Category: Health

World Anti-tuberculosis Day today

The World Tuberculosis Day, which is celebrated on March 24 every year, is being marked in Nepal today with the slogan ‘Commitment for Quality and Accessible Service: Global Unity for Tuberculosis-free World’. Director at the National Tuberculosis Control and Prevention Centre, Thimi Dr Rajendra Panta said that 35,735 TB patients have been registered in the DOTS programme of the Nepal government during the fiscal year 2068-69 BS and among them 15,057 have been detected with TB infection. Informing that 90 per cent of the TB patients were cured during the year, he further said still more than 9,000 TB patients are outside the reach of health facilities. According to a survey conducted in 2011 BS, 2.2 per cent of total TB patients are detected with primary DR TB while 15.4 per cent have secondary DR TB in Nepal. The day is being marked with different sets of programme to impart a message that ‘TB could be prevented with the regular intake of medicine’ and eliminate superstitious beliefs on tuberculosis, he added....

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Salt causes 2.3 million deaths a year

Over-abundant salt intake was a factor in nearly 2.3 million deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related causes that occurred worldwide in 2010, according to a new study. That number represents 15% of all heart-related deaths that year, the researchers said. Nearly 1 million deaths (40%) caused by eating too much salt were considered premature, occurring in people aged 69 and younger, the study found. 60% of the deaths were in men. The United States ranked 19th out of the 30 largest countries, with 429 deaths per million adults caused by eating too much salt. That works out to one in 10 of all heart-related deaths in the United States, the study authors noted. Heart attacks and strokes Heart attacks caused 42% of the deaths worldwide, while strokes caused 41%. The rest of the deaths were caused by other types of cardiovascular disease. 84% of the deaths were in low- and middle-income countries. (The United States is considered a high-income nation.) Among the 30 largest countries, those with the highest death rates due to excess salt consumption per million adults were: Ukraine, 2 109; Russia, 1 803; and Egypt, 836. Among all countries, those with the lowest death rates related to salt consumption per million adults were: Qatar, 73; Kenya, 78; and United Arab Emirates, 134. “National and global public health measures, such as comprehensive sodium reduction programs,...

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Papaya could help lower heart attack risk

Karachi: A group of students from University of Karachi has explored health benefits of papaya and discovered some facts about the delicious tropical fruit, including its usage in lowering chances of heart attack and controlling diabetes. During the research, final year students of BS, Agriculture and Agribusiness Department, KU – Mariam Naseem and Muhammad Kamran Nasir – also discovered numerous advantages of papaya seeds. Naseem explained that juice of papaya seeds is every essential to protect kidney from becoming dysfunctional because seeds contains flavonoids and phenotic, which provides prevention from germs of such diseases. Besides this papaya seeds can also protect from number of infections and could also be used to clean intestines insects, she added. She cited that in Nigeria, 76.7 percent children got rid from intestines insects by drinking juice of papaya seeds in seven days. People in Japan also believed that liver could be protected from diseases with usage of one teaspoon of papaya seeds, Naseem said. It seeds can be used with milk to avoid typhoid disease and it can also cure from hemorrhoids-kind diseases. Papaya seeds also contain a special compound, which helps to stop formation of tumor, Naseem added. Nasir, the other researcher, said papaya contain huge amount of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, thiamin and magnesium. He noted that enzyme papain in papaya gives relief from indigestion and gastric problems, and added...

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Massage, music key to sound sleep

Beijing: Stressing the need to sleep for moderate durations, a Chinese study has urged people to avoid overuse of networking devices and turn to soothing music, massage, and naps for a better sleep. The Chinese people sleep on an average of eight hours and 50 minutes every day, but nearly half feel sluggish when awake, found the study prepared to observe Chinese people`s sleeping habits and released Tuesday. The report is based on a survey conducted in November and December through random household visits in 20 cities, 20 towns and 20 villages. It found some 55 percent of the respondents admitting to their work pressure affecting their sleep patterns, making them resort to various methods to improve their sleep quality. While observing modern-day media or mode of communication`s influence over sleep, the survey found 67.1 percent of people chat on mobile phones or computers before going to sleep, and 43.2 percent of those going to bed after midnight do so due to online gaming and messaging. The survey noticed a trend in which people in south and west China tend to sleep better than those in the north and east. It found bachelors are sleeping better than the married, said Qin Xiaoming, vice head of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, which sponsored the report. It also found that the men sleep better than women, and people in rural regions...

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Watermelon can reduce heart attack risk

London: A new US study has found a daily slice of watermelon could help prevent heart disease by halting the build-up of harmful cholesterol and also be a help in weight control. Scientists who carried out studies on mice fed a high-fat diet found the fruit halved the rate at which `bad` low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, accumulated, Daily Mail reported. LDL is a form of cholesterol that leads to clogged arteries and heart disease. The researchers from Purdue University, US, also observed that eating watermelon regularly helped to control weight gain and resulted in fewer fatty deposits inside blood vessels. They believe the secret to watermelon`s health-boosting properties lies in citrulline, a chemical found in the juice. Although the latest investigation showed no significant effects on blood pressure, it did reveal watermelons had a powerful impact on other heart risk factors. In Britain around 270,000 people a year suffer heart attack and nearly one in three die before they could reach hospital....

