When heart disease runs in the family, what should one do?

Dr Narayan Gadkar, Consultant Cardiologist, Zen Multi-speciality Hospital, Chembur, shares about what one should do if there is a family history of Heart disease

When heart disease runs in the family, what should one do?As a family, we share happiness, difficult times, and a myriad of other aspects of life! However, we also share genes, behavioural and lifestyle traits, which are not just restricted to the present generation. Through our ancestors to our future generations, the genetic material is passed between families – so do many diseases that exist […]

Paracetamol use in infancy is linked to increased risk of asthma in some teenagers

Children who take paracetamol during their first two years of life may be at a higher risk of developing asthma by the age of 18, especially if they have a particular genetic makeup, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress

Paracetamol use in infancy is linked to increased risk of asthma in some teenagersXin (Daisy) Dai told the meeting that the link between paracetamol use and asthma seemed strongest in those who had a particular variant of the glutathione S-transferase (GST) gene, GSTP1. However, she warned that the research showed only that there was an association between paracetamol and asthma, not that paracetamol caused the condition; further research […]

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildren

Girls whose maternal grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are 67 percent more likely to display certain autism-like traits, and 53 percent more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildrenWomen who need to quit smoking have another reason to consider for saying no to cigarettes, new research offers up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker’s children, but for the smoker’s grandchildren, too. Coming on the heels of several years of research into […]

Your genes determine how your heart rate responds to exercise, finds study

Your genes can determine how your heart rate and blood pressure respond to exercise - and may act as an early warning of future problems with your heart or blood vessels - according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology

Your genes determine how your heart rate responds to exercise, finds studyWhen people exercise, their heart rate and blood pressure increase. However, the magnitude of this increase is different for different people. Previous research has shown that abnormally large increases in blood pressure during exercise makes it more likely that people will suffer from future high blood pressure. Therefore understanding why people react differently to exercise […]

Unhealthy body fat interlinked to father’s genes, finds study

Father’s genes were linked to white tissue fat, the type created by our body to store energy when we consume too many calories

Unhealthy body fat interlinked to father’s genes, finds studyWhile brown fat cells can protect against obesity by burning excess calories, too many white fat cells can have the opposite effect, leading to excess weight gain and associated health risks. New findings reveal which parent’s genes lead to the development of which type of fat. The study titled ‘LincRNA H19 protects from dietary obesity […]

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementia

The main risk factor for dementia is older age. Genetic influences also play a role in the onset of the disease, but these are stronger for rarer types of dementia such as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are nevertheless few lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementiaWhile genetics play a role, making a few lifestyle changes and addressing preventable factors can also help in delaying the onset of dementia. The disease is not a normal part of the ageing process and commonly causes the symptom of memory loss. While there is no cure, research has found some activities might help in […]

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancy

The new findings suggest that diet is at least as important as genetic predisposition to neurodevelopmental disorders such as anxiety or depression

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancyA high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as […]

All you need to know about Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects young people. Over time, AS can lead to fusing of the bones of the spinal vertebrae which affects mobility and can thus disrupt a person’s personal and professional life

All you need to know about Ankylosing SpondylitisThe term ‘ankylosing spondylitis’ is derived from the Greek words ankylos which means ‘bent’, spondylos which means ‘spinal vertebra’ and -itis that refers to inflammation. AS is a condition where there is swelling (inflammation) and pain in the spine or in the joint where the pelvic bone meets the base of the spine. Some of […]

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientists

CRISPR-Cas9 is an exciting gene editing tool that scientists hope they will be able to use in preventing cancer. However, a new study warns that the use of this very strategy could actually increase the risk of cancer

Gene editing tool may inadvertently raise cancer risk, caution scientistsResearchers from the Britain’s Cambridge University and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said more research needs to be done to assess whether using CRISPR-Cas9 – a type of molecular “scissors” that make gene editing a possibility – might lead to the development of treatments that have added cancer risk. The team, led by Jussi Taipale at Cambridge, […]

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our body

Your body does have some built in protections and an inclination to preserve energy levels at all times.  If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body will respond by slowing down your resting energy use and make less energy available for you to use for extra activities

10 reasons why belly fat is the most stubborn fat on our bodyWhy is belly fat the most difficult, and last, fat to go? Belly fat is not necessarily the most difficult and last fat to burn on the body – it depends on the person. Generally speaking, it’s not usually more difficult to get rid of, it just seems that way because it takes so long. […]
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