Adding anti-clot drug to aspirin may help reduce stroke risk, reveals study

A new study of almost 5,000 adults in 10 countries, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provided strong evidence that people who had a TIA, transient ischemic attack, or minor stroke could reduce their risk of heart attack, major stroke or death within three months by 25 per cent - by adding the clopidogrel to aspirin

Adding anti-clot drug to aspirin may help reduce stroke risk, reveals studyWith a minor stroke that has mild, non-debilitating symptoms or a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) with a temporary blockage of a brain blood vessel, a patient has up to a 15 per cent chance of enduring a more severe stroke within the next three months. A stroke can be a life-changing event that can have […]

Can gut bacteria help us deal with high blood pressure?

Excessive salt intake wipes out levels of good bacteria in the gut and this can cause blood pressure to rise, a German study has found. The findings of the study have raised hopes that a simple probiotic could be used as a tool to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke caused by hypertension

Can gut bacteria help us deal with high blood pressure?An overwhelming proportion of existing studies warn that a high intake of sodium drastically increases your chances of high blood pressure. Here at Medical News Today, we have reported on studies showing that too much salt can double your chances of heart failure, and that even a low intake of salt may still put you […]

Scientists identify the link between brain health and exercise

If the protein can be made in a stable form and developed into a drug, it may lead to improved therapies for cognitive decline in older people and slow the toll of neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists identify the link between brain health and exerciseA protein increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, turning on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have reported. The findings, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, help explain the […]

How stevia can help in controlling blood sugar levels

Stevia is a sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant - commonly known as sweetleaf - which is native to South America. Stevia is around 200 to 400 times sweeter than table sugar, and it is often used as a sugar substitute in diet soda, candy, yogurts, desserts, and other foods and beverages

How stevia can help in controlling blood sugar levelsAn increasing number of people are opting for more healthful alternatives to sugar, and stevia has become a popular choice, particularly among people with diabetes. Studies have suggested that the natural, no-calorie sweetener can help to control blood sugar levels, although exactly how it achieves this has been unclear – until now. Researchers from the […]

Cycling can slow down ageing and keep your immune system young

The findings, outlined in two papers in the journal Aging Cell, showed that the cyclists preserved muscle mass and strength with age while maintaining stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. In men, testosterone levels remained high

Cycling can slow down ageing and keep your immune system youngCycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise regularly. More surprisingly, the anti-ageing effects of cycling appeared to extend […]

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 […]

Did you know? Certain eating habits can trigger high blood pressure

The theme for this year’s World Hypertension Day is ‘Know Your Numbers’ with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness. Along with this, it is also to focus on the eating habits also that can also trigger high blood pressure

Did you know? Certain eating habits can trigger high blood pressureHypertension, also known as high Blood Pressure, is a lifestyle disease; eating habits can have an impact on your blood pressure on day-to-day and long-term basis. It can damage arteries and can cause heart failure, cerebral stroke, kidney failure and damage our eyes. It is noted that up to 25 -30% urban and 10 -20% […]

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out for

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. Although you can't see your heart beating in your chest, not without specialist imaging technology, at least – there are visible, external signs that can indicate if something is wrong with your heart, before you suffer from a heart attack

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out forCreased earlobes One such external indicator is diagonal creases on the earlobes – known as Frank’s sign, named after Sanders Frank, an American doctor who first described the sign. Studies have shown that there is an association with the visible external crease on the earlobe and increased risk of atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds […]

Bacteria in contact lenses could be eating your eye

Contact lens wearers are more susceptible to having organisms like bacteria, fungi, and amoebas “eat” our eyes out because extensive lens use can easily trap them in our eyes

Bacteria in contact lenses could be eating your eyeContact lenses have made our lives easier by giving us “20/20 vision” without having to wear a pair of glasses. With this great freedom comes great responsibility, and failure to take care of our lenses could potentially lead to blindness. In Gross Science’s latest video, “What’s Living On Your Contact Lenses?” host Anna Rothschild explains […]