Regular Fish Consumption Alleviate RA Symptoms

By jeremyc | June 23, 2017

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you might want to increase the intake of fish. According to a study, regular intake of fish helps provide relief from symptoms of this condition.

Researchers noted lower disease activity in those rheumatoid arthritis patients who ate two or more servings of fish every week in comparison to those who didn’t eat fish at all or ate less than 1 serving per month.

Rheumatoid arthritis (or RA for short) is progressive condition characterized by pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints. In this condition, the patient’s immune system starts attacking its own joints by mistake. Any joint can be affected by RA, but joints of the hands and wrists are most commonly affected.

It is estimated that about one-and-a-half million Americans have RA. At present, the condition is incurable, although its symptoms might be managed through medication, lifestyle changes, and dietary changes. In some cases, surgery is recommended.

In this study, the researchers set out to examine how fish consumption affects RA symptoms.

The researchers examined data of 174 RA patients. All the participants were asked to provide information regarding their fish intake. To examine disease activity, the researchers used DAS28-CRP scoring system. The average score at the start of the study was 3.5

People who ate three or more servings of fish recorded reduced disease activity, highlighted by 0.49 points drop in their DAS28-CRP score, compared to the subjects who didn’t eat fish at all or ate less than 1 serving a month.

Moreover, for every extra serving of fish eaten every week, the score dropped by 0.18 point.

 

 

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Breast Implants Impedes ECG readings

By jeremyc | June 22, 2017

Heart attack and some other conditions are diagnosed through electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. However, a new study suggests that this test might not be the most effective one in case of women who have had breast implants. In the study, the researchers found that in case of these patients the test can throw up false abnormalities. Doctors are advised to use other tests and not rely only on ECG to diagnose heart attack and other heart conditions in women who have had breast implants.

The electrical activity of the heart is recorded in ECG. The test is used to see if the heart is working properly or not. Apart from diagnosing heart attack and heart failure, ECG is used for diagnosing several other heart conditions, like heart failure and arrhythmia.

Breast augmentation is the most common process in which breast implants are used. They are also used in mammoplasty and breast reconstruction. Majority of breast implants are either silicone-gel or saline type.

Earlier research had revealed that breast implants disrupts echocardiography because ultrasound is unable to pass through the breast implant. In this study, the researchers set out to check if breast implants also hinders ECG readings.

For this study, the researchers enrolled 48 women, out of which 28 have had breast implants. None of the participants had a heart disease.

The researchers noted that in case of breast-implant group, there was a high incidence of abnormal ECGs.

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Breastfeeding Reduces Stroke, Heart Disease Risk in Women

By jeremyc | June 21, 2017

Breastfeeding is good for not only the child. According to a recent study, mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke.

And this is not all. Every additional six months of breastfeeding further reduces the risk of developing stroke and heart disease in mothers.

Heart disease causes more number of deaths among men as well as women in the U.S. than any other health condition. Data suggests that nearly 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease, that’s about 610,000 deaths a year.

On the other hand, stroke is the number one cause of disability in the U.S. It is estimated that over 795,000 individuals suffer a stroke every year in the U.S.

Some previous studies had hinted at temporary reductions in factors affecting cardiovascular health, namely cholesterol, weight loss, and blood pressure, in mothers who breastfeed.

Nevertheless, not much is known about how breastfeeding affects mothers’ heart health in the long-run. To understand this link better, researchers examined data for more than 280,000 women. None of the participants had heart disease when the study was started and nearly all of them had born children.

The researchers noted that the risk of heart disease and stroke was less in mothers who had breastfed for 2 years or more by 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively, compared to women who didn’t breastfed.

Every additional six months of breastfeeding reduced stroke risk by 3 percent and heart disease risk by 4 percent.

 

 

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Brain Inflammation Causes OCD, New Research Says

By jeremyc | June 20, 2017

Obsessive compulsive disorder (or OCD for short) is often not easy to treat. One major reason for this is that we don’t know much about its causes. However, according to recent research, brain inflammation might cause OCD.

OCD patients experiences uncontrollable obsessions, as well as compulsions. They might experience intrusive thoughts which triggers anxiety or compels them to repeat a certain action so that repressed anxiety can find a way out.

OCD patients typically have obsessions around sexual taboos, symmetry, cleanliness, and aggressive thoughts. It is estimated that nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population has OCD, and in 50 percent of OCD patients, the condition is severe.

Talking therapy is the primary tool for treating OCD. In some cases, the therapy might be used along with medication. Selective serotonin reuptake therapy is most commonly prescribed for OCD. At present, therapies don’t work for as many as 30 percent of OCD patients.

The limited efficacy of therapy is mainly because of one fact: we still don’t know the physical causes of the condition.

In this research scientists found that people with OCD has significantly greater inflammation—about 32 percent more—in the region of the brain associated with the condition than people without OCD.

This finding could pave way for a new treatment for this condition in future.

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Grape Extracts Show Promise at Preventing Colon Cancer

By jeremyc | June 19, 2017

Every year close to a million people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. It is ranked as one of the more common cancers. Thanks to new research, in which researchers have found a grape compound that has the ability to suppress colon cancer stem cells, we might be a step closer to an effective colon cancer preventive strategy.

It is estimated that in 2017, over 95,000 individuals will be diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. and over 50,000 people will die because of colorectal cancer.

In this research, the team examined how grape compounds, specifically speaking, resveratrol in combination with grape seed extract, affects colon cancer stem cells.

The basis of this study was the theory according to which cancer stem cells, which possess the ability to renew themselves on their own even after invasion, are the driving force behind cancerous tumors.

