Gut Bacteria Strongly Linked To Cause Of Heart Attack, Says Study

Gut Bacteria Strongly Linked To Cause Of Heart Attack, Says Study

The gut microbiome plays an important role in an individual’s risk for atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke, says a study. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. The researchers believe that the new finding could open the door for new treatment options for those patients with unexplained plaque build-up in the arteries. In order to understand the role that bacteria in the gut may play in atherosclerosis, the researchers examined blood levels of metabolic products of the intestinal microbiome….

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Switch off the TV, too much screen time can cause heart disease and cancer

Switch off the TV, too much screen time can cause heart disease and cancer

Spending too much time watching TV can be injurious to health. A new study done by the University of Glasgow and published in BMC Medicine reveals a link between higher risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease. The effect was more among those with low fitness, low muscle strength or physical activity levels. Previous studies linked increased screen time with bowel cancer for men as well as diabetes, obesity and a weak heart. Discretionary screen time, time spent watching TV or looking at a computer screen during leisure time, is an important contributor to…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial”…

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This pregnancy complication could cause pre-term labour

This pregnancy complication could cause pre-term labour

Foetal immune rejection may be one of the causes for preterm labour — a common pregnancy complication leading to birth occurring before the 37th week of pregnancy, researchers say. The findings showed that it may sometimes happen when the foetal immune system “wakes up” too early and begins to reject the mother, causing the uterus to start contracting. The researchers think the foetal immune system becomes triggered in a case of mistaken identity. An initial infection in the mother can result in inflammation and arouse the foetal immune system. The…

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial” cells lining the surfaces…

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Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause facial defects in the babies, a study warns. The findings suggested that e-cigarettes pose health risks despite being widely considered a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Researchers exposed frog embryos and samples of mammalian neural crest cells to saline infused with e-cigarette vapour. Frogs, like other vertebrates, are similar to humans embryonically, said Amanda Dickinson, from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the US. “This means that if a chemical perturbs a frog embryo, it’s likely to do the same thing to a human…

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Blinding lake-effect snow, bitterly cold winds to cause Thanksgiving travel delays

Blinding lake-effect snow, bitterly cold winds to cause Thanksgiving travel delays

Following mild, wet weather to end this week, progressively colder air will unleash rounds of heavy lake-effect snow from the Upper Midwest to the interior Northeast for travel during the week of Thanksgiving. Travel delays related to wind and/or snow are likely in parts of the midwestern and eastern United States. “We expect two major pushes of cold air into the eastern half of U.S. during the week of Thanksgiving,” according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Evan Duffey. The weather pattern is giving mixed signals as to whether a storm will…

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Does your child avoid eye contact? Anxiety might be the cause

Does your child avoid eye contact? Anxiety might be the cause

A study recently revealed that children, aged nine to 13, pay close attention to potentially threatening information and avoid eye contact when anxious. According to researchers, the shorter and less frequently they look in the eyes of others, the more likely they are to be afraid of them, even when there may be no reason to be. They also found that the child continues feeling fearful of that person even though he/she may no longer be threatening or scary. Kalina Michalska from the University of California, Riverside said that looking at…

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Wrongly diagnosed foot injury may cause arthritis, chronic pain

Wrongly diagnosed foot injury may cause arthritis, chronic pain

Ever twisted an ankle or injured your foot and never thought of taking a second opinion after your doctor prescribed you painkillers? Well give a second thought, now. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Review has highlighted the importance of additional imaging, second opinions for accurate diagnosis and treatment. A new study by orthopedic surgeons finds misdiagnosis often results in poor long-term patient outcomes, including arthritis and disability. More than 3 million emergency room visits in the United States each year are related to common foot and ankle injuries….

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Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

A lot of people are subjected to fat shaming – at work, in school and almost every day. It is a form of prejudice where people are extremely critical of your appearance. Researchers from Penn Medicine believe that people who are obese or overweight face the stereotype of being lazy, incompetent or unattractive and are constantly blamed for their excess weight. According to this study, this kind of an attitude can take a toll on their health and put them at the risk of other diseases like heart trouble and metabolic…

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