Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Food

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension May Result In Chronic Hypertension

Being diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension (HTN) may result in the development of post-pregnancy hypertension in the years following the delivery. Hypertension (HTN), or commonly high blood pressure, is a medical condition where there is persistent elevation in the blood pressure in the arteries. If this persists long-term the body may suffer direct damage in…

New Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

New research demonstrates that graded exercise self-help in addition to specialist medical care is a more effective chronic fatigue syndrome treatment than specialist medical care alone. Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by chronic, disabling fatigue in the absence of an alternative diagnosis. Graded exercise therapy has shown its benefits in many areas, however, it might…

Phthalates in “Fragrances” are Modern Day Leaded Gasoline

Researchers have compiled data demonstrating the neurotoxicity and environmental accumulation of chemical compounds listed under “fragrances” in common household products. Fragrances can include a number of chemicals, including known toxins, phthalates. Regulatory development preventing the ubiquity of phthalate additions is required to protect human health from a plethora of diseases. Have you ever considered what…

Low Back Pain and Efficacy of Lumbar Stabilization Exercises

A new study examines the effect of lumbar stabilization exercise program in patients with low back pain, and whether it reduces pain, function and aberrant movement patterns. For the maintenance of a healthy spine, the lumbar stabilization exercise program (LSEP) is recommended by health professionals, including strengthening exercises, stretching and aerobic conditioning exercises1. The primary…

New Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Study found that childhood socioeconomic environment may be a cardiovascular disease risk factor in later life. Socioeconomic status (SES) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease. Attributes like the level of educational attainment and occupational status have been identified as cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults. These associations are determined by measuring left ventricle (LV)…

Stress relief provided by Green Spaces Are Measureable and Predictable

Scientists will have the ability to measure the value of greenspaces to human well-being and stress relief with a predictive tool to measure how effectively public greenspaces evoke tranquility to strengthen green plans of city officials, environmentalists, and citizens. The value of “tranquil” environments has long had a logical, but immeasurable, effect on improving human…

FTO Gene-Linked Obesity In Children Is Influenced By Dietary Habits

A new study has found that dietary protein and fat intake can influence, and indeed enhance the FTO gene-linked risk for obesity in children. Obesity is a complex trait that is influenced by the interplay of genetic, socioeconomic, cultural, psychological, and lifestyle-related factors. Studies have identified more than 430 genes that are associated with the…

Fruit Juice Not a Substitute for Whole Fruit

Data indicates that children between 2 and 18 years of age consume nearly half of their fruit intake in the form of juice. The problem with this is that fruit juices have a high sugar content leading to high calorie consumption and increased risk of dental caries. Researchers examined existing data on paediatric fruit juice…

Hypertension Management in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is both a cause and consequence of hypertension. In patients with both conditions, accurate evaluation and a tailored treatment program are essential for successful hypertension management. Blood circulates through the body at a certain pressure within the arteries. This pressure changes depending on activity levels– elevating during exercise, to increase the blood…

Yoga for Low Back Pain: Can it Replace Physical Therapy?

A new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine sought to determine whether yoga is as effective as physical therapy for treatment of chronic low back pain. Due to similarly positive results, it was concluded that a structured yoga program can be a reasonable alternative to physical therapy in cases where there are issues of…