Stroke patients at a higher risk of developing dementia, finds study

The study analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world. The link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Their findings give the strongest evidence to date that having a stroke significantly increases the risk of dementia

Stroke patients at a higher risk of developing dementia, finds studyThe findings from the largest ever study on the relationship between stroke and dementia risk have just been reported. The study shows that stroke patients experience a two-fold increased risk of developing dementia in later life. Whilst previous studies have shown the link between stroke and dementia, they were not able to quantify the percentage […]

Exposure to air pollution reduces cognitive intelligence, reveals study

Just as air pollution impairs the lungs and reduces life expectancy, it also seems to harm the brain and cognition skills, especially among the elderly, a group of Chinese researchers has found. Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent to having lost a year of education

Exposure to air pollution reduces cognitive intelligence, reveals studyExposure to air pollution not only affects our physical health but also reduces our intelligence levels, according to new findings from a study conducted in China. Participants showed a decline in cognitive performance in both verbal and math tests. The study titled ‘The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance’ was published in […]

Google fit will now help you reach your desired fitness level

Through the Google Fit app, the World Health Organization (WHO) is looking to reach more people with its recommendations on physical activity, and showing why moving more is good for health

Google fit will now help you reach your desired fitness levelIn 2018, WHO launched Global action plan on physical activity to help make more people active for a healthier world. With this line of action WHO is also leading global agenda on digital health. In bringing both streams together, the WHO is working with Google to share health advice through new and innovative platforms. This […]

Breastfeeding can help lower a woman’s stroke, reveals study

Mothers are advised to exclusively breastfeed during the first six months of a baby’s life. A new study revealed it could help mothers by reducing their risk of suffering a stroke later in life

Breastfeeding can help lower a woman’s stroke, reveals studyIt is known breastfeeding can be good for babies as it reduces their risk of infections and illnesses. But findings over the years have also found potential benefits for mothers themselves. The report titled ‘Breastfeeding History and Risk of Stroke Among Parous Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative’ was published in the Journal of […]

WHO: Healthcare should not be a target in conflict zones

Every year, August 19 is observed as World Humanitarian Day. Acknowledging this day helps brings citizens of the world together to rally support for people living in crises and to pay tribute to the aid workers who help them

WHO: Healthcare should not be a target in conflict zonesThe World Health Organization through its reports have appealed to stop attacks on health care providers and facilities on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day. In one of the articles it appeals to join the #NotATarget movement and demand world leaders do everything in their power to protect all civilians and healthcare workers in conflict. […]

Europe witnesses a record high in measles cases, reports WHO

Over 41,000 children and adults in the WHO European Region have been infected with measles in the first 6 months of 2018. The total number for this period far exceeds the 12-month totals reported for every other year this decade

Europe witnesses a record high in measles cases, reports WHOSo far, the highest annual total for measles cases between 2010 and 2017 was 23,927 for 2017, and the lowest was 5,273 for 2016. Monthly country reports also indicate that at least 37 people have died due to measles, so far this year. “Following the decade’s lowest number of cases in 2016, we are seeing […]

End TB: WHO makes key changes to Multi-Drug Resistant TB treatment

The bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) can develop resistance to the antimicrobial drugs used to cure the disease. Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is TB that does not respond to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the 2 most powerful anti-TB drugs

End TB: WHO makes key changes to Multi-Drug Resistant TB treatmentThis Rapid Communication aims to inform TB programme managers and other stakeholders of WHO Member States about the key implications for MDR-TB treatment regimens arising from the new evidence assessment. It highlights the immediate steps to be taken to ensure that MDR/RR-TB patients receive treatment in accordance with the latest evidence on effectiveness and safety. […]

Girls with obesity are at an increased risk for having depression, finds study

Obese girls are more likely to develop depression during childhood and adolescence than their peers who weigh less, a research review suggests

Girls with obesity are at an increased risk for having depression, finds studyCompared to girls at a healthy weight, girls with obesity were 44 per cent more likely to have depression or to be diagnosed with it in the future, the analysis of 22 studies with a total of almost 144,000 participants found. Just being overweight rather than obese, however, didn’t appear to influence the risk of […]

Exposure to low air pollution levels linked to enlarged hearts, reveals study

Regular exposure to even low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart similar to those in the early stages of heart failure, say researchers. Such premature deaths can be linked to a number of causes including respiratory problems, stroke, and coronary artery disease

Exposure to low air pollution levels linked to enlarged hearts, reveals studyA study led by Queen Mary University of London has shown that people exposed to levels of air pollution that are well within UK guidelines have structural changes in the heart that are similar to the remodeling seen in the early stages of heart failure. As reported in the journal Circulation, Professor Steffen Petersen and […]

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF study

Current guidelines from the World Health Organization and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and fed only by breastfeeding until they are six months old

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek: 3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life, states UNICEF studyAlmost 60% of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Breastfeeding offers both mothers and babies a host of benefits. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, while the first breast milk […]