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What is gluten and should it be avoided?

May 18, 2018
What is gluten and should it be avoided?

The word ‘gluten’ is derived from the Latin word for glue. Gluten is a combination of grain-based proteins called glutelins and prolamins. These proteins can stretch under high cooking temperatures, giving a chewy texture to baked foods. Coeliac disease A genetic condition known as coeliac disease (CD) is typified mostly by severe intolerance to gliadins [...]

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Heart failure cause of more deaths than advanced cancer

May 16, 2018
Heart failure cause of more deaths than advanced cancer

With heart disease and heart failure causing 2 to 3 times as many deaths as advanced cancers, it is crucial that the public is more aware of this disease and takes steps to prevent it. Thus, Novartis Corporation in Malaysia recently initiated its “Keep It Pumping” campaign, with the tagline – Don’t fail your heart, [...]

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Drivers’ fatigue in the ride-sharing industry is a public safety risk

April 27, 2018
Drivers’ fatigue in the ride-sharing industry is a public safety risk

Fatigue and sleepiness in the ridesharing industry are increasingly becoming a problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) warns. The AASM calls on ridesharing companies, government officials, medical professionals and law enforcement officers to address drivers’ fatigue as a public safety risk. “Fatigued driving is common . . . and this is a real [...]

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Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

April 19, 2018
Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

More people are admitted to emergency departments for heart- and lung-related illnesses and stroke, caused by poor air quality with high levels of tiny pollution particles known as PM 2.5, a US study suggests. Based on analysis of areas affected by the intense 2015 California wildfire season, researchers found that within a day of residents [...]

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Beneficial to have pets in nursing homes, but it can also pose risks

April 13, 2018
Beneficial to have pets in nursing homes, but it can also pose risks

Having pets visit or live in nursing homes can bring delight and joy in residents, but it can also pose injuries and illnesses. In a survey of nursing homes in Ohio, nearly all the facilities allowed pets of all kinds to visit, but they rarely had policies or protocols to protect the residents as well [...]

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Eating grilled meat, well-done fish can lead to hypertension

March 28, 2018
Eating grilled meat, well-done fish can lead to hypertension

Go slow on grilled meat and well-done fish because eating them can cause high blood pressure. “Among individuals who consume red meat, chicken, or fish regularly, our findings imply that avoiding the use of open-flame and/or high-temperature cooking methods, including grilling/barbecuing, broiling, and roasting, may help reduce hypertension risk,” Dr. Gang Liu of the Harvard [...]

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Watch that sugar level – it might just cause you heart and kidney problems

March 19, 2018
Watch that sugar level – it might just cause you heart and kidney problems

People, beware. While a slightly elevated blood sugar cannot cause you diabetes, it can still increase your risks of developing heart and kidney disease, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research [...]

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Exposure to outdoor light at night increases breast cancer risk in women

March 12, 2018
Exposure to outdoor light at night increases breast cancer risk in women

Women exposed to high levels of outdoor light at night face higher risk of developing breast cancer according to a large long-term study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The link was stronger among women who worked “In our modern industrialized society, artificial lighting is nearly ubiquitous. Our results suggest that this widespread [...]

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More women than men get chronic kidney disease, but most unaware they have it

March 9, 2018
More women than men get chronic kidney disease, but most unaware they have it

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more women than men, but most people with this condition don’t know they have it. One in seven Americans has chronic kidney disease, a condition that can lead to kidney failure and means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. CKD affects 16 % of [...]

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Nearly any amount of exercise can lengthen the life of elderly men

March 2, 2018
Nearly any amount of exercise can lengthen the life of elderly men

Older men may risk premature death if they spend most of the day sitting around. However, it doesn’t require a huge amount of exercise to increase their chances of living longer, a UK study suggests. Researchers asked 1,655 men, all between 71 and 92 years old, to wear accelerometers for one week. The goal was [...]

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