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New study digs deeper into harmful effects of microplastics consumption

December 13, 2021

The volume of plastics consumed through food and water can potentially have devastating effects on human health. In the first-of-its-kind study, scientists at Hull York Medical School, UK, have explored the effects of plastics/microplastics consumption as it travels up the food chain, finding that the concentrations we are exposed to can cause tissue damage and […]

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Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

October 12, 2021

COVID-19 patients who were not critically ill have been found to develop a life-threatening blood clot, or a venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a European study. Despite coming into hospital emergency rooms with mild or moderate COVID-19, patients were noted to have developed VTE after only four weeks – 1 of every 200 mildly ill […]

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Genetic risk factor found behind severe COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s

October 11, 2021

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found a gene variant named OAS1 that leads to greater susceptibility to COVID-19; this gene is known to heighten one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s). One variant of the gene, dubbed rs1131454, was confirmed to increase a person’s baseline risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 22% […]

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Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

September 6, 2021

Constant use of antibiotics can affect the intestinal microbiome and increase the risk of colon cancer, confirmed researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. According to Sophia Harlid, cancer researcher at the university, although the increase in risk was greatest for those taking a high amount of antibiotics, the Swedish study of 40,000 cancer cases also suggests […]

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COVID-19 has caused eating disorder surge in teens and adults

May 25, 2021

Anxiety and isolation are very significant components of eating disorders, said dietitian Jillian Lampert from the Emily Program, a University of Minnesota-affiliated eating disorders treatment programme. Many other healthcare experts echoed the sentiment after recent research showed “massive increases” involving teens and adults seeking help for eating disorders, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The US-based […]

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Obesity leads to hospitalisation/death from COVID-19

March 17, 2021

Epidemiologists have noted a distinct correlation between body weight and COVID-19 severity from the early days of the pandemic, and now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that more than three-quarters of people presenting at a hospital with COVID-19 were either obese or overweight. It is unsurprising that obesity should […]

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Night shift work heightens cancer risk

March 10, 2021

Night shift work has been found to cause circadian rhythm disruptions and can alter the expression of tumour-related genes, making one more vulnerable to the DNA damage that leads to cancer. According to Hans Van Dongen, Director of Washington State University’s (WSU) Sleep and Performance Research Center, night shift workers face “considerable” health disparities – […]

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Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

December 30, 2020

India’s Health Ministry has found positive cases of the more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus in six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks. Discovery of the new coronavirus variant in Britain weeks ago has prompted India to suspend all flights from the country. The ban will remain until the end of the […]

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Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

December 22, 2020

An expansive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, is the first to find that increasing differences in the blood pressure between each arm is linked to poorer cardiovascular health – the greater this differential in pressure, the greater the patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke and early death. Blood pressure rises […]

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WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

December 2, 2020

New research involving some 44,000 people across four countries highlights a grim reality: a high daily tally of sedentary time (10 or more hours) i.e. prolonged sitting is linked to a significantly heightened risk of premature death, particularly among people who are already unfit or physically inactive. However, according to guidelines set out in the […]

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