Living alone increase heart disease risk in men by 17%

For people with well-controlled heart disease, living alone isn’t linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, but the risk is higher when compared to men who live a solitary life, a large study suggests

Living alone increase heart disease risk in men by 17%For five years, researchers tracked more than 32,000 patients from 45 countries. All were living with stable coronary artery disease, which means the arteries that carry blood to the heart were narrowed or clogged but hadn’t been causing problems for at least several months. About 11 per cent of the study participants lived alone. The study […]

Early exposure to pesticides linked to small increased risk of developing autism

Exposure to common agricultural pesticides before birth and in the first year of life is associated with a small to moderately increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with infants of women without such exposure, finds a study published in The BMJ

The researchers say their findings support efforts to prevent exposure to pesticides during pregnancy to protect a child’s developing brain. Experimental studies have suggested that common pesticides can affect normal brain development, and environmental exposures during early brain development are suspected to increase risk for autism spectrum disorders in children. But studies examining pesticide exposure […]

Organ donation: 46-yr-old brain-dead man helps save three lives.

A cadaver donation took place on Wednesday, March 20. The family of the 46-year-old man consented to donate his organs. This gesture of kindness helped save the lives of three patients who were wait-listed for an organ transplant. It is the 27th organ donation done in Mumbai, so far this year

Organ donation: 46-yr-old brain-dead man helps save three lives.The organ donation occurred at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri. In all, two kidneys and a liver were retrieved from the deceased patient. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Transplant Co-ordinator for Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, stated, “The patient was a 46-year-old male who was suffering from rheumatic heart disease, he had undergone a […]

Meet a Nari Shakti awardee who developed a bra to help detect breast cancer

Dr A. Seema, the Nari Shakti Puraskar winner, with her team, have developed a bra which helps in diagnosing breast cancer. My Medical Mantra's correspondent, Darshana Daga, got an opportunity to share a talk with her

Meet a Nari Shakti awardee who developed a bra to help detect breast cancerA six-member team, headed by Dr A. Seema of the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) from Thrissur has developed a bra which helps in detecting breast cancer. With embedded sensors that measure the skin temperature and also creates thermal imaging to detect cancerous cells, this device will help many to diagnose breast cancer. […]

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-ups

Are you a chain smoker? Besides harming your own life, you may also be exposing your kids to second-hand smoke, which can increase their risk of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, researchers have warned

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-upsAdults with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to second-hand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several other conditions. “Overall, our findings provide further […]

Severe gum disease could lead to pancreatic cancer 

The study found Treponema denticola, bacteria that causes periodontitis, could potentially cause cancer. This study's finding was originally published in the British Journal of Cancer. These studies have demonstrated for the first time that the virulence factors of the central pathogenic bacteria underlying gum disease are able to spread from the mouth to other parts of the body

Severe gum disease could lead to pancreatic cancer Periodontitis, or gum disease, is characterised by the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the base of the teeth, or the gums. In its more advanced stages, periodontitis might lead to the destruction of the gums and even begin to attack the bone that holds teeth in place. As if living with the symptoms of periodontitis […]

Chemicals found in fast food wrappers and clothes linked to weight gain

A study led by Harvard’s School of Public Health looked at the affect of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) on weight regulation. PFASs are found in products like non-stick cookware and stain resistant carpet. High blood levels of PFASs were found to be associated with slower metabolism. PFASs compounds were also linked to cancer, high cholesterol and immune problems

Chemicals found in fast food wrappers and clothes linked to weight gainChemicals found in fast food packaging, clothes and a wide variety of other consumer products could cause weight gain by crushing metabolism, particularly in women, new research claims. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are used to make food packaging such as bread wrappers, microwave popcorn packs, and paper boards oil or water resistant. However, the chemicals can […]

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy traffic

Emerging research highlights a new element that might influence the chances of developing dementia - living close to major, busy roads, such as highways or motorways

Dementia describes a wide range of brain illnesses that progressively lead to the loss of cognitive functioning. It affects reasoning, memory, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that approximately 47.5 million adults are currently affected by dementia worldwide. The most common risk factors are age, family history, […]

Failure of fertility treatments like IVF may harm women’s heart health

Compared with women who gave birth following fertility therapy, women who did not become pregnant after fertility treatment were found to have a 19 percent greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and heart failure

Researchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy - treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies - were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful. The research team - led by Dr. Jacob […]

Erectile dysfunction can be an early sign of heart disease

Researchers state that the findings are particularly important for younger men, who are less likely to be assessed for subclinical cardiovascular diseases than older men, and who may be visiting the doctor for the first time due to erectile dysfunction related symptoms

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection. Unsurprisingly, ED can have a range of negative implications for a man’s psychological health; it may give rise to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. But ED may pose risks for physical health, too. Previous research has suggested that men with erectile […]