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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Cycle away body fat, diabetes risk

Cycle away body fat, diabetes risk

Cycling is back in trend. Cycling for fun, cycling to work, to stay fit and healthy… many today are taking to cycling not only in foreign countries but also in India. There was a time in the Northeast state of Manipur when most people cycle to commute to school or work. That was years ago. Almost every household had one or more cycles to use. Cars were not the in thing. And, there were pack of cycles in different colours parked at schools, market places and offices. Those were the days…

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Eating tomatoes every day may reduce risk of skin cancer, finds study

Eating tomatoes every day may reduce risk of skin cancer, finds study

If you love eating tomatoes, then here’s another reason to keep up the good habit. A recent study has found that eating tomatoes daily brings down the risk of skin cancer, especially in men, by half. Through a study conducted on mice, researchers explained how nutritional interventions can alter the risk for skin cancers. Male mice were fed a diet consisting of 10% tomato powder daily for 35 weeks, then exposed to ultraviolet light. They experienced, on average, a 50% decrease in skin cancer tumours compared to mice that ate…

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Experts Link Prolonged Sitting With Risk of Premature Death

Experts Link Prolonged Sitting With Risk of Premature Death

Sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest perpetrators of lifestyle ailments in today’s world. With more and more hours spent glued to our workstations, most of us are leading an alarmingly inactive life. The ill effects of prolonged sitting have long been highlighted by experts from all over. While some link it with obesity, others have tied it with risks of developing hypertension, heart ailments and even premature death. The World Health Organisation recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-rigorous level of physical activity for an average adult. Many experts…

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Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breast milk is said to contain a number of benefits for the baby’s health. It contains a variety of nutrients essential for the newborn’s well-being, and also includes antibodies which cannot be medically engineered. However, there are also several advantages for the breastfeeding mother. Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease…

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Your Blood Group May Play Crucial Role Predicting Heart Attack Risk

Your Blood Group May Play Crucial Role Predicting Heart Attack Risk

A heart attack is the permanent damage or death of the heart muscles due to lack of supply of oxygen-rich blood. Due to the sudden blockage of blood supply in the artery, a section of the heart begins to die. In case blood supply isn’t immediately restored, it can quickly prove to be fatal. According to reports, heart attacks kill one person every 33 seconds in our country. India bears a silent witness to nearly two million heart attacks annually. Lately, there have been several heart attack cases showing an…

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Obesity May Put Women at the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obesity May Put Women at the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Obesity has become a global health concern with more than 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being obese or overweight, as per the World Health Organisation. Anything in excess causes complications and so is the case with your weight. Obesity or the abnormal and excessive fat accumulation can impair your health in many ways. It has been linked to diabetes, heart trouble, high blood pressure and even strokes. A new study, conducted by researchers from the University Hospital in Denmark, shows that obesity may also hamper your…

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Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Shocking: Zero Pollution and Clean Water May Increase Asthma Risk in Kids

Pollution has almost become a way of life, particularly in India. We are so used to it that we don’t think of it as a serious threat to our lives. The capital city New Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world, and the consequences of it are evident with cases of respiratory diseases going up rapidly over the years. It is a serious concern and we need to make a conscious effort to prevent its health risks. Perhaps packing our bags and heading to a…

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What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

No other ingredient is as basic but as important as salt in the culinary world. Without it, it is almost impossible to hit the right flavour note and make all the ingredients come together into a gastronomic joyride. A little sprinkling of the white crystals into a bowl of salad, steaks, omelette, stir-fries, soups, etc is customary. Now, coming to Indians, the love affair with salt goes another level. It is almost like a compulsory side that has to accompany every meal. Even our snacks and small bites come smeared…

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The Case Against Butter and Meat: They Can Double Your Risk of Diabetes

The Case Against Butter and Meat: They Can Double Your Risk of Diabetes

It seems unfair that most food items that we cherish so dearly are not really the best for our health. Take butter for instance, or even meat. The flavour of a steak done in butter or even a hot toast slathered with a generous spread of the fat makes it taste so good. But then again, health experts would always advise you against indulging in too much of it. While the debate seem to continue on whether saturated fats – such as butter – is good or bad for health,…

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