Fish Intake Linked to Lower RA Disease Activity

By jeremyc | July 23, 2017

In a recent study, the researchers have found that the individuals who have rheumatoid arthritis or RA and eat fish regularly experience lower disease activity, compared to RA patients who eat fish occasionally or rarely.

It seems that fish and other kinds of seafood might reduce inflammation, which is the chief characteristic of RA. The key to successfully managing RA is to curb the inflammation it causes.

Researchers stated that if other studies too show the same results, it would suggest that eating fish can become an important part of managing RA.

For this study, the researchers went through data of 176 individuals, all of whom had RA. The participants were asked to fill a food questionnaire.

It was noted that RA patients who ate fish twice a week recorded reduced RA activity than RA patients who didn’t consume fish more than once a month.

A fish and seafood rich diet is usually recommended by experts for individuals living auto-inflammatory disease, like RA. It is also an integral part of Mediterranean diet which experts believe to be good for people living with auto-inflammatory disease.

 

 

 

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PPIs Do Not Cause Dementia, New Research States

By jeremyc | July 22, 2017

A few studies have linked use of proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) with increased risk of dementia. Latest research, however, quashes this claim. According the latest study, involving more than 13,000 patients, there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest that the risk of developing dementia increases with PPI use.

PPIs are typically prescribed for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease and other similar diseases. These drugs are effective against disorders of upper gastrointestinal, but lately they have received a lot of flak because research has linked PPIs use to increased risk of several health conditions.

The researchers believe that their study shows that PPIs can be taken for long term.

Experts recommend that patients should talk to their doctors in case they have some concern about using PPIs. However, patients shouldn’t change the dosage or stop treatment abruptly, as these are highly-effective drugs used for treating diagnosed health conditions.

Additionally, making positive lifestyle changes, like quitting cigarettes, losing excess weight, limiting alcohol intake, and eating healthy foods, can reduce or obviate the need to use PPIs for longer duration of time.

 

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Even Small Weight Gain Affects Heart Failure Risk

By jeremyc | July 21, 2017

A little weight gain can affect your risk of heart failure, according to a recent study. Any amount of weight gain might affect heart function, causing the structure of the muscle to alter, which in turn might lead to serious outcomes.

When heart muscles turn extremely weak, it fails to pump adequate amounts of blood to meet the oxygen needs of the body tissues, and as a result of this, heart failure occurs.

Reports suggest that heart failure affects over 5.5 million individuals in the U.S. Experts also claim that the risk of heart failure is severe among overweight people, because the heart muscle has to cope with a lot of extra pressure on count of excess body weight.

Now this latest study suggests that heart muscle’s health gets impacted by even a little gain in weight. For this study, the researchers enrolled 1,262 participants, both men and women. The average of the group was 44 and 36 percent of the participants were obese.

No participant had a history of heart failure or any other condition that made their risk of heart disease greater. The follow-up period was 7 years.

This result reiterates the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight for a healthy heart. The best way to lose weight, as well as to maintain it, is to do moderate exercise regularly and eat healthy.

 

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Artificial sweeteners might increase the risk of long-term weight gain and heart disease

By jeremyc | July 20, 2017

Millions of people worldwide use artificial sweeteners thinking this will help them limit their total calorie intake and, by extension, prevent weight gain or, even better, lose weight. However, that’s not the case, states a recent study. The researchers noted that artificial sweeteners might be linked with weight gain, as well as greater risk of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.

While intake of nonnutritive or artificial sweeteners, like stevia, sucralose, and aspartame, is increasing, latest data suggests they might have unwanted effects on our metabolism, appetite, and gut microbiota.  However, the evidence is not conclusive and even conflicting.

With the aim to develop a better understanding of the effects of artificial sweeteners on health, the present team did a review of previous 37 studies involving more than 40,000 people. These studies involved 7 randomized controlled trials and some observational studies with longer follow-up periods.

The researchers failed to find any conclusive evidence of artificial sweeteners helping achieve weight loss in the trials. However, they did find that observational studies with longer follow-up periods revealed a connection between intake of nonnutritive or artificial sweeteners and greater risk of weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some other health conditions.

Based on their findings, the researchers suggest caution should be observed until the long-term effects of nonnutritive or artificial sweeteners on our health are completely characterized.

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Regular Moderate Exercise and Dieting Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes and C-Section in Pregnancy

By jeremyc | July 19, 2017

Following a healthful diet and doing moderate exercise regularly during pregnancy augurs well for the health of not only the mother but also the child.

A new study, involving more than 12,000 women, claims that expectant mothers who do moderate exercise on a regular basis and adhere to a healthy diet have lower chance to develop diabetes or gain excessive weight during pregnancy. What’s more, the chances of having a c-section delivery are lower in these women compared to those who don’t follow a healthful diet and do much physical exercise during pregnancy.

It is estimated that no fewer than 50 percent of women of child-bearing age in the world are obese or overweight. When the expectant mother has excess body weight, she, as well as her child, has a greater risk of health complications during pregnancy and afterwards.

According to the researchers, this is a substantial result, particularly because the general conception is exercise is not good during pregnancy as it may be harmful to the offspring.

However, as this study shows, this is not the case. Babies are not adversely affected by either dieting or exercising. On the other hand, moderate regular physical activity and dieting provides important health benefits, like reduced chance to gain excess weight or develop diabetes during pregnancy, in addition to a lower risk of c-section delivery.

That’s why, midwives as well as practitioners, should advise pregnant women to do moderate exercise and eat healthy during pregnancy.

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Alzheimers Risk Might Now Be Predicted Using A Blood Screening Test

By jeremyc | July 18, 2017

At present, there’s no simple, inexpensive, and effective method to identify Alzheimer’s risk. Hopefully, this might not be the case in near future. Researchers show that a simple blood test screening might accurately identify the markers of this disease, long before symptoms kick in.

