Consuming coconut oil can lower heart disease risk

Researchers found that consuming it for just 4 weeks can lower risk of heart disease. The participants who ate coconut oil in the study saw the biggest rise in good cholesterol (HDL levels) with an average of 15%

Consuming coconut oil can lower heart disease riskConsuming coconut oil daily for just four weeks may lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, suggests a recent study. Researchers Kay-Tee Khaw and Professor Nita Forouhi from the University of Cambridge conducted the study on 94 volunteers between the ages of 50 and 75, none of whom had a history of heart disease […]

Taking saunas may reduce the risk of stroke

People who had saunas four to seven times per week were 60 per cent less likely to have a stroke than those who only enjoyed one per week. Saunas appear to have a blood pressure-lowering effect, which may underlie the beneficial effect on stroke risk

Taking saunas may reduce the risk of strokeResearchers studied 1,628 men and women aged 53 to 74, free of stroke at the start. They had data on body mass index, alcohol consumption, smoking, blood pressure, blood lipid levels, and other health and behavioral characteristics that affect cardiovascular health. The participants reported how often they took traditional Finnish saunas and how long they […]

Hearing loss has a greater impact on life than cardiac disease, stroke and cancer

Hearing loss leads to isolation, less interactive communication with others and this leads to loneliness, which is known to have a negative health impact equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day

Hearing loss has a greater impact on life than cardiac disease, stroke and cancerFor many years, it was clear that my father was becoming hard of hearing. Normally gregarious and the life of the party, he became increasingly withdrawn because he couldn’t hear well enough to partake in conversations around the table. He began to walk with a shuffling gait. He was declining in front of my eyes. […]

Stroke rise in India, a worrying health issue for govt

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare addressed the issue on the rise in deaths due to brain stroke in the country. Unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, overweight, obesity, tobacco use, etc. are the risk factors of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including stroke

Stroke rise in India, a worrying health issue for govtAs per a report on ‘India: Health of Nation’s States – The India State Level Disease Burden Initiative’ published by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the incidence of stroke per 1,00,000 population was 65.91 in 1990 and 89.34 in 2016. As per the report, estimated death rates due to stroke in India is 53 […]

No Smoking Day: How smoking almost killed this 33-year-old man

A middle-aged cigarette smoker who has smoked for decades is two to three times more likely to die early than someone similar who has never smoked. World Health Organization (WHO) sees tobacco smoking as the number one avoidable cause of death in the world. With March 14, being observed as National No Smoking Day, we look at how a 33-year-old professional fell into the rut of smoking which eventually ruined his life

No Smoking Day: How smoking almost killed this 33-year-old man“In August 2017, I got to meet a 33-year-old MNC executive at my clinic. It seemed he had a convulsion while driving and he hit a truck parked by the side,” said Dr Ashok Hande, Neurosurgeon at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi. After the accident, Prabhakar Seth (name changed), was unconscious and was profusely bleeding from the […]

Rare condition: Doctors discover 9cm air-filled pocket in 84-year-old man’s brain

Doctors in Northern Ireland feared that the 84-year-old had suffered a stroke. He complained of weakness on the left-side of his body and had multiple falls. Tests showed an air pocket in the area that controls the left side of his body. Doctors discovered it had been caused by a bone tumour in his sinuses. The cavity had also triggered a mini-stroke in the patient's brain

Rare condition: Doctors discover 9cm air-filled pocket in 84-year-old man’s brainUpon closer inspection they found it had been caused by a bone tumour in his sinuses that had also triggered a mini-stroke. But the patient, whose identity is unknown, declined surgery and was discharged and put on a secondary stroke prevention programme. Doctors in Northern Ireland were so intrigued by the patient that they published […]

Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes interlinked with risk of heart disease, stroke

Adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their 20's and 30's could be at greater risk of dying prematurely from a heart attack or stroke. Published in journal Diabetologia, the study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting earlier onset type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of complications compared with later onset

Early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes interlinked with risk of heart disease, strokeThe age at which someone is diagnosed with diabetes has been linked to a progression in cardiometabolic risk factors. The younger the age at the time of diagnosis, the more likely the people are to be obese, have higher levels of “bad” cholesterol, and experience faster deterioration of their blood sugar control. It was associated […]

Study reveals eating out alone is bad for your health, especially for men

Men who ate alone more than twice a day were the most likely to develop abdominal obesity. Scientists also found that these individuals were more likely to be single, live alone and skip meals. In most cases, these men did not have spouses. Married men or men committed in a relationship did much better when compared to those who were single

Study reveals eating out alone is bad for your health, especially for menMen who eat alone have a 45 per cent greater risk of developing obesity, a new study has found. Researchers at Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital in Seoul, South Korea also found links between eating alone and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While their findings revealed health consequences for both men and women who dined […]

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

At the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Lalith Satkunam highlighted about spasticity. He stated that this affects the patient’s quality of life. He said if people are not able to do their daily activities because their muscles are impaired, it will impact society as a whole since it hampers a person’s productivity and this affects the workforce in the long run

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in […]