Now, a common asthma drug promises to help delay rare heart complications

Now, a common asthma drug promises to help delay rare heart complications

A common asthma drug has the potential to help delay development of a rare heart complication that lacks effective drug treatment, according to researchers. Aortic aneurysm — the dilation of the aorta — is a serious condition that occurs when the wall of the aorta, the body’s largest artery, weakens and swells. The condition is largely symptom-free and is normally therefore not discovered until late in its development when it threatens to rupture and cause life-threatening haemorrhaging. The findings showed that the asthma drug montelukast blocks leukotrienes — inflammatory signal…

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A weekend lie-in could help you live longer, study shows

A weekend lie-in could help you live longer, study shows

If you’re planning to sleep in this weekend, there’s no need to feel guilty – it could help you live longer. A large Swedish study looked into the ways in which a person’s age and sleep can impact their longevity. The researchers, who examined the data of roughly 43,000 participants, found that those aged 65 or under were the most affected by how much sleep they got. It was concluded that those who had an average of less than five hours’ sleep per night had a higher likelihood of early death. Crucially, though,…

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New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

New robot can help treat rare birth defect that affects the food pipe of babies

Scientists have created a robot, which can be implanted into a baby’s body to treat a rare birth defect that affects the food pipe. The prototype robotic implant, developed by the researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital in the US, encourages tissue growth in babies. The robot is a small device which is attached to the oesophagus by two rings. An incorporated motor then stimulates the cells by gently pulling the tissue. Using two types of sensors – one to measure the tension in the tissue and…

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Guavas for Weight Loss: How Do Guavas Help you Shed Kilos

Guavas for Weight Loss: How Do Guavas Help you Shed Kilos

Green, crunchy guavas are back in season and we can’t be happier. Freshly cut guavas with a dash of chaat masala can perk up a dull, gloomy day. A host of benefits further makes this fruit a universal favourite. Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health practitioner Shilpa Arora says, “ Guavas are a low GI fruit and do not raise blood sugar levels. It is the best fruit for hormonal imbalances. Diabetics and heart patients can also enjoy this nutrition-packed fruit. Green, crunchy guavas Some of the health benefits of Guava, according to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda…

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4 Foods That May Help Control UTI

4 Foods That May Help Control UTI

The urinary tract consists of the Kidneys, Bladder, Ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder) and Urethra (that carry urine from the bladder outside). Infection in any part of the tract is Urinary Tract Infection or UTI however it is a term commonly used for infection in the lower tract i.e. the bladder and urethra. Women are more prone to UTI’s than men. Some common symptoms of UTI, as stated by the Cleveland Clinic: 1. Pain in the flank (side), abdomen or pelvic area 2. Pressure in the lower…

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Breakthrough: This new pill might just treat diabetes and help you lose weight too

Breakthrough: This new pill might just treat diabetes and help you lose weight too

The silent and deadly disease diabetes is on the rise in India. While a low calorie diet might reverse diabetes, a team of researchers has recently created a new pill that might be a breakthrough. It can significantly improve the health of people with diabetes and help to shed those extra kilos from their waistlines. The findings indicated that among patients with type 2 diabetes, the drug semaglutide taken by pill resulted in better glycemic control than placebo over 26 weeks. The results from 632 patients indicated that semaglutide allowed 71% of…

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How technology will help fight food fraud

How technology will help fight food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. In the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal in Europe, and with cases reported around the world, including in Canada, awareness is high. Dalhousie University recently released a study on food fraud and the results were surprising: A whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent of Canadians feel they have been victims of food fraud already. These are alarming results that can’t be ignored. Food fraud can take many forms. It can include adulteration — substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper…

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Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. That it is a significant problem in India is evident from the statistics: The sales of anti-asthma medicines in India went up 43% over the past four years, shows market data, with 2016 marking a 15% growth in anti-asthma prescriptions across children and adults. Despite the statistics, there are ways to prevent asthma and certain things can help you cope better. Here’s a round-up of research…

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Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

When Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma croon the “break-up song” in Bollywood flick ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, he advises her to update her social media status from “baasi relationship ka label” (in a relationship) to “available” and get on with her life. If only it were so easy to handle a heart break. In June this year, when Hani Aswani of Ulhasnagar, a Mumbai suburb, broke up with his girlfriend of six years, he decided to hang himself. And, to drive home the message, the 26-year-old livestreamed his last moments…

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Struggling With Pre-Menstrual Syndrome? Here’s How Ayurveda Can Help

Struggling With Pre-Menstrual Syndrome? Here’s How Ayurveda Can Help

Pre Menstrual Syndrome or PMS is group of symptoms suffered by women a week or so before their period. For many women, PMS is not a serious concern. Many don’t feel any significant change in their body either. But for some, days before their periods is a really rough phase. PMS can bring about various changes – physical, emotional or behavorial. The changes show one to two weeks before your period and phase out as you hit your period. The range of these symptoms include bloating, tender breasts, cramps, abdominal…

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