More evidence that ultra-processed foods could harm health

More evidence that ultra-processed foods could harm health

Previous research has suggested that consuming high levels of ultra-processed foods, such as packaged snacks and soda, could harm health. Two new studies confirm this notion and provide more evidence of the associated cardiovascular and all-cause mortality risks. Eating processed foods may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Numerous studies have linked a high consumption of ultra-processed foods with a raised risk of chronic conditions. Cancer, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis are just a few of the outcomes associated with consuming processed foods. Some studies have also suggested that consuming processed meat…

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher risk of obesity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher risk of obesity

Children with mothers with high levels of education accumulated three minutes more vigorous activity per day than those with low levels of education. Kids from disadvantaged backgrounds at higher obesity risk (Representational Image)  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock Washington DC: Children from disadvantaged backgrounds indulge in lower levels of vigorous physical activity, researchers suggest. This lack of physical activity exposes them to obesity. According to a recent study, children who belong to disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including some in Pakistan and Bangladesh, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity. The…

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Fighting for humane mental health treatment

Fighting for humane mental health treatment

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Faraaz Mahomed surveys the global health landscape, one area jumps out at him, an area where stigma and misinformation maintain a grip, where outdated attitudes hold sway, and where coercion is a routine part of treatment: mental health care. Mahomed, graduating this spring from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s doctor of public health program, has spent the last three years focused on how mental health care is provided around the world, particularly in resource-poor…

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Why Employers Pay Too Much For Health Care

Why Employers Pay Too Much For Health Care

Did you know that employers are paying hospitals more than twice as much as what Medicare pays? At some hospitals they are paying four times as much. Those are the findings from a new study by the RAND Corporation. It wasn’t always so. In fact, as recently as 2000, private payers were paying only 10% more than Medicare. Since then, the gap has been growing by leaps and bounds. What makes this especially surprising is that it has happened at a time when employers have been getting increasingly aggressive about controlling health care costs….

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Two Key Health Datasets Differ, Reveal Incorrect Reporting By States

Two Key Health Datasets Differ, Reveal Incorrect Reporting By States

New Delhi: India’s progress on public healthcare has failed to keep up with its economic growth over the past decades, putting a binding constraint on the economy, Niti Aayog’s 2018 report, ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’, said. Ranking states and union territories (UTs) on a Health Index, the report noted that compared with India’s economic progress and achievements, its rates of improvement in health outcomes have remained lower than those recorded in developing countries with comparable levels of spending on health. This, along with the middle-income trap that a member of the Prime Minister’s…

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Brainstorm Health: Drug Company Profits, Vaccine Skeptics, Pharma Price Fixing

Brainstorm Health: Drug Company Profits, Vaccine Skeptics, Pharma Price Fixing

Hello and happy Monday, readers. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Another week, another dire report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the historic measles outbreak winding through America. As of May 10, 839 measles cases have been confirmedacross 23 states, a hike of 75 cases in the past week alone, according to the agency. There are now more than ten times as many confirmed measles cases in 2019 as there were in 2010, when the highly infectious disease had nearly been wiped out in the United States. We’ve…

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This Mother’s Day, gift your mom a health insurance policy

This Mother’s Day, gift your mom a health insurance policy

Covering your mother under a health insurance is important as most Indian mothers lack adequate health insurance during the critical stages of their lives. As per a recent survey, women in India just account for 30% of health insurance policies. This becomes all the more critical when access to good health care can mean the difference between life and death. Most women in urban cities juggle between work and home and this is further bundled with unhealthy lifestyle habits including lack of sleep, no exercise and unhealthy food habits leading…

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Healthy nutrition tips for those fasting in Ramadan

Healthy nutrition tips for those fasting in Ramadan

Vegetable dishes should be preferred for both suhoor and iftar meals. Muslims around the world will be fasting for a month as of May 6, willingly abstaining from eating and drinking. But fasting can be a little difficult, especially for those in the northern hemisphere, as the days are longer. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and self-purification, both physically and spiritually. Therefore, we need to learn how to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. First of all, it is necessary to consume foods in four groups which are milk…

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Child mental health services waiting times ‘not good enough’ in Grampian

Child mental health services waiting times ‘not good enough’ in Grampian

NHS Grampian’s chief executive has said it is not good enough that some waiting time targets for mental health services for children are not being met. Improvements are said to have been made in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but some children in Moray are waiting up to 29 weeks to be assessed. The health board is redesigning mental health services for children. Amanda Croft told BBC Scotland that ongoing new investment would make a difference. A new facility is expected to open in Aberdeen later this year. Youth mental health report…

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Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight

A recent study says that obese kids are at greater risk of suffering from emotional problems, suggesting a close link between obesity and mental health. Childhood obesity and depression: How are they linked? Tips to help your child maintain a healthy weight  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock New Delhi: Childhood overweight or obesity is a serious health problem that has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the world, including India. It can have both immediate and long-term health consequences. According to a recent study, obese kids are at greater risk of suffering…

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