Here’s why people of Asian-American origin are more prone to severe strokes

Here’s why people of Asian-American origin are more prone to severe strokes

People of Asian-American origin are more likely to experience severe ischemic stroke and worse outcomes than whites, claims a study. This happens because, compared to whites, Asian-Americans were increasingly associated with poorer functional recovery, receiving the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) less frequently, which can improve the chances of recovering from a stroke. They also had more serious and bleeding complications with tPA, despite receiving it quickly, research showed. “Asian-Americans may have a distinctive pathophysiologic profile of ischemic stroke than whites,” said lead author Sarah Song, Assistant Professor at…

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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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Delhi’s ‘Severe’ Air Quality Continues

Delhi’s ‘Severe’ Air Quality Continues

Delhi on Thursday witnessed severe level of air quality on the fourth consecutive day after Diwali. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed levels of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 exceeding 500 at most locations early in the morning. Values above 500 are considered beyond the Air Quality Index (AQI). The US Embassy’s air pollution monitor, which covers the area of Chanakyapuri, showed PM 2.5 levels touching 1,000. Residents of Delhi complained about irritation in eyes, cough and other discomfort due to the plunging…

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Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure Risk

Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure Risk

Morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease, new research has found. The study involving more than 13,000 people found that morbidly obese individuals were more than two times more likely to have heart failure than comparable people with a healthy body mass index, after accounting for high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The findings suggest that even if a patient has normal blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, they may still be at…

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Helmets Prevent Severe Head Injuries in Bike Accidents

Helmets Prevent Severe Head Injuries in Bike Accidents

Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests.Riders with helmets were also less likely to die from their injuries, and less likely to break facial bones, than those not wearing a helmet, researchers report in American Journal of Surgery. “It’s similar to wearing a seat belt, said Dr. Jerri Rose, a pediatric emergency physician at University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland,…

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