Health

Anaemia drug could help recovery after a heart attack: Study


London, Aug 29: Drugs currently undergoing development to treat anaemia -- lack of blood -- could be repurposed to help prevent people with Type-2 diabetes from developing heart failure, according to a new research.Researchers found that after a heart attack, a protein called HIF acts to help heart cells survive. In people with diabetes, fats...

Over 80% of UTIs caused by E.coli found in poultry: Study


New York, Aug 29: A strain of Escherichia coli (E.coli) found in retail chicken and turkey products may cause a wide range of urinary tract infections in people, a new study has found.While it was known that E. coli could be passed from person-to-person in the community and in hospitals, the study, provided evidence...

Anaemia in pregnancy may signal heart disease, says study


New York, Aug 28: Gestational anaemia -- lack of blood -- may be a marker for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke later, a study has found.Simple blood tests during pregnancy may reveal cardiovascular disease and stroke, up to 25 years before the disease outbreak, said researchers from Soroka Medical Center and Ben Gurion University,...

Less than 6 hours of sleep linked to hardened arteries


Munich, Aug 27: Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows arteries, warns a study.Failure to get enough sleep and restlessness during the night should be considered risk factors for blocking or narrowing of the...

This AI system spots often-missed lung cancer tumours


New York, Aug 27: Researchers from University of Central Florida in the US have taught a computer how to detect tiny specks of lung cancer in computed tomography (CT) scans, which radiologists often have a difficult time identifying.The Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is about 95 per cent accurate, compared to 65 per cent when...

This smartphone app can help detect irregular heart beat


London, Aug 26: Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can help in screening for atrial fibrillation -- the most common heart rhythm disorder.The disorder leads to an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. It is also behind 20-30 per cent of all strokes and raises the risk of premature...

Your forehead wrinkles may predict cardiovascular death risk


London, Aug 26: The wrinkles on your forehead may not be just an inevitable consequence of ageing, but could also signal an early death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have warned.The findings showed that increased deep forehead wrinkles, more than what is typical for their age, could be linked to death atherosclerosis, or...

Hangovers might last longer than you think


London, Aug 25: If you think the effects of a booze session on your thoughts and performance may get over the next day, you may be wrong. It lasts longer than a day, say researchers, cautioning people to avoid activities such as driving.The findings, published in the journal Addiction, showed that impairments in cognition...

E-cigarettes overlooked as smoking cessation tool in India: Experts


New Delhi, Aug 25: Backing a recent UK Parliamentary Committee report on e-cigarettes, Indian experts have contended that despite being 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, they are often being overlooked as smoking cessation tool.According to the recent House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report, e-cigarettes should not be treated in...