.S. individuals are estimated to receive a cancer diagnosis at one point in their lives. Additionally, the total healthcare […]

Bacteria from your tooth infection can affect your heart

After examining teeth and arteries of over 500 people, researchers discovered that those in need of a root canal were nearly three times more likely to have a heart attack — than patients with healthy teeth

Bacteria from your tooth infection can affect your heartPut off the dentist and your smile isn’t the only thing that can suffer: Poor oral hygiene could hurt your heart health, suggests a new study from Finland. After examining the teeth and the arteries of more than 500 people, the researchers discovered that those in need of a root canal were nearly three times […]

Can babies get psoriasis? Symptoms and treatment

Although uncommon, it does occur in infants. If an infant does have psoriasis, it tends to develop in diaper area. This makes it particularly easy to confuse with common rashes and it is far more likely that the baby has developed one of these that will go away with time and treatment

Can babies get psoriasis? Symptoms and treatmentPsoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting the skin and anyone, including babies and young children, can develop it. Although psoriasis does occur in infants, it is uncommon. The disease speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, causing them to build up too quickly on the skin’s surface. The resulting extra skin cells can […]

These last minute exam tips are really helpful

Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, shares 51 tips for students and their families on what needs to be done a day before board exams

These last minute exam tips are really helpfulIt is again that time of the year when students who are appearing for their board exams are under immense stress. Not just them, but even their parents and family members are under pressure. Most of the times, the expectations set by parents and family members prove to be an impediment in exam preparations for their […]

Women pregnant with girls are likely to feel more sick than those carrying boys

Study shows that while female fetuses may cause mothers to have exacerbated health concerns during pregnancy, in general male fetuses are associated with more risky pregnancies and births

Women pregnant with girls are likely to feel more sick than those carrying boysFor centuries, we’ve told stories about how to predict the gender of an unborn child, from “girls drain a woman’s beauty,” to “craving salty food is a sign you’re carrying a boy.” These are regarded as myths, but research suggests that a baby’s gender could actually have an effect on its mother’s health. According to […]

Protective white blood cells can cause serious health concerns if count exceeds

Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause for its rise. This is known as idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome. It can lead to serious complications such as heart, lung, liver, skin, and nervous system damage

Protective white blood cells can cause serious health concerns if count exceedsWhite blood cells are vital components of the blood. Their role is to fight infection, and they are essential for health and well-being. If a person has a high white blood cell count, it may indicate that they have an infection and that the immune system is working to destroy it. It may also be […]

Not just diet, stress is also linked to high acne risk

Along with diet and hormones, stress levels have also been linked to acne risk. Those with "high" or "very high" stress levels faced three times the risk of acne compared to women who were less stressed

Not just diet, stress is also linked to high acne riskAcne is a common nuisance that plagued many of us during our teenage years. By the time we reached our 20s, our skin became clean and clear as pimple breakouts lessened. However, for some adults, specifically women, acne is still a very real problem, and a new study in the Journal of the American Academy […]

Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovaries

Sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen could mean that you’re at risk for a twisted ovary

Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovariesA twisted ovary, or ovarian torsion, occurs when an ovary flops down and rotates, cutting off its own blood supply in the process. If that happens, you’ll probably know that something has gone horribly wrong: Think sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen. Here are seven things you should know about who’s […]
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