Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancy

Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels, whether caused by diabetes or other factors, keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancyA new study conducted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA discovered how increased glucose levels caused either by diabetes or other factors keep heart cells from maturing normally. The findings of the study help to explain the reason for babies born to women with diabetes […]

Is your liver damaged? Here are key signs and symptoms to watch out for

Once a person progresses beyond early symptoms, damage to liver and its side effects become more serious. The American Liver Foundation explains people may have blood vessels leading livers to burst; toxins could build up in the brains and interfere with mental function

Is your liver damaged? Here are key signs and symptoms to watch out forWhen a liver is working well, it cleans the blood, helps digest food and fights infection. It is also a bit of a bodily superhero — much like Wolverine and Deadpool, it has the power to regenerate when it has been damaged, replacing old tissue with new cells. “Anything that keeps your liver from doing […]

Suffering from dry eyes? Here are five ways to deal with it

Dry eye syndrome may result in lot of discomfort and is accompanied by stinging or burning sensation in eyes, formation of stringy mucus in or around the eyes, increased sensitivity to light, redness or blurred vision

Suffering from dry eyes? Here are five ways to deal with itDry eye syndrome, aka dry eyes, is caused when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or your tears don’t provide enough lubrication. This may result in lot of discomfort and is accompanied by a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, formation of stringy mucus in or around your eyes, increased sensitivity to light, redness […]

5 things to keep in mind before you buy a smartphone for your kid

If a parent decides their child is ready for a smar5tphone, the next step, experts say, would be to give them some "cyber civics" training, which includes teaching them about things such as online bullying, the permanence of what they post and stranger danger online

5 things to keep in mind before you buy a smartphone for your kidIn households around the world, I imagine many conversations going something like this: “Mom, I really want a phone. Everyone has one. Can I please, please get one this year?” And then, after hearing the appeals, Mom (or Dad, or both parents) edge even closer to buying a smartphone for their insistent teen or tween […]

Gluten-free food options not as healthy as you think, says study

In the study, researchers assessed hundreds of gluten-free foods and compared their nutritional content to their gluten-containing counterparts. They found that many of the products with gluten—especially breads, pastas, pizzas, and flours—were more nutrient dense and had three times the amount of protein than their gluten-free substitutes

Gluten-free food options not as healthy as you think, says studyNowadays there almost is a gluten-free version of everything, from cereal to pizza, flour and beyond. But, are these products healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts? No, according to a new study, which claims these products may even be misleading consumers. In the study, researchers assessed hundreds of gluten-free foods and compared their nutritional content to […]

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 […]