Liquor, white wine increases rosacea risk in women

By jeremyc | April 27, 2017

According to a new study, who drink liquor and white wine might have a greater risk of developing rosacea, a chronic, inflammatory condition of the skin.

The face and the neck are two areas that are most commonly affected by rosacea. Early symptoms are flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Patients may also experience burning sensation and swelling.

Rosacea is often mistaken for eczema or acne. The symptoms of this condition worsen if no treatment is sought. It is more common in people having a fair skin. There’s no cure for rosacea, but with proper treatment, its symptoms can be controlled. The exact cause of this skin condition is not known. However, there are several risk factors that can trigger or aggravate the condition.

A new study now suggests liquor and white wine are risk factors for rosacea in women. For this study, the researchers perused data of more than 82,000 women.

The researchers noted that women who drank alcohol were more likely to develop rosacea than women who didn’t consume alcohol. Furthermore, alcohol consumption and risk of developing rosacea were found to be directly related. That is, the more the alcohol intake, the greater the risk of rosacea.

Among different types of alcohol, liquor and white wine increased the risk of rosacea most.


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New Eye Test Diagnoses Glaucoma Early

By jeremyc | April 26, 2017

A new eye test can detect the earliest signs of glaucoma, and this in turn will allow doctors to start treatment early.

It is estimated that nearly 60 million individuals in the world are living with glaucoma. One patient in every ten suffers complete sight loss in his both eyes.

Detecting the disease early would mean that doctors will be able to start treatment before patients experience sight loss. This test might also be used to diagnose some other neurodegenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s, in future.

Because the symptoms of glaucoma are not obvious in every case, early detection becomes necessary. At present, most patients are diagnosed with glaucoma after they have lost 33 percent of their vision. With the new test, it would become possible to detect the disease early. Glaucoma is not curable. However, detecting the disease when it is in its nascent stages will mean that we will be able to slow its progression considerably.

This test doesn’t require any complicated equipment and so eventually it would be possible to have the examination done from an optician, and this would mean even earlier detection of glaucoma.


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Obesity makes it difficult to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis accurately

By jeremyc | April 25, 2017

Being overweight is linked with many health conditions. Research has shown that it can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. However, latest research shows that being overweight can also make it difficult to accurately diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.

According to a new study, being obese can alter the results of tests done to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammation present due to obesity can sometimes make rheumatoid arthritis activity look worse than it actually is, especially in women. This in turn can lead to incorrect categorization of the severity of rheumatoid arthritis or a misdiagnosis.

CRP and SED-rate are two blood tests that are commonly used for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis. As per the latest study, obesity can modify the results of these two lab tests.

In this study, the researchers focused on 2,103 arthritis patient. They found a correlation between body mass index and elevated markers for rheumatoid arthritis, CRP and SED-rate. Body mass index (BMI) was directly related to elevated rheumatoid arthritis markers. That is, when BMI was more, the rheumatoid arthritis markers were more elevated.

While the researchers were not able to comment on to what degree BMI and rheumatoid arthritis are interlinked but they strongly believed that reducing BMI would be extremely beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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Italian-Styled Coffee Linked to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

By jeremyc | April 24, 2017

If you enjoy a few cups of joe everyday, there’s some good news for you. According to a new study, the risk of prostate cancer can reduce by more than 50 percent if you drink three or more cups of Italian-style coffee daily.

This finding came after researchers examined the risk of prostate cancer in Italian men. Nowhere in the world is coffee loved so much as in Italy. It is believed that on average an Italian drinks close to six hundred cups of coffee in a year. Its natural then researchers would want to consider Italian men for examining how coffee consumption affects prostate cancer risk.

Prostate cancer is one of the second-most common cancer among American men, first being skin cancer. It is estimated that nearly 14 percent of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifespan.

The results of previous studies examining the connection between coffee intake and prostate cancer have been mixed. Some studies have claimed that coffee consumption lowers the risk of this cancer, while some others have declared just the opposite.

For this study, the researchers analyzed data of nearly 7,000 men, aged 50 years or more. The researchers found that men who drank three or more cups of Italian-style coffee daily were 53 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than those men who drank zero to two cups of coffee every day.

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Chronic Stress Linked to Obesity

By jeremyc | April 23, 2017

There’s some bad news for people living with chronic stress. A new study suggests that chronically stressed people not only tend to put on excess weight more but also find it much harder to lose them.

The culprit was found to be cortisol. Whenever we are under stress, cortisol levels in the body rise. Cortisol plays a role in many biological processes, like body composition, metabolism, and fat accumulation. Additionally, chronically stressed people might be less motivated to do regular physical exercise or say no to unhealthy foods.

Earlier studies too have linked high cortisol levels with obesity. However, these studies didn’t measured long-term stress levels. In this study, the researchers focused on data of participants of another study. The participants were aged 54 or above. Every two years, the participants underwent testing. They also provided a hair sample during the course of study, which was used to measure cortisol levels.

The researchers noticed that obesity rate was greater in participants with higher cortisol levels compared to those with lower amount of cortisol in their hair. Additionally, participants in the higher cortisol group were also found to be more likely to have excess fat around the abdomen area.

