Health

Chemical in cigarette smoke may damage Important aspect of vision!

Exposure to a chemical in tobacco smoke could make it more difficult for people to see in low-contrast conditions, such as low light, fog or glare, a new study suggests.Researchers found that higher levels of cadmium in the blood were associated with diminished contrast sensitivity, they report in JAMA Ophthalmology. “This particular aspect of vision is really important because it affects your ability to see the end of a curb or put a key into a lock in low light,” said lead author Adam Paulson of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Medicine. “It’s something that at this point ...

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Seven Health Benefits of Ginger….!

In the kitchen, we’ve long used ginger—in anything from ginger molasses cookies and ginger tea to Indian- and Asian-inspired dishes—as a flavor-agent. But in addition to being one of the most delicious and distinctive spices on the planet, ginger root has long been touted as a panacea for an array of health concerns. Today, the health benefits of ginger are becoming more recognized by both Western medicine practitioners and the wellness-minded among us with anecdotal evidence. Nutritionally, the spice is a star. In a whole cup of chopped fresh ginger root, you’ll find just around 80 calories, less than 18 ...

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Here’s why Mediterranean diet is good for elderly people

Here's why Mediterranean diet is good for elderly people

Here’s why Mediterranean diet is good for elderly people The Mediterranean diet has been named as one of the healthiest diets, reducing the mortality risk of people over 65 years of age by 25 per cent. A study by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, in Molise, Italy, analysed the relationship between the traditional Mediterranean diet and mortality in a sample of more than 5,000 people over 65 years of age participating in the Moli-Sani Study and followed-up for 8 years. In addition to data from the Moli-sani Study participants, Italian researchers also analysed other epidemiological ...

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Mothers-to-be need to avoid this posture during late pregnancy

Mothers-to-be need to avoid this posture during late pregnancy

Mothers-to-be need to avoid this posture during late pregnancy Mothers-to-be, take note! According to a recent study, reducing supine sleep – lying horizontally with the face and torso facing up during late pregnancy- may improve maternal and fetal health. Results show that the median time spent sleeping supine was reduced significantly from 48.3 minutes during the control night to 28.5 minutes during the intervention night. An improvement was observed in both maternal and fetal parameters during the intervention night, with an increase in median minimum maternal oxygen saturation, fewer maternal oxygen desaturations, and fewer fetal heart rate decelerations. “Using positional ...

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How diet can aid in healthy cellular ageing in women

How diet can aid in healthy cellular ageing in women

How diet can aid in healthy cellular ageing in women Having a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetable and whole grain and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meat could help promote healthy cellular ageing in women, a study has showed. The findings showed that women who followed a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetable, whole grain and plant-based protein and limited sugar, sodium and red and processed meat, had significantly with longer telomere length. In men, the findings were in the same direction, but not statistically significant. “We have seen some gender differences in previous nutrition and ...

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Heart attack risk alarmingly high for middle-aged adults with anxiety or depression

Experts urge people suffering from mental health issues to seek help before it could potentially damage their heart. Middle-aged adults battling anxiety or depression have a 45% risk of having a heart attack or stroke, a new study warns. The findings, by Scottish and Australian researchers, add to a growing body of evidence of the link between mental disorders and heart disease. For the study, the team tracked the health of 222,000 participants, who were over 45-years-old, for close to four years, the Daily Mail reported. The results highlight the different odds of experiencing these cardiovascular conditions for women and ...

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Air pollution can damage your kidneys: Study

Polluted air increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) which occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged, or cannot filter blood properly, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found. The study highlighted that people with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CKD. Apart from PM2.5, air pollution also contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium — all of which are known to negatively affect the kidneys. Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US, warn high risk patients who live in heavily populated areas to recognise ...

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Should You Be Drinking Water During A Meal?Here’s The Answer

Have you ever heard people advising you to avoid drinking water during your meals? Well, the common notion is that drinking water during your meals can put off the digestive fire (agni) and can cause tummy troubles. Turns out, it’s not true. Health experts suggest that one should drink water during meals as it only helps make the digestion process smoother and better. Water is one of the main elements that one must consume regularly during the day so the body remains hydrated and the stool also softens; in fact, it can be called as a digestive aid.   According ...

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Are migraines and headaches common in children?

Are migraines and headaches common in children?

Are migraines and headaches common in children? Childhood headaches are not uncommon. Similar to adults, children also experience strong bouts of headaches like migraines or tension type headaches like migraines or tension type headaches induced by stress or chronic headaches which occur daily. Some cases of migraine occur due to a pre existing conditions like an infection, head injury/ trauma etc. Symptoms Children experience the same kind of headaches like adults, but display different symptoms. Adults experience migraine for more than four hours, whereas a child’s headaches may last than four hours. Some symptoms are as follows A pounding, throbbing ...

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Indians lose over 1.5 years of their lives to air pollution: Study

Indians lose over 1.5 years of their lives to air pollution: Study

Indians lose over 1.5 years of their lives to air pollution: Study Ambient air pollution shortens an average Indian’s life by over 1.5 years, say scientists who suggest that better air quality could lead to a significant extension of human lifespan around the world. Researchers said that if PM2.5 concentrations worldwide were limited to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air quality guideline concentration of 10 microgrammes per square cubic metre, the global life expectancy would be on average 0.59 year longer. The benefit of reaching the stringent target would be especially large in countries with the highest current levels of ...

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