Physical activity at any intensity can help lower risk of early death, finds study

A multi-national team of researchers, including authors from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), have produced clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity, regardless of intensity, are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle-aged and older people

Physical activity at any intensity can help lower risk of early death, finds studyThe findings, published in The BMJ today, also show that being sedentary, for example sitting, for 9.5 hours or more a day (excluding sleeping time) is associated with an increased risk of death. The World Health Organization guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week for […]

Women who are morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, reveals study

Morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to night owls, according to a new study. Many studies have shown the importance of not just getting a good night’s sleep, but also getting to sleep earlier and not sleeping for more than seven to eight hours a night

Women who are morning people may have a lower risk of breast cancer, reveals studyIf you’re a woman who greets the early morning with a smile, new research delivers good news, you have a slightly reduced risk of developing breast cancer. Being a morning person was associated with a slightly lower risk of breast cancer. Other studies find early risers are healthier and wealthier. New large-scale research has found […]

Premature birth tied to higher risk of chronic kidney disease later in life

People born prematurely should be especially vigilant about the onset of kidney disease decades later. The researchers calculated that for each week of prematurity, the risk for chronic kidney disease increased by 4 per cent

Premature birth tied to higher risk of chronic kidney disease later in lifePreterm and early term birth are strong risk factors for the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) from childhood into mid-adulthood, suggests a study from Sweden published by The BMJ today. Given the high levels of preterm birth (currently 10% in the US and 5-8% in Europe), and better survival into adulthood, these findings have […]

Can India lead the way in neglected disease innovation?

In a recent article published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) calls for a comprehensive policy for neglected diseases research in India to foster innovation in drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines, critical for evolving needs of elimination programmes

Can India lead the way in neglected disease innovation?The article titled as ‘Can India lead the way in neglected diseases innovation?’ mentioned that neglected diseases predominantly affect poor and marginalised populations and do not constitute a market that is attractive enough to stimulate private sector investment. The authors of the article then suggest that government should step in with appropriate policies and investments […]

Suicide rates on the decline across the globe, reveals study

The rate fell by 38 percent since its peak in 1994, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than 4 million lives have been saved as a result

Suicide rates on the decline across the globe, reveals studyIn sheer numbers, more of the world’s people are dying by suicide each year than ever before, the new report reveals. In 2016, about 817,000 deaths worldwide were attributed to suicide, the study showed. That’s an increase from the 762,000 suicides calculated for 1990. However, after the researchers adjusted their numbers for changes in age […]

Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds study

Avoiding animal products and eating a plant-based diet is a great way to keep type 2 diabetes under control, according to a study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care

Meat-free diet linked to benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, finds studyResearchers reviewed 11 studies (most of them randomised controlled trials, the gold standard in research) that included more than 400 mostly middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes. The average length of each study was about six months. People who followed a plant-based diet experienced significant improvements in blood sugar control, emotional health, quality of life, […]

Study reveals oversized meals play a key crucial role in encouraging obesity

Restaurants frequently serve oversized meals, not only in the United States but also in many other countries, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers and supported by FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation

Study reveals oversized meals play a key crucial role in encouraging obesityThe study which was conducted in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, India and the United States found 94 per cent of meals served in restaurants contain more than the recommended number of calories according to the UK’s National Health Service Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the study weighed and measured the energy content of […]

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6

If you are a parent, you've likely been up at night with a coughing child or one that's just plain sick. In an effort to help your child breath and feel better, you may have reached for over the counter cough and cold remedies. Doctors say these remedies rarely relieve the symptoms of a cold and can have dangerous side effects in children

Here’s why parents should never give cold and cough medicines to kids below 6Recent research in the BMJ found that certain cold remedies may not help young kids with nasal symptoms and could even cause harm. A paediatrician stated that parents shouldn’t give over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to kids under six years old. Instead, remedies like rest and hydration can help soothe symptoms while a cold runs […]

More Indians opt for private care for managing hypertension, diabetes: Reveals study

In a recently survey published in BMJ Global Health medical journal, it was found that, Indian households, particularly those homes where people suffer from hypertension, chose private over public primary facilities for usual care

More Indians opt for private care for managing hypertension, diabetes: Reveals studyThe study explored the health facility utilisation patterns and reasons for non-utilisation of public facilities in 21 states and union territories in India, with a focus on hypertension. It was found that a majority of Indians are choosing private healthcare facilities over public healthcare facilities. The conclusion in the study mentioned that, ‘Quality of care […]

Exposure to pesticides and metals in day-to-day life tied to increased heart disease risk

The study found the strongest associations for metals and pesticides and coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation, and further work should focus on which biological mechanisms play a role for metal-associated and pesticide-associated cardiovascular disease (CVDs). Many metals are strong inducers of oxidative stress which may result in CVD either directly or via increased inflammation

Exposure to pesticides and metals in day-to-day life tied to increased heart disease riskWorkplace exposure to metals and pesticides is linked to a heightened risk of heart disease in Hispanic and Latino workers, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. Language barriers and low levels of education, coupled with fears about job security and immigration status, may make this rapidly growing ethnic group especially vulnerable, say the […]