Want to lose weight? Follow these 5 healthy habits

Paying attention to your eating habits and other lifestyle routines can help nudge down the number on the scale

Want to lose weight? Follow these 5 healthy habitsOften, the hardest part about losing weight isn’t about knowing what to eat. You’ve heard it a thousand times: eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. The real challenge is changing your habits to make those healthy choices part of your everyday routine without feeling too deprived. When you come home Where […]

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds study

Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports

Superbugs gaining resistance to hand gels in hospitals, finds studyA bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections, and it’s been shrugging off antibiotics at an increasing rate, said senior researcher Timothy Stinear. He is a molecular microbiologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. “It’s a World Health Organization and CDC-recognised superbug,” Stinear said. “In the hospital it is already […]

Being overweight linked to heart function changes in young adults

Even in early adulthood, being overweight is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart muscle damage that may set the stage for cardiovascular diseases later in life, a UK study suggests

Being overweight linked to heart function changes in young adultsMost previous research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight adjusted for height – and cardiovascular events like heart attacks has focused on older adults Researchers looked the relationship between BMI and routinely collected cardiovascular data, such as blood pressure and heart rate, in more than 3,000 17-year-olds born […]

All you need to know about macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. It’s also called age-related macular degeneration. Your macula is part of your retina - the area in the back of your eye that turns images into signals that go to your brain. It lets you see small details clearly

All you need to know about macular degenerationWhen the macula starts to break down, you have trouble seeing those kinds of things. For example, you might be able to see the outline of a clock, but not make out its hands. Symptoms Early signs include blurred vision and trouble seeing colour and fine details. As the disease gets worse, you lose your […]

Pregnant women with obesity, diabetes may have kids with psychiatric disorders

Pregnant women who have both severe obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have children with autism, ADHD and other psychiatric disorders than mothers who don’t have either condition during pregnancy, a new study suggests

Pregnant women with obesity, diabetes may have kids with psychiatric disordersEven without diabetes, severely obese mothers were 67% more likely to have children with mood and stress disorders than women who maintained a healthy weight during pregnancy, the study found. With pre-existing diabetes, obese mothers were more than six times as likely as other women to have children with ADHD, conduct issues or autism. These […]

Blue light emitted from smartphones can accelerate blindness

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness. Light from digital devices triggers creation of toxic molecule in the retina that can cause macular degeneration

Blue light emitted from smartphones can accelerate blindnessResearchers from the University of Toledo (UT) revealed how our eyes can be gradually damaged over time as a result of being exposed to blue light. The study titled “Blue light excited retinal intercepts cellular signalling” was published in the journal Scientific Reports on July 05. This type of light performs the function of regulating […]

Following a keto diet may raise your risk of having type 2 diabetes risk

New research published in the Journal of Physiology indicates that ketogenic diets, which are low carbohydrate high fat eating plans that are known to lead to weight loss, may cause an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in the early stage of the diet

Following a keto diet may raise your risk of having type 2 diabetes riskBy finding a link to a condition that raises the risk of type 2 diabetes; new research questions the health benefits of ketogenic diets. Ketogenic diets are low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets that have been shown to reduce weight. They change metabolism so that energy comes from fat instead of sugar. When researchers in Switzerland examined what […]

4 indicators which convey that you are eating too much salt

Salt not only preserves food but also adds flavour to it, which explains why many people eat more of it than they should. Perhaps, an even bigger factor involves the excessive amounts of salt we consume via processed foods

4 indicators which convey that you are eating too much saltWhile a high blood pressure reading is an obvious one, here are four other possible signs you should be cutting back on the salt: Your food tastes bland Some people might be born with a ‘salt tooth’ but habit likely plays a bigger role in salt preference, according to experts. “We do develop a taste […]

Dengue fever outbreak halted by release of genetically engineered mosquitoes

The first large-scale deployment of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which makes them unable to transmit viruses, has stopped all outbreaks of dengue fever in a city in northern Australia for the last four years

Dengue fever outbreak halted by release of genetically engineered mosquitoesInsects unable to transmit viruses halted disease in Australian city – now scientists hope same technique could help tackle Zika and malaria The success of the project in Townsville, Queensland, will encourage hopes that Wolbachia can provide a knockout blow against the Zika virus in Brazil as well, where the mosquitoes have been introduced into […]

Wearing boxer shorts can help improve sperm counts, finds study

Men who wear boxers most of the time may be more fertile than those who opt for jockeys and briefs, a new study suggests

Wearing boxer shorts can help improve sperm counts, finds studyWearing looser underpants could be a simple way for men to improve their sperm count and the hormones that control it, a US study suggests. In a study of 656 men, by researchers at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, in the US, boxer short wearers had a 25% higher sperm concentration than men […]