Human breath may significantly affect office air quality, reveals study

Thus, the quality of office air can be just as instrumental in predicting whether or not individuals continue to experience good health. How can we tell if office air quality is adequate, and what are the greatest pollutants of office air? New research suggests that the greatest pollutants of office air are humans, who unwittingly […]

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Taking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may ‘reduce likelihood’ of asthma, finds study

At present, approximately 300 million people are living with asthma worldwide. It is estimated that by 2025, another 100 million people will be diagnosed with asthma and that urban lifestyles will play a significant role in this. Among other causes, changes in diets, climate change, and air pollution have all been associated with an increase […]

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Driving to work may increase the risk of premature death by 32%

The finding, which was recently presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, was based on an analysis of more than 160,000 British individuals. For the study, researchers from the British Heart Foundation examined data from 163,149 people (aged between 37 and 73 years) who provided information about whether they drove to work, walked and […]

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Weight loss in obese migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life

“If you suffer from migraine headaches and are obese, losing weight will ameliorate the quality of your family and social life as well as your work and school productivity. Your overall quality of life will greatly improve,” said lead study author Claudio Pagano, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of […]

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Allergies linked to higher junk food consumption, suggests new study

AGEs are proteins or fats found in foods that react with sugars to become glycated. They are therefore abundant in processed foods that are packed with sugar and fat like bacon, cake, pizza and burgers. Microwaved foods, as well as barbecued or roasted meat, are also high in AGEs. A new study from researchers at […]

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Snoring causes damage and prevents healing in the upper airway tract, reveals study

These findings are reported by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. Their on-going research focuses on the processes behind vibratory damage and healing of the upper airway tract. The data generated will help identify people at high risk of developing sleep apnoea and to find novel treatment strategies. “Besides the disturbing effects, constant snoring can be […]

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Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes are at a high risk of preterm birth

  These are the findings from researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In a previous study published in The BMJ, the research group showed that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes were at an increased risk of having babies with heart defects. Now, a new […]

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Air pollution may impact foetal cardiovascular system, says study

Air pollutants trigger allergic cough in urban Indian population, states report

This partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked. Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations […]

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After Diwali, time to brace up for respiratory problems as winter sets in

Even though, the noise levels were comparatively lower this Diwali, it still left many Mumbaikars high and dry literally with doctors witnessing a high number of patients complaining of respiratory ailments due to poor air quality in the city. During the Diwali week, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has recorded respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) […]

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Diwali brings a threefold rise in asthma, upper respiratory cases

Shrishti Desai, 29, a chartered accountant and Andheri resident, is off to North-East to spend her Diwali holidays. While most of us prefer being at home and celebrate the festival of lights, Desai, who suffers from asthma, is forced to stay away from the city to avoid the firecracker pollution. City-based chest physicians confirmed that […]

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