Asthma in children could become worse if you live near a busy road

Asthma in children could become worse if you live near a busy road

Asthma attacks in children, who live near a busy, major roadway or a playground, is often severe, suggests a new study. Long-time exposure to traffic-related pollution and dust has been linked to asthma in children. According to a research conducted by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, children living within a football field’s length of major roadways had nearly three times the odds of paediatric asthma compared to children who lived four times farther away. It has been long known that smog and pollution can bring on an asthma attack…

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6 things to see your pharmacist for (if you can’t get a GP appointment)

6 things to see your pharmacist for (if you can’t get a GP appointment)

Pharmacists working in high street pharmacies are highly-trained health professionals, who can help with lots of health-related matters as well as supply medicines. A new public health campaign is urging people to consult a pharmacist first for minor illnesses, such as sore throats, coughs and colds, instead of booking a GP appointment, which is estimated to cost the NHS £31. The Stay Well campaignaims to reduce the number of unnecessary doctor and hospital visits, which are estimated to cost the NHS £850 million per year. Here are a few things your…

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How to know if your child is autistic? Age-wise signs to watch for!

How to know if your child is autistic? Age-wise signs to watch for!

Imagine a child who likes to keep to himself. As a toddler, catching a smile on his face was like mining a diamond in the soil. He just had two odd toys he played with, slept with, caressed, went out with and even took bath with. Even after turning a year old, he wouldn’t respond to being called. He likes to play and puddle in water and will not come out of the bathroom till called for at least ten times or scolded. Now that he is three, he still…

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If you’re trying to lose weight, pay attention to the speed at which you eat food

If you’re trying to lose weight, pay attention to the speed at which you eat food

If you’re always the last person on a table to finish their food, take heart. People who eat slowly are less likely to become obese or develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of heart disease, diabetes and stroke risk factors, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. Metabolic syndrome occurs when someone has any of three risk factors that include abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and/or…

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Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Dog owners, there is some good news for you! A recent study shows that dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes. A team of Swedish scientists used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. The goal was to determine whether dog owners had a different risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners. PhD student at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life…

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8 fruits to include in your diet if you have diabetes

8 fruits to include in your diet if you have diabetes

Diabetes has come to become one of the most dreaded offshoots of modern and hectic lifestyles. In such cases, fruits play a major role and can go a long way in helping keep a diabetes patient’s condition from worsening. *Pomegranates contain the richest combination of antioxidants, protecting you from free-radicals and chronic diseases. They play an important role in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and resistance, which the body has against insulin. *Apple is a hypoglycaemic fruit which contains plenty of fibre that is an impeccable ingredient for a diabetic. It…

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Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Moms-to-be, if you have asthma, you are at risk of giving birth to underweight babies

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting some 235 million people around the world. According to a recent study, asthma increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery as the patients suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery cannot be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, says study. Asthma is a common disease caused by chronic inflammation in the lungs with symptoms of coughing and breathlessness. Using data from the Swedish birth, prescribed drug and…

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Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

People who consume foods that are low in fats but high in carbohydrates may be at an increased risk of an early death as compared to those who consume fat-rich foods such as cheese and butter, a study has claimed. The findings, published in the journal Lancet, showed that contrary to popular belief, consuming a higher amount of fat – about 35% of energy – is associated with a lower risk of death compared to lower intakes. The association was seen for all major types of fats – saturated fats,…

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9 Foods to Avoid If You Have Loose Motions

9 Foods to Avoid If You Have Loose Motions

It’s not really pleasant to talk about diarrhea or more commonly known as loose motions, but each one of us has been in this uncomfortable situation at least a few times in our lives. Bacterial and viral infections are the most common causes of diarrhea which is primarily characterized by loose stools. You may get infected mostly through what you eat or drink and therefore, it is extremely important to be cautious while eating out. However, if you end up contracting food poisoning or any other infection, you may have to…

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9 Foods to Avoid If You Have Loose Motions

9 Foods to Avoid If You Have Loose Motions

It’s not really pleasant to talk about diarrhea or more commonly known as loose motions, but each one of us has been in this uncomfortable situation at least a few times in our lives. Bacterial and viral infections are the most common causes of diarrhea which is primarily characterized by loose stools. You may get infected mostly through what you eat or drink and therefore, it is extremely important to be cautious while eating out. However, if you end up contracting food poisoning or any other infection, you may have to…

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