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 Normally gregarious and the life of the party, he became increasingly withdrawn because he couldn’t hear well enough to partake in conversations around the table.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. […]

Ande ka funda: Having just one egg a day reduces stroke risk

One egg boasts 6 grams of high-quality protein and an array of vitamins, and they reduces the risk of stroke by 12 per cent

Ande ka funda: Having just one egg a day reduces stroke riskA study, led by US scientists, also shows that eating an egg each day had no association with coronary heart disease – the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers reached the conclusion by reviewing a host of studies published over a period of 33 years – between 1982 and 2015 – which involved more than […]

A global health concern – rising blood pressure

According to a new analysis based on more than 8 million people from 154 countries across 844 studies, the problem of elevated blood pressure is worldwide, and it has serious consequences

A global health concern – rising blood pressureOne U.S. adult out of every three has high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. But the number of people with elevated blood pressure, not yet in the high range, is much higher. According to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on more […]

How to recover communication skills after suffering a stroke

Post-stroke rehabilitation can help people to regain some or all of their skills. Speech therapists specialize in communication, but non-specialists can also play a key role

How to recover communication skills after suffering a strokeEvery year in the United States, more than 795,000 people have a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, the United Kingdom’s Stroke Association note that 1 in 3 people will experience communication problems after a stroke. Unfortunately, we often judge people on how well they communicate. From the outside, a […]

Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?

In this syndrome, a part of the heart muscle is suddenly weakened and the heart isn't pumping, becoming ineffective. However, the condition is usually treatable, and rarely fatal

Is ‘broken heart syndrome’ for real?The death of Debbie Reynolds just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away is a reminder of the crushing effect grief can have on the body. The 84-year-old Oscar-nominated performer reportedly suffered a stroke Wednesday. The official cause of death has not yet been disclosed. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son […]

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questions

Studies show heart-related deaths are five percent more likely around Christmas and New Year’s, perhaps due to factors like excess food, alcohol, stress and lack of exercise this time of year

George Michael’s heart failure death sparks questionsA day after the sudden death of long-time pop icon George Michael, many fans are struggling to understand how the fit-looking 53-year-old singer suddenly died of a heart condition. Confirmed by his London-based publicist on Christmas Day, Michael died in his sleep of heart failure. Heart failure, also referred to as congestive heart failure, happens […]

This new smart patch releases blood thinners as and when needed

Current treatments often rely on the use of blood thinners, such as Heparin, which require patients to test their blood on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dosages

This new smart patch releases blood thinners as and when neededAn interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a smart patch designed to monitor a patient’s blood and release blood-thinning drugs as needed to prevent the occurrence of dangerous blood clots – a condition known as thrombosis. In an animal model, the patch was shown to be more effective at preventing thrombosis than traditional methods of […]

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repair

A stroke is an event that blocks or interrupts the blood supply to the brain, depriving cells of essential oxygen. Without oxygen, cells die within minutes. There are few effective treatments for stroke and they apply to a low proportion of patients

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repairStroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide. By blocking blood flow in the brain, it destroys brain cells. Now, new research shows a drug already approved to treat other conditions not only limits stroke damage, but it also promotes repair. In rats, it reduced the number of brain cells killed and […]

90% strokes preventable. High BP and lack of exercise are the main culprits

Reducing hypertension cuts stroke risk by half, and is the most effective way to reduce risk of all the different preventive measures

90% strokes preventable. High BP and lack of exercise are the main culpritsEach year, 8,00,000 people suffer from a stroke in the United States. But according to a new study, published in the journal The Lancet, 90 per cent of these cases are preventable. An international team of researchers led by the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario examined people from every in continent […]

Pregnancy raises stroke risk at a younger age

A study shows that despite being a rarity, 18 per cent of all strokes in those aged below 35 were associated with pregnancy

Pregnancy raises stroke risk at a younger ageDoctors have long warned women that getting pregnant later in life can raise the risk of stroke, but a study on Monday suggested that actually, only young women face this increasing risk. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology compared stroke rates among pregnant and non-pregnant women of different age […]