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Diet soda may keep colon cancer from recurring: Researchers

New York, July 20 (IANS) People who drank diet soda after being treated for colon cancer are less likely to see a recurrence than those who didnt drink artificially-sweetened drinks, claims a Yale University study. To reach this conclusion, researchers analysed 1,018 colon cancer patients. Those who drank one or more 12-ounce artificially-sweetened drink a day saw a 46 per cent i...

2 days ago
Unhealthy fat, cholesterol linked with lower fertility

London, July 17 (IANS) Young women with unhealthy levels of fat in their blood before pregnancy are more likely to only have one or no child at all, finds a study explaining the previously observed association between lower fertility and heart disease. Women with an unhealthy blood fat profile of high LDL ('bad') cholesterol, triglycerides, and a high triglyceride to HDL ('good') ratio, ...

2 days ago
Brain area linked to binge eating identified

New York, July 17 (IANS) Researchers have identified that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. The researchers said that orexin neurons -- named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells -- have previously been shown to be important fo...

7 days ago
Obesity alone does not up death risk: Study

Toronto, July 13 (IANS) Patients who have metabolically healthy obesity but are free from other metabolic risk factors do not have an increased rate of mortality, a new study has found. Metabolically healthy obesity is a debatable medical condition characterized by obesity which does not produce metabolic complications. The study, published in the journal Clinical Obesity, showed...

8 days ago
Beijing's life expectancy rises to 82.15 years

Beijing, July 12 (IANS) The average life expectancy of Beijing residents rose to 82.15 years in 2017, more than five years above the national average, authorities said on Thursday. The premature death rate for major chronic diseases of people aged between 30 and 70 was 10.8 per cent in 2017, a decrease of 0.92 per cent from 2016, reports Xinhua news agency. The main cause of deat...

9 days ago
Positive attitude during pregnancy may keep your kids in shape

London, July 11 (IANS) Did you know even your mood and attitude during pregnancy can have an effect on the body weight of your children when they grow up? A new study has found that teenagers are less likely to be overweight if their mother or father had a positive attitude during pregnancy. Negative attitude, or a lack of self-belief in your ability to bring in changes to your lifestyl...

12 days ago
Soup before meal may promote healthy eating, weight loss

New York, July 8 (IANS) If you are planning to cut down on foods rich in saturated fats such as butter, cream, cheese, and meat, drinking soup rich in umami -- savoury taste -- before meal may help. Scientists have found that soup causes changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in those at risk of obesity. Umami is a Japanese word ...

13 days ago
Obesity may up chronic diseases risk after traumatic brain injury

New York, July 7 (IANS) While obesity has been known to increase the risk of many cardiometabolic diseases in healthy people, it may pose even greater risk for people living with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a study has found. The study found that for people with moderate to severe TBI, obesity may be associated with long term chronic disease risks including high blood pressure, heart f...

14 days ago
Abdominal obesity may increase lower urinary tract symptoms risk

Beijing, July 6 (IANS) Men with central (or abdominal) obesity are at increased risk of experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms, a new study suggests. The researchers, including Haiying Zhang from Guangxi Medical University in China, also found that increased waist-to-hip ratio was associated with worsened straining and weak stream. Central obesity or abdominal obesity, occurs ...

14 days ago
Sleep disorder linked with brain changes found in dementia

Sydney, July 5 (IANS) A sleep disorder that causes repeated shallow or paused breathing may be associated with changes in brain structure that are also seen in the early stages of dementia. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), common among elderly, is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, stopping breathing, and is known to reduce levels of oxygen in the blo...

15 days ago
Mother's lifestyle choices linked to obesity risk in adolescents

New York, July 5 (IANS) Adolescents whose mothers follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and refrain from smoking may be 75 per cent less likely to develop obesity, according to a study. The findings also suggested that children of women who maintained a healthy body weight and did not smoke had 56 per cent and 31 per cent lower risk of obesity respectively. The study demonst...

15 days ago
'Skinny fat' a sign of dementia, Alzheimer's risk: Study

New York, July 5 (IANS) Older adults who are skinny fat -- the combination of low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass -- may be at risk of developing decline in cognitive performance, a study contends. Skinny fat is the colloquial term for the medical condition sarcopenic obesity, which depicts people who are thin, but with high levels of body fat and visceral fat.

16 days ago
'70% north Indian women low in vitamin D, at high diabetes risk'

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Despite adequate exposure to sunshine, nearly 70 per cent pre-diabetic women in north India are deficient in vitamin D, making them more vulnerable to the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, finds a study. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. The findings showed that pre-diabetes women living...

17 days ago
PETA to approach college students to promote veganism

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) To promote veganism, PETA-India on Tuesday initiated a campaign to reach out to college students and highlight cruelty inflicted on male chicks and calves. The campaign -- 'Save the boy child: Try Vegan' -- aims at encouraging students, especially freshers to go vegan and condemn the killings in egg and dairy industry of the male animals. Vegans consume only plan...

19 days ago
New therapy could help combat drug addiction

New York, July 1 (IANS) Researchers have developed a treatment that may help reverse chemical imbalances made to the brain by habitual drug use and could one day help recovering drug addicts avoid future drug use. When tested on rats, the new treatment was effective in reducing the animals' cravings, according to the findings published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. When ...

20 days ago
Know how obesity may cause early onset of Alzheimer's

Toronto, June 30 (IANS) While ageing has been long identified as a significant risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, a new study shows that obesity during middle age may contribute to the early development of the brain disorder, termed as the most common form of dementia. The results showed that ageing, combined with a high fat and high sugar diet, results in increased inflammation and st...

22 days ago
Midlife fitness may boost your heart health

New York, June 28 (IANS) People with high fitness during their middle ages are significantly less likely to die from heart diseases in later life even if they were diagnosed with depression, researchers including one of Indian-origin suggested. The study, published in the journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, found that participants with high fitness were 56 per cent le...

25 days ago
Britain mulls new measures to tackle childhood obesity

London, June 25 (IANS) Britain is to mull banning the sale of high-energy caffeine-laden drinks to young children after a study found a quarter of 6 to 9 year olds consumed them. At the same time, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also plans to tackle pester-power by preventing stores from displaying unhealthy foods at checkouts or including them in buy-one-get-one-free deals, officials said ...

27 days ago
Normalisation of 'plus-size' may undermine efforts to tackle obesity

London, June 23 (IANS) Attempts to reduce the stigma associated with plus-size body shapes may lead to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight and undermine efforts to tackle obesity crisis, a new study has warned. The researcher has linked plus-size clothing with an unintentional negative consequence that may prevent recognition of the health risks of being overweigh...

28 days ago
Bisexuals more prone to heart disease risk: Study

New York, June 22 (IANS) Being bisexual can be harmful for cardiovascular health as a new study suggests that bisexuals are at a higher risk of heart disease compared to heterosexual men across several modifiable risk factors. According to the researchers, little is known about the impact of sexual orientation on heart disease risk in men, despite the fact that gay and bisexual men may b...

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