Anti-epileptic drugs may up Alzheimer’s, dementia risk

Apr 11, 2018 0

Older adults who regularly use anti-epileptic drugs may be at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a new study has warned. Anti-epileptic drugs are the main type of treatment for most people with epilepsy that aims to stop seizures from happening. Up to 70 per cent (7 in 10) of people could stop having seizures with the right medication. Besides for epilepsy, ...

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 Eating broccoli daily may prevent hardening of neck arteries in older adults

Apr 5, 2018 0

One should include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts in their daily diet because they are good for health and may also help prevent the hardening of neck arteries. According to a new study, consuming these veggies three or more times each day can prevent hardening of neck arteries in elderly women and also decrease the risk of heart diseases.A team of researchers have observed a 0.05 millimetre lower carotid artery wall thickness between high and low intakes of total vegetables. ...

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Muscle loss in old age linked to fewer nerve signals

Mar 13, 2018 0

Researchers say they may have worked out why there is a natural loss of muscle in the legs as people age – and that it is due to a loss of nerves. In tests on 168 men, they found that nerves controlling the legs decreased by around 30% by the age of 75. This made muscles waste away, but in older fitter athletes there was a better chance of them being ‘rescued’ by nerves re-connecting. The scientists published their research in the Journal of Physiology. As people get older, their leg muscles become smaller and weaker, leading to problems with everyday movements such as walking up stairs or getting out of a chair. ...

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US approves first drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer  

Jan 15, 2018 0

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug aimed at women with advanced breast cancer caused by an inherited flawed gene. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy. The drug has been on the market since 2014 for ovarian cancer, and is the first in a new class of medicines called PARP inhibitors to be approved for breast cancer. PARP inhibitors prevent cancer cells from fixing problems in their DNA. ...

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30 minutes of exercise can reduce risk of heart failure

Jan 12, 2018 0

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood through to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Though there is no cure for this condition, one can choose to lead a healthy lifestyle to lower the risk of heart failures and a new study has found that exercising four to five times a week for at least 30 minutes can lower the risk of heart failure. ...

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 Drop in blood pressure levels in elderly adults an indicative of early death: Study

Dec 10, 2017 0

While hypertension can be dangerous, hypotension (the medical term for low blood pressure) can also prove harmful. Doctors have long known that in the average person, blood pressure rises from childhood to middle age, but a new study has warned that a drop in blood pressure levels in elderly adults is an indicative of early death. According to the study, in the elderly, blood pressure gradually begins to decrease about 14 years before death. Researchers analysed the electronic medical records of 46,634 British citizens who had died at age 60 or older, revealing that blood pressure declines were present not only in those with hypertension but also in those who were not diagnosed with the condition. The sample size included people who were healthy as well as those who had conditions such as heart disease or dementia. The findings, however, do not suggest that hypertension should not be treated in late life or that those diagnosed with hypertension should stop their blood pressure medications. “Our work highlights the importance of... ...

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 Drop in blood pressure levels in elderly adults an indicative of early death: Study

Dec 5, 2017 0

While hypertension can be dangerous, hypotension (the medical term for low blood pressure) can also prove harmful. Doctors have long known that in the average person, blood pressure rises from childhood to middle age, but a new study has warned that a drop in blood pressure levels in elderly adults is an indicative of early death. According to the study, in the elderly, blood pressure gradually begins to decrease about 14 years before death. ...

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 ‘Zero tolerance’ plan eyed for plastic pollution

Dec 4, 2017 0

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea. At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there’s no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land. Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: plastics present a large-scale threat. Plastic pollution doesn’t recognise international borders. ...

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