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Getting Fit but Staying Fat Won't Help Blood Pressure PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 August 2010

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to a healthy level, a US study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.

As expected, the study of about 35,000 people by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found overweight or obese people were more likely to have a high systolic blood pressure - the top number in a blood pressure reading.

Getting Fit but Staying Fat won't Help Blood Pressure PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to a healthy level, a US study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.

As expected, the study of about 35,000 people by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found overweight or obese people were more likely to have a high systolic blood pressure - the top number in a blood pressure reading.

AIDS Gel with Gilead Drug Protects Women in Study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

A gel containing a prescription drug can sharply reduce HIV infections in women, a study described as groundbreaking by the World Health Organisation showed on Monday.

The gel, containing Gilead Sciences(GILD.O: Quote, Profile, Research) AIDS drug tenofovir, reduced HIV infections in women by 39 percent over two and a half years -- the first time such an approach has protected against sexual transmission of the virus.

Meat Lovers Gain More Weight Over Time: Study PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010

Being a little less carnivorous may help you stay slim, according to a European study.

Researchers from Imperial College London found that avid meat eaters gained more weight over 5 years than those who ate less meat but the same amount of calories. When the researchers looked at different types of meat, they found the strongest association with weight gain was poultry, followed by processed meats and red meat.

Artificial Lung "Breathes" in Rats: Study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 July 2010

US researchers have created a primitive artificial lung that rats used to breathe for several hours and said on Tuesday it may be a step in the development of new organs grown from a patient's own cells.

The finding, reported in the journal Nature Medicine, is the second in a month from researchers seeking ways to regenerate lungs from ordinary cells.

Neck Size Could Help ID Childhood Obesity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 July 2010

Measuring children's neck circumference could provide a quick, simple way to screen them for weight problems, a new study suggests.

Such screening is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an influential panel sponsored by the government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, starting at the age of 6. Right now, doctors usually use body mass index, or BMI, to gauge whether a child (or adult) is overweight or obese. But BMI, which is a ratio of weight to height, is not a good indicator of how much body fat a person has.

FAO Opens up Database to Help Fight World Hunger PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 July 2010

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has opened a free access to its database, the world's major data source on food, agriculture and hunger, to help global efforts to fight hunger, FAO said on Friday.

The FAOSTAT ( database contains more than one million data items covering 210 countries and territories with records going back to 1961, FAO said in a statement.

Early Exposure to Cow's Milk has Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 July 2010

A taste of cow's milk during the first two weeks of life may protect a child from later developing an allergy to the milk's protein, a new study suggests.

Cow's milk protein allergy is the most common and most dangerous among the family of dairy allergies and intolerances, with reactions including rash, respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, even shock or death.

Women's Bodies 'Choosy' About Sperm: Australian Study PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 June 2010

A woman's body may be unconsciously selective about sperm, allowing some men's to progress to pregnancy but killing off the chances of less suitable matches, an Australian researcher said Wednesday.

University of Adelaide professor Sarah Robertson said her research suggested that sperm contains "signalling molecules" that activate immunity changes in a woman so her body accepts it.

Health Sector Should be Public Oriented: Inu PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 June 2010

Allies of the ruling Awami League-led government have urged the ruling party not to go ahead with the draft health policy without their participation in the discussion process.

Hasanul Haque Inu, president of Jatio Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), one of the partners of the Grand Alliance, said this at a round-table on health policy held at the National Press Club on Saturday.

Regular Teeth Brushing Linked to Healthier Hearts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 May 2010

People who don't brush their teeth twice a day have an increased risk of heart disease, scientists said on Friday, adding scientific weight to 19th century theories about oral health and chronic disease.

British researchers studied nearly 12,000 adults in Scotland and found those with poor oral hygiene had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared with those who brushed twice a day and who were less likely to have unhealthy gums.

Yoga Can Help Cancer Survivors Sleep Better, Boost Energy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Cancer survivors might want to try yoga to get a better night's sleep and to boost their energy levels, according to a US study.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York randomly assigned more than 400 cancer survivors, most of whom had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer, into two groups.

HIV Among Gay, Bisexual Men at Alarming Highs in Asia PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

HIV prevalence among gay and bisexual men has hit alarming levels in Asia and most of them do not have access to services and care due to punitive laws which drive them underground, a UN-backed report said on Monday.

The situation may worsen if countries fail to reverse laws that criminalise sex between adult males and cross-dressing, and selectively prosecute gay and bisexual men using public order and prostitution offences, it added.

UK's New 'Green' Govt Says to Cut Its CO2 10 Pct PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

Britain's central government will cut its emissions of climate-warming carbon by 10 percent in the next 12 months, while speeding up the wider move to a low-carbon economy, the new UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

"I don't want to hear warm words about the environment. I want to see real action. I want this to be the greenest government ever," the Conservative leader of Britain's first coalition government since 1945 told staff at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Breathing Problems Persist in September 11 Rescuers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Rescue workers who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, continued to have diminished lung capacity seven years after the attack, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Breathing problems among New York Fire Department employees, caused by dust, smoke and other toxic chemicals, became apparent one year after the twin towers collapsed. Their lung capacity typically diminished as if they had aged 12 years.

Acupuncture Can Spread Serious Diseases: Experts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Bacterial infections, hepatitis B and C, and possibly even HIV are being transmitted via acupuncture through the use of contaminated needles, cotton swabs and hot packs, experts warned on Friday.

In an editorial published in the British Medical Journal, microbiologists at the University of Hong Kong said the number of reported acupuncture-related infections worldwide was the tip of an iceberg and they called for tighter infection control measures.

Flu Experts Assess Whether H1N1 Pandemic Peaked PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Flu experts convened on Tuesday to assess whether the H1N1 pandemic has peaked, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Such a recommendation -- which is widely expected -- would signal infections are falling in most countries but fresh waves can still occur and health authorities should remain vigilant.

Happiness Makes for a Healthy Heart PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 February 2010

People who are usually happy and enthusiastic are less likely to develop heart disease than those who tend to be glum, scientists said on Thursday, and boosting positive emotions could help cut heart health risks.

US researchers said their observational study was the first to show an independent relationship between positive emotions and coronary heart disease, but stressed that more work was needed before any treatment recommendations could be made.

To Quit, 'Nicotine-Free' Smokes as Good as Lozenges PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 February 2010

Trying to quit smoking? So-called nicotine-free cigarettes may be as helpful as nicotine lozenges, hints a small study.

Smokers who used the nicotine-free cigarettes before quitting were as likely not to be smoking six weeks later as those who used nicotine lozenges, authors report in the journal Addiction. (Such cigarettes actually have a tiny amount of nicotine.)

Even Third-Hand Smoke Carries Carcinogens: Study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Old tobacco smoke does more than simply make a room smell stale -- it can leave cancer-causing toxins behind, US researchers reported on Monday.

They found cancer-causing agents called tobacco-specific nitrosamines stick to a variety of surfaces, where they can get into dust or be picked up on the fingers.

HIV/AIDS Puzzle Cracked PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV.

British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see the structure of an enzyme called integrase, which is found in retroviruses like HIV and is a target for some of the newest HIV medicines.

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