Overweight men at increased risk of irregular heartbeat at the age of 50

Oct 17, 2017 0

With obesity slowly donning the garb of an epidemic in countries across the world, a study has meted out a warning for men, saying that overweight males are more likely to develop irregular heartbeat at 50 years of age, nearly a decade earlier than women. Atrial fibrillation – a condition in which the upper chambers of the heart, or atria, quiver instead of beat to move blood effectively – occurred in men at 50 years of age, while women developed the condition at 60 or at older age, the findings showed. ...

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Childhood respiratory infections linked with celiac disease

Oct 16, 2017 0

With celiac disease on the rise, researchers are racing to pin down any factors that may play a part. Recent attention has turned to the role of respiratory infections in at-risk children. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, which is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley, the immune system attacks the small intestine. ...

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Calcium could reduce risk of osteoporosis after menopause

Oct 14, 2017 1

A study has recently suggested that calcium is an essential part of the diet from childhood to old age in females to reduce the risk of osteoporosis after menopause. According to researchers, their aim of raising awareness about calcium is important as it lowers the risk of osteoporosis in women. The recommended daily intake of calcium after menopause varies between 700 and 1,200 mg, depending on the endorsing society. Calcium is vital for strong healthy bones and worldwide scientific societies have issued guidance about the daily requirements from childhood to old age. The European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) has issued a new clinical guide with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of calcium in lowering the risk of osteoporosis. It is uncertain whether excessive intake can cause harm. Some epidemiological studies have raised concern about possible cardiovascular risk, dementia or even, paradoxically, fracture. Calcium may be obtained from food or supplements containing calcium salts. Most people should be able to get enough calcium through healthy eating, but... ...

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President Donald Trump hopes to boost lower-premium health insurance plans

Oct 12, 2017 0

Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available. But the president’s move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers — the same coalition that so far has blocked congressional Republicans from repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. ...

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Trump health coverage alternatives may pose risk to the sick

Oct 11, 2017 0

The White House is working on a plan that could bring more health insurance choices and cheaper options to people buying individual and small business coverage. But the bill for this might be paid by the sick. Senior administration officials have said President Donald Trump is expected sign an executive order this week to expand the use of health plans offered through associations. ...

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Zambia: Lusaka Cholera Cases Rise

Oct 10, 2017 0

More cholera cases have been reported in Lusaka with the Ministry of Health placing the city on high alert. The cholera cases have now risen to 11 from nine. The initial cholera cases recorded in Chipata, Mazyopa, Kabanana and SOS Village stood at nine, according to the Ministry of Health as at Saturday. A check at Chipata Level One Hospital and Mazyopa Township yesterday by Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya, his Permanent Secretary for administration, Kennedy Malama, among other officials indicated that the number of cases had gone up by two thereby prompting enhanced measures across the province. ...

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Low calcium intake may lead to sudden cardiac arrest

Oct 9, 2017 0

Calcium is known to be one of the most important parts of our diet and if we do not take it a balanced manner, it can be responsible for many deficiencies in our bodies. Now, according to a new study, it has been found that individuals with lower levels of calcium in the blood are more likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) than those with higher calcium levels. ...

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