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Certain food products might help prevent liver cancer, increase longevity

By jeremyc | April 22, 2017

Liver cancer is a common type of cancer. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 new cases of liver cancer will be diagnosed in the US this year and about 29,000 people will die from it. Since 2000, liver cancer death rates have increased every year by about 3 percent.

A new research suggests an easy way to lower your liver cancer risk: by eating foods containing spermidine in abundance, like aged cheese, mushrooms, whole grains, and soy. The research also suggests that spermidine-rich foods improve longevity.

In this study, the researchers fed mice oral spermidine supplement. They found that in comparison to mice that didn’t receive oral supplement of spermidine, mice that were fed this supplement had a reduced risk of developing HCC, an extremely common type of liver cancer, and liver fibrosis. What’s more, the researchers also noticed that mice that took oral spermidine supplement lived up to 25 percent longer than mice that didn’t.

Spermidine comes under the class of compounds called polyamine, which are compounds with two or more amino groups. Spermidine was originally derived from sperm and that’s why this name. It is also found naturally in many food products, such as mushrooms, cheese, soy, legumes, corn, and whole grains.


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Orange Essential Oil Might Be Beneficial for PTSD Patients

By jeremyc | April 21, 2017

It is estimated that nearly 8 million people in America suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. There are not many treatment options available for this condition. According to a recent research, orange essential oil might help relieve fear and stress linked with this type of stress disorder.

An anxiety disorder, PTSD is usually triggered when a person is exposed to a stressful or frightening event. The patient relives the painful experience through nightmares and flashbacks. The anxiety caused by PTSD is severe and can last for many months. In some cases the anxiety can continue for several years.

At present there are only 2 FDA-approved drugs for PTSD. Popular psychotherapy practices that are used for treating it include cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. In this research, the experts investigated the effect orange essential plant oil has on symptoms of PTSD.

Essential oils are produced naturally by plants and have therapeutic benefits. One can inhale essential oils or ingest in beverages or foods or apply them to the skin. The researchers found that orange essential oil was able to considerably reducer fear-associated behavior in mice


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Vitiligo might help fight melanoma

By jeremyc | April 20, 2017

Melanoma patients who also have vitiligo, a skin disorder characterised by appearance of white skin patches on various parts of the body, tend to have a better prognosis, compared to those who don’t.

According to latest research, melanoma patients with vitiligo have more cancer-fighting memory T cells in the skin and this might contribute to their better prognosis. The current research was done one mouse models with melanoma and vitiligo. If the same results are found in humans, researchers believe it could pave way for new treatment of melanoma.

In our skin we have cells, known as melanocytes, which produce melanin, a pigment responsible from keeping the lower skin layers from harmful effects of exposure to sun. Melanoma is a common type of skin cancer, although there are other types of skin cancer that are more common than it.

Prognosis of melanoma in most cases is not encouraging, and that’s why it is considered to one of the deadliest type of skin cancer. In the US alone, more than nine thousand individuals are estimated to die from it this year.

According to researchers, vitiligo appears when the patient’s immune system starts attacking melanocytes, resulting in appearance of white skin patches in various places, especially the arms, hands, face, lips, and feet.


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High Intake of Plant Protein Reduces Diabetes Risk

By jeremyc | April 19, 2017

All proteins are not created equal, or so it seems. A new study finds the risk of type 2 diabetes to be less in people who consume a higher amount of plant protein. Meat protein, on the other hand, has been linked to a greater risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is a huge public health concern worldwide, more so in developed countries. Nearly 30 million individuals in America are living with diabetes. Nearly 90-95 percent of these people have diabetes type 2.

Regular exercise, a healthy, balanced diet, and sugar-lowering medications are recommended for managing diabetes type 2. A diet comprising of non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is considered healthy for protection and maintenance of diabetes.

While protein is extremely good for overall health, its source plays a major role. For instance, research has linked a high consumption of meat protein with a greater risk of diabetes.

In this study, the researchers noticed that participants who consumed the most plant protein had 35 percent lower risk of developing diabetes than those who consumed the least. Additionally, by incorporating a computer model, the researchers came to the conclusion that when 5 gm of meat protein was replaced with plant protein every day, the risk of diabetes fell by about 18 percent.

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Diet Beverages Might Increase Risk of Dementia, Stroke

By jeremyc | April 18, 2017

Many people choose artificially-sweetened beverages over sugar-sweetened ones, believing the former is a healthier option. However, according to a new study, this is not so. In a recent study, researchers found that the risk of stroke and dementia was higher in people who drink one or more artificially-sweetened beverages every day.

In the last few years, a lot has been said about how harmful sugar is. Because of the persistent war on sugar, many people have switched to drinks and foods that contain artificial sweeteners. These drinks and foods are frequently called as ‘healthful alternatives’.

However, more and more studies are quashing this belief. A study done last year had found a connection between aspartame, a common artificial sweetener used in diet soda, and weight gain in mice.

The latest study now suggests that artificial sweeteners might also harm the brain. In this study, the researchers found that the risk of ischemic stroke in people who consumed one or more artificially-sweetened beverages daily was three times greater than those who on average drank less than one beverage in a week. The risk of Alzheimer’s was found to be 2.9 times more in the first group compared to the second.

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