Scientists establish connection between bowel inflammation and heart diseases

Scientists have found strong connections between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and heart attacks. Inflammation has long been recognised as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. While studies have shown a…

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Reality check: Should you throw away your lipstick after being sick?

You should throw away any lip products you use when you’re sick – at least, that’s what one health and safety investigator in the U.S. claims should be done. Morgan Statt, who works for ConsumerSafety.org, spoke to The Independent recently about germs found on beauty products, and points to lip products as the worst offenders for…

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6 Ways to Feel Full Without Eating More

Eat More High-volume Foods Despite the seemingly unappealing title—“high volume” sounds like it’s going to add mass to your gut—health-conscious eaters should learn to embrace the term. “High-volume foods like vegetables and fruit contain a lot of fiber and water, but not a lot of calories,” says Bowden. In other words, they’ll make you feel…

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How to eat flowers without poisoning yourself?

There are ups and downs in the world of edible flowers. By her own admission, Jan Billington, who grows and sells them from her organic farm in Devon, “smells amazing”. On the downside, she is regularly stung by Italian honey bees and is badly allergic, “although it’s just a matter of swelling”, she says. “It goes…

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How do vegetarian and Mediterranean diets benefit heart health?

The findings of an Italian clinical trial suggest that a low-calorie vegetarian diet may be as effective at reducing cardiovascular risk as a low-calorie Mediterranean diet. The scientists hope that their findings, which are now published in the journal Circulation, might raise awareness that the vegetarian diet can offer another option for reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. The…

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The sixth taste? Calcium

Calcium is something of a double-edged sword. Too much of the essential element is as dangerous as too little, either case adversely affecting health in animals from humans to mice to fruit flies. Sensing calcium at all can be crucial. Though it doesn’t fit into the five established tastes the tongue’s receptors can identify —…

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The end of yo-yo dieting? Brain switch that controls fat burning uncovered

  Scientists have discovered a molecular switch in the brain that regulates fat burning — and could provide a way to control weight gain following dieting. Monash University researchers have identified a molecular switch in the brain that potentially controls the human body’s capacity to store fat, particularly after long periods of “famine” or weight…

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The Healthy Eating Pyramid

The Harvard Healthy Eating Pyramid represents the latest nutritional science. The widest part at the bottom is for things that are most important. The foods at the narrow top are those that should be eaten sparingly, if at all. This Healthy Eating Pyramid shows daily exercise and weight control in the widest, most important category….

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Capping on coronary stents bears no benefit on patient’s pockets

A delegation of Alliance of Doctors on Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) comprising Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Abhay Shukla, Dr Monica Chandy and Dr Anil Pathak met chairman of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) Bhupendra Singh in connection with the review of the price of coronary stents. Giving more information about the meeting, Dr. Mitra said, “During our meeting, we…

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This silent killer is hiding under your pillow!

A darkroom, right temperature and cosy linen, isn’t this a perfect room for a sound and deep sleep? But what if you realize that despite sleeping in such a relaxing atmosphere, there is something under your pillow which is silently killing you? Scary, right? You cannot imagine how using that one thing over and again…

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India, Sri Lanka to ink MoU for cooperation in traditional medicine

India and Sri Lanka Government are considering to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy between the two countries. The proposed MoU will be inked between India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous…

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Mental disorders brought on by internet and technology

Technological advancements have been nothing short of a boon for people of the past few generations, but along with the positives, come the cons. And these aren’t ones that we can take lightly. Researchers have found multiple mental disorders that have been caused by the rise in humans’ use of internet and technology. Here are…

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Are Waffles a Healthy Food?

Decadent Belgian waffles covered with syrup, berries and whipped cream are the foods that dreams are made of; but are they healthy? People often convince themselves that certain foods are good for them then their nutritional content is at best dubious. But waffles, when prepared correctly, might actually make the cut. Considerations According to the…

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Cancer risk may be increased by sleeping with this next to your head

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that sleeping with your phone in your bed, or near to your head, could increase the risk of brain cancer. Phones emit radio frequency energy, which some scientists believe could increase the risk of brain cancer, and tumours of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, reports Express.co.uk. Radio…

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Our Sense of Smell Provides a New Way to Battle Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could help regenerate nerves and potentially improve patients’ quality of life. The new therapy involves the transplantation of cells that have been modified to secrete a molecule that helps to remove scarring caused by spinal cord…

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Health benefits of black coffee?

Black coffee can heal if consumed the right way. Yes, you heard it right. Drinking black coffee has numerous health benefits as it is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. Let’s have a look at some of the most important health benefits of drinking black coffee. It boosts memory Increasing age leads to decreased cognitive skills…

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FDA Gives Nod to Apple Watch EKG Reader Accessory

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the KardiaBand its stamp of approval, AliveCor announced Thursday. The device is the first FDA-cleared personal electrocardiogram (EKG) accessory designed for use with an Apple Watch. The KardiaBand allows users to take EKG readings in order to distinguish between normal sinus heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation (A-fib), the…

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Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reports

In the first study, scientists transplanted fecal material from exercised and sedentary mice into the colons of sedentary germ-free mice, which had been raised in a sterile facility and had no microbiota of their own. In the second study, the team tracked changes in the composition of gut microbiota in human participants as they transitioned…

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Why you should avoid consuming vegetable oil at all costs?

I, like billions around the world, got trapped in the con of vegetable oil. There was competition among oils, “oh canola is better than sunflower”, “no safflower ismuch better than corn” etc. The best part is that none of these “vegetable” oils is vegetables and all, with the exception of coconut oil, are extremely dangerous…

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How To Hack Your Metabolism To Lose More Weight

The formula for weight loss is simple: Burn more calories than you consume. Or at least, it sounds simple. In reality, weight loss is like a jigsaw puzzle—there are many different pieces, from the foods you eat to the activities you do. And the more pieces you have, the greater their effect on the ultimate…

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AHA’s New Guidelines for High BP Levels

The American Heart Association (AHA) has revised its guideline for high blood pressure from 140/90 to 130/80. This new standard is based largely on the findings of the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) study. The trial included data from over 9,000 participants and focused on determining if a BP target of 120 or less…

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Best Anti-Aging Food

Best for Softening Skin: Pomegranates Why they work: This fruit is packed with vitamin C, which helps guard against the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Plus, says Debra Jaliman, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, the juice in pomegranate seeds contains both ellagic acid and punicalagin….

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How it works: ​We explain how your fitness tracker measures your daily steps

It sits quietly on your wrist: counting up your steps, tracking your sleep, monitoring your heart and calculating the difference between a light jog and a mad sprint. But how exactly does your fitness tracker come up with all the statistics that appear on the accompanying app? Well, whether you’ve grabbed a new Boltt or maybe something like the Garmin Vivosmart 3,…

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What Is Body Composition?

While the scale will tell you how much you weigh, it doesn’t tell you what your body is made of. Body composition refers to everything in your body, split up into different compartments. Two compartments are commonly used: fat mass and fat-free mass. Fat mass refers to all the fat tissue in your body. Fat-free…

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Eat These Foods to Build Resistance Against Effects of Air Pollution

The air we breathe has reached dangerous levels of pollution. People with no known respiratory problems are landing up in hospital emergency rooms. While the government does its bit to improve air quality, we would like to introduce you to some natural antioxidant nutrients that can help your body deal with this onslaught.   Load…

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