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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Bad air worse again, fog to return

Bad air worse again, fog to return

Delhi’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” level on Friday–first time this December–as the weather deteriorated and the Met office warned of dense fogin isolated pockets over the weekend. For nearly a month, the air quality index (AQI) kept fluctuating between “poor” and “very poor” categories. There were many “severe” days in November, the last was on November 29. But on Friday , levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) shot up by many times. The sky appeared hazy through the day. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),…

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Past Depression Tied to Worse Breast Cancer Survival Odds

Past Depression Tied to Worse Breast Cancer Survival Odds

Women with a history of depression may have lower survival odds with breast cancer than patients without past mental health problems, research in Denmark suggests. In the study of more than 45,000 women with early-stage breast malignancies, 13 percent of patients previously treated with antidepressants died within five years of their cancer diagnosis, compared with 11 percent of women who hadn’t ever taken medication for depression. “We did not find that women with depression were diagnosed at later stages,” said lead study author Dr. Nis Palm Suppli of the Danish…

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Bloating – does what you eat make it worse?

Bloating – does what you eat make it worse?

That full, uncomfortable and cramped feeling that makes you covertly unbutton your jeans at a dinner, or spend the whole day dreaming about getting home, just to put your pyjama pants on – ring a bell? That’s bloating. For many women, bloating is a part of day-to-day life. Many of us continue with our normal lifestyle and diet, and accept the bloating as normal, or at least unavoidable. We take over-the-counter remedies like antacids and natural anti-bloat remedies, but more often than not, what we are eating is the reason…

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Anemia Tied to Worse Survival Odds After Stroke

Anemia Tied to Worse Survival Odds After Stroke

Some older adults with anemia may fare worse after a stroke, a study suggests, although the reason and the right treatment are still unclear. Anemia is common in older adults and has various causes, including a lack of red blood cells or low levels of hemoglobin, the proteins in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. When researchers analyzed data on almost 30,000 stroke patients, they found anemia associated with almost twice the risk of dying in the first year after an ischemic stroke – the most common…

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Common medications can make heart failure worse

Common medications can make heart failure worse

  Many prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal products can cause or worsen heart failure, so it’s important for patients to tell doctors about everything they’re taking. So says a new scientific statement from the American heart Association (AHA). Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for people 65 years of age and older, and the average heart failure patient takes an average of seven prescription medications per day. More than a third of heart failure patients also take herbal supplements, two thirds take vitamins, and seven out of…

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