In this study, the researchers divided mice in 3 groups. The first group was given a grape compound diet, the second sulindac (a drug which reduces tumor), and the last group a normal diet.

The researchers noted 50 percent reduction in tumors in mice that were given a grape compound diet. This fall was similar to one seen in sulindac group, but sulindac caused gastrointestinal toxicity while grape compounds didn’t.

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Experts Believe Yoga Reprograms DNA

By jeremyc | June 18, 2017

New research shows that the therapeutic benefits of mind-body interventions, like yoga, tai chi, and meditation, extend till the molecular level.

Many have questioned the positive effects of meditation and yoga, stating there’s lack of research to back the claim of these mind-body interventions having therapeutic benefits.

Latest research puts rest to any lingering doubts you might have about healthfulness of yoga and meditation. In this study, researchers analyzed 18 previous studies, involving 800 people.

According to the researchers, yoga, tai-chi, meditation, and other mind-body interventions affect our genes. The positive effects of the aforementioned activities include lower stress which extends till the molecular level.

These activities reverse the effects of stress on our body by altering the manner in which genes are expressed. Or in a simpler term, these activities influence our brain to channel DNA processes on a path which helps improve our overall wellbeing.

Meditation or yoga teach us to perceive situations in a different manner and as a result of this we feel less stress, which in turn keeps the production of certain proteins that play a role in inflammation under check.

In short, yoga and meditation doesn’t simply make you feel relaxed or calm; they influence real, lasting changes in your brain as well as nervous system.

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Replacing Saturated Fats with Unsaturated Fats Reduce CVD Risk Substantially

By jeremyc | June 17, 2017

According to the American Heart Association, it is important to consume more amounts of unsaturated fats to reduce the level of blood cholesterol and risk of heart attack.

In the U.S., more people die from heart disease than any other condition. It is estimated that cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 25 percent deaths. A recent review reiterates how important it is to lower the intake of saturated fats and consume unsaturated fats instead.

Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol levels, as well as the risk of developing heart disease. Foods which are rich in saturate fat content include fried foods, meat, bakery products, and full-fat dairy products.

Experts recommend following a diet based on vegetables, whole grains, and fish for good heart health. Such a diet is rich in unsaturated fats and low on saturated fats. Studies have also shown that including unsaturated fats in place of saturated fats reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

However, some argue that such a diet would lead to increased intake of sugar, carbohydrates and calories. This latest review aims to settle the debate about the usefulness of replacing dietary saturated fats with unsaturated ones.

The researchers noticed that strategy of increasing the intake of unsaturated fats and restricting the intake of saturated fats is just as effective as statins, used for lowering cholesterol, in lowering heart disease risk.

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Stem Cell Therapy Using Stem Cells from the Damaged Heart Causes Further Damage

By jeremyc | June 16, 2017

People suffering from end-stage heart failure have limited options available to them. One treatment that has gained popularity is stem cell therapy, in which stem cells taken from the heart tissue or the bone marrow of the patient are used for repairing damaged heart tissue.

A recent study claims that this treatment might not be effective when the stem cells are derived from the patient’s heart tissue. In fact, the study authors suggest that using these cells can cause more damage to the heart.

Heart failure is not an uncommon health condition. No fewer than 5.7 million individuals in the U.S. have this problem. In heart failure, the patient’s heart is unable to pump adequate amounts of blood to meet the requirements of the body.

At present, the condition is incurable. Lifestyle changes and medication can help manage the condition in certain cases. There are not many treatment choices when the heart failure reaches the end stage.

The primary treatment at this point is heart transplantation, but the problem with it is lack of donors. Stem cell therapy in recent years has gained popularity, but the latest research suggests that when stem cells are taken from a damaged heart, it can cause greater damage to the heart.

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French Fries Consumption Increases Risk of Early Death

By jeremyc | June 15, 2017

Eating 2-3 servings of fried potatoes a week can increase your risk of premature death by two times, according to a new study. The researchers came to this conclusion after evaluating data of over 4,400 adults.

Potatoes, particularly processed potatoes, have become a sort of staple diet in the U.S. Data shows that while in 1960s potato chips and French fries accounted for about 35 percent of overall potato use, in the last decade this figure was 64 percent.

It’s not that potatoes are unhealthy; they can very well be a part of a balanced and healthful diet. However, some studies have linked a higher potato intake with increased risk of certain health conditions, like hypertension.

In this latest study, the researchers wanted to check if there’s a correlation between potato consumption and mortality.

The researchers found that eating fried potatoes too much increased the risk of early death. Participants who consumed 2-3 servings every week were two times more likely to die prematurely. The risk of early death was even greater in people who ate more than 3 servings a week.

Researchers also found that greater intake of unfried potatoes was not linked with increased risk of early death.

 

 

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Being Physically Inactive Lowers Risk of Some Cancers

By jeremyc | June 14, 2017

More people are diagnosed with cancer today than before. In a new study, scientists checked if there’s anything that everyone can do to reduce their risk of developing certain types of cancer. The result of the study was encouraging. Being physically active lowers the risk of cancer, and the best part is it does this for everyone, even those who are obese and have been leading a sedentary life for past many years.

The researchers considered 368 individuals diagnosed with bladder or renal cancer. The lifetime recreational physical inactivity levels of these people were compared to levels of 766 cancer-free people, who formed the control group.

The researchers found a strong link between the risk of renal and bladder caners and recreational physical activity levels. People who had been recreationally physically inactive for all or most part of their life showed a significantly greater risk of developing these two cancers, and this was true for even obese people.

The good part is that one can start exercise at any age and reap its benefit of lower cancer risk. One doesn’t need to exercise vigorously; moderate-intensity workouts a few times a week are sufficient.

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