Motorcycle passengers more prone to head injuries, reveals study

Traumatic brain injuries were the most common type of injury for drivers and passengers, the study found. But passengers experienced this more often, in 40 percent of cases, compared with 36 percent of cases for drivers, the researchers report in JAMA Surgery

Motorcycle passengers more prone to head injuries, reveals studyMotorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a US study suggests. Researchers studied almost 80,000 motorcycle drivers and nearly 6,000 passengers who were involved in crashes between 2007 and 2010. Two-thirds of the drivers were wearing helmets, compared to only […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050

Though it may prove to be the most damaging, this superbug scare is certainly not the first time humans have been the architects of their own health troubles. Resistant infections including new strains of E. coli, malaria, and tuberculosis caused an estimated 700,000 deaths globally this year; it is mankind's enemy number one

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050Some ailments have been global terrors for a very long time — heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, for example. Infectious diseases have always been a formidable threat in areas without access to certain medicines, but after the discovery of antibiotics, developed countries significantly dropped the rate at which infectious diseases killed people. These diseases are […]

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early death

While previous studies have shown that exposure to green space and parks can improve mental health and in some cases physical health, the researchers say this is the first big study to show a clear link between green surroundings and a lower risk of premature death. It also suggests that green spaces don't have to be actual parks in order to have health benefits

Study finds that living in a greener neighbourhood could lower risk of early deathTrees stretching their canopies over city streets and grass tickling the sidewalk near your home are more than just pretty, they could actually be helping you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of New Brunswick used census and tax data to track 1.3 million non-immigrant Canadian adults living in the 30 […]

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linked

According to a study, activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linkedScientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery — until now. Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published […]

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 […]

How do omega-3 fatty acids help in treating type 1 diabetes

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the good functioning of several organs, as these beneficial fats improve the activity of muscles, prevent blood clotting, help digestion, and aid the division and growth of cells

How do omega-3 fatty acids help in treating type 1 diabetesIn type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system does not recognize its own beta cells, so it attacks and destroys them. Beta cells are responsible for creating insulin. The body needs insulin to transport glucose into cells, where it is needed for producing energy. Without insulin-producing beta cells, the glucose builds up in the blood […]

Screen time before bed can have harmful effects on kids health

It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers

Screen time before bed can have harmful effects on kids healthKids who use smartphones and other digital devices before bed may be at risk of suffering from sleep and nutrition problems, a new study suggests. After surveying 234 parents of eight- to 17-year-olds about their kids’ technology use and sleep habits, researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine found that using technology before bed […]

Regular high-intensity exercise can delay Parkinson’s disease  

People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise. Existing studies had already noted that exercise was beneficial for people with Parkinson's disease, but this was the first time that the effects of different intensities had been targeted by research

Regular high-intensity exercise can delay Parkinson’s disease  Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative motor system disorder characterised by uncontrolled tremor in various body parts, especially the arms and legs, as well as poor balance and coordination of movements. A phase II clinical trial, called the Study in Parkinson Disease of Exercise (SPARX), was recently conducted by researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of […]

Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defects

Folic acid has been shown to prevent Neural tube defects (NTDs) if administered just before the pregnancy and during its earliest stages

Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defectsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that birth defects affect approximately 3 percent of babies born each year in the United States, and they are the leading cause of death among infants. Neural tube defects (NTDs) are major birth defects affecting the baby’s spine and brain. The abnormalities may develop very early […]
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