Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm births

There is an important association between maternal cigarette smoking cessation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, according to a new Dartmouth-led study published in JAMA Network Open

Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm birthsThe negative health impacts of cigarette smoking during pregnancy – which include low birth weight, delayed intrauterine development, preterm birth, infant mortality, and long-term developmental delays – are well known. In good news, the proportion of women who start their pregnancy as smokers has been declining in recent years. “Of concern, though, given the substantial […]

Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  

If trying to quit smoking has become a bit of a challenge, researchers advise sniffing peppermint, coffee, and vanilla to curb the craving for cigarettes

Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  As health officials search for novels ways to help cigarette smokers kick the habit, they may want to consider enlisting the power of smell. Researchers found that smokers exposed to pleasant olfactory cues, like the scents of chocolate, lemon, or vanilla, had less intense cigarette cravings than those exposed to a neutral smell or the […]

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 […]

5 reasons why yoga is good for your heart

Dr Santosh Kumar Dora, senior Cardiologist at Asian Heart Institute, informs us how yoga can have a positive impact on heart health

5 reasons why yoga is good for your heartMany studies have shown tremendous health benefits of yoga including that of cardiac health.  Yoga is a body-mind activity which helps in flexibility, muscle strengthening, balance, relaxation and concentration. Followings are the cardiac benefits of yoga: Decreases stress Stress leads to increase in stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which increase heart rate and blood […]

Can lung cancer be detected early?

In the 20th century, the world population began to experience rising mortality from lung cancer caused by chronic exposure to tobacco smoke. This epidemic of lung cancer deaths is now receding in some nations where tobacco control has reduced smoking, but it is rapidly rising in others, says Dr Unmil Shah, Pulmonologist at Global Hospitals, Mumbai

Can lung cancer be detected early?Although, lung cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women (after prostate cancer and breast cancer), the annual burden of this disease is larger than that of any other cancer. It accounts for 13 per cent of all new cancer cases and 19 per cent of cancer related deaths worldwide. In […]