Smoking may cause low bone density in youngsters

Jun 1, 2017 0

New Delhi: Experts have said youngsters who smoke are at risk of developing low bone density, a condition which may lead to an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Raju Vaishya, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, in a statement on Wednesday said, “Smoking has a negative effect on the bones, causing loss of bone mass and, eventually, premature osteoporosis when young people take up smoking.” Smoking typically begins in high school or the college years as a habit, when bones are still developing. The habit also interferes with calcium and vitamin D absorption in the body. Doctors added, in case of a bone injury, a person who smokes is more likely to have a longer period of recovery and greater risk of complication. ...

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Exercise, healthy diet lowers risk of colon cancer recurrence

May 22, 2017 0

Colon cancer patients, who have a healthy body weight, exercise regularly and eat a diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables have a significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence. The study conducted by researchers from University of California and San Francisco (UCSF) is based on an analysis of data collected on patients participating in a national study for people in the US with stage III colon cancer and going through evaluations over about seven years, Xinhua reported. “We found that colon cancer patients who reported a healthy body weight, engaged in regular physical activity, and ate a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits that was low in red and processed meats, had a lower risk of cancer recurrence and death compared to patients who did not engage in these behaviours,” said Erin L. Van Blarigan, Assistant Professor in the UCSF. ...

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Diseases Associated With Sharing Bath Towels

May 22, 2017 0

Sharing of towel bath is common in homes among siblings and also among spouses especially during travels. After each use a bath towel is wet and provides a good medium for bacterial, it is usually left in a warm bathroom and has some dead skin tissue which provide nutrient for the bacteria. The bacteria can easily be transferred to the next user.  Because bath towels are used to clean different parts of the body, they easily pick up bacteria from the skin, the back side, groins, vagina opening, armpits, between the toes etc.  Consequently sharing of bath towels facilitate the spread of several communicable diseases; some of these are discussed below:  1. Conjunctivitis This is an infection of the eyes which could be due to bacteria or virus. The symptoms include painful red eye balls, watery or pus discharge and itchiness. The commonest type that comes to our mind in Nigeria is what we call “Apollo”. The spread of conjunctivitis can be facilitated by several other factors but sharing of... ...

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Using Bathroom scales can help control life threatening conditions

May 18, 2017 0

Scientists have designed a multi functional body weight scale which may help measure more than 20 health parametres, and warn us about potentially dangerous life conditions such as arteriosclerosis. Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania developed a prototype of multi functional body composition scales, and are now improving the model by adding new functions and parametres. Body composition scales supplemented by handlebar and matching technologies can measure a person’s pulse through sensors on the handlebar and footpad electrodes, researchers said. The team has developed a method, which can help identify the problems in the person’s arterial condition by the pulse arrival time from heart to the feet. “We are measuring the speed of blood pulse wave: the faster the speed, the stiffer the arteries, which, in turn can already warn about the development of arteriosclerosis, and the latter can be the cause of increased blood pressure and other conditions,” said Birute Paliakaite from KTU. ...

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Psychological abuse on kids effects their well-being: Study

May 17, 2017 0

London: A new study has showed that exposure to psychological abuse between parents has more damaging effect on kid’s well-being than physical domestic violence. The finding showed evidence of exposure to high levels of psychological abuse like name-calling, intimidation, isolation, manipulation and control, was associated with a decrease in children’s satisfaction with their social support. We also found that exposure to high levels of physical domestic violence has a protective effect in terms of satisfaction with social support for those also exposed to high levels of intra-parental psychological abuse. Catherine Naughton from University of Limerick (UL), Ireland said,”When children are exposed to both physical violence as well as psychological domestic abuse in the home, they were more likely to be happier with the social support they were able to access. ...

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Health Benefits of Sex (1)

May 13, 2017 1

When you’re in the mood, it’s a sure bet that the last thing on your mind is boosting your immune system or maintaining a healthy weight. Yet good sex offers those health benefits and more. That’s a surprise to many people, says Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. ‘Of course, sex is everywhere in the media,’ she says. ‘But the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at in some cases with disgust or in other cases a bit of embarrassment. So to really take a look at how our sexuality adds to our life and enhances our life and our health, both physical and psychological, is eye-opening for many people.’ ...

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Quit-smoking drug safe for patients with chronic lung conditions

May 11, 2017 0

Washington DC: A new research has found that drugs which helps smokers to quit smoking is safe for people with chronic lung conditions. Experts have said that smokers with smoking-related diseases should be prescribed the drug to stop their illness from progressing. Doctors have previously been reticent to give the drug to these patients because of reported links to heart disease and depression. Researchers said that they found no evidence of such a link and that concerns are unwarranted. Varenicline is the most effective medication to help smokers quit, but previous reports have suggested that users may be more likely to suffer a heart attack. The drug, also known as Champix or Chantix, has also been linked to depression, self-harm and suicide. ...

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More than half of UK vapers ‘have given up smoking’

May 8, 2017 0

For the first time, more than half of the UK’s electronic-cigarette users have since given up smoking tobacco, a study suggests. Some 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco, a survey of 12,000 adults for Action on Smoking and Health found. But Ash said the message that vaping was much less harmful than smoking had not yet got through to all smokers. Some nine million still smoke in the UK despite a big rise in e-cigarette use. In 2012, there were 700,000 vapers in the UK; now there are 2.9 million. ...

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