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

Recent 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 […]

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Women who are morning people may have a lower risk of #BreastCancer

If 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 […]

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

The 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 […]

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

Preterm 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 […]

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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 […]

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Suicide rates on the decline across the globe, reveals study

In 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 […]

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

Researchers 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, […]

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

The 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 […]

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

The 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 […]

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

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

Workplace 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 […]

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