Health

6 women share what it’s actually like on being on antidepressants

Last week, a major study was published which concluded that, yes, antidepressants do work. The study, published in The Lancet, analysed more than 500 trials involving 116,477 people, and concluded that all of the actual antidepressants were more effective in treating mental health conditions than placebo (dummy) drugs. The study also found some antidepressants were more effective than others. For years, there’s been ... Read More »

3 things you need to know about endometriosis and fertility

Endometriosis is a common and long-term condition which affects roughly one in 10 women in the UK. It occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis. The condition causes heavy and painful periods as well as pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back. Approximately 30% of women ... Read More »

Stomach issues? Here’s what your abdominal pains could mean

A simple stomach ache can signal several types of health problems. Whether you’re dealing with a casual case of indigestion or you’re suffering with something a bit more serious, tummy pains offer an insight into what’s going on inside our bodies and should never be ignored — no matter how manageable. Here, we look at six of the most common ... Read More »

‘Why I quit smoking’: 7 triggers that made people stop and how it changed their life

As anyone who’s tried to quit smoking will tell you, kicking the habit isn’t as easy as some people think it is. Undoing years – or even decades – of a habit takes effort, willpower and often some external guidance. Knowing why you want to quit and having a goal in mind can be a huge motivation for staying on the right ... Read More »

FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease

Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina — called diabetic retinopathy — has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient’s retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images are uploaded to a cloud server on which IDx-DR software is installed. The software provides one of ... Read More »

Omega-3 supplements don’t cure dry eye symptoms. They may just be placebos

Fish oil supplements have long been recommended to people suffering from dry eye disease, a common ailment that affects millions worldwide — but a study out Friday says they don’t work. “Omega-3 supplements are no more effective than placebo at alleviating dry eye symptoms,” read the findings from a randomised clinical trial involving 535 people and published in the New ... Read More »

Just one night of bad sleep can increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease

People who sleep poorly are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that losing just one night of sleep led to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A previous study showed that chronic poor sleep may contribute to cognitive decline. In ... Read More »

Bipasha Basu to reveal health and fitness secrets on new digital platform

Bollywood actor and fitness lover Bipasha Basu is looking at starting a digital platform to share what keeps her healthy and fit. Her social media posts revolve around fitness, and encourage people to hit the gym and try different types of exercise. In a recent interview to IANS, Basu admitted that she is looking to share fitnesss-related information through a ... Read More »

Are you losing weight suddenly? Here’s why you should be worried

Sudden weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, according to a study. The study, led by the Universities of Oxford and Exeter, found that unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for colorectal, lung, pancreatic and renal cancers. The research analysed the findings of 25 studies, incorporating data from more than 11.5 ... Read More »

Beach lovers, there’s good news. Philippines’ resort island Boracay may reopen in four months

The Philippines is looking to shorten the closure period for its most popular holiday hotspot, Boracay, to four months from six. But the number of visitors allowed when it reopens will be slashed, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. A masterplan to redevelop Boracay, which has turned into a “cesspool” due to pollution, according to President Rodrigo Duterte, into a ... Read More »