Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kids

Fathers-to-be who smoke may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in their offspring, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kidsFor mothers-to-be, both smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke were detrimental. “Fathers-to-be should quit smoking,” said study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China. “Fathers are a large source of second-hand smoke for pregnant women, which appears to be even more harmful to unborn children than women […]

P.D. Hinduja Hospital starts signature campaign for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’

More than 3,500 (as of now), Mumbaikars pledge their support via the signature campaign to declare a part of the iconic Cadel Road (Veer Savarkar Marg) as a no smoking street 

P.D. Hinduja Hospital starts signature campaign for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre announced the launch of a first of its kind initiative in the city, a proposal for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street.’ The hospital proposes to declare the 1.8 km stretch on Cadel road between the Kaapad Bazaar Junction (including the PN Kotnis Rd) and Chaityabhoomi (Sant Dyaneshwar […]

Say no to tobacco and second-hand smoke for healthy lungs, warn experts

The focus of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) this year is ‘tobacco and lung health.’ Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and global partners observe WNTD on May 31 and people are made aware about the ill-effects of tobacco and discourage them from using tobacco in any form

Say no to tobacco and second-hand smoke for healthy lungs, warn expertsAs per the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year the campaign will focus on the impact of tobacco has on lungs from cancer to chronic respiratory disease (COPD). People will be informed about lung cancer, the primary cause of which is tobacco smoking. Smoking tobacco is responsible for two-thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Even […]

Dangers of third-hand smoke that you need to be aware about

 You know that smoking and second-hand smoke (smoke from a burning cigarette and exhaled by a smoker) is unhealthy. But another danger may surprise you, third-hand smoke, which is residue that lingers long after you empty the ash trays

Dangers of third-hand smoke that you need to be aware aboutResearchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati have found more evidence of the potentially harmful effects of exposure to the residue and particles left behind by tobacco smoke. In ‘Nicotine on Children’s Hands: Limited Protection of Smoking Bans and Initial Clinical Findings,’ published Jan. 16 in Tobacco Use Insights, Cincinnati […]

‘Infertility, no longer a female-centric issue’

Dr Nameeta Mokashi Bhalerao, a Fertility Consultant, Nova IVI Fertility, Pune, shares her insights about infertility, how it is triggered and how to diagnose it

‘Infertility, no longer a female-centric issue’Infertility is a condition where a couple is unable to conceive naturally despite having unprotected sex for a year. For a long time infertility has been perceived as a female-centric issue. However, of the infertility cases reported, 37% is related to the man, 38% to the woman, and the remaining 25% to unknown causes. Infertility […]

Avoid smoky environments to protect your heart, suggests study

If a room or car is smoky, stay away until it has cleared. That’s the main message of research presented today at EuroHeartCare 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Avoid smoky environments to protect your heart, suggests studyPassive smoking at home or work was linked with a 13 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Living with a smoker after age 20 was associated with a 15 per cent greater risk. Exposure to passive smoking for ten years or more was related to a 17 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Men and […]

Second-hand smoke exposure interlinked with snoring in kids

Chinese researchers made the conclusion after reviewing 24 existing studies. Kids are 87% more likely to become snorers if exposed to second-hand smoke. The odds rose by around 2% for every cigarette smoked daily in the home

Second-hand smoke exposure interlinked with snoring in kidsChildren exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke may become snorers, scientists claim. An analysis of existing research suggests their risk of becoming snorers rises by up to 87 per cent, if regularly exposed to lingering cigarette smoke. The odds of youngsters going on to become snorers rose by around two per cent for every cigarette smoked […]

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-ups

Are you a chain smoker? Besides harming your own life, you may also be exposing your kids to second-hand smoke, which can increase their risk of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, researchers have warned

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-upsAdults with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to second-hand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several other conditions. “Overall, our findings provide further […]

Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney disease

People exposed to second-hand smoke even a few days a week had more than 50 per cent increased risk of developing kidney disease

Exposure to second-hand smoke linked to kidney diseaseExposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study has found. Korean researchers studied 131,196 non-smokers, dividing them into three groups: those who had more than three days a week of exposure to second-hand smoke; those who had less than three days a week; and those with no exposure at […]

New study finds strong link between second-hand smoke and sudden cardiac death

Continuous indoor exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke triggers changes in the heart’s electrical activity, known as cardiac alternans, which can predict cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, a new study from UC Davis Health researchers shows

New study finds strong link between second-hand smoke and sudden cardiac deathThe authors believe the study, conducted in mice, suggests that second-hand smoke exposure alters cells that regulate how the heart beats. Their work also expands overall knowledge of the effects of tobacco smoke on cardiac function in non-smokers, something that receives more limited attention in research. “As tobacco use continues to decrease, research on its […]