The early warning signs of Alzheimer’s are confusion and memory loss. However, changes in the brain start occurring much earlier. It is noticed that a lot of neuronal loss happens in people with Alzheimer’s disease before they start experience the early symptoms.

In Alzheimer’s patients, a protein known as amyloid beta starts building up in the brain and later forms plaques, sticks to neurons, and leads to neurological damage. All of this triggers the onset of Alzheimer’s and over time make the disease worse.

That’s why, there’s an acute need of a widely-available and inexpensive screening test that can declare an individual’s risk of Alzheimer’s before the buildup of plaque happens. Currently there are two tests available, PET scanning and spinal tap. But both are far from ideal.

PET scanning is not only costly but it is also not so widely available. Spinal tap, on the other hand, is an invasive procedure. The fact that there are not many specialists who do this medical procedure is another drawback.

In this research the researchers found that blood test screening can accurately detect if accumulation of amyloid in the brain has started.

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Working Long Hours Linked To Greater Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

By jeremyc | July 17, 2017

A new study links working long hours with greater risk of atrial fibrillation, also known as irregular or quivering heart beat. In the study, involving about 85,000 adults, the researchers noted that the risk of developing atrial fibrillation in next ten years was about 40 percent greater in adults who worked 55 hours or more in a week, compared to those doing a normal working week (about 35-40 hours).

As atrial fibrillation is a big risk factor for stroke, this study might explain the findings of previous research in which scientists had found a link between working longer than normal hours and increased stroke risk.

To make matters worse, atrial fibrillation is associated with other severe health conditions as well, such as heart failure. It also might increase the risk of developing stroke-related dementia.

The finding of this study is like a warning sign to people who already carry a high risk of cardiovascular disease (such as people who smoke or lead a sedentary lifestyle or have excess body weight, hypertension, diabetes, prediabetes, and high cholesterol) and are also working many hours above the usual.

The study didn’t take into account job type and irregular working times (like night shift). Both of these factors might affect atrial fibrillation risk.

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FDA Gives Approval to Endari to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

By jeremyc | July 16, 2017

The FDA has given its approval to Endari for reducing serious complications linked to sickle disease in patients aged 5 years or more. Sickle Disease is a term used to describe a group of genetic red blood disorders. Sickle disease patients have abnormal hemoglobin, a protein responsible for carrying oxygen all across the body, in the red blood cells.

This is a genetic or inherited condition. That is, the patient gets it from his or her parents. In sickle disease patients, the red blood cells are shaped abnormally.

Normal red blood cells are shaped like a disc. Thanks to this shape, the red blood cells are able to comfortably move through small and large blood vessels and effectively deliver oxygen. However, in case of patients with sickle disease, the red blood cells have a shape similar to a sickle. Because of this abnormal shape, the red blood cells are not able to move freely in blood vessels. This in turn restricts the delivery of oxygen to tissues, causing sharp pain and damage to organs.

The last treatment for sickle disease that FDA approved was 20 years back. Till now there was only one drug available for sickle disease. Now with the approval of this new drug, the patients have one more treatment option.

Like other drugs, Endari might cause side effects. Common side effects associated with Endari use are nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, back pain, chest pain, headache, and cough.

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RLS Common In Pregnancy and Linked With Poor Sleep & Daytime Sleepiness

By jeremyc | July 16, 2017

Poor sleep and persistent sleepiness during the day are common symptoms experienced by pregnant women. Health care providers often dismiss such complaints, attributing them to changes in physiology which occurs during the course of normal pregnancy. That may be so, but physiological changes alone are not responsible for these symptoms in many pregnant women; something else is also at play. That something else is restless leg syndrome or RLS.

According to a new study done on pregnant women, prevalence of RLS is pretty common during pregnancy and the condition is linked to poor sleep and persistent sleepiness during the day.

In this study, the researchers found three notable things. One, as many as 36 percent of pregnant women had RLS in their 3rd trimester. Two, nearly 50 percent of pregnant women who had RLS in their 3rd trimester experienced moderate to severe symptoms. Three, pregnant women who had RLS were two times likely to experience poor sleep and daytime function, as well as persistent sleepiness during the day.

For this study, the researchers enrolled 1,563 expectant mothers, all of who were in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. The average age of the group was 30 years.

The finding of this study highlights the importance of diagnosing and treating RLS in expectant mothers so that pregnancy could become less challenging for many of them.

 

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Tomatoes-based Diet in Mice Linked to 50 Percent Reduction in Skin Cancer

By jeremyc | July 15, 2017

If you love tomatoes, then now there’s all the more reason to eat more of them. And if until now you haven’t cared for tomatoes much, it’s time you start eating them regularly.

In a new animal study, the researchers found that mice that was fed tomatoes daily showed a 50 percent lower risk of skin cancer tumors compared to mice that wasn’t.

While the study didn’t explore the relationship between tomato consumption and lower skin cancer risk, the researchers believe this link is because of dietary carotenoids, colored pigments which give certain fruits and vegetables their color. Carotenoids are believed to offer protection against skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays.

The recent builds up on the findings of earlier research, in which scientists had found that regular consumption of tomato paste helped reduce severity of sunburns.

Lycopene is the main carotenoid present in tomatoes. Compared to other carotenoids in tomatoes, lycopene has better antioxidant properties. However, lycopene is not the sole reason behind tomatoes’ ability to protect against UV skin damage. Other compounds might also be contributing. The focus of researchers now is on these ‘other’ compounds.

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the number one cancer in the U.S. Every year, more cases of this type of cancer are diagnosed than prostate, lung, and breast cancers combined.

 

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