Health and Lifestyle

Tuesday, August 20, 2019Insomnia linked to increased risk of heart failure: Study

Aug 20:People suffering from insomnia might have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, says a study.

According to researchers, previous observational studies have found an association between insomnia, which affects up to 30 per cent of the general population and an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

"These observational studies were un


Saturday, August 17, 2019Women with sleep apnea at increased risk of cancer: Study

Aug 17: Women with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appear to be at an elevated risk of getting cancer than men with the condition, warn researchers.

The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, is based on analyses of registry data, collected in the European database ESADA, on a total of some 20,000 adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). About 2 per cent of them also ha


Wednesday, August 14, 2019Heart attack cases higher in areas with more fast food outlets

While it is known that eating fast food is not good for health, researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have found that areas with a higher number of fast food outlets record more heart attack cases.

Published in the European Heart Journal, the findings also showed that for every additional fast food outlet, there were four additional heart attacks per 100,000 people each year.



Thursday, August 1, 2019High Vitamin A intake can lower skin cancer risk

New York, Aug 1 Researchers have found that people who intake high levels of Vitamin A were 17 per cent less at risk of getting a skin cancer as compared to those who ate modest amounts of foods and supplements rich in Vitamin A.

"Our study provides another reason to eat lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, is hard to prevent,


Tuesday, July 23, 2019Bharatanatyam dancer urges adult women to take up dance again

New Delhi, July 23: Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Priya Venkataraman, who took her first steps in dance when she was seven, has asked her adult students to take up Bharatanatyam as a second innings in life.

"Once a dancer, always a dancer! One does not need to rekindle the flame, because the passion never dies."

"I have many adult students who have taken sound training under variou


Monday, July 22, 2019Tips for monsoon skin care for babies

New Delhi, July 22: A baby's delicate skin needs the right nourishment and ample care, especially during the monsoon. With a change in the season, it is always a good idea to change your baby's skin care routine to a more season-friendly one by choosing the right products; those with natural ingredients can further help tackle monsoon-related skin concerns.

Dr. Subhashini N.S., Ayurveda Expert


Saturday, July 20, 2019One-hour exercise with proper hydration may tackle low BP

New York, July 20: Suffering from low blood pressure? Do an hour or more of daily exercise and stay hydrated to improve the condition and control fainting or dizziness episodes, finds a NASA-funded study on astronauts.

The study is the first to examine the condition called "orthostatic intolerance" during daily activities when the astronauts returned home.

The researchers found that exerci


Friday, July 19, 2019Udhampur hospital gets quality certification

Jammu: In recognition of its high standards of healthcare quality and performance, the Udhampur district hospital was on Thursday accorded the national quality assurance standards (NQAS) certification by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The hospital has scored a rating of 85 per cent, thereby meeting the criteria set up for achieving NQAS recognition, officials said.

Under t


Friday, July 19, 2019Sanitary napkins given to adolescent girls at subsidised rates

New Delhi, Jul 19: A pack of six sanitary napkins is being provided to adolescent girls at a cost of Rs 6 every month under a centrally-sponsored scheme, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha on Friday.

Vardhan said the government is supporting the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, a component of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram, by providing funds to States and UTs which propose fo


Wednesday, July 17, 2019Researchers show how plastics can be reused

London, July 17: While a small proportion of the hundreds types of plastics can be recycled by conventional technology, researchers show there are other things that can be done to reuse plastics after they have served their original purpose.

Researchers showed how plastics commonly found in food packaging can be recycled to create new materials like wires for electricity - and could help to r


Tuesday, July 16, 2019Petting dogs, cats may reduce stress in students

July 16: College is stressful. Students have classes, exams and so many other pressures common in modern life and now researchers have found that petting dogs and cats can improve students' mood with stress-relieving physiological benefits, a study shows.

According to the study published in the journal AERA Open, many universities have instituted "Pet Your Stress Away" programmes, where stude


Sunday, July 7, 20193-drug combo improves survival period for bowel cancer patients

A targeted three-drug combination therapy resulted in median overall survival of nine months for patients with advanced bowel cancer compared to 5.4 months for current standard-of-care treatment, showed the results of a phase-3 clinical trial.

The data suggested that the three-drug combination, encorafenib, binimetinib and cetuximab, should replace chemotherapy for patients with metastatic co


Friday, July 5, 2019Using social media while watching TV diminishes enjoyment

New York, July 4: Toggling between watching television and social media lessens a person's ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a University of Connecticut study .

The study, published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, found the most significant impact of the two-screen experience was on viewers' ability to 'transport' into the narrative and become immers


Sunday, June 30, 2019Medical 'selfies' help patients feel satisfied: Study

Sydney, June 30: Taking medical 'selfies' and sharing them with a doctor empowers and reassures patients and can improve their relationship with the medical practitioner, a research has found.

"Healthcare consumers feel this data is valuable, it helps them have a sense of autonomy in their care, improves their view of the service they are being provided and it enhances the relationship between


Friday, June 28, 2019Goa Church to launch cancer prevention, support system

Panaji: The influential Roman Catholic Church in Goa, will on June 30 launch a cancer support network which will focus on prevention and support mechanisms.

"'CanSurvive' has two dimensions that one can survive from getting cancer and also can survive after getting it. The campaign wishes to build a strong network with oncologists, surgeons, NGOs and civil society groups to provide information


Thursday, June 27, 2019Tata salt 'safe for consumption', says company

Mumbai, June 26: Tata Chemicals, which manufactures the Tata Salt brands, on Wednesday assured that its salt is "safe and harmless" for consumption.

