How a tiny patch under the skin could give an early warning of cancer

Scientists have created a skin implant they say could one day be used to help detect some of the most common cancers. It works by looking for elevated levels of calcium in the blood, which is linked to some cancers. When these levels go above a threshold, a response is triggered by the implant, leading the skin to form a brown mole

How a tiny patch under the skin could give an early warning of cancerScientists say the technology could eventually help to diagnose cancer earlier, but experts say the research is still in its ‘early days.’ For the study, published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, researchers engineered human cells to detect hypercalcaemia – or high calcium levels – which is linked to four of the most common cancers […]

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease risk

People who lose two or more teeth during middle age may be more likely to develop heart disease, scientists have found. A study of nearly 61,000 adults aged between 45 and 69 showed those who lost two or more teeth had a higher chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who didn't lose any teeth

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased heart disease riskLosing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests. “In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased […]

Here’s how you can boost your brain power

Adding just a few of these activities to your weekly schedule will enhance your mind and give your brain a boost. If you only have time to fit one brain-enriching task into your week, we recommend getting out for a brisk walk. Physical activity has no end of benefits for your body and mind

Here’s how you can boost your brain powerHumans have brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change for better or worse at any age. This flexibility of the brain plays a significant role in the development or decline of our brains, and how our distinct personalities are shaped. Neural connections can be forged or severed, and grey […]

Owning a dog could reduce your mortality risk and boost heart health

The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 per cent reduction in risk of death and 11 per cent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during later follow-ups compared to single non-owners

Owning a dog could reduce your mortality risk and boost heart healthA team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. A total […]

More than 95% of world’s population breathe polluted air, reveals major study

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution

More than 95% of world’s population breathe polluted air, reveals major studyCities are home to an increasing majority of the world’s people, particularly in developing countries, but in rural areas the risk of indoor air pollution is often caused by burning solid fuels. One in three people worldwide faces the double whammy of unsafe air both indoors and out. The report by the Health Effects Institute […]

4 steps to eat your way to lower cholesterol

Although diet can be a simple and powerful way to improve cholesterol levels, it plays a bigger role for some people than for others. Don't be discouraged if you have followed a diet but not reached your goal blood level

4 steps to eat your way to lower cholesterolMany people can reduce cholesterol levels simply by changing what they eat. For example, if you are a fan of cheeseburgers, eating less meat (and leaner cuts) and more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can lower your total cholesterol by 25% or more. Cutting back on saturated fat (found in meat and dairy products) and […]

9 things you need to know before you get the allergy shots

Allergy shots may require a lot of time and effort, but the benefits of allergy shots can be life-changing and long-lasting for people of all ages. Their effectiveness for children and young adults is well known, and a 2016 study also found that they can be effective for older adults as well

9 things you need to know before you get the allergy shotsDo allergy shots really work? Allergies—whether they’re seasonal or year-round—can put a serious damper on quality of life; in some cases, they can even be deadly. But for certain types of allergies, allergen immunotherapy (commonly known as allergy shots) can be a big help. They may require a lot of time and effort, but the […]

Here’s how to deal with sunstroke, know its symptoms and treatment

Heat stroke or sunstroke generally occurs when an individual has been too hot for too long, whether working, exercising, or simply sitting in a hot environment. If left untreated, damage to internal organs can occur. The longer it is left, the more serious heatstroke can become. In some cases, heatstroke can be fatal.  People who are more susceptible to heatstroke, include young people, older adults and overweight individuals

Here’s how to deal with sunstroke, know its symptoms and treatmentWhat is heat stroke? Heat stroke is a potentially serious medical condition where a person has become so hot that their body can’t cool down and their temperature gets dangerously high. Sunstroke is a form of heat stroke caused by being exposed to harsh sunlight. Although it normally affects people during a heat wave it […]

This man is the only person in the world to receive two face transplants

Jérôme Hamon received the world’s first full face transplant near Paris in July 2010. But after catching a cold he took antibiotics incompatible with his treatment. His condition deteriorated and earlier this year he underwent a second transplant. He now insists he is getting used to a new identity and feels ‘very well in myself’

This man is the only person in the world to receive two face transplantsA man in Paris has become the world’s first to successfully receive two facial transplants. Jérôme Hamon, 43, underwent his first face transplantation procedure in 2010 to treat neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder characterised by the growth of tumours along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. Yet Hamon’s body rejected the […]

Consumption of grilled meat can raise your blood pressure, study finds

Researchers found that among participants who ate grilled, broiled, or roasted beef, chicken, or fish at least 15 times each month were 17% more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who consumed these foods fewer than four times per month

Consumption of grilled meat can raise your blood pressure, study findsThe new research was led by Gang Liu, Ph.D., of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. High blood pressure, or hypertension, will occur when the force of blood that pushes against the wall of the arteries becomes too high. This can increase the risk of stroke, […]
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