Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance, finds study

Obesity alters cells in ways that can lead to long-term health problems. Examples of obesity-induced cell changes include inflammation and damage to metabolic functions, such as the ability to use insulin and make energy

Cocoa shells may help prevent obesity-induced insulin resistance, finds studyNow, new research from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign and other institutions has shown that extract of cocoa bean shells contains three compounds that could potentially reduce or prevent some of these cell changes. Cocoa, green tea, and coffee also contain the same three compounds, which are: protocatechuic acid, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. A […]

Researchers design robotic thread which can slip through the brain’s blood vessels

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed robotic thread that can be steered magnetically and is small enough to work through narrow spaces such as the vasculature of the human brain. The researchers envision the technology may be used in the future to clear blockages in patients with stroke and aneurysms

Researchers design robotic thread which can slip through the brain’s  blood vesselsMIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain. In the future, this robotic thread may be paired with existing endovascular technologies, enabling doctors to remotely guide the robot through a patient’s brain vessels to quickly treat blockages and […]

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals study

A new study is the latest to show changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, though in this case, those liquids didn’t even contain nicotine

E-cigarettes change blood vessels after just one use, reveals studyThe study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg after just one use. The researchers couldn’t determine which chemical might be responsible for the changes they observed. […]

Researchers warn: Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotine

Smoking e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes and is rising in popularity among non-smoking adolescents. However, a single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body’s blood vessels, even when the vapour is entirely nicotine-free, according to a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers warn: Vaping impacts blood vessels, even without nicotineHealthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows. “We essentially found that using e-cigarettes is not equivalent to inhaling water vapour; in fact, it can exert acute, detrimental effects on (blood vessels) even when the liquid does not […]

8 health benefits of custard apple

Because of its creamy texture, it’s also known as a custard apple and is often known to be a yummy treat due to its sweet taste, often served chilled. However, it’s also rich in fibre and vitamins and is a unique fruit that has lots of surprising health benefits. Here are eight of them

8 health benefits of custard appleThe cherimoya is a green, cone-shaped edible fruit-bearing species with scaly skin and creamy, sweet flesh. Generally thought to be native to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, it’s now grown in tropical areas, usually in high altitudes. High in antioxidants Custard apple is filled with antioxidants that help fight free radicals present in your body, […]

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s

Reduced blood flow to the brain associated with early Alzheimer's may be caused by the contraction of cells wrapped around blood vessels, according to a UCL-led study that opens up a new way to potentially treat the disease

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’sBlood provides the brain’s energy supply in the form of glucose and oxygen. Earlier studies have suggested the first change in Alzheimer’s disease is a decrease in cerebral blood flow. The study, published today in the journal Science and funded by the European Research Council, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation, looked at the role of […]

#WorldEnvironmentDay: New study links air pollution with development of atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis can lead to more dangerous cardiovascular events, such as coronary heart disease or peripheral artery disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke

#WorldEnvironmentDay: New study links air pollution with development of atherosclerosisNew research suggests that chronic exposure to ambient ozone may raise the risk of atherosclerosis and harm arterial health. Atherosclerosis is the result of fatty deposits – such as cholesterol, fat, or cellular waste – accumulating inside a person’s arteries. Over time, the build-up of plaque inside the blood vessels’ walls thickens the arteries, which […]

Here’s the reason why lack of sleep is bad for your heart

In recent years, numerous studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk of stroke and heart attack. A new University of Colorado Boulder study, published in the journal Experimental Physiology, helps explain why

Here’s the reason why lack of sleep is bad for your heartIt found that people who sleep fewer than 7 hours per night have lower blood levels of three physiological regulators, or microRNAs, which influence gene expression and play a key role in maintaining vascular health. The findings could potentially lead to new, non-invasive tests for sleep-deprived patients concerned about their health, the authors said. “This […]

Know about these 6 foods linked to better brain power

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single almighty brain food can ensure a sharp brain as you age

Know about these 6 foods linked to better brain powerNutritionists emphasise that the most important strategy is to follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Try to get protein from plant sources and fish and chose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats. That said, certain foods in this overall […]

Heart health: Youth at a higher risk of heart disease due to smoking and other vices

The increase in heart disease in younger adults are caused due to habits of smoking, stress (work and non-work related), unhealthy diet, lack of sufficient physical activity and excess consumption of salt and packaged food, in some cases

Heart health: Youth at a higher risk of heart disease due to smoking and other vicesDeaths caused due to heart disease are usually attributed to the adult population. What is less known is that young adults are not spared of this main cause of death worldwide. The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) conducted a study to find the reasons for youth being susceptible to heart diseases and […]
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