Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds study

Artificial trans fats, or trans-fatty acids, are the primary source of trans fats in the diet and are the product of an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil to make it solid

Dementia risk higher in those who eat more trans fats, finds studyA new study of older adults in a Japanese town has found that those whose blood contained higher levels of trans fats were more likely to develop dementia than those with lower levels. The researchers also found that sweet pastries were likely the biggest source of dietary trans fats in that population. There are two […]

#WorldHeartDay: Stressed at work and trouble sleeping? You’re at a high risk for heart disease

A new study has reinforced the belief that work-related stress and impaired sleep could be directly associated with raised blood pressure and risk of death due to heart disease

#WorldHeartDay: Stressed at work and trouble sleeping? You’re at a high risk for heart diseaseWork stress and impaired sleep are linked to a threefold higher risk of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension. That’s the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Study author Professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig, of the German Research Centre for Environmental Health […]

People living near green spaces are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, finds study

Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighbourhoods are at lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those living in areas with less green space

People living near green spaces are at lower risk of metabolic syndrome, finds studyThis is the main conclusion of a new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa,” which provides further evidence on the health benefits of green spaces. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together and include obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar levels, and abnormal fat […]

Standing burns more calories than sitting or lying down, finds study

Compared with sitting or lying down for the same amount of time, standing uses more energy. This could help to burn calories that would otherwise end up in fat storage

Standing burns more calories than sitting or lying down, finds studyNew research supports the idea that spending more time standing during waking hours can help to counteract some of the negative consequences of sedentary lifestyles. These are among the findings and conclusions of a recent PLOS One study from the University of Granada (UGR), in Spain. Many scientists believe that lying, sitting, and standing use […]

Accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer in the region: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries in its South-East Asia Region to accelerate their efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by the year 2030

Accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer in the region: WHOCervical cancer is a significant public health problem in the region. In 2018, an estimated 158,000 new cases and 95, 766 deaths were reported due to cervical cancer, which is the third most common type of cancer. “Countries need to expand vaccination, screening, detection and treatment services for everyone, everywhere to address the growing problem […]

Just 2 glasses of soft drinks daily tied to higher death risk

A new study looking at hundreds of thousands of individuals has linked higher consumption of soft drinks with greater risk of premature death. The researchers saw that the association held for both artificially and sugar-sweetened drinks

Just 2 glasses of soft drinks daily tied to higher death riskBecause the findings are that of an observational study, they do not prove that regular soft drink consumption drives early death. However, the research team concludes that the results endorse health initiatives to reduce public consumption of such beverages. A recent paper in JAMA Internal Medicine describes how the international study group analysed data on […]

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageing

A new study has identified an association between having a higher body mass and larger waist later in life, and a faster thinning of the cerebral cortex, which is a key characteristic of brain ageing

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageingHaving an unhealthy weight is a significant risk factor for many health problems, including developing metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, as well as cardiovascular problems. But could excess weight also be a risk factor for cognitive decline? This is the question that researchers from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in […]

Vitamin D supplementation may slow diabetes progression, finds study

The study findings suggest that high-dose supplementation of vitamin D can improve glucose metabolism to help prevent the development and progression of diabetes

Vitamin D supplementation may slow diabetes progression, finds studyVitamin D supplementation may slow the progression of type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed patients and those with prediabetes, according to a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disease that places a huge burden on patients and society and can lead to serious health problems including […]

‘Health ministry working towards using AI in public health,’ Dr Harsh Vardhan

While addressing the Lok Sabha, the Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke about the various developments which are currently taking place in the health ministry and the achievements which the ministry has reached. The Union Health Ministry is working towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a safe and effective way in public health in the country

‘Health ministry working towards using AI in public health,’ Dr Harsh VardhanHealth Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan also said in Lok Sabha on Friday that to address gaps in India’s AI ecosystem and realise its economic impact, the central government has prioritised building AI technology capabilities. “We will be using artificial intelligence to use solve our unsolved issues. We are going to be an important nation to […]

Seeing greenery helps reduce unhealthy cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and junk food

Being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods, new research has shown

Seeing greenery helps reduce unhealthy cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and junk foodThe study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby green space is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving. It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity. Researchers say […]
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