|Heart failure ups risk of male menopause 4 fold
5/25/2013 11:00:00 AM
Washington, May 25 (ANI): Heart failure accelerates the aging process and brings on early andropausal syndrome (AS), a new study has found.
According to the research presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2013, AS, also referred to as male menopause, was four times more common in men with heart failure.
As men get older they are more likely to suffer from andropausal syndrome (AS), also called menopause, androgen deficiency in the aging male (ADAM), or late-onset hypogonadism.
|Kids with Type 2 diabetes at greater risk of developing heart, kidney problems
5/25/2013 11:00:00 AM
Washington, May 25 (ANI): Children who develop Type 2 diabetes are at high risk to develop heart, kidney and eye problems faster and at a higher rate than people who acquire Type 2 diabetes as adults, a new study has found.
Once these kids have Type 2 diabetes, they seem to be at very high risk for early complications when compared to adults, Jane Lynch, M.D., professor of pediatric endocrinology in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,
|Fridays and Januarys deadliest for heart patients
5/25/2013 12:08:00 AM
Washington, May 25 (ANI): Mortality and length of stay are highest in heart failure patients admitted in January, on Friday, and overnight, according to a study.
The analysis of nearly 1 million heart failure admissions over 14 years was presented by Dr David P. Kao (Denver, Colorado) at the Heart Failure Congress 2013.
Identifying peaks in admissions and mortality should assist targeted resource allocation at higher risk times.
Seasonal, weekly and hourly variations have
|Heart healthy lifestyle may help protect kidney patients from dying prematurely
5/24/2013 5:02:00 PM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): A new study has found that maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle may also help protect chronic kidney disease patients from developing kidney failure and early death.
The findings suggest that patients with kidney disease should be encouraged to improve their heart health.
Paul Muntner, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and his colleagues used the American Heart Association's recently published tool (Life's Simple 7) that helps individuals
|Drug target to boost body's natural flu killer identified
5/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): A known difficulty in fighting influenza (flu) is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective.
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown recently that another, more promising, approach is to focus on improving drugs that boost the body's natural flu killer system.
Emergence of new influenza strains, such as the recent avian influenza (H5N1) and swine influenza
|Consumers underestimate calories in fast-food meals
5/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
London, May 24 (ANI): People eating at fast food restaurants are consuming significantly more calories than they realize, according to a new study.
Previous research has shown that adults and children underestimate calorie content often by large amounts. However, these studies did not monitor consumer choices at restaurants or focused on a narrow range of fast food restaurants or individuals.
Researchers therefore carried out a large cross sectional study of repeated visits to fast
|Common childhood asthma found unrelated to allergens or inflammation
5/24/2013 3:04:00 PM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): A team of researchers has revealed the roots of a common type of childhood asthma, showing that it is very different from other asthma cases.
The team at Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center found that an over-active gene linked in 20 to 30 percent of patients with childhood asthma interrupts the synthesis of lipid molecules (known as sphingolipids) that are part of cell membranes found all over the
|Cinnamon compounds show promise against Alzheimer's
5/24/2013 1:42:00 PM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): Cinnamon might hold the key to delaying the onset of-or warding off-the effects of Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists at UC Santa Barbara.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a neurodegenerative disease that progressively worsens over time as it kills brain cells. No cure has yet been found, nor has the major cause of Alzheimer's been identified.
However, two compounds found in cinnamon-cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin-are
|Its official! Memory declines at menopause
5/24/2013 10:04:00 AM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): A new study has confirmed that a woman harried by hot flashes really has a hard time remembering things.
In the past, some studies showed that hot flashes were related to memory problems, and some didn't. Other studies showed that, even though there was a relationship between hot flashes and what women said about memory problems, objective tests didn't confirm it.
That's why researchers from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University
|Frequent heartburn linked to cancers of throat and vocal cord
5/24/2013 12:18:00 AM
Washington, May 24 (ANI): Frequent heartburn is positively associated with cancers of the throat and vocal cord among nonsmokers and nondrinkers, a new study has found.
According to the study, the use of antacids, but not prescription medications, had a protective effect.
