The May marks Lyme Disease Awareness Month, reminding us to take care to avoid tick bites when exploring the great outdoors to avoid catching the disease. With the recent news that diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2016, experts are warning that it is more important than ever to protect ourselves from bites to prevent Lyme disease, which is currently the most common tick-borne disease in the United States. Here we round up some key steps to take to help protect yourself this summer.
Adults and children should consume a maximum of 10 percent of their daily calories in the form of saturated fat such as meat and butter and one percent from trans fats to reduce the risk of heart disease, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
The draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at reducing non-communicable diseases, led by cardiovascular diseases, blamed for 72 percent of the 54.7 million estimated deaths worldwide every year, many before the age of 70.
People who make an effort to improve their diet may be more likely to have less fat in their livers and a lower risk of liver disease than individuals who stick to unhealthy eating habits, a U.S. study suggests.
Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFDL), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention.
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In the first of the Keto & Heart Disease series, we looked at the prevalence, risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The main predictors of developing heart disease and the markers we should be focusing on are chronic inflammation, oxidation, metabolic markers and artery plaque. Let’s look at how we can reduce risk of heart disease by changing in our diet.
Heart Disease: Busting the Myths
Most people have grown up believing that high fat, high cholesterol foods like bacon and eggs, steak or shrimp will raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries and cause a heart attack.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease.
Jynarque (jihn-AR’-kew), from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.
The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It causes fluid-filled cysts to develop in and damage kidneys.
The FDA rejected it in 2013 but approved it after the drugmaker did an additional study. That one-year study, involving 1,370 patients with advanced disease, found the drug on average slowed kidney function decline about 35 percent more than dummy pills.
Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests.
The small, preliminary study isn’t proof the drug works and it found only a small benefit: Treated children with the disease progeria were more likely than others to survive during the two-year study. But some kids taking the drug in this and other studies have lived into their late teens. Researchers and others say the results suggest a potential breakthrough for a heartbreaking condition that typically kills kids before they reach adulthood.
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Prevalence and Risk of Heart Disease
Normally the heart pumps blood and oxygen to the body’s cells through veins and arteries.
Heart disease describes a group of problems that occur when the heart and blood vessels aren’t working the way they should, for example a blood clot blocks an artery and the heart muscle is starved of oxygen, heart muscle cells die and lead to a heart attack; or, if blood flow to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel is ruptured this is a stroke.
Losing two or more natural teeth in middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a U.S. study suggests.
“In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Lu Qi of Tulane University in New Orleans said in a statement. “That’s regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as poor diet or high blood pressure.”
New US research has found that a lower level of testosterone could have a negative effect on a man’s risk of developing chronic disease.
Previous research has already linked low levels of testosterone to sexual health and muscle mass. However, the new study, carried out by researchers from Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, set out to look at whether there was also an association between testosterone, age and chronic disease.
“If we look at data for men from a population level, it has become evident over time that chronic disease is on the rise in older males,” explained lead author of the study Mark Peterson. “But we’re also finding that a consequence of being obese and physically inactive is that men are seeing declines in testosterone even at younger ages.”
An infectious disease which causes severe lesions and deformities on the human skin is sweeping Australia.
Scientists say they are worried about – and unable to explain – the spread of the Buruli ulcer, the so-called “flesh-eating disease” that usually occurs in West and central Africa.
The outbreak, which is particularly rampant in the state of Victoria, has become an “epidemic,” requiring an “urgent scientific response,” researchers Daniel O’Brien, Eugene Athan, Kim Blasdell and Paul De Barrowrote in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.