A punch to his face left this man with a ‘star-shaped’ cataract in his left eye

Cataracts are more common in older adults, because as people age, proteins found in the lens of the eye can clump together and blur vision, according to the National Eye Institute. But when a younger person develops a cataract, it’s typically because the person experienced some sort of physical injury to the eye or head

A punch to his face left this man with a ‘star-shaped’ cataract in his left eyeWhen a man in India took a fist to the left side of his face during a fight, he may have temporarily seen stars. But when the 36-year-old sought medical care two days after the brawl, it was his eye doctors who saw stars — namely, a star-shaped cataract in the man’s left eye, according […]

Debunking 5 commonly held misconceptions about ageing

Experts state that it is never too late to take up exercising to keep the body fit or learning new things to keep the mind sharp. While ageing is a natural process among all living organisms, many people fear the uncertainty of it. Being exposed to misconceptions about growing old certainly does not help either

Debunking 5 commonly held misconceptions about ageingHere are five such myths that you should stop believing: Older adults have no interest in sex Erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness may occur due to age-related health problems and medication use, which can often reduce the frequency of sexual activity. Despite this, experience combined with increased intensity are possible factors that can increase sexual […]

Use of IVF procedure interlinked with risk of intellectual disabilities in kids

Researchers are calling for better long-term monitoring of children born with the help of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) following a study linking fertility procedures with a higher risk of intellectual disability

Use of IVF procedure interlinked with risk of intellectual disabilities in kidsParents who use reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be more likely to have children with intellectual disabilities than those who conceive without help, an Australian study suggests. Researchers examined data on 2,876 children conceived with assistive reproductive technology (ART) and 207,751 kids born without ART in Western Australia from 1994 to 2002. […]

How genetic predictions of heart disease can be lessened by healthy habits

Do genes have the final word, it seems it might not only if you are determined to make some changes

How genetic predictions of heart disease can be lessened by healthy habitsA new analysis of data from more than 55,000 people provides an answer. It finds that by living right — by not smoking, by exercising moderately and by eating a healthy diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and grains — people can tamp down even the worst genetic risk. “DNA is not destiny; it is not […]

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesity

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30 per cent more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by about 20 per cent

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesityChildren who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to […]

Babies and toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thought

Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new federally supported research

Babies and toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thoughtIn testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a by-product of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable with what would be found in an adult smoker. Overall, about 63% of the babies and young children in the study had discernible levels of cotinine, […]

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 […]

Excess meat, high calorie beverage consumption increases risk of colon cancer

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women

Excess meat, high calorie beverage consumption increases risk of colon cancerIf you happen to be a meat lover and love to indulge in aerated drinks and beverages, then here’s something for you. In a recent study published in the JAMA Oncology journal, it was found that consuming heavy diets like meats, high-calorie beverages and refined grains could possibly increase the risk of cancer in both […]

Multivitamins have no beneficial effect on heart health, say researchers

Multivitamins are popular, but they don’t appear to boost your heart health, according to a new study. The study, which analysed information from several million people in five countries, found that taking multivitamins did not prevent heart attacks, strokes or death from heart disease

Multivitamins have no beneficial effect on heart health, say researchersPeople who take multivitamin and mineral supplements to improve their heart health may be wasting their money. According to a new report, these supplements provide no clinical benefits that prevent heart disease or cardiovascular death. The study titled ‘Multivitamins Do Not Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality and Should Not Be Taken for This Purpose’ was […]

Visiting your dentist before cancer surgery can reduce complications post-surgery

Patients undergoing major cancer surgery might reduce their risk of post-operative pneumonia by seeing a dentist beforehand, a study from Japan suggests

Visiting your dentist before cancer surgery can reduce complications post-surgeryPatients who visited a dentist were slightly less likely to have post-surgery pneumonia or die within 30 days of surgery, the study authors found. “Oral care is one option for preventing post-operative pneumonia as post-operative pneumonia can be precipitated by aspiration of oral and pharyngeal secretions,” said lead researcher Miho Ishimaru of the University of […]
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