Added sugar increases risk of heart disease

A new study reveals that eating too much sugar is bad for our heart and could lead to an earlier death. The research examined nutrition surveys from nearly 12,000 Americans and found that those who reported consuming the greatest percentage of calories from added sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease over … Read more

Amrutham Arogyam – Project to screen people for lifestyle diseases

A unique project to screen all the people above the age of 30 years in the state for life style diseases was formally launched in Kerala today. Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minsiter of State for Food and Public Distribution inaugurated the project ‘Amrutam Arogyam’ at Kochi. About one crore people of the state will be screened … Read more

High blood pressure in Indians – a silent killer

Fast-moving lifestyles, unearthly hours at work, stress, addiction to alcohol and unhealthy meals are making more and more Indians fall prey to high blood pressure at a very young age. High blood pressure (BP) is a major public health problem in India and its prevalence is rapidly increasing among both urban and rural populations. In … Read more

Diabetes increasing in India – 8% suspected for diabetes

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report entitled “Assessment of burden of Non-Communicable Diseases 2006”, the prevalence of diabetes in the age group of 30 to 89 was ranging from 26 to 200 per 1000 in Urban females and 78 to 333 per 1000 in Urban Males. In rural areas, it was … Read more

Hypertension :: Another Reason to Enjoy Dark Chocolate?

A small, tantalizing new study shows that dark chocolate may help reduce hypertension. The November issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter highlights a recent German study that found eating a small amount of dark chocolate every day reduces the top (systolic) blood pressure number by almost 3 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and the bottom (diastolic) blood pressure number by about 2 mm Hg.

Hearing Loss :: Genes influence age-related hearing loss

A new Brandeis University study of twins shows that genes play a significant role in the level of hearing loss that often appears in late middle age. The research, in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, examined genetic and environmental factors affecting hearing loss in the frequency range of speech recognition.

Ovarian Cancer :: Novel medication improves ovarian cancer treatment

A new study appearing in International Journal of Gynecological Cancer states that Bevacizumab, a biologic anti-cancer agent that prevents tumor growth by interfering with the formation of new blood vessels, may have the potential to improve the efficacy of standard combination chemotherapy in ovarian cancer.

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