Lack of sleep in teens interlinked with high blood pressure

Adolescents who don’t get enough sleep may be more likely to develop risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and excess body fat, an American study suggests

Lack of sleep in teens interlinked with high blood pressure“Sleep matters,” said Dr Elsie Taveras of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Sleep quantity and quality are pillars of health alongside diet and physical activity.” Taveras and colleagues asked 829 teens to wear activity trackers on their wrists to log night-time sleep and daytime activity for 7 to 10 days. They also examined risk factors […]

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heart

Researchers found that when compared with people who never smoke, smoking about one cigarette per day carries 40 to 50 % of the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The findings challenge a widely held view that smoking just a few cigarettes per day is ‘relatively safe.’

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heartA BMJ report on the review — led by Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London in the United Kingdom — reveals that even if you smoke around one cigarette per day, your risk for stroke and coronary heart disease is “much greater than expected.” He and his colleagues calculated that the risk from […]

Enforce strict ban on E-cigarettes, FDA writes to drug inspectors

Various studies carried out across the globe have suggested that smoking E-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) leads to consumption of tobacco cigarettes. The Union government, a few months ago, had directed all the states to enforce the ban

Enforce strict ban on E-cigarettes, FDA writes to drug inspectorsThe Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed its officers to enforce a complete ban on E-cigarettes in the state FDA commissioner, Dr Pallavi Darade, has written a letter to all the drug enforcement officers across Maharashtra The Union government, to curb its rampant usage, has banned the sale, manufacture, and trade of E-cigarettes […]

Vitamin D improves weight gain and overall development in malnourished kids

High dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and the development of language and motor skills in malnourished children, according to a new study

Vitamin D improves weight gain and overall development in malnourished kidsHigh dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and the development of language and motor skills in malnourished children, according to a study led by University of the Punjab, Pakistan, and Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D – the ‘sunshine vitamin’ – is well known for its beneficial effects on bone and muscle health, […]

Try these six yoga poses to deal with prostate enlargement

Prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia can cause problems with urination that many men find frustrating. Could yoga help manage the symptoms of this condition?

Try these six yoga poses to deal with prostate enlargementBenign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is caused by changes in hormone levels as a man gets older. It is a normal part of the aging process and is not dangerous. Even so, the problems an enlarged prostate can cause are irritating, and many men look for ways that they can improve their symptoms. This article explores […]

Dog owners more likely to meet weekly exercise targets, finds study

Dog owners are estimated to be four times more likely than non-dog owning adults to meet recommended physical activity guidelines, according to new University of Liverpool research

Dog owners more likely to meet weekly exercise targets, finds studyThe findings, which are published today in Scientific Reports, highlight the role that dogs may have in helping to keep humans healthy. It is recommended that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. However, this is achieved by only 66% of men and 58% of women in England and […]

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 […]

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart disease

People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests. Eggs are a primary source of dietary cholesterol, but they also contain high-quality lean protein and many vitamins, the study team notes in the journal Heart

Having just one egg a day can significantly lower your risk of heart diseaseResearchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 per cent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 per cent ate roughly one […]

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteria

New research finds that a shift in diet to incorporate more fibre could encourage specific types of gut bacteria, reducing the symptoms of diabetes and aiding weight loss

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteriaA diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help treat type 2 diabetes, and it seems to do this by changing the bacteria that live in a person’s gut. Liping Zhao at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and his colleagues compared the effects of two different diets in people with type 2 diabetes. Over […]