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Can gum diseases be predicted?

Yes! A recent study shows that a simple blood test can also predict periodontal (gum) disease risk. 7450 men and women participated in the study conducted by researchers of Japan. All the participants received blood tests 37 times including cholesterol and C-reactive protein, which are commonly linked with heart diseases and diabetes. The blood tests [...]

Lifelong Obesity can cause Brain Atrophy and Dementia

Obesity has always been a cause of worry. Numerous researches have been conducted to determine health hazards caused by excessive body weight. A recent study has suggested that carrying too many extra pounds during the life may take its toll on the brain as well as the body. The study led by Swedish researchers, found [...]

Attention all Rheumatoid Arthritis patients!

Two new studies have reported a link between Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Heart Disease. Both the studies have suggested that patients suffering with RA should pay attention to their heart health and seek aggressive screening from their doctors and adopt a heart friendly lifestyle. One of the study was reported in the journal of Arthritis [...]

Effects of Smoking on Brain Similar to those of Heroin

That cigarette smoking affects lungs is a common fact. However, what smokers don't know is that smoking cigarettes triggers the release of addictive “feel-good” brain chemicals just like those triggered while abusing heroin and morphine. A research was conducted to understand why smokers have such a tough time quitting despite being aware of all the [...]

Checking foot temperature can help control Diabetic Sores

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems because uncontrolled diabetes can damage their blood vessels and nerves. This, in turn decreases the ability to sense injury or pressure on the foot. The immune system also gets altered due to diabetes and leads to decreased ability of the body to fight infection. Small infections can [...]

An Apple a day can prevent cancer

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”- an old saying has been proved true again. According to a new cancer prevention study, an apple a day plus a veggie-intensive diet were 'the stars'. The findings were presented at the annual frontiers in cancer prevention research conference in Seattle. It is estimated that up to [...]

Shift-work and maintaining healthy Diabetes control

New technologies have opened up new job opportunities. Unfortunately, it has also changed regular working patterns. As working in shifts gets popular, more and more people are forced to readjust their body clocks to new sleep and wake-up routines. Our bodies are influenced by internal 'clocks' called circadian rhythms. Among other functions, these clocks tell [...]

Men also have menopause….called Andropause

It is a known fact that women have menopause usually around the age of 45-50 years, but what is not known is that men between the age of 40 and 55 experience a similar phenomenon called Andropause. Unlike women, men do not have clear-cut symptoms such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this changeover. [...]

Improved Screening Test for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a relatively common type of cancer among men above 50 years of age. Prostate is a small walnut-sized gland located above the urinary bladder, surrounding the upper part of the urethra. This form of cancer usually remains unnoticed as no symptoms appear in the early stages of the disease. As the disease [...]

TV Viewing Spells Trouble for Children

A recent study has shown that children who watch television for more than 2 hours daily may be heading for various health problems in adulthood. In a study conducted in New Zealand, 1000 kids (born in 1972 and 1973) were followed up until 26 years of age. At the beginning of the study the parent [...]