Childhood cancer survivors have more blood pressure issues as adults

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments

Childhood cancer survivors have more blood pressure issues as adultsMore than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Even when they do get diagnosed […]

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildren

Girls whose maternal grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are 67 percent more likely to display certain autism-like traits, and 53 percent more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildrenWomen who need to quit smoking have another reason to consider for saying no to cigarettes, new research offers up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker’s children, but for the smoker’s grandchildren, too. Coming on the heels of several years of research into […]

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%

A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found that women who are very physically fit in middle age have an almost 90% decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life, unlike their moderately fit peers, who are more exposed to this condition

Physically fit women less likely to develop dementia by 90%Dementia, an umbrella term for a range of neurodegenerative diseases characterised by progressive memory loss and other cognitive impairments, affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This condition is most common among older adults, and a recent report suggests that more women live with Alzheimer’s disease, a form of […]

How to treat urinary tract infection and bladder problems?

Bladder infections are much more common in women than in men. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of women will experience a bladder infection at least once in their lifetime. Most are uncomplicated infections typically caused by the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium

How to treat urinary tract infection and bladder problems?A bladder infection is a bacterial infection of the bladder. It is also sometimes known as a urinary tract infection because the urinary tract includes the bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys The term “uncomplicated” is used to describe infections that occur in healthy women as opposed to “complicated” bladder infections that happen to people with […]

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?

Researchers suggest that the mechanism at play could be a stress response in the nervous system that is activated by exposure to noise. The stress response prompts a surge of hormones, which damages the blood vessels. The findings revealed that traffic or aircraft noise contributes to hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?The idea that heart disease may be caused by traffic noise may seem far-fetched. But growing evidence is linking environmental noise to the development of heart conditions including arterial hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Although healthcare providers will focus on traditional risk factors when they diagnose, prevent, and treat heart disease, ever […]

Having varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots

A study has found that people with varicose veins were at a five times increased risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), a clot in the legs which can lead to amputation or even death

Having varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clotsAdults with varicose veins, which are gnarled, enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet, may be at increased risk of suffering from blood clot that could lead to vascular diseases. The study found people with varicose veins were also twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism, a clot which travels into the […]

Irregular heartbeat risk interlinked with depressions, study suggests  

A study has shown that depression may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that can cause clot formation and stroke. It revealed that among those who took antidepressants and had the highest scores on a clinical screening test for depression were found to be at more than 30 per cent increased risk for atrial fibrillation, compared with participants with low scores for depression and who did not take antidepressants

Irregular heartbeat risk interlinked with depressions, study suggests  This data was recently presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions on Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) occurs when the upper chambers of the heart spasm, which therefore prevents them from moving blood into the heart’s lower chambers. When blood collects […]

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says study

According to a study published in the Lancet Diabetes, people who have slightly elevated blood sugar that’s not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis may still have a higher risk of heart and kidney disease than individuals with normal blood sugar

Elevated blood sugar levels tied to heart and kidney problems, says studyDiabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research has been mixed; however, on whether slightly elevated blood sugar that is sometimes called ‘pre-diabetes’ might also increase the risk of heart and kidney issues. Even the name […]

Treatment for sleep apnea is crucial, don’t overlook its symptoms

Anyone who has certain symptoms -- such as loud snoring, sudden awakening and being short of breath, waking with a dry mouth or throat, waking with a headache, not being able to stay asleep or being very sleepy during the day, may have sleep apnea and should see their doctor

Treatment for sleep apnea is crucial, don’t overlook its symptomsLast week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Fisher also had cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates in her system. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute […]

Being inactive interlinked with bladder problems in middle-aged men

Middle-aged men who spent at least 10 hours a day sedentary had a 15% increased risk of developing bladder problems, compared with those who spent less than five hours sitting daily, according to a study in BJU International

Being inactive interlinked with bladder problems in middle-aged menMiddle-aged men who are sedentary much of the day and don’t get a lot of exercise are more likely to develop bladder and urinary tract symptoms than their peers who sit less, a Korean study suggests. Researchers examined data on 69,795 men who were 40 years old on average and didn’t have a history of […]