Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney disease

People exposed to second-hand smoke even a few days a week had more than 50 per cent increased risk of developing kidney disease

Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney diseaseExposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study has found. Korean researchers studied 131,196 non-smokers, dividing them into three groups: those who had more than three days a week of exposure to second-hand smoke; those who had less than three days a week; and those with no exposure at […]

More people might survive cardiac arrest if more bystanders tried hands-only CPR

More lives could be saved after cardiac arrest if bystanders applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), even if it’s just the hands-only version, a new study suggests

More people might survive cardiac arrest if more bystanders tried hands-only CPRWith hands-only CPR emerging as an alternative to the traditional method – chest compressions coupled with mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths – Swedish researchers decided to investigate the impact of the simpler method. They found that when rates of either type of CPR increased, the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest doubled. “In this nationwide study […]

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among women

Women with high exposure to triclosan were more likely to have bone issues, with Chinese researchers associating the ingredient commonly used in consumer products with a twofold increase in the chance of developing bone density issues and osteoporosis

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among womenTriclosan, a chemical commonly added to a myriad of consumer products to kill bacteria, may be bad for women’s bones, a new study suggests. Women exposed to triclosan, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure. Triclosan has been widely used for years as an antimicrobial agent in consumer […]

5 exercises to improve hand mobility

If you find daily tasks difficult to do because you suffer from stiffness, swelling, or pain in your hands, the right exercises can help get you back in motion

5 exercises to improve hand mobilityTherapists usually suggest specific exercises depending on the condition. Some help increase a joint’s range of motion or lengthen the muscle and tendons via stretching. These exercises are helpful for osteoarthritis as well as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow—but not when the joints are inflamed or painful. Other exercises strengthen muscles around a joint to […]

Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals study

Two chemicals commonly used as e-cigarette flavours might harm users’ airway passages, a small experiment suggests

Chemicals in e-cig flavours could harm respiratory tract, reveals studyThe results point to the need to further study how the highly popular cigarette alternatives affect human bodies, researchers say. In test tube experiments, the researchers exposed cells from the lining of human airways to two flavouring compounds: diacetyl – a chemical with a butter-like smell – and its ‘chemical cousin’ 2, 3-pentanedione. In the […]

Surgical masks just as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protection

Researchers may finally have an answer in the long-running controversy over whether the common surgical mask is as effective as more expensive respirator-type masks in protecting health care workers from flu and other respiratory viruses

Surgical masks just as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protectionA study published today in JAMA compared the ubiquitous surgical (or medical) mask, to a less commonly used respirator called an N95. The study reported “no significant difference in the effectiveness” of medical masks vs. N95 respirators for prevention of influenza or other viral respiratory illness. “This study showed there is no difference in incidence […]

Chilli pepper compound may slow down lung cancer, reveals study

A new study finds that capsaicin, the pungent compound in chilli peppers, can successfully stop lung cancer metastasis

Chilli pepper compound may slow down lung cancer, reveals studyNew research suggests that there may be a nutritional compound that can hinder this process of metastasis. Capsaicin, which is the chemical compound that gives chilli peppers their pungent flavour, stopped lung cancer metastasis in rodents and cultured human cell lines. Piyali Dasgupta, Ph.D., from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in […]

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate ageing, finds new study

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it's not shining in your eyes

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate ageing, finds new studyNew research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas. The study, published today in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, involved a widely used organism, Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly, an important model organism because of the cellular and developmental […]

Debunked: 5 misconceptions related to high blood pressure

People tend to ignore their condition due to some myths about high blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension could lead to a range of health problems, such as stroke and heart disease. If left untreated, this condition could even cause death

Debunked: 5 misconceptions related to high blood pressureIncreased blood pressure can damage blood vessels, the heart and kidneys, among other organs. However, the risk of having hypertension remains unknown for many people despite a wide range of studies and medical warnings. In some cases, people tend to ignore their condition due to misinformation. To date, some myths are still widely thought to […]

Is it safe to use aluminium foil to wrap food?

Whether it is lunch for office or college, planning a picnic or travelling, most of us pack our home-made food in aluminium foil and carry it. But have you ever wondered how it keeps the food warm and is it even safe to store food in aluminium foils for longer periods of time?

Is it safe to use aluminium foil to wrap food?Aluminium is a popular cookware material and it doesn’t just appear in foils. You need to keep in mind that aluminium is reactive and some of the foil can leach into your meal which can pose dangers to your health. Researchers have found that cooking in aluminium foil is not as safe as it was […]
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