Don’t ignore oral hygiene. Severe gum disease linked to lung, colon cancers

Don’t ignore oral hygiene. Severe gum disease linked to lung, colon cancers

Do you have bad oral health? Beware, you may be at high risk of developing cancers of lung, colon and pancreas, researchers have warned. Advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, is caused by bacterial infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. The findings, led by researchers from the Tufts University in the US, showed that participants who were edentulous or lacking teeth – a sign of severe periodontitis – had an 80% increase in risk of developing colon cancer. Periodontitis is also linked with pancreatic…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Are you a middle-aged person with a slow walking pace? If yes, you might be at a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who walk steady or at a brisk pace, researchers have found. The study revealed that middle-aged people, both men and women, who reported that they are slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers. “This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death,” said Professor Tom Yates, reader at the University of…

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Drug for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

Drug for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug — a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone — suffered a concerning number of serious side effects. Most often, that meant severe infections, including pneumonia and meningitis. Overall, nearly 15 percent of patients on the drug had a serious “adverse event” over two years, the investigators found. That compared with 3 percent of patients given placebo pills, the researchers reported. The study focused on patients with a form of kidney disease called immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy. It arises when…

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A Protein in Cucumbers, Potatoes and Other Vegetables Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

A Protein in Cucumbers, Potatoes and Other Vegetables Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Health experts, we should eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables everyday as they’re a great source of fiber, antioxidants and several other vitamins and minerals. But are all vegetables as healthy as we think they are? They may not be, according to this new study. Some health experts are now claiming that you should go easy on vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and potatoes as they contain a protein that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study conducted by Dr. Steven Gundry, a heart…

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Sodas, Pizzas and Other Junk Food May Put Kids at Liver Disease Risk

Sodas, Pizzas and Other Junk Food May Put Kids at Liver Disease Risk

Junk food is deliciously addictive, there’s no denying that fact. Munching on wafers, masala snacks, toffees and candies could make you happy, but don’t just fall for the taste trap. They contain nothing but empty calories, and can cause harm to your health. The shocking truth is also that these junk food come laced with artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and what not that you can’t be certain of what you are putting into your mouth. Foods like pizzas and burgers do contain veggies, meat and other nutritious ingredients but try…

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Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A healthy gut is important for your well-being. It keeps your digestive system functioning efficiently. There are various good bacteria that reside in your stomach which help in the process of digestion. They are a complex group of microorganisms that work in various ways to carry out various metabolic functions. There are also various food products that are available in the stores which can improve your gut bacteria. While the benefits of gut bacteria have been spoken about in length by health experts, a recent study brings about another side…

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Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green tea is that health benefiting potion that fights a host of diseases. It is easily available in the market and is fuss-free to prepare at home. Regular green tea consumption has been tied to a host of health benefits. It is known to help the body flush out toxins and promote healthy hair and skin. Stephanie Watson of Harvard Women’s Health Watch explains how regular consumption of green tea can lower the risk of cardiovascular ailments including heart attack and stroke. Green tea is power-packed with natural agents like…

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World Cancer Day: This Deadly Lifestyle Disease Kills Close to 9 Million Annually

World Cancer Day: This Deadly Lifestyle Disease Kills Close to 9 Million Annually

Undeniably, cancer has assumed a menacing character in the world of lifestyle diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, there were an estimated 14 million new instances of cancer in the year 2012 which are on rise ever since. According to the official reports, these numbers are expected to rise by a whopping 70% over the next twenty years. In the year 2015 close to 9 million people across the globe died due to cancer. Every 1 in 6 deaths in the world is caused by cancer which, at present,…

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Protein can cut progression of both inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer: Study

Protein can cut progression of both inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer: Study

A new study finds that altering the shape of a protein can significantly reduce the progression of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. According to researchers, modifying the shape of IRAK-M, a protein that controls inflammation, can significantly reduce the clinical progression of both diseases in pre-clinical animal models. The findings appeared in the eBioMedicine journal. “When we tested mice with the altered IRAK-M protein, they had less inflammation overall and remarkably less cancer,” said Coy Allen from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The next step, he said, will…

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