#WorldKidneyDay: Kidney function worsens as people get more obese, reveals study

Compared to adults who are merely overweight, people with the most severe obesity are twice as likely to develop impaired kidney function, the analysis found. People who aren’t quite as obese have an 18 to 69 per cent higher risk of developing reduced kidney function

#WorldKidneyDay: Kidney function worsens as people get more obese, reveals studyWith or without existing kidney disease, kidney function is more likely to decline over time the more severely obese a person is, a large study suggests. “Excess weight, particularly around the belly, causes many adverse metabolic effects that impact the kidney,” said lead study author Dr Alex Chang of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, […]

Here’s how to identify and treat exercise addiction

Exercise addiction usually starts with a desire for physical fitness. An eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, may lead to an unhealthy obsession with exercise. A body dysmorphic disorder, or body image disorder, may also cause exercise addiction

Here’s how to identify and treat exercise addictionAddiction to ‘drugs’ (or substances; a better scientific term) are known since ages. Not much surprisingly, certain behaviours can be addictive too, though the attention over them is a recent development. The increased usage of smartphones, the Internet, and online gaming is a real cause of concern by the end of 2017. And to add […]

Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as chief scientist of WHO

In a major revamp of its senior management structure, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday has been given the responsibility of managing a newly set-up science division to Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Dr Soumya Swaminathan appointed as chief scientist of WHOShe was one of the three deputy director-generals supporting the director-general in overseeing all programmes. She was the first Indian to hold the position at WHO. Dr Swaminathan will now be chief scientist in a newly created department in the WHO. The revamp, laid out in an internal memo sent to staff and seen by […]

Effective ways to increase your bone strength

It is important to build strong bones before you get to a certain age, especially if you are a woman. While aging is associated with a normal loss of bone density, there are many preventable factors to consider

Effective ways to increase your bone strengthHere are a few tips you can follow to boost your bone health: Increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D Calcium plays a primary role in boosting bone strength, by building it and slowing down bone loss. But you also need to get enough vitamin D, the nutrient responsible for transporting the calcium. For […]

Why are cases of heart attack increasing among young women?

A heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction, occurs when a part of the heart doesn’t receive enough blood. Globally, 85% of all cardiovascular disease-related deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, according to the World Health Organization

Why are cases of heart attack increasing among young women?The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why. When analysed across five-year intervals, the overall proportion of heart attack-related hospital admissions in the United States attributable to young patients, ages 35 to 54, steadily climbed from […]

Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD, finds new study 

Interest in meditation’s potential as a tool for coping with various mental health symptoms has risen in recent years, and now, a new study suggests that one type of meditation, called transcendental meditation, can successfully counteract post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lower depression

Transcendental meditation can help treat PTSD, finds new study Studies have shown that meditation practices can have a significant, positive effect on mental health and how well our bodies respond to stress. Existing research has also found that different types of meditation can even help boost a person’s emotional intelligence. Working with a cohort of young people with symptoms of PTSD and depression, researchers […]

Could energy boosting sports drinks be deadly for your health? 

The sports drink market is expected to see growth in the coming years due to increasing demands worldwide, but the debate on the benefits and health risks associated with its consumption also continues among scientists and the industry

Could energy boosting sports drinks be deadly for your health? Amid the rapid growth of sports drink markets globally, scientists have also been raising concerns about the product’s potential impact on human health. A new study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests that sports drinks can effectively enhance endurance performance, Outside Magazine reported. The findings come from the analysis of […]

Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware about

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) report, around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use

Cancer risk factors that you need to be aware aboutCancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. Risk factors for cancers Tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are major cancer risk factors worldwide and are also the 4 shared risk factors […]

Suicide rates on the decline across the globe, reveals study

The rate fell by 38 percent since its peak in 1994, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than 4 million lives have been saved as a result

Suicide rates on the decline across the globe, reveals studyIn sheer numbers, more of the world’s people are dying by suicide each year than ever before, the new report reveals. In 2016, about 817,000 deaths worldwide were attributed to suicide, the study showed. That’s an increase from the 762,000 suicides calculated for 1990. However, after the researchers adjusted their numbers for changes in age […]

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK study

The World Health Organization estimates that 10.0 million people developed active tuberculosis in 2017, and that 1.6 million people died of this disease

Vitamin D can help treat drug-resistant TB, reveals UK studyAccording to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment led by Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people affected with multi-drug resistant TB. Multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB is caused by bacteria that are resistant to treatment with […]
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