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Sip green tea to protect your heart

Tokyo: Scientists say green tea and coffee, if made a regular part of the diet, could benefit the heart, according to research conducted in Japan and published in the US. Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. “This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” said Yoshihiro Kokubo, lead author of the study at Japan`s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Centre. “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.” They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks. “The regular action of drinking tea and coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,” Kokubo said. Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, suggesting that these results may apply in other countries too. It`s unclear how green tea affects stroke risks. A compound group known as catechins may provide some protection. Catechins have an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect, increasing plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic (anti-clotting) effects. Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, thus cutting stroke risks by...

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Green tea and coffee may reduce stroke risk

Many people take coffee or tea breaks throughout the day, and that simple act may help them reduce their risk for stroke, Japanese researchers report. This study of about 83 000 people suggests that drinking green tea or coffee daily might lower stroke risk by about 20%, with even more protection against a specific type of stroke. “The regular action of daily drinking [of] green tea and coffee is a benefit in preventing stroke,” said lead researcher Dr Yoshihiro Kokubo, chief doctor in the department of preventive cardiology at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, in Osaka. “If you cannot readily improve your lifestyle, try to prevent stroke by drinking green tea every day,” he said. The link between coffee and tea Although it isn’t certain why coffee and tea may have this effect, Kokubo thinks it might be due to certain properties in these drinks that keep blood from clotting. In addition, green tea contains catechins, which have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect. Some chemicals in coffee, such as chlorogenic acid, may cut the risk of stroke by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, he explained. Coffee also contains caffeine, which may have an impact on cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and may cause changes in insulin sensitivity, which affects blood sugar, he added. One expert, Dr Ralph Sacco, past president of the American Heart Association, cautioned...

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5-organ transplant patient gives birth

A woman whose doctors believe is the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient to deliver a baby said Wednesday her joy is hard to describe. Fatema Al Ansari, 26, was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007. Five years after that surgery, she gave birth Feb. 26 at the same hospital, Jackson Memorial, with her transplant doctor on a team closely watching. “It’s a hard feeling to express,” the new mother said of the cesarean birth of a healthy girl, who weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces upon arrival. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” she said in Arabic, her words translated by an interpreter. The infant, Alkadi Alhayal, snuggling in a white blanket and white cap, slept quietly in her mother’s arms while her parents addressed reporters’ questions with her doctors Wednesday at the hospital. A world first The woman, who lives in Qatar and plans to return home in the coming weeks, was there at 19 when she was diagnosed with a blood clot in a major vein to the intestine – requiring transplant surgery. Just over 600 five-organ transplants have been recorded as of 2011, according to the latest figures available from the Intestinal Transplant Association. The most recent annual report by the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry also indicates she is the first reported...

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Papaya Can Reduced Risk of Heart Attack

A group of students from University of Karachi has explored health benefits of papaya and discovered some facts about the delicious tropical fruit, including its usage in lowering chances of heart attack and controlling diabetes. During the research, final year students of BS, Agriculture and Agribusiness Department, KU – Mariam Naseem and Muhammad Kamran Nasir – also discovered numerous advantages of papaya seeds. Naseem explained that juice of papaya seeds is every essential to protect kidney from becoming dysfunctional because seeds contains flavonoids and phenotic, which provides prevention from germs of such diseases. Besides this papaya seeds can also protect from number of infections and could also be used to clean intestines insects, she added. She cited that in Nigeria, 76.7 percent children got rid from intestines insects by drinking juice of papaya seeds in seven days. People in Japan also believed that liver could be protected from diseases with usage of one teaspoon of papaya seeds, Naseem said. It seeds can be used with milk to avoid typhoid disease and it can also cure from hemorrhoids-kind diseases. Papaya seeds also contain a special compound, which helps to stop formation of tumor, Naseem added. Nasir, the other researcher, said papaya contain huge amount of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, thiamin and magnesium. He noted that enzyme papain in papaya gives relief from indigestion and gastric problems, and added that...

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Health benefits of Amala

Phyllanthus emblica (syn. Emblica officinalis), the Indian gooseberry, or aamla from Sanskrit amalika, is a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name. Botanically, this very bitter very little fruit is thought as Emblica Officinalis. although you’ll not notice its style appealing, do not be fast to dismiss it — it’s abundant in nutrients and filled with the ability of ascorbic acid. Here’s an inventory of the opposite health edges of amla: – Winter brings on its share of colds and cough. To cure this, prepare a combination of 2 tablespoons of amla with Associate in Nursing equal quantity of honey. Have this 3 to fourfold every day. – People stricken by ascorbic acid deficiency will greatly profit by consumption amlas, because it is one in all its most potent sources. On the opposite hand, Vitamin C, taken within the kind of supplements, isn’t simply absorbed by the body, in contrast to once taken during a natural type. – Battling with constipation drawbacks? Amla contains high fibre content which can solve your problem. – Because they’re additionally wealthy in antioxidants, that defend against the formation of free radicals within the body, amlas, once eaten up oftentimes, facilitate to stop cancer. – To get relief from painful mouth ulcers, merely gargle with a combination of water and amla juice. – Are...

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