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Thinking skills linked to higher risk of heart attacks or strokes

Thinking skills linked to higher risk of heart attacks or strokes

People with low scores on a test of thinking skills required to reason, solve problems and plan may be at higher risk of heart attacks or strokes, new research has found. “These results show that heart and brain function are more closely related than appearances would suggest,” said study author Behnam Sabayan from Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, the ...

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Eating refined carbs ups risk for depression in women

Eating refined carbs ups risk for depression in women

Eating food high in refined carbohydrates such as white bread and white rice may increase the risk of depression in postmenopausal women, says a study. The findings suggest that greater consumption of dietary fibre, whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits is associated with decreased depression risk. The research by James Gangwisch, and colleages from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in ...

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High salt diet intake puts you at high BP risk

High salt diet intake puts you at high BP risk

Stressing for the need to maintain a lower salt diet over a lifetime, significant research has revealed that people who gradually increase the amount of salt in diets also face high blood pressure risk as people who habitually eat a high-salt diet. In a Japanese study of more than 4,000 people who had normal blood pressure, almost 23 percent developed ...

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Increasing coffee intake bad for your brain

Increasing coffee intake bad for your brain

While drinking your daily cup of coffee can help you stay sharp, modifying your habit by increasing coffee consumption over time may increase risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia, says new research. “These findings from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Ageing suggested that cognitively normal older individuals who never or rarely consumed ...

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Refreshing and natural drink Jaljeera for good health

Refreshing and natural drink Jaljeera for good health

Jaljeera, a refreshing and natural drink, can help to fight intestinal gas and poor digestion, says an expert. Rahul Jain, partner at beverage company Jayanti Group, shares benefits of drinking Jaljeera: * Good for digestion: Jaljeera contains black salt, which is good for digestion. It helps in heartburns, relieves from intestinal gas and rehydrates the body. * Prevents anaemia: Cumin ...

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Schizophrenia risk may begin very early in life

Schizophrenia risk may begin very early in life

How one critical gene functions during the first week after a baby’s birth may have bearing on his/her developing schizophrenia, reveals a new study. The findings suggest that interventions for preventing this long-term mental disorder may begin very early in life. The gene is known as ‘disrupted in schizophrenia-1’ (DISC-1). Past studies have shown that when mutated, the gene is ...

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Skin tan taking a toll

Skin tan taking a toll? Opt for strawberries, vitamin C

Getting a natural tan makes the skin look beautiful, but what to do when sun-exposed parts are way too darker compared to the covered areas? To give a glowing effect to tired skin, the trick lies in a milk mask along with strawberries and oral medication like anti-oxidants and vitamin C, experts suggest. Capital-based dermatologist Kiran Lohia said it is ...

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Phosphate-rich food can harm kidneys

Phosphate-rich food can harm kidneys: Study

Phosphates artificially added to dairy and cereal products appear to cause more of an increase in blood phosphorus levels than naturally occurring phosphates, and potentially put harmful stress on kidneys, says a new study. Phosphorus as an element is crucial for life and it helps form the backbone of DNA and RNA. But too much dietary phosphate stiffens blood vessels, ...

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Arthritis drug beats untreatable eczema

Arthritis drug beats untreatable eczema

Treatment with a drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis has led to dramatic improvement in six patients with moderate to severe eczema who had previously tried old therapies with no success, says a study. The new study suggests that a change in the standard of care for eczema — a skin condition for which there is no targeted therapy — may ...

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High heels are the growing cause of premature osteoarthritis

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Excess use of high heels both in men and women is fast becoming the cause of osteoarthritis, health experts said here on Sunday. According to health experts, high heels cause unequal weight distribution on the metatarsals (foot bones) exposing those areas of foot joints which normally are not designed to bear weight, and this results in painful foot conditions like ...

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