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Over 100 million males smoke in India

More men are smoking in India than ever before, with the number rising by more than a third from 79 million in 1998 to 108 million in 2015, report researchers in the journal BMJ Global Health. Smoking rates haven’t increased for women, though, with 11 million women smoking in India in 2015, the study found. Only China has more adult ...

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Too much carbon dioxide may cloud our thinking

More than five million people will die from a frightening cause: breathing. Do you sometimes find yourself losing focus on the job? Is your thinking a little fuzzy? It could be something in the air – and you and your co-workers may be the source. We all know that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is bad. It’s a greenhouse ...

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Fruits can cut heart disease risk

Bangla Mirror Desk 5 March, 2016 A 10 percent drop in price for healthy foods and a 10 percent increase in the price of unhealthy foods could potentially prevent a significant number of people from dying from heart disease and stroke, suggests a new study.   Using a computer-based model, the researchers from Harvard University in US revealed how price ...

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How genes influence women’s figures, diabetes risk

Bangla Mirror Desk 05  March 2016 Different versions of the gene variant don’t cause changes to overall weight or BMI, but they do affect women’s hip circumference. Now you know what conditions a woman’s body shape and how susceptible she is to diabetes: A genetic variant! This variant near the KLF14 gene regulates hundreds of genes that govern how and ...

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Common Blood Test Could Predict Risk Of Stroke Recurrence: Research

Bangla Mirror Desk 5 March, 2016 A common blood test already used to measure people’s risk of developing heart disease could also predict a patients’ risk of having a second ischemic stroke, new research has found.   Ischemic strokes result from blockages preventing blood flow to the brain, and they are responsible for approximately 85 percent of all stroke cases. ...

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Depression affects the whole body

 Bangla Mirror Desk 5 March, 2016 Researchers have proved that depression is more than a mental disorder as it causes important alterations affecting the whole body.   Scientists from University of Granada (UGR) in Spain said depression should be considered a systemic disease that affects a number of organs and tissues or the body, reports BS.   The results showed ...

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Vitamin D in pregnancy may not improve bone health in babies

 Bangla Mirror  Desk 5 March, 2016 Consumption of vitamin D during pregnancy may not help in improving bone density of babies, according to a study.   The study showed that there was no significant difference in bone mass between the babies born to women who consumed vitamin D supplements compared to those who did not.   However, the findings suggest ...

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How fast are your lungs ageing? Here’s the lowdown

Mothers who smoke, respiratory infections and the date you were born all contribute to determine how fast your lungs are ageing, says a new study. The research revealed three factors that influence ageing of the lungs: Firstly, having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lungs in a negative way; secondly, if your birth ...

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Autoantibodies may lead to early detection of lung cancer

Researchers have identified autoantibodies – immune proteins found in the blood that fight one’s own proteins – that can potentially detect lung cancer early by distinguishing between smokers with or without lung cancer. Worldwide, lung cancer causes 1.6 million deaths yearly. The overall five-year survival is 17 percent, which is mainly driven by the fact that 57 percent of lung ...

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Oral bacteria linked to higher stroke risk: Study

Oral bacteria may be involved in several kinds of stroke, including brain hemorrhages and strokes that lead to dementia, says a new study. Strokes are characterised as either ischemic strokes, which involve a blockage of one or more blood vessels supplying the brain, or hemorrhagic strokes, in which blood vessels in the brain rupture, causing bleeding. “This study shows that ...

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