Excess of iron in the body may cause skin infections, cautions study

One global study that investigated the role of iron in a variety of health conditions has found that excess iron may lead to a higher risk of bacterial skin infections

Excess of iron in the body may cause skin infections, cautions studyIron is an essential mineral. All human cells contain some iron, but around 70% of it occurs in red blood cells. Iron plays a key role in producing haemoglobin. This is a complex protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Iron helps eliminate fatigue, supports the immune system, improves […]

More years of childhood education may reduce adult heart disease risk, finds study

State policies requiring children to attend additional years of school may result in a reduced risk for heart disease and improvements in several cardiovascular risk factors in adulthood, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and Stanford University

More years of childhood education may reduce adult heart disease risk, finds studyIn the study, the researchers conducted a natural experiment by evaluating state compulsory schooling laws, which legislate the number of years children must attend school. From two large, national surveys conducted from 1971 to 2012, they identified more than 75,000 people born from 1900 to 1950, when states required children to attend school between 0 […]

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertension

A new study soon to appear in the Journal of Public Health suggests that air pollution and living in apartment buildings may be associated with an increased risk for dangerous conditions like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes

Study finds strong link between air pollution and hypertensionCardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death in developing countries. Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of cardiovascular diseases. Metabolic syndrome is further associated with abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, and higher blood glucose levels. These conditions are associated with a higher risk for various health problems. The causes of these disorders are […]

Young women who smoke face highest risk of major heart attack, cautions study

Smoking increases both men’s and women’s risk of a major heart attack at all ages, but women smokers have a significantly higher increased risk compared to men, especially women under 50 years old, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Young women who smoke face highest risk of major heart attack, cautions studyDespite the increased risk, smokers can reduce their risk to that of a never smoker in as little as a month after quitting. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women and men worldwide, and acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is among the most life-threatening forms of heart disease. STEMI […]

Drinking buttermilk can help improves heart health, state researchers

A new study shows that consumption of buttermilk and other fermented dairy drinks could help improve heart health and lower risks of having a heart attack

Drinking buttermilk can help improves heart health, state researchersHere’s another reason to love buttermilk even more. A new study suggests that the fermented dairy drink could actually help improve heart health. The findings, published in the journal Gut, showed that buttermilk, as well as other fermented dairy products, contain molecules that could help lower the production of cholesterol and other harmful blood lipids […]

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Athletes invest hours practising before a big game. Runners train for months leading up to a marathon. A mother-to-be should likewise prepare herself for the mental and physical rigour of pregnancy, labour and caring for a newborn

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s healthDr Andrew Lutzkanin, a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State Health, has a research interest in perinatal outcomes. He said the journey to motherhood taxes a woman in more ways than one. Because about half of all pregnancies nationwide are unintended, he said he doesn’t always have a chance […]

Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol, finds study

Contrary to popular belief, consuming red meat and white meat such as poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol, finds studyThe study, led by scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, surprised the researchers with the discovery that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming a comparable amount of plant proteins. Moreover, this effect was […]

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people, reveals study

Older people who experience significant weight gain or weight loss could be raising their risk of developing dementia, suggests a study from Korea published today in the online journal BMJ Open

Weight gain and loss may worsen dementia risk in older people, reveals studyDementia is an important health problem especially with increasing life expectancy and an ageing population. Meanwhile, the global prevalence of obesity, which is closely related to cardiometabolic diseases, has increased by more than 100% over the past four decades. There is existing evidence of a possible association between cardiometabolic risk factors (such as high blood […]

Dietary cholesterol or egg consumption not linked with elevated risk of stroke

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that a moderately high intake of dietary cholesterol or consumption of up to one egg per day is not associated with an elevated risk of stroke

Dietary cholesterol or egg consumption not linked with elevated risk of strokeFurthermore, no association was found in carriers of the APOE4 phenotype, which affects cholesterol metabolism and is remarkably common among the Finnish population. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Findings from earlier studies addressing the association of dietary cholesterol or egg intake with the risk of stroke have been contradictory. […]

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementia

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with dementia, its significant social and economic impact and lack of curative treatment, make it imperative for countries to focus on reducing modifiable risk factors for dementia

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementiaPeople can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. “In the next 30 years, the number of […]
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