Reducing saturated fat just as effective as Statins for heart health

Share     A new review from the American Heart Association reiterates the importance of replacing saturated fats with unsaturated ones to reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk. Saturated fats are known to raise cholesterol levels and increase cardiovascular risk. Meat, full-fat and reduced fat dairy products, and fried foods, as well as bakery products,Read More

Eating fried potatoes linked to higher risk of death, study says

Share PHOTO: REUTERS You might want to put off eating those fries you’ve been craving for iftar. A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week double their risk of early death in comparison to those who don’t. Lead author Dr Nicola VeroneseRead More

Only 10% Pakistanis donate blood voluntarily

Share Islamabad BY HAMID KHAN WAZIR —Islamabad to have a modern blood centre by next year ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is among those low-income bracket countries that appallingly suffer from a lack of blood donors. Despite being 70 per cent population under 29 years only 10 per cent blood comes from voluntary donors, while 90 per centRead More

Does drinking cow’s milk help children grow taller?

Share Nutrition team finds 3-year-olds consuming alternative milks were 1.5 cm shorter on average By Amina Zafar, CBC News Posted: Jun 07, 2017 4:44 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 07, 2017 4:44 PM ET Everest Frenke, 2, drinks some fortified soy milk. The Toronto toddler’s mother sometimes adds flax oil, peanut butter or hemp seeds toRead More

Laughter releases ‘feel good hormones’ to promote social bonding

Share   A new study reveals how laughter affects the brain, which may help to explain why having a giggle plays such an important role in social bonding. Researchers from Finland and the United Kingdom found that social laughter triggers the release of endorphins – often referred to as “feel good hormones” – in brainRead More

Certain nuts may help ward off return of colon cancer

Share the nation WASHINGTON: Eating certain kinds of tree nuts, such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, has been linked to a dramatically lower risk of colon cancer recurrence, researchers said Wednesday. The observational study involved 826 patients who had undergone treatment for stage III colon cancer, typically including surgery and chemotherapy. Such patientsRead More

Walking linked to improved brain function

Share the nation LONDON: A moderate-intensity walking regimen may reduce symptoms of mild cognitive impairment that are linked to poor blood vessel health in the brain, a small study suggests. Participants with vascular cognitive impairment, sometimes called vascular dementia, who walked three hours per week for six months had improved reaction times and other signsRead More

Ask the pharmacist: What’s the best way to put in eye or nasal drops?

Share By Mail Online Reporter In the second of a new weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, a trained pharmacist answers your common medicine queries… First make sure your hands are clean and avoid touching the bottle tip to keep it free from germs and prevent unwanted infection, says Suresh Bagga from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor.Read More

Living in cities ‘puts teens at greater risk of psychotic experiences’

Share    Teenagers who live in cities are more likely to suffer psychotic experiences than rural teens. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock Teenagers who live in large cities could be at greater risk of having psychotic experiences, according to research examining the impact of urban life on mental health. The finding ties in with previous studies and suggestsRead More