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Pregnant and suffering from thyroid issues? It could lead to diabetes

Thyroid dysfunction during the first half of pregnancy may indicate an increased risk for gestational diabetes — a form of diabetes that is typically diagnosed during the second trimester. High thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy is also tied to increased the risk of premature delivery. The researchers also warned that after birth, it may also cause the baby to develop conditions like hypoglycemia — low blood sugar — which can be dangerous if not treated correctly. “Our study found that women with thyroid abnormalities in the first half of pregnancy…

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Childhood obesity, dairy is safe for kids and doesn’t lead to ill health

For the longest time, it was widely believed that cow’s milk or any form of dairy promotes childhood obesity. However, according to this study, milk and dairy products are in fact safe for consumption. A team of researchers from the European Association for the Study of Obesity came to the conclusion after a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence over the last 27 years. “An important finding was the consistency of findings across different types of milk and dairy products and age groups,” explained Anestis Dougkas, who led the research….

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Newly found mechanism could lead to preventing allergic reactions

Scientists have found a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients. The breakthrough could pave the way for a far more effective allergy medicine. The antibody interacts in a complex biochemical process in the human body by which it prevents the human allergy antibody (IgE) from attaching to cells, thus keeping all allergic symptoms from occurring. “We can now describe the interaction of this antibody with its target and the conformational changes very accurately,” said Edzard Spillner, from the Aarhus University…

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Men, take note: A sedentary lifestyle may lead you to binge on high-fat food

A study has recently found that males with a sedentary lifestyle preferred a high-fat diet over other diets. The results showed that sedentary male rats preferred the high-fat diet over the other diets. “Our team wanted to make every effort to study female perspectives on how exercise affects diet, because most other studies neglect females,” said a study author Jenna Lee from University of Missouri-Columbia. “We wanted to take a look at what drives diet preference and if environmental factors, such as physical activity, play a role in how males and females eat,”…

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Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A healthy gut is important for your well-being. It keeps your digestive system functioning efficiently. There are various good bacteria that reside in your stomach which help in the process of digestion. They are a complex group of microorganisms that work in various ways to carry out various metabolic functions. There are also various food products that are available in the stores which can improve your gut bacteria. While the benefits of gut bacteria have been spoken about in length by health experts, a recent study brings about another side…

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The Dark Side of Smoked Food and How it Could Lead to Cancer

Smoked meats could be quite addictive. The flavour is hard to match up to, and even a quick stir-fry or a light broth could please your taste buds like no other. The process of smoking is an ancient culinary practise that has been followed by various cultures across the globe. There are so many delicacies that centre around this method of cooking – apple wood smoked pulled chicken, smoked beef jerky, smoked prime rib, Khasi smoked pork, etc. As much as meat lovers indulge in these so called “burnt food”…

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