Previous studies examining gastric reflux and cancers of the head and neck have generated mixed results, Scott M. Langevin, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University in Providence, R.I, said.
|Find how fit you are for your age
5/23/2013 3:55:00 PM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): A researcher at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine has demonstrated a technique to measure the health of human genetic material in relation to a patient's age.
Dr. Gil Atzmon hopes that the dissemination of this technique that measures telomere length will lead to the development of a genetic thermometer to assess a patient's health in relation to other individuals of the same age.
Recently, telomeres have gained attention because they
|Homes with dogs have more types of bacteria
5/23/2013 1:46:00 PM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): Researchers have claimed that households that have dogs residing in them have more types of bacteria - including those that are rarely found in the homes where dogs don't reside.
Dr. Rob Dunn, an associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper, said that the team wanted to know which variables influenced the microbial ecosystems in their homes, and the biggest difference that they have found so far is whether they
|Fish oil supplements may help cut risk of diabetes, heart disease
5/23/2013 10:12:00 AM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): A new study has found that widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Fish oil supplements, also called omega 3 fatty acid capsules, raise levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream. Adiponectin is an important hormone that has beneficial effects on metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation. In long-term human studies, higher levels
|Global obesity epidemic linked to addiction to unhealthy food
5/23/2013 12:56:00 AM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): Research shows that high-fructose corn syrup can cause behavioural reactions in rats similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine.
These results, presented by addiction expert Francesco Leri, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, suggest food addiction could explain, at least partly, the current global obesity epidemic.
The Food Addiction hypothesis suggests one could be addicted to
|Daily dose of calcium helps women live longer
5/23/2013 12:27:00 AM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a research.
The study conducted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), found that daily use of calcium supplements in women was associated with a lower risk of death, irrespective of cause.
The study's lead author, Prof. David Goltzman, Director, Calcium Research Laboratory at McGill said that the benefit was seen for women
|Chemicals in plastics linked to elevated blood pressure in kids and teens
5/23/2013 12:27:00 AM
Washington, May 23 (ANI): Certain types of plastic additives known as phthalates could pose risk to children's heart health, a new study has suggested.
Once perceived as harmless, phthalates have come under increasing scrutiny. A growing collection of evidence suggests dietary exposure to phthalates (which can leech from packaging and mix with food) may cause significant metabolic and hormonal abnormalities, especially during early development.
Drawing on data from a nationally
|Tips to get flatter stomach revealed
5/22/2013 3:08:00 PM
New York, May 22 (ANI): Getting rid of belly fat is simpler than you might have thought.
With the right plan, it's actually easier to lose that stubborn lower-body fat or the seemingly impossible to tone back-of-the-arm flab.
Stick to a healthy diet and exercise guidelines, and you'll be slimmer and healthier by summer.
Obviously, you want to keep your calories in a healthy range and avoid meals that are high in saturated fat.
But research has also shown that
|Child abuse increases risk of adult obesity
5/22/2013 1:41:00 PM
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Children who have suffered maltreatment are 36 percent likelier to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.
The findings come from the combined analysis of data from 190,285 individuals from 41 studies worldwide.
In addition to the long-term mental health consequences of maltreatment, there is increasing evidence that child maltreatment may affect physical health.
Dr Andrea Danese, child and adolescent psychiatrist from King's College London's
|Early life exposure to traffic-related air pollution linked to hyperactivity
5/22/2013 1:04:00 PM
Washington, May 22 (ANI): A new research found that early-life exposure to traffic-related air pollution was significantly associated with higher hyperactivity scores at age 7.
The research was conducted by faculty members from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Environmental Health in collaboration with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
There is increasing concern about the potential effects of traffic-related air pollution on the
|Surgical removal of adenoid and tonsils benefits kids with sleep apnea
5/22/2013 1:04:00 PM
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Children with obstructive sleep apnea who had a common surgery to remove their adenoids and tonsils had notable improvements in behavior, quality of life and other symptoms compared to those treated with watchful waiting and supportive care, according to a new study.
However, there was no difference between both groups in attention and executive functioning, as measured by formal neuropsychological tests.
The Childhood Adenotonsillectomy Trial (CHAT) studied