High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says study

The researchers found that each extra gram of sodium (or 2.5 grams of salt) per day was linked to a 43 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. It was noted that the people who fell within the high consumption category were at a 58 per cent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the individuals in the low consumption group

High intake of salt can increase diabetes risk, says studyDiabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- […]

Mental health: ‘NIMHANS’ satellite centre to be set-up in Maharashtra

Maharashtra's Health Minister Deepak Sawant on Monday, announced that a satellite centre of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMHANS), will be set-up in the state. The satellite centre will be started at one of the four mental hospitals in the state

Mental health: ‘NIMHANS’ satellite centre to be set-up in MaharashtraMental health issues generally carry a social stigma with them, but it should not be so. People living in metropolitan areas face stressful situations on a day to day basis. Along with this other factors such as age and social environment play a role in mental health issues. For example, social isolation can cause depression […]

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Researchers at Columbia University found changes in the way babies brains developed if their mothers took certain antidepressants. Babies whose mothers took the drugs had more core connections in parts of their brains that control negative emotional responses. Other research has found links to antidepressant use in pregnancy and risks for autism and low birth weights in babies   

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain developmentBabies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

Professor Balram Bhargava appointed as Director General of ICMR

Prof Bharagava who is at present Professor/Senior Consultant Cardiologist at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has been appointed to the post for a period of three years or until attainment of age of 60 years

Professor Balram Bhargava appointed as Director General of ICMRAIIMS professor Dr Balram Bhargava was today appointed the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary of the Department of Health Research according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry. Dr Balram Bhargava is an Indian cardiologist, medical educationist and innovator, known for his expertise in the trade and for […]

‘Homeopathy should become a mass movement,’ says Vice President Naidu

The Vice President asked everyone concerned to take homoeopathy to masses in the interior, remote places, where it is practically difficult to dispense medicines, owing to lack of logistics, or due to limited resources. Since homoeopathy is cost-effective, easy to administer and has no side-effects, it provides an apt solution for many challenges we are facing in health due to paucity of resources

‘Homeopathy should become a mass movement,’ says Vice President NaiduThe Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Swatch Bharat leads to Swasth Bharat and Samruddhi Bharat. He was addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Homeopathy Day. He added that scientific validation is a must, a checkpoint for everything adding that we need scientists and health researchers to give their […]

11 effective strategies to help you deal with stress

Many of us experience stress in life, whether this is in the short term from one-off projects, or long-term stress from a high-pressure career. Not only can this be profoundly unpleasant, it can seriously affect our health and our work. However, it is possible to manage stress, if you use the right tools and techniques.

11 effective strategies to help you deal with stressWhat is stress? Stress is defined as a response to a demand that is placed upon you. Stress in a normal reaction when your brain recognises a threat. Stress can be described as ‘a condition or feeling that a person experiences when they perceive that the demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual […]

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in women

Research suggests that differences in the way women and men store fat may affect their risk of heart disease, with those with an ‘apple shape’ at greatest risk

Larger waist, hip size interlinked with heart attack risk in womenWomen with bigger waists relative to their hips are at more risk of heart attacks than men of a similar “apple shape”, research from the George Institute for Global Health says. The study showed waist-to-hip ratio to be a better heart attack predictor than general obesity – 18% stronger than body mass index in women […]

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart disease

Researchers from Germany have investigated the long-term health of those who survived cancer during their childhood in comparison to the rest of the population. The study found the survivors, as adults, were at increased cardiovascular risk compared to the general population. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, used to treat cancer in children, are known to affect heart cells and blood vessels

Childhood cancer survivors at a higher risk of developing heart diseaseAdult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests. Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15 […]

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health too

Women who give birth to infants with congenital heart defects may have an increased risk of cardiovascular hospitalisations later in life, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation

Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health tooThe study of more than one million women is the first to show congenital heart defects in newborns may be a marker for an increased risk of their mothers developing heart problems, including heart attack and heart failure, years after pregnancy. Researchers analysed data on women who delivered infants between 1989 and 2013 in Quebec, […]

Want to prevent erectile dysfunction? Have watermelon juice

Although watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, it can give Viagra-like effects without the drug’s side effects. This may be good news for men who cannot safely take erectile dysfunction medications if they have heart problems, high or low blood pressure, a history of stroke, eye problems, severe liver disease and, kidney disease

Want to prevent erectile dysfunction? Have watermelon juiceThe advent of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments revolutionized the world of sexual medicine. No longer did men with certain medical conditions or age-related ED have to resign themselves to unsatisfying sex lives. However, ED drugs do not work for every man. Some men experience side effects, while the drug is unsuitable for […]