Category «Health»

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

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Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said today. The planned cull of some 16,500 ducks at a farm in the northern prefecture of Aomori and nearly 320,000 chickens at a farm in central …

Menopausal hormone therapy may improve bone health: study

Menopausal hormone therapy may improve bone health

Women who undergo menopausal hormone therapy for symptoms such as hot flashes may not only have increased bone mass but also improved bone structure, a new study has claimed. It is the first study to show that the bone health benefits persist for at least two years after women stops the treatment, researchers said. “When …

Beware! ‘E-cigarettes’ can damage your gums and teeth

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Have you heard about e-cigarettes? Yes, electronic cigarette! It is an alternative to conventional cigarette and is getting popular among younger adults as it is considered a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. But a recent study has revealed that even electronic cigarette is not safe for your body. It can majorly contribute in damaging your …

FSSAI to set up food safety standards review panel

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) today said it is in the process of setting up a food safety standards review panel to identify gaps in the existing standards for safe and nutritious food against international standards. “FSSAI has formulated a three-pronged strategy for ensuring safe and nutritious food for the 1.3 …

Human antibody shields mouse foetuses against Zika

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An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said today, raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human foetuses. The antibody neutralised all known Zika strains in lab experiments, and “markedly reduced” virus levels in infected pregnant mice and their foetuses. “This is the …

Menopause before 40 may lead to fractures

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A study recently published in a journal called Menopause has revealed that those women who hit menopause before the age of 40 are at a greater risk of having bones related issues. For them, fractures are very common as bones become weak and bone loss occurs more rapidly. In order to increase bone mineral density, …

Heart attack or Heartburn: How you can find out

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With heart diseases being one of the major causes of death in India, it is perhaps not surprising that most people presume any pain in the chest area to be an attack. As a result, in a large number of cases a patient is rushed to the hospital, only to find that it is a …

Delhi breathing toxic air; situation remains alarming

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The atmosphere of Delhi has been the worst in the past week with smog enveloped all over the state. The condition of the national capital is worrisome as pollution is leading to serious health issues. The level of pollution in Delhi air has never been to this extent since past 17 years. The pollutants in …

Western region more prone to rheumatoid arthritis, says study

Western region more prone to rheumatoid arthritis

The western region of the country is more prone to rheumatoid arthritis whereas uric acid-related issues are found to be more common in southern zone, says a study. While western zone showed more abnormalities in the levels of rheumatoid factor, a marker of rheumatoid arthritis, uric acid abnormalities were more common in south zone. Uric …

Antibiotics should not be used after surgery: WHO

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The guidelines include 13 recommendations for the period before surgery and 16 for preventing infections during and after surgery. They range from simple precautions such as ensuring that patients bathe or shower before surgery and the best way for surgical teams to clean their hands, to guidance on when to use antibiotics to prevent infections, …