Here are 5 ways to treat heartburn without medications

Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease. Heartburn is an irritation of the oesophagus -- the tube that connects your throat and stomach. It's caused by stomach acid. Here’s how to find relief

Here are 5 ways to treat heartburn without medicationsMaybe you hadn’t planned on getting your total caloric intake for the day within the space of an hour, but now here you are: empty plate, super-full belly—and that burning has just begun. The holidays are notorious for scuttling moderation, thanks to jumbo family dinners, ample party buffets, and cheese-laden potlucks. But all of that […]

9 signs you can’t ignore when it comes to your child’s eye health

A thorough eye test can detect a variety of eye conditions which, if left untreated in a child, could affect their eye health later in life, potentially even leading to partial or complete loss of sight

9 signs you can’t ignore when it comes to your child’s eye health“Vision isn’t the first culprit parents think of when their child is struggling in school, but it can be playing a part in their child’s poor school or sports performance,” says Marcela Frazier, an Associate Professor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology. A thorough eye test can detect a variety of […]

Caffeine intake during pregnancy can increase risk of childhood obesity

A new study has shown that babies carry a 30 per cent increased risk of being overweight when they are exposed to two cups of coffee daily while within the mother’s womb. If the mothers were consuming more than three cups of coffee a day while they were pregnant, the babies were 66 per cent more likely to become overweight

Caffeine intake during pregnancy can increase risk of childhood obesityConsuming caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk for obesity in childhood, researchers report. A Norwegian study, in BMJ Open, involved 50,943 mother-infant pairs. The mothers reported their caffeine intake at 22 weeks of pregnancy, and the researchers followed their children over the next eight years. After adjusting for other variables, the scientists found that […]

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, […]

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 […]

Diet used to reduce stroke risk can also help combat depression

US researchers have found that a diet already shown to reduce the risk of stroke, blood pressure and cholesterol levels also appears to lower the risk of depression. In addition to eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan involves low-fat dairy products and steering clear of foods high in saturated fats and sugar

Diet used to reduce stroke risk can also help combat depressionTurns out, the specific diet which is shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce the risk of depression. People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study conducted by American Academy of Neurology. The study found that people whose diets adhered more […]

There are absolutely no health benefits of drinking alcohol

There is no real connection between alcohol and good health; and even “moderate drinking” may be detrimental, especially in elderly individuals

There are absolutely no health benefits of drinking alcoholEvery so often, research surfaces that highlights the supposed benefits of drinking alcohol, but a new study suggests these findings are exaggerated; there is no real connection between alcohol and good health; and even “moderate drinking” may be detrimental, especially in elderly individuals. Although studies have noted a common trend between moderate alcohol consumption and […]

Low sperm count tied to poor health, increased risk of illness

The study found more of the men with low sperm counts had metabolic syndrome - a cluster of risk factors including a higher body mass index (BMI) and raised blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke 

Low sperm count tied to poor health, increased risk of illnessIn the largest ever study of sperm quality, reproductive function and metabolic risk; experts suggest that men with low sperm counts are likely to have numerous co-existing health problems. The new research was presented Sunday, March 18, at ENDO 2018: The Endocrine Society’s 100th Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago. “Our study clearly shows that […]

Walnuts can reduce risk of colon cancer by impacting gut microbiome

Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the way walnuts impact the gut microbiome—the collection of trillions of microbes or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract—may be behind some of those health benefits

Walnuts can reduce risk of colon cancer by impacting gut microbiomeWalnuts are just one in a line foods that contain dietary fibre and have interested scientists for their impact on the microbiome and health. Dietary fibre acts as a food source for gut microbiota, helping the bacteria to do their jobs—breaking down complex foods, providing us nutrients, or helping us feel full, for example. Fruits, […]

Signs to watch out for when it comes to silent heart attacks

People sometimes describe heart attack symptoms as chest discomfort or pressure, while others say they feel an intense, crushing sensation or a deep ache similar to a toothache. Certain people are less sensitive to pain than others, or they may deny their pain and “tough it out” because they don’t want to appear to be weak

Signs to watch out for when it comes to silent heart attacksNearly half of the people, who have a heart attack, don’t realize it at the time. These so-called silent heart attacks are only diagnosed after the event, when a recording of the heart’s electrical activity (an electrocardiogram or ECG) or another test reveals evidence of damage that has caused to the heart. People offer an […]
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