Sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of having a normal weight

Low levels of physical activity can put healthy weight adults at the same risk for cardiovascular diseases as those who are overweight, a study has found

Sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of having a normal weightResearchers have found that low levels of physical activity can put healthy weight adults at the same risk for cardiovascular disease as adults who are overweight. “Our study demonstrates that a sedentary lifestyle counters the benefit of being at a normal weight when it comes to heart disease risk,” said lead investigator Arch G. Mainous […]

A woman in China developed a rare condition in which she can’t hear male voices

The woman, from China, went to sleep with nausea and ringing in her ears. The next day she went straight to hospital with sudden hearing loss. A specialist said stress had given her ‘low-frequency hearing loss’

A woman in China developed a rare condition in which she can’t hear male voicesA woman in China recently woke up with a rare ear condition that left her unable to hear deeper sounds. As a result, the woman can’t hear men’s voices. According to the report, the woman, identified only by her last name, Chen, experienced nausea and ringing in her ears one night. The next morning, she […]

11 foods to eat if you have dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain disease

Dietary choices including eating plenty of spinach and drinking orange juice are said to help slash the risk of early memory loss for men. But there’s more of dietary choice and foods which can help boost memory. Read on to know more

11 foods to eat if you have dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain diseaseI have fond memories of sitting at the bench seat in my grandparent’s farm house, preparing organic vegetables from the garden for meals and then, upon completion, sharing a pot of tea with honey, along with a couple of biscuits, with my grandmother. My patient and highly-informed grandmother shared stories about the world, her days […]

Heart attacks more likely when weather is frigid, finds study

A new study confirms what doctors have long asserted — cold weather is a risk factor for heart attacks. But the risk doesn't stop with the cold. Low atmospheric pressure and the associated wind, rain and lack of sunshine also make heart attacks more likely, it seems

Heart attacks more likely when weather is frigid, finds studyBased on more than a decade and a half of medical and weather data, researchers linked an increased incidence of heart attacks to lower air temperatures, lower atmospheric pressure, higher wind velocity and shorter durations of sunshine, according to the report in JAMA Cardiology. What’s unique about the new study, said its senior author, is […]

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out for

The heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. Although you can't see your heart beating in your chest, not without specialist imaging technology, at least – there are visible, external signs that can indicate if something is wrong with your heart, before you suffer from a heart attack

Heart disease: 6 external warning symptoms to look out forCreased earlobes One such external indicator is diagonal creases on the earlobes – known as Frank’s sign, named after Sanders Frank, an American doctor who first described the sign. Studies have shown that there is an association with the visible external crease on the earlobe and increased risk of atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds […]

Inflammatory bowel disease in men increases risk of prostate cancer

Men with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are four to five times at higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to researchers including one of Indian-origin. IBD is inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract and is a common chronic condition that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Inflammatory bowel disease in men increases risk of prostate cancerThe findings showed that men with IBD have higher than average prostate-specific antigen (PSA) – a substance produced by the prostate gland. Early detection and a healthy lifestyle can prevent the cancer, the researchers said. According to the latest research, men with inflammatory bowel disease have a significantly higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Inflammatory […]

Eating more vegetables interlinked with better artery health for older women

A new study of older women living in Australia finds that eating more vegetables - especially cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower - might help to prevent clogged arteries, a main cause of heart attack and stroke

Eating more vegetables interlinked with better artery health for older womenElderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests. Researchers surveyed 954 women aged 70 and older. They also used ultrasound to assess the thickness of the walls of the carotid artery in the neck, and the extent of plaque accumulation. Thinner artery walls […]

Father-of-three left paralysed from nose down after eating roadside chicken curry

The 40-year-old man was left fighting for his life in an induced coma a couple of days after eating a chicken curry. David Braham became unwell with food poisoning while watching his son play rugby after the dodgy meal

Father-of-three left paralysed from nose down after eating roadside chicken curryThe food poisoning unexpectedly brought on a rare autoimmune disorder called Guillian-Barré Syndrome. David was left paralysed from the face down, unable to talk and breathe while on a ventilator for four months. He has finally learnt to walk on his own eight months after the Chinese curry nearly cost him his life. The former […]

Even one workout can provide improved long-term metabolic benefits

One of the most rewarding parts of working out is the afterburn, as the body continues to use up calories at a higher rate hours after working out. Lucky for us, this well-deserved gift isn’t the only one of its kind. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical centre believe they have found another way that the body changes in the hours post-exercise. And the effects, they believe, last for as long as two days

Even one workout can provide improved long-term metabolic benefitsNew research in mice finds that a single workout activates a brain circuit associated with a lower appetite, lower blood sugar levels, and better metabolism. Moreover, this effect lasted for 2 days after the workout. The findings may help improve blood sugar metabolism in people with diabetes. Controlling blood sugar levels with physical activity and […]

What needs to be done to reduce the burden of heart disease?

For prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD’s) experts point out two types of interventions: population-wide and individual, which are recommended to be used in combination to reduce the greatest cardiovascular disease burden

What needs to be done to reduce the burden of heart disease?CVD’s are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Examples of population-wide interventions that can be implemented to reduce CVDs include: Comprehensive tobacco control policies Taxation to reduce the intake of foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt Building walking and cycle paths to increase physical activity Strategies to reduce […]
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