Author archives: drvani

World’s first baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported. The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals. It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased […]

Women who snore are at a greater risk of having cardiac problems

According to the findings of a recent study, women who snore have a greater cardiac risk. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Researchers stated that Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men. A common but dangerous sleep disorder, OSA causes an increased risk for left ventricular and, more […]

Children worldwide not physically active: Report

Children around the world are leading sedentary lifestyles and not maintaining a healthy growth and development, stated a global report. The report by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) — an Australia-based non-profit organisation — showed that modern lifestyles including an increase in screen time, growing urbanisation of communities and the rise in automation of previously manual tasks are contributing to a pervasive public health problem. “Global trends, including […]

Designer babies with DNA changes: World first gene-altered twin baby girls born in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap in science and ethics. A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned […]

5 simple ways to stay fit in the changing season

The change of seasons should be used as a cue to take even more care of your health. The change in temperature results in modification of the routine, diet and even exercise regimen. However, if you have been investing the whole year in becoming more fit, you also don’t want that effort to go waste. So, how can you maintain that balance between enjoying the winter season and simultaneously maintaining […]

New drug shows promise in halting spread of brain cancer

Scientists have developed a novel drug that could block glioblastoma — the deadliest form of brain cancer — from spreading. The tissues in our bodies are largely made of fluid. It moves around cells and is essential to normal body function. But in some cases, this fluid may be doing more harm than good. In people who have glioblastoma, this fluid has a much higher pressure, causing it to move […]

Hot bath may improve inflammation, metabolism: Study

If you are unable to exercise, a hot water treatment may help improve inflammation and blood sugar (glucose) levels, particularly in overweight men, suggests a new study. Physical stress such as exercise can increases the level of an inflammatory chemical (IL-6), which activates the release of anti-inflammatory substances to combat unhealthily high levels of inflammation, known as chronic low-grade inflammation. However, a hot-water immersion may “improve aspects of the inflammatory […]

Here is how coffee could help lower risk of diabetes

Drinking your favourite cup of coffee could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Experts gathered at a satellite symposium hosted by The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) annual meeting in Berlin to discuss the latest research. During the symposium, Associate Professor Mattias Carlstr?m reviewed the latest scientific research on the association between […]

Air pollution biggest threat for children, 6 lakh died in 2016 by inhaling polluted air, says WHO report

Air pollution is one of the leading threats to child health, accounting for almost 1 in 10 deaths in children under five years of age. In 2016, approximately 6 lakh children died due to acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air, as per a report by the World Health Organisation. WHO in its report states that on a daily basis, around 93 per cent of the world’s children under […]

Can managing cholesterol reduce Alzheimer’s risk?

Managing cholesterol might help reduce Alzheimer’s risk, says researchers, including one of Indian-origin, who identified a genetic link between the progressive brain disorder and heart disease. Examining DNA from more than 1.5 million people, the study showed that risk factors for heart disease such as elevated triglyceride and cholesterol levels (HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol) were genetically related to Alzheimer’s risk. However, genes that contribute to other cardiovascular risk factors, […]