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Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Deficiency of vitamin D puts a woman at a significantly higher long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who get enough, according to a new research.

In a case-control study, an increase in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was found to reduce the risk of MS by 39 per cent, after adjusting for sample year, number of pregnancies and births, and the matching factors.

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Artificial sweeteners could raise risk of developing type-2 diabetes: Research

Consumption of artificial sweeteners in large amounts could significantly raise the risk of developing type-2 diabetes (T2DM), a new research revealed. A team of researchers examined 27 healthy volunteers who were given a quantity of two different NAS (sucralose and acesulfame-K) equivalent to drinking 1.5L of diet beverage daily or an inactive placebo.

The volunteers were asked to consume in the form of capsules thrice a day before meals over a period of two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the researchers examined the subjects again.

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

PSA screening saves lives with early detection of prostate cancer: Study

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening significantly reduces the risk for death from deadly disease of prostate cancer as detection at early stage improves outcomes for patients, a new study claimed.

After disparities in settings and implementation were accounted for, two prostate cancer screening trials provide strong evidence that screening really decreases prostate cancer mortality rates.

U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

A new report released by nonprofits Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has indicated that obesity rates in the United States are finally leveling off.

According to the report, obesity rates among adults remained stable in 45 states between 2015 and 2016. Merely four states, viz. Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and West Virginia, reported increases in obesity rates.

Kansas reported a notable decrease in obesity rates among its residents during the same period.

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

Excavation in Thornton results into discovery of 66M-year-old skull

American paleontologists have confirmed that fossils unearthed at a construction site near Marco's Pizza in Thornton, Colorado, belonged to a dinosaur that thrived in the area as many as 66 million years ago.

The paleontologists told reporters that the fossil was a 66-million-year-old skull of an adult triceratops – slow-moving herbivores that weighed more than six tones, and stood nearly 10 feet in height and 30 feet in length.

The site of the excavation is now being patrolled by security guards around the clock.

Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

Anti-inflammatory drugs can cut risk of heart attacks: Study

A new study by a team of health experts from Brigham & Women’s Hospital has suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs can significantly slash the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The team examined nearly 10,000 patients and found that the anti-inflammatory drug canakinumab was able to reduce the risk of a repeated heart attack among patients by 15 per cent.

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Researchers find link between high doses of vitamin B and lung cancer risk

Vitamin B provides protection against diseases but it is a “double-edged sword” as taking this vitamin in high doses may increase risk of lung cancer, according to a new study. Various researches have proved the health benefits of Vitamin B6 and B12, but the new study of more than 77,000 Americans revealed a link between its high doses and lung cancer. However, the risk was found only among men, not women.

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

Eye test may forecast Alzheimer’s risk Two decades before symptoms emerge

A new study by a team of American researchers claims that an eye test can predict the devastating Alzheimer's disease as many as twenty years before its symptoms emergence. Led by Dr. Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said that their study suggested that a person’s retina might serve as a trustworthy source for diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

After making a comparison between their results and brain scans, they found that the eye test was as successful at detecting those with double the quantity of plaque build-up in their brains.

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

Ironwood Pharma’s gout drug gets FDA’s approval

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ironwood Pharmaceuticals oral drug to treat a condition characterized by too much uric acid in blood in patients with gout.

Duzallo is a fixed-dose oral combination of lesinurad and allopurinol that is used to treat hyperuricemia in gout patients for whom target serum uric acid levels haven’t been achieved with only allopurinol.

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

AAP releases new guidelines for screening & treating high BP among Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday released new guidelines in order to make it easier and more straightforward for healthcare providers to identify and manage high blood pressure (BP) in children.

The new guidelines, which aim to shed new light on defining normal and high BP in children and teens, mark the first update on the subject in more than a dozen years.

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