Smoking and heavy drinking can make you look older than your age: Study

Nov 18, 2017 0

A study suggests that smoking and heavy drinking can make a person look older than his/her actual age. Heavy drinking and smoking are linked to visible signs of physical ageing and the consequences reflect on a person’s face, sooner or later. Light to moderate drinking is not associated with looking older than one’s years, the findings showed. “This is the first prospective study to show that alcohol and smoking are associated with the development of visible age-related signs and thus generally looking older than one’s actual age,” said the researchers.  The findings are based on information from more than 11,500 adults in Denmark whose heart health and visible ageing signs were tracked for an average of 11.5 years as part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. Before each of the clinic visits, researchers quizzed the participants about their lifestyle and general health and asked to state how much they drank and smoked. And they were checked for four signs of ageing that have previously been linked to a heightened risk... ...

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Drinking coffee may reduce liver diseases risk: Study

Nov 18, 2017 0

Drinking three to five cups of coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis, according to a report. The report presented at the Royal Society of Medicine in London discussed potential impact of moderate coffee consumption on chronic liver disease, liver cancer and cirrhosis. “Liver disease is on the rise and it is important that we understand how coffee, one of the most popular drinks in the world, and diet affects the disease,” said Graeme Alexander, from the University College London in the UK. “Research suggests that coffee may reduce the risk of liver diseases and it is important patients have access to dietary information and advice from health care professionals in a manner that is easy for them to understand and act upon,” Alexander said. Meta-analyses have suggested that coffee consumption versus no coffee consumption is associated with up to a 40 per cent risk reduction of liver cancer, although this appears to be a dose-dependent relationship. Research from the US and Italy suggests that coffee... ...

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Chronic Stress can make people take abnormal and risky decisions

Nov 18, 2017 0

A study has found that people going through stressful circumstances usually make risky and abnormal decisions under chronic stress. Making decisions in this type of situation, known as a cost-benefit conflict, is dramatically affected by chronic stress. The study, published in the journal Cell, states that impairments of a specific brain circuit underlie this abnormal decision making and could further restore normal behaviour by manipulating this circuit. If a method for tuning this circuit in humans were developed, it could help patients with disorders such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, which often feature poor decision-making, the researchers noted.  “We found a microcircuit of neurons in the striatum that we could manipulate to reverse the effects of stress on this type of decision making,” said Ann Graybiel, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the US. The researchers believe that this circuit integrates information about the good and bad aspects of possible choices, helping the brain to produce a decision. The team conducted a mice study, whereby rodents were... ...

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28-year-old brain dead man gives life to three

Nov 18, 2017 0

A 28-year-old Assistant Professor of architecture at a renowned institute in Gurugram gave a new lease of life to three people on Friday after his family agreed to donate his five organs — liver, corneas and both kidneys. The patient, after a road accident on November 13, was declared brain dead late on Thursday at Jaypee Hospital in Noida. “We are thankful to the donor and his family who have taken this courageous step and have given a new life to three people. Organs of a deceased patient can save lives of at least six to eight people,” Manoj Luthra, CEO, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, said in a statement. As per the instructions of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation, a liver and a kidney have been transplanted to two patients at the hospital. The liver has been transplanted to a 57-year-old patient who is a resident of Ghaziabad. The patient was suffering from liver cirrhosis for last one year and was in an urgent need of transplant.  The kidney was transplanted to... ...

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Tuberculosis may be eradicated by 2030, says WHO

Nov 18, 2017 0

Efforts are being made to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the World Health Organisation has said. Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end TB. The delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis. The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access to the people regarding TB prevention and care so that no one is left behind. They also agreed to mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing through increased domestic and international investments to close gaps in implementation and research. Resources are expected to advance research and development of new tools to diagnose, treat and prevent TB, and to build accountability through a framework to track and review progress on ending TB. “Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  “It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.” Though global efforts to combat TB have saved... ...

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How to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

Nov 18, 2017 0

Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth –the dentine – becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth root) or/and tooth decay. The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s nerve center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli – for example, the hot or cold food – to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel. 1. Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth gently twice a day (morning and night) and floss before going to bed; thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth. 2. Use of soft bristled toothbrush.  Tooth brushes can be hard, medium or soft. Using hard brush and brushing your teeth too vigorously for a long time can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums The use of soft tooth brushes will result... ...

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 Over 15,000 fresh cases of TB detected- Health Minister JP Nadda

Nov 17, 2017 0

Over 15,000 more tuberculosis (TB) cases have been detected under the government’s initiative, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said on Thursday. Speaking as India’s representative at the “1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era”, Nadda said: “We have already completed two campaigns covering 257 districts and screened over 30 million vulnerable persons and detected over 15,000 fresh TB cases. We are planning the next campaign in December this year. ...

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Energy drinks may affect mental health, blood pressure and obesity

Nov 17, 2017 0

A new study reveals. The energy drinks — high on sugar and caffeine levels — are often marketed as a healthy beverage that people can adopt to improve their energy, stamina, athletic performance and concentration.  The findings showed that energy drinks are associated with health risks ranging from risk-seeking behaviour, such as substance misuse and aggression, mental health problems in the form of anxiety and stress, to increased blood pressure, obesity, kidney damage, fatigue, stomach aches and irritation. ...

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US: No need to delay conception after a miscarriage, suggests study

Nov 17, 2017 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends waiting at least 6 months before attempting another pregnancy. Women, take note! If you’ve had a miscarriage and are delaying conception to avoid the risk of another, you don’t need to wait, a recent study has suggested. While many women after a miscarriage are often advised during counseling to delay conception after a miscarriage, the study, carried out by US researchers, found that women participating in a larger long-term study who conceived within three months of a pregnancy loss had the lowest likelihood of another miscarriage compared to women who waited 6 to 18 months. ...

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