Air pollution may impact foetal cardiovascular system, says study

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

New 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 […]

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

It 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 […]

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

Deaths 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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Spider venom could be used to treat erectile dysfunction, find Brazilian scientists  

The bite of a deadly spider which causes victims to experience a four hour erection before they die could one day help millions of men overcome erectile dysfunction, according to researchers. Scientists studying Brazilian wandering spiders, sometimes known as banana spiders, believe that chemicals in its bite could lead to a treatment more effective than […]

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Heavy cigarette smoking could damage your vision, warn researchers

New research suggests that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage a person’s vision and disrupt their ability to see colours. In a study comparing smokers and non-smokers, Dr Steven Silverstein and colleagues from Rutgers University found that smokers could not differentiate between colours as well as non-smokers could and were less able […]

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Are you facing eye problems like redness? Here are 5 common causes and remedies

How can you tell the difference between common, benign reasons for irritation and more unusual, concerning problems? “There are really three important symptoms that should make someone seek attention if their eyes are bothering them,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. “If, besides redness, there is pain, extra light sensitivity or blurred vision, patients should get […]

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Statins may help prevent diabetes-related eye problems, finds study

Researchers found that diabetic patients taking statins were 14% less likely to develop retinopathy than those who were not. And among patients who did develop retinopathy, statin therapy was associated with slower disease progression, according to Dr Eugene Yu-Chuan Kang, a researcher at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues. Diabetes leads to retinopathy […]

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