Health

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...

There is no safe level of drinking alcohol: Lancet


London, Aug 24: Contrary to claims that one or two glasses of wine a day keep you healthy, a study published in the prestigious journal The Lancet has warned that there is no safe level of drinking alcohol as it is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths among middle-aged people.The findings showed that...