Tag Archives: disease

Can vitamin D supplements prevent autoimmune disease?

You don’t have to look far to find claims that taking vitamin D supplements is great for your health. It’s supposed to be good for everything from preventing cancer and dementia to avoiding infections and heart disease. Unfortunately, many supposed benefits of vitamin D supplements remain unproven. Yet, millions of people take vitamin D regularly, thinking it will help prevent a wide range of illnesses, including certain autoimmune ... Read More »

Heart disease: Here’s a simple fibre-rich meal plan to keep your heart strong and healthy

A diet high in fibre has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Here’s a simple fibre-rich meal plan for a healthier, happier heart. Here’s a simple fibre-rich meal plan to keep your heart healthy  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock New Delhi: Eating an unhealthy diet and not getting enough physical activity can lead to a number of ... Read More »

Caffeine can help patients with kidney disease live longer

Consuming more caffeine may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease. In a new study, researchers hypothesised that caffeine consumption might be associated with lower mortality among participants with chronic kidney disease. The possible protective effect of caffeine might be related to effects at a vascular level as caffeine is known to promote the release of substances, such ... Read More »

Pregnant women with heart disease should give birth before 40 weeks

Female heart patients should give birth at no later than 40 weeks gestation, beyond that harm can be caused to the mother, new guidelines by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommends. Besides pre-pregnancy risk assessment and counselling, a delivery plan should be devised at 20-30 weeks, specifying vaginal or caesarean delivery, whether an epidural or forceps will be used, ... Read More »

Air pollution, particularly, fine dust major cause of cardiovascular disease

A study has found that air pollution can lead to cardiovascular diseases. Air pollution, and fine dust, in particular, is responsible for more than four million deaths each year. Almost 60 per cent of deaths occur as a result of heart diseases. The large percentage of deaths from cardiovascular disease has prompted an international group of experts from Germany, England, and the USA to analyse ... Read More »

Don’t pop antidepressants if you suffer from lung disease, here’s why

Antidepressants may help to boost your mood but they can prove risky for patients of lung disease. A new study done by the St Michael’s Hospital shows that use of antidepressants can increase the risk of death by 20% for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and increase the likelihood of hospitalisation by 15% due to related symptoms. The research suggests ... Read More »

Diabetes and heart disease should be top health priorities

Chronic diseases claim more Indian lives than infectious diseases, and take a huge toll: Between 2012 and 2030, non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions are expected to cost India $4.58 trillion. The government supports states to respond, but much more needs to be done. New research for India Consensus, a collaboration between Tata Trusts and Copenhagen Consensus, reveals some strategies ... 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 »

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 »

Does heart disease run in your family? Daily exercise may help you lower its risks

According to the findings reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, greater grip strength, more physical activity and better cardio-respiratory fitness are associated with reduced risk for heart attacks and stroke — even among people with a genetic predisposition for heart disease. “The main message is that being physically active is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, ... Read More »