Shorter Sleep May Increase Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

People who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, according to a new study. “We think there may be a positive feedback loop where sugary drinks and sleep loss reinforce one another, making it harder for people to eliminate their unhealthy sugar habit,” said Aric A. Prather, assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco. “This data suggests that improving people’s sleep could potentially help them break out of the cycle and cut down…

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How to Increase Hemoglobin: 7 Natural Ways

“Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein present in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. It is necessary to maintain normal levels of hemoglobin in your blood for your body to function properly i.e. 14 to 18 g/dl for adult men and 12 to 16 g/dl for adult women. When the level of hemoglobin drops, it can cause weakness, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor appetite and rapid heartbeat. If the level of hemoglobin decreases significantly, the condition may be diagnosed as anemia and symptoms…

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Late Pregnancies May Increase Risk of Autism in Kids

Parents who reproduce later in life are more likely to have children who develop autism disorders, a study finds. The study, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, suggested that late reproduction was not associated with increased risk for schizophrenia in offspring. The authors used a sample of about 1.7 million people out of which approximately 6.5 per cent were diagnosed with autistic or schizophrenic disorders during this time. Their data included autistic and schizophrenic diagnoses for up to 30 years of age and over 20 potentially confounding…

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Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Increase Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate alcohol consumption may change the structure of the heart in ways that increases the risk of atrial fibrillation leading to a stroke, a study suggests. Atrial fibrillation is a known risk factor for stroke and the irregular pumping of blood can lead to clots, which may travel to the brain and cause a stroke. “There is growing evidence that moderate alcohol intake may be a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world, but the mechanism by which alcohol may lead to atrial…

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Belly Fat May Increase Risk Of Heart Diseases

Increasing stomach fat — also known as the “hidden fat” in abdomen — can lead to worsening heart disease risk factors, according to a study. The study adds to the growing evidence that regional fat deposits are harmful and further suggested that the density of the stomach fat (measured by CT scan) is important. Previous studies have shown that people who carry excess abdominal fat around their midsection tend to face higher risks of heart disease compared to people who have fat elsewhere. In general, the higher the fat content,…

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Eating Shark Products May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

Consumed widely in Asia, shark products may not be actually that healthy for humans as researchers have found high concentrations of toxins linked to neuro degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease in the fins and muscles of sharks. “Our results suggest that humans who consume shark parts may be at a risk for developing neurological diseases.” said senior author of the study Deborah Mash, Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami in the US. Fins and muscle tissue samples were collected from 10 shark species found in the Atlantic…

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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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Gallstone Disease May Increase Heart Disease Risk

Individuals with a history of gallstone disease may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, reveals a research. Gallstone disease is a hardened deposit within the fluid in the gall bladder — a small organ under the liver. The findings showed that a history of gallstone disease was linked with a 23 per cent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. “Our results suggest that patients with gallstone disease should be monitored closely based on a careful assessment of both gallstone and heart disease risk factors,” said Lu Qi, Professor…

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Fast Food During Pregnancy Could Increase ADHD Risk in Kids

A high-fat, high-sugar diet of processed food and confectionery during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children who show conduct problems early in life, a study says. “These results suggest that promoting a healthy prenatal diet may ultimately lower ADHD symptoms and conduct problems in children,” said one of the researchers Edward Barker from King’s College London. Early onset conduct problems (for example, lying, fighting) and ADHD tend to occur in tandem and can also be traced back to very similar prenatal experiences such as…

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Common viruses may increase risk of breast cancer

Common viruses may increase risk of breast cancer (Chad Baker/Getty Images) Infection with the most common viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may put women at increased risk for developing breast cancer, according to a study. EBV, one of eight known viruses in the herpes family to infect humans, is also known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis and has been linked to various cancers, including African Burkitt lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, gastric adenocarcinoma, and leiomyosarcoma. Association of EBV infection with breast cancer has been reported in several studies, but…

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