Health

What happens when we stop having milk

  

Pns: We love cow's milk. We have grown up with our adults constantly enlightening us with many false facts about milk. The bigger question to answer is: Is milk everything it promises to be? Will our skin become ‘fair’ if we drink it twice? Will our bones grow stronger with milk? Here we bust some popular myths and false facts about milk: STRONGER BONES: The biggest myth we have been taught while growing up is, no milk means no muscles. A recent study published by the British Medical...

Smoking changes lung cells to develop cancer

  

Pns: Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke can change lung cells over time, making them more vulnerable to disease and priming them to develop cancer, US researchers said Monday. The report in the journal Cancer Cell is based on lab experiments on lung cells that were exposed to chronic cigarette smoke -- the equivalent of a person smoking for 20 to 30 years.After about 10 days, the cells began to change their gene expression, a process known as epigenetic change.It took 10...

Beauty products every girl needs in her 20s

  

Pns:Life in your 20s is all about experimenting with the latest fashion trends, trying make-up and exploring your personal style. Your shopping list might be long, but you don't need to buy everything in one go when it comes to make-up. To get it all right, we're breaking down the key products you would actually need. From getting your cheeks flushed to glowing skin, these products will not blow a hole in your pockOne thing you need to experiment in your 20s is your lashes. A good...

To juice it or not?

  

Pns: 1. Cold press juicers, unlike your regular juicers, extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. They are said to be healthier than homemade juices because of the lack of heating or oxidation in the manufacturing process. That helps in keeping the nutrient content higher.2. Cold press juices are definitely better than the tetra pack varieties since they have more enzymes and vitamins even post processing.3. They are extracts of...

Australia bars 'world's no.1 anti-vaxxer' from entry

  

Pns: An American who describes himself as the "world's #1 anti-vaxxer" has been barred from entering Australia, officials said Thursday, in a further crackdown on the anti-immunisation movement after outbreaks of preventable diseases. Kent Heckenlively had outlined plans to travel to Australia in December as part of a "Dangerous Science" tour to promote his books and detail efforts to push for a five-year moratorium on childhood vaccines in the US.His proposed trip came amid...

Millions of infected Brazilian mosquitoes to tackle dengue

  

Pns: Brazilian scientists on Tuesday began to unleash the first of millions of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria meant to prevent the insects from transmitting the dengue virus to humans. Thousands of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying the bacteria were released in front of journalists by scientists from the Fiocruz institute in Rio de Janeiro.The hope is that they will then breed and spread the bacteria, denting the insect population's ability to spread dengue and other viruses...

New drug 'cuts heart attack risk

  

Pns: Anti-inflammatory drugs could cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study of 10,000 patients suggests. A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say.The study reported a 15% reduction in the risk of a repeat heart attack among patients - but others questioned the drug's efficacy, side-effects and cost.Recipients of the drug had an increased risk of potentially...

Undiagnosed heart condition 'AFib' may be common, study suggests

  

Pns: Many people at risk for atrial fibrillation probably do have the irregular heart rhythm but have not been diagnosed, a new study reports. Nearly 1 out of 3 patients in the study had undetected atrial fibrillation that was caught only through the use of long-term cardiac monitor implants, researchers say.Based on these results, it's likely there's probably a lot more undetected atrial fibrillation among seniors, said lead researcher Dr. James Reiffel. He's a cardiologist and...

Common treatment for early prostate cancer may carry heart risk

  

Pns: Because testosterone can help prostate tumors grow, men with prostate cancer are often given hormone-suppressing treatment. But new research suggests that delivering the treatment in prostate cancer's early stages may, in turn, hike a man's odds for another illness -- heart failure.The treatment in question is known as androgen-deprivation therapy.The take-home message from the new study is that "patients with localized prostate cancer should be followed to minimize the...

Vietnam 12,000 babies with congenital heart defects annually

  

Pns: Every year between 10,000 and 12,000 babies are born in Vietnam with congenital heart defects, the National Children's Hospital said on Thursday. Vietnam has a high rate of congenital heart defect babies mainly due to lack of prenatal ultrasound testing and diagnosis of congenital heart defects in infancy.Congenital heart defects happen because of incomplete or abnormal development of the fetus' heart during the very early weeks of pregnancy.If being diagnosed and...

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