Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in life

Exposure to second-hand smoke during childhood was associated with an increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) later in life, researchers said. The study followed 98,995 French female volunteers from 1990 to present day. It found that those who smoked - and incurred passive smoking - were more prone. Arthritis also began earlier in smokers exposed to childhood passive smoking

Children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of arthritis later in lifeA new study in the journal Rheumatology indicates that being exposed to second-hand smoke in childhood could increase the risk of someone developing arthritis as an adult. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease that may be developed by environmental agents interacting with genetic factors. The role of genetics into arthritis susceptibility is well recognised. There […]

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals study

Preliminary results from a new study show that excess heart age (EHA) appeared to be lowest among adults who reported sleeping seven hours per 24-hour period. Sleeping times less than or greater than seven hours were associated with increased excess heart age, and the highest elevations in EHA were noted in short sleeper

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals studyAdults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of ‘excess heart age.’ In a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, those who slept seven hours a night had […]

Know the difference between a heart attack and a panic attack

The pain from a panic attack feels sharper and localised to one area while those experiencing a heart attack report feeling more of a pressure on their chest

Know the difference between a heart attack and a panic attackAm I having a panic attack or a heart attack? – The question has certainly interrupted the racing minds of people who have experienced a cluster of symptoms including discomfort in the chest, increased sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath and trembling. Medical tests are the only way to confirm the type of attack as there […]

Consuming cabbage and broccoli can help prevent colon cancer

A new study emphasises the importance to gut health of eating plenty of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and kale

Consuming cabbage and broccoli can help prevent colon cancer  Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous vegetables are good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer chemicals were produced […]

Indians consume more salt than recommended, reveals PHFI study

Indians have been taking much more salt as against the 5 gms per day limit recommended by WHO, said a new study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Indians consume more salt than recommended, reveals PHFI studySalt intake among adult Indians has been found to be high and exceeding the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, according to a recent study conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). The study, was conducted in Delhi, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, and covered around 1,395 adults. The study found that salt […]

Using e-cigarettes can harm immune cells in lungs, warns study

Vaping speeds up the death of lung cells by 50 fold and could trigger lung diseases in later life, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of Birmingham found that the vapour inhaled from e-cigarettes damages immune cells, preventing them from clearing out harmful bacteria

Using e-cigarettes can harm immune cells in lungs, warns studyVaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers ‘caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe.’ However, Public Health England advises they are much less harmful than […]

International Left Handers Day: All about the rare left-handedness

When we speak of "handedness," we generally mean the small motor coordination of our hand. It turns out that not everyone has dexterity and strength in the gross motor (big muscle) abilities on the same side as their small motor abilities

International Left Handers Day: All about the rare left-handednessAh, the debate rages on.  According to an article in Scientific American, “What causes some people to be left-handed, and why are fewer people left-handed than right-handed?” the issue is solidly the way genetics influence who is right/left handed. According to the article, handedness is based on two genes. One of the genes they call […]

Here are 5 common reasons why your eyes feel sore

Do you find yourself constantly rubbing your eyes, feeling weighed down by heavy eyelids, or having to wipe away excess tears now and then? Based on the type and severity of your symptoms, you may be overdue for an appointment with an eye care professional.

Here are 5 common reasons why your eyes feel soreHere are some of the possible reasons why your eyes feel sore and irritated: You are suffering from dry eye symptoms If you have a condition known as dry eye, you are unable to produce enough tears to lubricate the surface of your eyes. Symptoms include episodes of excess tearing after dryness, heavy eyelids, and […]

Not just screens, reading for too long can also strain kid’s eyes

A new study appearing in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, offers further evidence that at least part of the worldwide increase in nearsightedness has to do with near work activities; not just screens but also traditional books

Not just screens, reading for too long can also strain kid’s eyesThe prevalence of myopia, known as nearsightedness, has seen a significant rise all around the world. The first and most obvious correlation people would think of is the increasing use of devices including television, computers, and smartphones. But is the blue light radiating from these screen devices the main culprit? There may be more to […]

Can a person have hypoglycaemia without diabetes?

Hypoglycaemia occurs when blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. It is more common in people with diabetes, but it can affect others

Can a person have hypoglycaemia without diabetes?Hypoglycaemia occurs when blood sugar levels drop below 70 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl). Severe hypoglycaemia can be life-threatening if a person does not receive treatment. Treatments focus on returning blood sugar to safe levels. Blood sugar/ glucose, is the body’s primary source of energy. When levels fall too low, the body does not have enough […]
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