Poor sleep associated with high blood pressure, suggests study

A bad night’s sleep may result in a spike in blood pressure that night and the following day, according to new research led by the University of Arizona

Poor sleep associated with high blood pressure, suggests studyThe study, to be published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, offers one possible explanation for why sleep problems have been shown to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and even death from cardiovascular disease. The link between poor sleep and cardiovascular health problems is increasingly well-established in scientific literature, but the reason for the […]

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 […]

People with type 2 diabetes are at a high risk of deadly liver disease

Many patients with potentially deadly liver cirrhosis and liver cancer are being diagnosed at late advanced stages of disease, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London and the University of Glasgow

People with type 2 diabetes are at a high risk of deadly liver diseaseThe study of 18 million people across Europe also suggests the people living with type 2 diabetes are at particular risk of this ‘silent disease’ and should be monitored closely to prevent life-threatening disease progression. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects up to a quarter of people in the West and is the most common […]

Investigate companies using placentas for making medicines, demands drugs license holders foundation

All Food and Drugs License Holders Foundation (AFDLHF) has raised concern over the rampant usage of placenta without seeking proper permission from either the parents or its family members. They have also written to the Union Health Ministry and Drug Controller General to come up with legal guidelines to control rampant usage of the temporary organ in the pharmaceutical industry

Investigate companies using placentas for making medicines, demands drugs license holders foundationIt has been reported that pharmaceutical companies are manufacturing medicines using placentas. In 2016, the central government had banned the use of placentas for making medicines. Yet certain companies are using placentas to make medicines. All Food and Drugs License Holders Foundation (AFDLHF) had raised the question from where are these companies obtaining placentas. An […]

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgery

According to a new study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnoea have a significantly higher risk of complications related to their heart in the first 30 days after major surgery

Risk of heart complications increases for sleep apnoea patients post-surgeryPeople having surgery may be more likely to experience cardiovascular problems afterward when they have a common night-time breathing disorder known as sleep apnoea, a study suggests. Compared to patients without apnoea, people with severe apnoea were more than twice as likely to die of heart complications or experience serious cardiac events like heart attacks […]

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?

People who have had their appendix removed may be at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to findings due to be presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?There seems to be a link between the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease and your appendix. Just what that relationship might be, nobody can agree upon, but here’s what we know so far. Late last year, an analysis of 1.7 million people found you were 25 per cent less likely to develop the condition if […]

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brain

Low oxygen levels are a well-known cause of brain injury in premature babies. But the mechanism by which low oxygen hurts the developing human brain has been unclear

Low oxygen levels harm specific cells in the developing brainNow, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. This damage is congruent with brain abnormalities, particularly reduction in grey matter, seen among children who are born very prematurely. The researchers have also identified […]

Peppermint oil helps people with non-cardiac chest pain and difficulty swallowing

Imagine that while eating a delicious meal at your favourite restaurant, your joy is cut short because of difficulty swallowing your food, followed by chest pain

Peppermint oil helps people with non-cardiac chest pain and difficulty swallowingIf you go see a doctor about these symptoms, and there is no evidence of a cardiac cause of the chest pain, you could be diagnosed as having some sort of disorder of the esophagus. Peppermint can help with the difficulty swallowing and non-cardiac chest pain experienced by some patients with disorders of the esophagus, […]

What causes us to binge eat? Scientists may have the answer

Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have revealed that the reason we eat more than we need to may be caused by cellular communication originating in the emotion-processing centre of the brain. The research was published in the journal Neuron

What causes us to binge eat? Scientists may have the answerIndulging in cravings for calorific foods when we already feel full is not an uncommon occurrence. While it could be put down to how easy it is to obtain great tasting (but often unhealthy) food is in modern society, the urge to binge on our favourite foods may actually be a by-product of evolution. Scientists […]
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