Your appendix serves an important biological purpose

Appendix has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research suggests it may actually be protecting beneficial bacteria living in the gut

Your appendix serves an important biological purposeThe appendix, notorious for its tendency to become inflamed or even rupture, has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research supports the idea that the appendix may indeed serve a purpose: to protect beneficial bacteria living in the gut. Heather F. Smith, PhD, associate professor at Midwestern University […]

Women at a higher risk of heart disease post menopause

After menopause, there is a risk of increase in cardiac disease as the protection offered by estrogen declines. At the age of 50 years more than 50 per cent of the deaths occur in women, due to problems related to cardiac health

Women at a higher risk of heart disease post menopauseCardiovascular health has had its fair share of exposure. People have heard of it, even if they haven’t undergone a procedure personally. However, when it comes to women symptoms become more evident after the onset of menopause. While heart disease is considered as a man’s disease, globally it claims more lives among women than men. […]

Dengue: Brain-damaged man slips into coma for 30 days, survives

Millions of cases of dengue infection occur worldwide each year. Dengue fever can be one of the most heard-off yet dangerous illnesses these days. A 37-year-old man from Bangalore, recently got a second life after he was successfully treated for brain damage and coma due to dengue

Dengue: Brain-damaged man slips into coma for 30 days, survivesDengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Mild dengue fever causes a high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. A severe form of dengue fever, also called dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause severe bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock) and death. Dengue outbreaks […]

Knowing the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest, can make all the difference

Two terms with different meanings and how important it is to know what they mean

Knowing the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest, can make all the differenceHeart Attack  It occurs, when blood flow to a section of the heart is restricted. The primary culprit is typically coronary heart disease, which causes plaque to build up inside arteries; if the plaque ruptures, it creates a blood clot that can block blood flow to a portion of the heart muscle. Without sufficient oxygen, […]

After Mumbai, pollution grips Pune

Air pollution has serious effects on the human health. Depending on the level of exposure and the type of pollutant inhaled, these effects can vary, ranging from and the irritation of the respiratory tract to acute conditions like asthma and chronic lung diseases. Now, Pune witnesses rise in pollution. While, the doctors suggest inhalation therapy to improve symptom control and lung function

After Mumbai, pollution grips PuneAs the level of pollution is increasing with the change in weather condition, major areas in Pune are at greater risk of causing asthma attack. According to the Air Quality Index website’s figure realised on Sunday, Bhosari and Hadapsar ranks top on the list with 223 that is Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, Shivajinagar with 165 […]

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancer

Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after age 60

Explained: Link between weight loss and how it prevents blood cancerThe study, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after […]

People living with chronic fatigue may be at greater risk of suicide

Oftentimes, people who experience CFS are reluctant to visit doctors out of fear their ailment will be framed as a mental illness rather than one rooted in a physical cause

People living with chronic fatigue may be at greater risk of suicideFor many sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) — an illness defined by its tell-tale exhaustiveness as much as it is by our inability to track down its cause(s) — the daily struggle to stay active and maintain the simplest of routines can be overwhelming at times. According to a new study published Wednesday in […]

Piling on kilos during puberty increases the risk of dying early

A jump of 7 BMI units in puberty leaves boys at risk of dying early from heart disease due to obesity

Piling on kilos during puberty increases the risk of dying earlyCardiovascular disease is the world’s leading killer and is linked to obesity. Putting on lots of weight during puberty increases the risk of death from heart attacks or a stroke later in life, new research suggests. A jump of just seven body mass index (BMI) units during the developmental phase leaves young boys, in particular, vulnerable […]

Ask these five important questions regarding your health before getting inked

Getting a tattoo may seem to be in trend or be a way of self-expression, but you should also know how it affects your health

Ask these five important questions regarding your health before getting inkedMost of us have contemplated getting a tattoo — from the design we want to the ink colour — as a means to highlight our self-expression. The decision to ink ourselves is difficult, and riddled with potential tattoo regret. Although we might’ve weighed a tattoo’s artistic and social merits, chances are we haven’t given the […]

Best time for brain performance during the day and best age for learning revealed

How a bit of science can help you use your brain to your best potential

Best time for brain performance during the day and best age for learning revealedWhat’s your ideal time of the day for brain performance? Surprisingly, the answer to this isn’t as simple as being a morning or a night person. New research has shown that certain times of the day are best for completing specific tasks, and listening to your body’s natural clock may help you to accomplish more […]
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