Health

Fat but fit' still has higher risk of heart disease, study confirms

  

Pns: The idea that you can be overweight or obese yet healthy -- if factors such as your blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels are normal -- is a myth, according to a new study, and messaging around this should be changed. Carrying those extra pounds can increase risk of coronary heart disease by up to 28% even if your other results appear normal, further disproving the notion that people can be "fat but fit.""We conclude that there is no such thing as being healthy...

I'm worried about the future of the NHS: Hawking

  

Pns: Stephen Hawking has said he is worried about the future of the NHS, in a speech critical of government policy and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The Cambridge University scientist, who publicly backed Labour in the election, accused Mr Hunt of "cherry-picking" evidence to support his policies.The 75-year-old also said he was concerned about the involvement of the private sector in the NHS in England.But Mr Hunt said some of Mr Hawking's comments were "pernicious".A...

DNA test results may not change health habits

  

Pns: If you learned your DNA made you more susceptible to getting a disease, wouldn't you work to stay healthy? You'd quit smoking, eat better, ramp up your exercise, or do whatever else it took to improve your odds of avoiding maladies like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or cancer, right?The scientific evidence says: Don't bet on it.DNA testing for disease risk has recently expanded in the U.S. The company 23andMe recently started selling the nation's first approved...

How do fizzy drinks affect your health?

  

Pns: Fizzy drinks have been making headlines recently, linked with rising tooth decay, obesity and even being blamed for early onset puberty in girls. So, what impact is too much free sugar having on our bodies? What happens to your body when you drink a fizzy drink? When we eat or drink free sugars there is an initial surge of energy in our body and a hormone called insulin is secreted to control this sudden supply. This burst of energy is very short lived and is followed by a rapid...

2 lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study

  

Pns: The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. About 3.2 million people succumbed that year to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and pollution, while 400,000 people died from asthma. COPD is a group of lung conditions -- including emphysema and bronchitis -- that make it difficult to breathe.Asthma is twice as prevalent, but...

Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find

  

Pns: Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Increasingly, people are turning to cannabis to treat a range of symptoms and conditions, including nausea, bipolar disorder and seizures. But when it comes to using marijuana to treat chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder, two related reviews published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine find little scientific evidence to support either its effectiveness or its safety.Up to 80% of...

3-day training prog for healthcare professionals begins

  

Pns:A three-day comprehensive training programme for healthcare professionals to strengthen their capacities on ‘High Risk Labour and Delivery Management’ began in the city on Wednesday. SAJIDA Foundation’s Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) in collaboration with Canadian volunteer taskforce ‘Team Broken Earth’ is hosting the event. Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and former Principal Secretary to the government of Bangladesh Md Abdul Karim attended the...

Things you can do with turmeric

  

Pns: Widely used in the Indian kitchen, turmeric, also called king of spices, is beneficial in many ways. The curcumin in it, a bioactive element, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. From healing burns and cuts to controlling the process of ageing, experts have rated the spice high for its uses. * Turmeric has been used by generations because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It heals wounds and helps in keeping infections at bay.* Anti-ageing curcumin, a...

4 ways to cover gray hair without hair dyes

  

Pns: Graying of hair is a natural process that starts soon after the age of 30. This is due to the decrease in the color giving pigment called, Melanin. There are a variety of dyes and procedures in the market to help restore our natural color. Such treatments, though effective, end up stripping our hair of their natural oils. To avoid that and cover our grays, we present to you a list of ingredients to help color your hair at home. These all natural ingredients are easy on the pocket, will...

More potent, safer Zika vaccine developed

  

Pns: Scientists have developed the world’s first plant-based Zika vaccine that may be more effective, safer and cheaper than other vaccines against the mosquito-borne virus. Currently, there are no licensed vaccines or therapeutics available to combat Zika, researchers said.The vaccine developed by researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) in the U.S. works against a part of a Zika viral protein, called DIII, that plays a key role for the virus to infect people.“All...

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