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Sweetened drinks heighten risk factors for heart disease

Washington: Love sugary drinks? You might want to cut down your consumption as new research shows reveals that beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup drastically increases risk factors for heart disease.   The study by University of California – the first of its kind to demonstrate a direct, dose-dependent relationship between the amount of added sugar consumed in sweetened beverages and increases in specific risk fact Read More

Combination of diet & exercise best way to manage Diabetes

Washington: While it’s often believed that diet and exercise are interchangeable, they actually offer distinct cumulative benefits when it comes to managing Type 2 Diabetes.   The Saint Louis University (SLU) study enrolled sedentary, overweight, middle-aged men and women who were assigned to one of three groups designed to reduce weight by 6-8 per cent through calorie restriction, exercise or a combination of both.   Read More

Mom’s weight gain during pregnancy can lead to obese kids

Washington: Insufficient exercise, smoking and excessive weight gain during pregnancy can lead to obesity in the babies, claims a new study.   Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas, and Harokopio University in Greece have found that if pregnant women smoke, gain excessive weight and don’t exercise enough, then the probability that the newborn might suffer from obesity at the age of eight Read More

Asthma may be easier to control than previously believed

Washington: If you suffer from asthma then you know that controlling the condition is the key to ensuring good quality of life. Now, scientists have come up with a bunch of tips and to help you do just that.   Allergist Dr. James Sublett, at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), said patients are prone to hospitalization because they aren’t aware of simple measures that can bring asthma under control.  Read More

Indians value “life satisfaction” the most, says OECD survey

London: As per an infographic map, which shows the main priorities in almost every country around the world, Indians value “life satisfaction” most in life.   The OECD Better Life Initiative, which has been collecting information on a continuous basis since 2011, to date has received over 60,000 responses from over 180 countries, the Independent reported.   The result, called the Better Life Index, is intended to Read More

Can’t stick to a diet regime? Blame your brain cells

Washington: If you are one those you just can’t control your appetite, even though you know you should diet, stop blaming yourself. A new study says this happens because some people are wired that way.   According to scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, the blame should be put on hunger-sensitive cells in the brain known as AGRP neurons. These neurons are responsible for the unpleasan Read More

Just 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day can cause liver damage!

Washington: Did you know that drinking just 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day could lead to liver disease? A new study presented at The International Liver Congress 2015 shows a significant influence of daily drinking on cirrhosis burden.   The data shows that the cirrhosis burden caused by alcohol increased by 11.13 per cent when moving from the moderate to heavy daily drinking (up to one drink/day for women; two drinks/day for men Read More

World’s first viable malaria vaccine may soon be a reality

London: The world’s first viable malaria vaccine may soon be able to help fight the disease, after final trial results confirmed its potential to prevent millions of cases of the deadly disease every year.   The first malaria vaccine candidate (RTS,S/AS01) to reach Phase-3 clinical testing was found to be partially effective against clinical disease in young African children up to 4 years after vaccination, according to final tri Read More

It’s official! Drinking coffee cuts risk of breast cancer recurrence

Washington: Ladies, it is official! Your morning cuppa (of coffee) has the potential to cut risk of breast cancer recurrence.   While previous studies have shown that coffee helps to protect against breast cancer, new research led by Lund University, Sweden, has confirmed that coffee inhibits the growth of tumours and reduces the risk of recurrence in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with the drug  Read More

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