Helmets Prevent Severe Head Injuries in Bike Accidents

Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests.Riders with helmets were also less likely to die from their injuries, and less likely to break facial bones, than those not wearing a helmet, researchers report in American Journal of Surgery. “It’s similar to wearing a seat belt, said Dr. Jerri Rose, a pediatric emergency physician at University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland,…

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Gallstone Disease May Increase Heart Disease Risk

Individuals with a history of gallstone disease may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, reveals a research. Gallstone disease is a hardened deposit within the fluid in the gall bladder — a small organ under the liver. The findings showed that a history of gallstone disease was linked with a 23 per cent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. “Our results suggest that patients with gallstone disease should be monitored closely based on a careful assessment of both gallstone and heart disease risk factors,” said Lu Qi, Professor…

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy May Lead To Preterm Birth

Abnormalities in interval between pregnancies, mother’s body mass index (BMI) prior to pregnancy and the amount of weight gain in pregnancy can lead to preterm birth, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health Journal, showed that if these factors were modified, it could reduce the risk of premature births. “The highest risks for premature birth were in women who were underweight, had poor weight gain during pregnancy, or short periods of time between pregnancies. Excessive weight gain in obese women also increased…

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Kidney Disease Sufferers Doubled In India In 15 Years

The number of Indians suffering from chronic kidney ailments has doubled in the past 15 years, and at present 17 in every hundred citizens suffer from some form of kidney disease, health experts have said. The experts noted that several Indian population-based studies in the past estimated that some 150-230 persons suffer from End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in every million people, and about 2,20,000-2,75,000 new patients need Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) every year. “The number of patients undergoing dialysis in India is also increasing by 10-15 per cent every year,…

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Handstand: The Unsung Hero of the Fitness World

Yoga is not just a way to stay fit, it is also about finding inner peace while you sit still. The practice makes you more aware of your body and your senses as you breathe in and out, while simultaneously focusing on different muscles of your body as you get a nice, long stretch. If you have kept away from yoga because you feel it is ancient and boring, think again! We live in a dynamic age where it is easier for two forms of art to find common ground…

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Mediterranean Diet, Exercise Can Cut Risk Of Alzheimer’s

Mediterranean diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, says a study. The findings showed that each one of several lifestyle factors – a healthy body mass index, physical activity and a Mediterranean diet – were linked to lower levels of plaques and tangles on the brain scans. Plaque, deposits of a toxic protein called beta-amyloid in the spaces between nerve cells in the brain; and tangles, knotted threads of the tau…

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