Cancer overtakes heart disease as the biggest killer in developed countries

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday, September 03

Cancer overtakes heart disease as the biggest killer in developed countries  Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global ‘epidemiologic transition’ between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40% of all deaths – that […]

Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answers

Do hand dryers pose a threat to children’s hearing? The answer may be yes, according to a new study published in the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society, which found that some of the devices can be as loud as a sporting event or an approaching train

Do hand dryers hurt kids’ ears? 13-year-old girl’s study offers answersWe commonly come across hand dryers at various places like the airport, mall, restrooms or restaurants. While we dry our hands, we also hear the whooshing sound of the machine. But have we ever considered the damage that the sound could have on our hearing. Previous research has suggested that hand dryers may operate at […]

Canadian man loses ability to pee after being bite by a black widow spider

Spider bites are unpleasant and you’d want to do your best to avoid being bit by a spider. Several things can happen to you when a spider bites you, such as swelling and redness, but never in your wildest dreams would you imagine that a spider bite would make you lose your ability to pee

Canadian man loses ability to pee after being bite by a black widow spiderBut that’s exactly what may have happened to a man in Canada. After he got a suspected black widow bite on his foot, he developed a condition called acute urinary retention, which means he couldn’t pee despite having a very full bladder, according to a recent report of this case study. The 50-year-old encountered the […]

Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babies

Women who take vitamin D during pregnancy may be less likely to have underweight babies, according to a research review that also suggests these supplements may also be associated with a lower risk of foetal or infant mortality

Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babiesOverall, mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy were 28 per cent less likely to have underweight newborns or babies who died in the womb or during infancy, the study found. But prenatal vitamin D supplements only appeared to have these benefits when women took 2,000 International Units (IU) or less each day. This amount […]

Short interval between pregnancies poses health risks for mother and baby

Mothers should wait at least a year between giving birth and getting pregnant again to reduce health risks to mother and baby, a new study says

Short interval between pregnancies poses health risks for mother and babyResearchers looked into nearly 150,000 births in Canada for the study and found that a short gap between pregnancies affected mothers aged over 35. But women of the same age who waited 12 to 18 months to conceive again after having a baby reduced the risk of short and long-term damage to their health. A […]

As Canada bans artificial trans-fats, experts demand the same from India

As Canada bans artificial trans-fats, experts demand the same from IndiaRecently, Canada banned artificially produced trans-fats. Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are the main source of industry-produced trans -fats which are used to create a certain consistency in food or to increase shelf life. They are often found in commercially baked goods. Industrially-produced trans-fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and […]

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new study

Women who participated in the study came from five very different study sites. Researchers observed a relatively consistent association in which early childbearing was associated with greater cardiovascular disease risk across these study sites, which supports the validity of the results 

Teen mother at a higher risk of heart disease, suggests new studyThe new study was led by Catherine Pirkle, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. The first author of the paper is Nicole Rosendaal. Prof. Pirkle and her team examined the data available on 1,047 women from the 2012 International Mobility in […]

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

At the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Lalith Satkunam highlighted about spasticity. He stated that this affects the patient’s quality of life. He said if people are not able to do their daily activities because their muscles are impaired, it will impact society as a whole since it hampers a person’s productivity and this affects the workforce in the long run

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in […]

‘The future of surgery is endoscopy and the future of endoscopy is Endoscopic Ultrasound’

At 21st Mumbai Live Conference starting from January 5 to 7, Dr Michel Kahaleh, Chief of Endoscopy Robertwood Johnson University, Canada, discussed about Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD), a technique widely used in the western countries to dissect early stage tumours with the help of endoscopy technique

‘The future of surgery is endoscopy and the future of endoscopy is Endoscopic Ultrasound’The 21st Endoscopy 2018 Conference saw a culmination of international and national experts. Dr Michel Kahaleh, Chief of Endoscopy Robertwood Johnson University, Canada, highlighted the Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD). “The future of surgery is endoscopy and the future of endoscopy is endoscopic ultrasound,” said Dr Kahaleh. The ESD technique is widely used in the western […]

Mysterious case of Italian woman who sweats blood baffles doctors

The condition known as hematohidrosis is a rare disease characterised by blood oozing from intact skin or mucous membranes, such as from inside the nose. Symptoms can include sweating blood, crying bloody tears, bleeding from the nose, or bleeding from other skin surfaces, according to the National Institutes of Health's Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. There is no known cure for hematohidrosis

Mysterious case of Italian woman who sweats blood baffles doctorsA young woman in Italy has a rare and mysterious condition that causes her to sweat blood, according to a new report of her case. The 21-year-old told her doctors that, over the last three years, she periodically experienced bleeding from her face and palms, without any cuts or skin lesions. These bleeding episodes typically […]