Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Food

New measurement to predict fetal weight

Measuring the weight of the fetus is an important part of keeping both mother and baby safe, since a clinically high birth weight is a risk factor for pregnancy-related complications. A recent study investigated 3D limb volume together with abdominal circumference to create a measurement that would be able to predict fetal weight. According to…

Do Energy Drinks Improve Running Performance?

Energy drinks are just one of the many products on the market claiming to improve running performance, but little research has been conducted to prove this claim. Researchers tested the effects of Red Bull on the performance of recreational runners and found that consuming Red Bull an hour before running reduces the time it takes…

Amlodipine for hypertension – how does it work?

Amlodipine, sold under the brand name Norvasc among others, belongs to a class of medications called calcium channel blockers.1 Amlodipine is commonly prescribed to treat hypertension and a variety of conditions related to the cardiovascular system. How does amlodipine work, what is it used for, and what are the common side effects? Amlodipine, which is available…

The polypill for heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality worldwide.1 In recent years, the mortality associated with cardiovascular disease has decreased in developed countries, however, it is rising in developing countries where the use of preventative medication is lower.2 Cardiovascular disease refers to a range of diseases involving the heart and blood vessels. For example, coronary…

Diuretics for hypertension | Medical News Bulletin

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor for developing heart disease.1 High blood pressure narrows, tightens and blocks blood vessels. This makes it difficult for blood to flow through and puts extra strain on the heart to pump, which can cause heart failure over time. By correlation, hypertension it is one of the biggest…

Lipitor vs. Crestor — The battle of the statins

Statins such as Lipitor or Crestor are used to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes, what’s the difference? and is one better than the other? Cardiovascular disease is a collective term that describes diseases relating to the circulatory system. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include heart failure, heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, and ischemic heart…

The link between coffee and blood pressure

Moderate amounts of coffee intake may reduce high blood pressure. Coffee is a staple of many diets around the world. As coffee consumption has increased throughout the years, several studies have linked moderate coffee drinking (3-5 cups per day) with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, those who are heavy coffee drinkers…

The negative side effects of vaping

Researchers studied the negative side effects of vaping among youth, finding an increase in problems with remembering, concentrating, and decision-making. Electronic cigarettes were invented in 2003 as an alternative to smoking. Smoking electronic cigarettes is known as vaping and is increasingly popular with high school students. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of high school…

Can physical activity reverse the effects of a sedentary lifestyle?

New guidelines on recommended physical activity consider ways to potentially counter the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. It is no secret that regularly getting physical activity is healthy for the body.  Exercise can have a variety of physical health benefits; it can promote heart health, muscle development and maintenance, bone density, maintenance of…