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Dear senior citizens, beware of head injuries. They may increase dementia risk

Suffering a traumatic brain injury from a blow to the head boosted dementia risk by 24 percent in a Danish study group of nearly three million people, researchers said Wednesday. The survey of 36 years’ worth of data — collected from the Danish national patient register — found that the risk of dementia rose with the number and severity of ... Read More »

Joining your office gym is waste of money. Here’s why it won’t make you healthier

Workplace wellness programmes have two main goals: improve employees’ health and lower their employers’ healthcare costs. They’re not very good at either, new research finds. For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a year of access to iThrive, a workplace wellness programme similar to what many companies offer workers. A control group of ... Read More »

These 6 apps and websites will take care of your medical needs

A rising middle-class, state-of-the-art health care facilities, expert physicians, and increased dependency on technology to facilitate health care at the prevention stage are driving the growth of the industry in India, thereby expecting the industry to grow rapidly. Indian health care market, which is worth USD 100 billion, is likely to grow at 23 percent CAGR to reach USD 280 ... Read More »

Delhiites, you are at higher risk of getting osteoporosis. Here’s why

A new study has found that people living in the city are at a high risk of suffering from brittle bones, which can cause fractures, even from simple acts like bending over or coughing. Nearly 60% of respondents in Delhi, including men and women, were found to be suffering from osteopenia and nine per cent already had osteoporosis. Osteopenia is ... Read More »

Non-smokers, beware: Use of marijuana is linked to increase in cigarette smoking

If you only smoke marijuana, there are higher chances that you may end up smoking cigarettes too, a new study suggests. According to researchers, cannabis use is associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers. Previous studies have linked marijuana use in adolescence to bipolar symptoms in adulthood. While cigarette smoking has long been on the decline, marijuana ... Read More »

Facebook, Amazon reveal gender pay gap of their UK workforces

Among Facebook’s top quartile, or highest paid staff, about 30% are women. This decreases to just 19% in the second quartile, according to data published by the company. Photo: AFP London: Facebook Inc. pays female staff in Britain just 0.8% less on average than male employees, but womens’ bonuses are almost 40% lower. The mean average disparity in pay at Facebook ... Read More »

Why our understanding of obesity treatment is limited

According to a research conducted by the George Washington University, despite high prevalence of obesity among US adults, provision of recommended treatments for obesity remains low. Providers cite lack of time, lack of reimbursement, and lack of knowledge as major barriers to treating patients with obesity. The study assessed health care professionals’ (HCPs) knowledge of evidence-based guidelines for non-surgical treatment ... Read More »

Ladies! Here’s how Alicia Vikander got ripped to play the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

Apart from those thrilling fight scenes, what got everyone talking about the recently released movie, Tomb Raider, was its leading lady, Alicia Vikander’s mind-blowing level of fitness. Alicia, who undergoes all sorts of challenges and ordeals playing bada*s Lara Croft was trained by world-renowned Swedish fitness expert — Magnus Lygdbäck. Reportedly, the Swedish actor underwent intense workout sessions for seven ... Read More »

Cycling is the best form of exercise. This Tour de France champion tells us why

During his professional career, it is estimated that German road bicycle racer Jens Voigt (born September 17, 1971) rode a total of 8,50,000 km. He has won the Critérium International five times, a tied record, and won the yellow jersey twice in individual stages of the Tour de France in 2001 and 2006. Voigt, who stays in Berlin with his ... Read More »

Slow walking speed in elderly could be an indicator of dementia risk

Older adults with slower walking speeds seem to have a greater risk of dementia than those with faster walking speeds, researchers have found. The findings, led by Ruth A. Hackett, from the University College London, showed that people who experienced a faster decline in walking speed over a two-year period were also at higher risk for dementia. People who had ... Read More »