6d ago| Star Health

Reasons for blood in your urine

Seeing blood when you pee can be alarming. Most of the time, the issue is not serious. In some cases, though, it points to a bigger health problem. Here is what you should know.

6d ago| Star Health

Physical and mental activity, diet, and dementia risk

Lifestyle features are potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia. Two teams prospectively analysed data from the U.K. Biobank study to determine dementia risk associated with patterns of physical activity and mental activity (PA/MA) and with consumption of ultraprocessed foods (UPF). In both studies, all participants were dementia-free at baseline.

6d ago| Star Health

Excess weight, not high blood sugar, associated with increased risk of COVID-19 infection and long COVID

High body mass index (BMI), rather than high blood sugar levels, are associated with excess risks of COVID-19 infection and long COVID, according to a meta-analysis of over 30,000 UK adults from nine large prospective cohort studies.

2w ago| Star Health

Rediscovering the power of moralogy & wellbeing

Global unrest has increased since the millennium, risking social unrest. Health promotion and wellness activities are popular now. Science and culture affect “social ethos,” especially morality and lifestyle. We were not taught to help the poor in school. The education system undervalues moral education.

2w ago| Star Health

Low levels of vitamin D can put you at risk for stroke

Stroke is the second leading cause of death, causing 5.7 million deaths annually. Recent research has identified vitamin D deficiency as an independent risk factor for stroke, particularly “ischemic stroke,” which reduces blood supply to the brain due to clots blocking blood flow in the vessels. Other research shows that decreased vitamin D levels worsen stroke severity and prognosis. Many recommend vitamin D for stroke treatment.

2w ago| Star Health

Most reliable estimates to date suggest one in eight COVID-19 patients develop long COVID symptoms

One in eight adults (12.7%) infected with SARS-CoV-2 experience long-term symptoms due to COVID-19, suggests a large Dutch study published in The Lancet.

Almost half of global cancer deaths are due to risk factors - with smoking, alcohol use, and high BMI the greatest contributors

According to the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2019 study, smoking, alcohol use, high Body Mass Index (BMI), and other risk factors caused 4.45 million cancer deaths in 2019.

Thalassaemia in Bangladesh: Prevention strategy

Thalassemia is Bangladesh’s most common congenital disability. Our country has 17 million thalassemia carriers and 14,000 new cases each year. Thalassaemia causes low haemoglobin. It is not contagious and cannot be spread by direct contact. When both parents are carriers, it is passed to their children.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are safe in pregnancy, large study confirms

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are safe to use during pregnancy, and pregnant women had lower rates of health events after vaccination than similarly aged non-pregnant vaccinated people, a large Canadian study found.

Knowing basics of behavioural sciences

We are all familiar with the term ‘psychology’ in our day-to-day life. Psychology is generally considered a sub-discipline of behavioural sciences, and the two areas experience some overlap in coursework and career paths.

Time-restricted eating shows promising metabolic effects in type 2 diabetics

A new study in Diabetologia finds that following a time-restricted eating (TRE) protocol that limits food intake to a 10-hour window shows promising metabolic effects in type 2 diabetic adults (T2D).

Leaders at AIDS 2022 warn that the world is losing ground against HIV

Citing the 2022 UNAIDS Global AIDS update, titled “In Danger,” UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima shared that about 1.5 million new HIV infections occurred in 2021 – over one million more than the global targets.