Grilled, barbecued meat may up kidney cancer risk

Pan-fried, grilled or barbecued meat, cooked at high temperatures or over an open flame, may increase the risk of kidney cancer, a new study has claimed. The study indicates that a meat-rich diet may increase the risk of developing kidney cancer through mechanisms related to particular cooking compounds. These associations may be modified by genetic susceptibility to kidney cancer. The ... Read More »

Drug addiction begins with painkiller for women

The route to drug addiction for most women could begin with doctor-prescribed painkillers, a new study warns. In the study involving over 500 patients in Canada, the researchers found that more than half (52 percent) of women and a third (38 percent) of men reported doctor-prescribed painkillers as their first contact with opioid drugs, a family of drugs which include ... Read More »

A guide to fighting common winter ailments

Winter is a time of the year filled with joy and excitement over the approaching holidays. For many individuals, however, the winter season presents a change in physical health with the onset of low temperatures. For three of the most common health complications, using home remedy solutions will improve the symptoms of these winter related ailments and ensure a more ... Read More »

Just a handful of walnuts can boost male fertility

A simple way to boost male fertility, a major problem across the world, could be gobbling a handful of walnuts, researchers say. “The initial research we conducted regarding walnuts and male fertility found improvement in sperm parameters after adding walnuts to the diet and has set the stage for us to further explore the impacts of walnuts on male fertility ... Read More »

FDA approves new drug with fewer side effects

FDA approves new drug with fewer side effects A new treatment for HIV infection has been approved by US federal regulators which does not have the side effects associated with other drugs used to fight the virus that causes AIDS. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved Genvoya -a fixeddose combination tablet containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir ... Read More »

World Pneumonia Day – Doc push for paediatric pneumococcal surveillance

The Pune branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) has underlined the need for paediatric pneumococcal surveillance in the country and appropriate measures to reduce the disease burden. IAP is one of the largest and most represented associations of pediatricians or child specialists in India. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), pneumococcal disease is the world’s number one ... Read More »

Unwashed knife and grater can spread bacteria between foods 

Do you use knife or grater in the kitchen to cut different eatables one after another, without washing them in between? You could be playing a role in spreading disease-causing bacteria, warns a study. Actually, bacteria latch on to the utensils commonly found in consumers’ homes and spread to the next item. Researchers have known that poor hygiene in a ... Read More »

CPR by medics: Continuous pumping not a good idea

Continuous chest compressions during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by emergency medical responders do not offer survival advantages when compared to interrupting manual chest pumping to perform rescue breathing, says a study. CPR is the effort to restore a pulse and respiration in people whose heartbeat and breathing have suddenly ceased. The study found that patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who received ... Read More »

Men with Alzheimer’s gene at higher brain bleeding risk

A common genetic variation linked to Alzheimer’s disease greatly raises the likelihood of brain bleeding in men as compared to women, scientists have found. Such haemorrhages in brain tissue — microbleeds — leave small points of damage throughout the brain and contribute to memory loss, the researchers explained. The study revealed that the gene variant ApoE4 (apolipoprotein E 4) has ... Read More »

Benefits and risks of eating fish

Are you confused about the benefits and risks of eating fish? Here’s what you need to know: Benefits Protects against stroke: A study found that people who ate fish at least once a week were 13 per cent less likely to suffer from a blockage of the blood supply to the brain (ischemicstroke) than those who did not eat fish ... Read More »