Vegetarian diet lowers chronic diseases & weight gain

Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet is associated with a variety of health benefits. But simply being vegetarian is not enough to reap those benefits–the quality of the food matters, too. Researchers are working on a new research into the health impacts of eating a plant-based diet and how dietary quality influences those impacts. … Read more

Mangoes – heart healthy fruit – eat 2 cups daily

Two cups of mangos a day had beneficial effects on systolic blood pressure among healthy postmenopausal women, revealed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Mango consumption helped relax blood vessels in as little as two hours after intake. Additionally, some of the participants showed favorable changes in the production of breath methane, an … Read more

Gene editing may prevent genetic and inherited diseases

For the first time, researchers have corrected a disease-causing mutation in early stage human embryos with gene editing. The technique, which uses the CRISPR-Cas9 system, corrected the mutation for a heart condition at the earliest stage of embryonic development so that the defect would not be passed on to future generations. With advances in stem … Read more

Vitamin B lowers effects of air pollution induced heart disease

B vitamins can mitigate the impact of fine particle pollution on cardiovascular disease, revealed by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems. This is the first clinical trial to evaluate whether B vitamin supplements change … Read more

10 hours weekly activity lowers risk of 5 chronic diseases

Higher levels of total physical activity are strongly associated with lower risk of five common chronic diseases – breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, finds a study in The BMJ today. The study emphasise that daily activity levels need to be several times higher than recommended minimum. Many studies have shown the … Read more

High blood pressure may not necessarily an emergency

Visits to emergency departments for patients with hypertension increased by 64 percent between 2002 and 2012 while hospitalizations for those visits declined by 28 percent. A study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine suggests that aggressive home monitoring of blood pressure may be driving patients to emergency departments despite the lack of other emergency conditions, … Read more

Aerobic exercise training may help patients with heart failure

Heart failure is a common endpoint for many cardiovascular diseases. This syndrome is characterized by reduced cardiac output that leads to dyspnea, exercise intolerance and later death. More than 20 million people worldwide are estimated to have heart failure. And, this situation will get worse since the prevalence of heart failure will rise as the … Read more

Traffic noise may raise heart attack risk

Your risk of heart attack increases with the amount of traffic noise to which you are exposed. The increase in risk – though slight – is greatest with road and rail traffic noise, less with aircraft noise. This is revealed by Andreas Seidler and co-authors in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International after evaluating information from statutory … Read more

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