The company said that India is among countries like US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand that have permitted the use of potassium ferrocyanide in salt.

The level permitted by regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is l


Wednesday, June 26, 2019Statins may double diabetes risk: Study

June 6: People who take cholesterol-lowering statins may be at twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, says a new study.

Statins are a class of drugs that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. More than a quarter of middle-aged adults use a cholesterol-lowering drug, according to estimates.

The study, published in the Diabetes Metaboli


Tuesday, June 25, 2019Children with heart diseases to get free treatment in Ahmedabad: Gehlot

Dungarpur, Jun 25 : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said children, ailing from heart diseases, will be treated for free in Ahmedabad.
Addressing a gathering here, Mr Gehlot said the state government has signed an agreement with a hospital in Ahmedabad, under which children having heart problems will be treated free.
Rs 5,000 from Chief Minister's relief fund will be provided to


Tuesday, June 25, 2019SKIMS to hold research activities on July 1 aimed at improving patient care

Srinagar, Jun 25 : S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) will hold first-of-its-kind key academic activity to focus on research activities on July 1, aimed at improving the patient care at the premier hospital in Jammu and Kashmir.

A SKIMS spokesperson said that to commemorate Doctor’s Day, SKIMS will hold first research day on July 1, 2019.
Coordinator of the event, Prof Mohammd Ashraf


Saturday, June 22, 2019Frequent vacations good for your heart

New York, June 22: Take out time for travelling amid your busy schedule as frequent vacations not only help de-stress but also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reveals a new study.

The study, published in Psychology and Health journal, found that a vacation can help people reduce their metabolic symptoms and therefore their risk of cardiovascular disease.

"What we found is that p


Thursday, June 20, 2019Alert issued in Jharkhand over Chamki fever

Ranchi, Jun 20: An alert has been sounded in Jharkhand over Chamki Fever (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome).

Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni has directed all the medical colleges and civil surgeons to keep an eye on the spread of the disease and also take all possible steps for its control.

Mr Kulkarni said death of children continued taking place in Muzafarpur district of Bihar and so far


Wednesday, June 19, 2019Breast cancer raises heart disease risk

New York, June 19: Researchers have found that postmenopausal women with breast cancer are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

"Heart disease appears more commonly in women treated for breast cancer because of the toxicities of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and use of aromatase inhibitors, which lower estrogen," said JoAnn Pinkerton, Professor at the University of Virginia.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019Poor oral health escalates liver cancer risk

London, June 18: Poor oral health is associated with a 75 per cent increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, a study suggests.

Published in the United European Gastroenterology Journal, the study investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a number of gastrointestinal cancers, including liver, colon, rectum and pancr


Monday, June 17, 2019Diarrhoea outbreak in several villages of Mendhar, over 100 people taken ill

SDM constitutes team of doctors to visit the villages affected

Jammu, June 17: At least 100 people have been taken ill due to sudden outbreak of gastroenteritis in many villages of Mendhar Tehsil of Poonch district on Monday.

Reports reaching local news agency said that the disease outbreak has triggered panic in Gohlad, Harni, Ari, Kalaban Balakote and Dharana Gursai and scores of people including women and children have been admitted to Sub District Hos


Monday, June 17, 2019Asthma patients skipping doses owing to high cost: Study

Sydney, June 16: Out-of-pocket costs are preventing many people from taking vital asthma medication, says a new study, calling for urgent interventions to promote discussions between patients and doctors about the cost of medicines to treat asthma.

The most commonly prescribed preventer treatments for asthma contain inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) which, if taken regularly, reduce the severity o


Sunday, June 16, 2019India's digital payments projected to more than double to USD 135 billion in 4 years: Study

Kolkata, Jun 16 : Turbo-charging expansion in the financial technology (FinTech), India's digital payments transaction value is projected to more than double to USD 135.2 billion in 2023 from USD 64.8 billion this year, according to an ASSOCHAM-PWC India study.
“India is expected to clock the fastest growth in digital payments transaction value between 2019 and 2023 with a compounded annual gro


Sunday, June 16, 2019Contaminated water forces UP family to seek PM's nod to end life

Hathras, June 16 : Contaminated water in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras is pushing residents to the wall. Unable to get clean drinking water for themselves, a father and his three daughters have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his permission to end their lives.

Chandrapal Singh, a farmer from Hasayan block in Hathras, has been making rounds of government officials with compla


Sunday, June 16, 2019Harsh Vardhan visits AES-hit Muzaffarpur, death toll rises to 81

Patna, June 16 :Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday visited Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, where 81 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the past fortnight.

Seven children died on Sunday, taking the total number of casualties due to AES to 81, health officials said. Seventy three children had died till Saturday night.

However, unofficial deaths due the dis


Sunday, June 16, 2019Over 1000% increase in registered child care institutions in India since 2015

New Delhi, June 16 : Despite an increase in the number of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in the country, it is found that they do not provide the type of nurturing and stimulating environment needed for normal growth and the healthy psychological development to children, a report said.

According to the report titled, 'Mapping and Review Exercise of Child Care Institutions', "only 46.7 per cent


Sunday, June 16, 2019Patients suffer as Bengal doctors strike enters 6th day

Kolkata, June 16 : Health services in West Bengal remained partially disrupted and state-run hospitals wore a deserted look on Sunday morning as the doctors strike entered its sixth day.

Sunday being a holiday, the out-patient departments remained closed and the number of patients waiting outside hospitals or visiting the emergency wards was also low. The emergency services, however, functione