Heavy drinking in mid age increases stroke risk

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): A new research has found that drinking more than two alcoholic beverages daily in middle-age, raises heart risks more than traditional factors. The study sorted out the data they collected from hospitals based on stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and other cardiovascular incidences, and compared them from alcohol and health risks like high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. The researchers found that heavy drinkers had a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to light drinkers, and mid-life heavy drinkers were likely to have a stroke five years earlier in life irrespective of genetic and early-life factors.The team of researchers added to their findings that heavy drinkers had increased stroke risk in their mid-life compared to well-known risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes. Jan 31, 2015
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Simple Saliva Test Detects Dengue in 20 Minutes

The new test developed by a team of researchers from the Institute of Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore can give an early diagnosis by checking for antibody IgG in saliva. Jan 31, 2015

Strokes Linked to Middle-Age Heavy Drinking

People who involved in heavy drinking during middle-age increased their risk of getting stroke five years earlier than others. They were also more likely to get stroke than people with traditional factors linked to stroke. Jan 31, 2015

Online dieters who make more 'connections' lose more weight

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): A new study has recently revealed that people who make more connections while using an online weight management program lose around more than 8 percent of their body weight in six months. The study shows that online dieters with high social embeddedness, who logged in regularly, recorded their weigh-ins and "friended" other members can do very well at losing weight with minimal professional help.This study found that self-monitoring was associated with greater weight loss, too, but even greater weight loss was associated with being highly embedded in a network of other people trying to lose weight. For those lacking time or geographic proximity to attend in-person weight loss treatment, an online weight loss program seems to be a good alternative, particularly if people take advantage of the self-monitoring and social networking features. Jan 30, 2015

Want to quit smoking? Do it gradually

New Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): If you made a new year resolution to no longer take those tobacco puffs, tweak your plans a bit as a new study says that it's better to quit smoking gradually rather than at once.Though smoking is harmful in almost every respect, and causes hoard of health related issues like cancer, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, a new research suggests that smoking initially increases brain activity.Brain scans suggest that regular smokers experience an almost dementia-like condition in the early hours after quitting, which can be quite an unpleasant experience, and is probably one of the reasons why it can be very difficult to quit smoking once and for all.Habitual smokers seemingly need to continue smoking just to keep their brain functioning normally. With time, they may become less dependent on smoking, but the researchers still do not know how long it takes before the brain of a former smoker has regained its normal energy consumption and blood flow. Jan 29, 2015