Low levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ may actually increase stroke risk

A recent study warns that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, sometimes called “bad cholesterol,” may face an increased risk of bleeding stroke. Women with low LDL cholesterol levels may be more at risk of bleeding stroke, new research finds. According to the latest guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the … Read more

Petting zoos could potentially transmit highly virulent drug-resistant bacteria to visitors

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April) shows that petting zoos can create a diverse reservoir of multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria, which could lead to highly virulent drug-resistant pathogens being passed on to visitors. The study is by … Read more

Stress-related disorders linked to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease: Risk is particularly high during the first year after diagnosis

Stress related disorders — conditions triggered by a significant life event or trauma — may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), finds a large Swedish study published in The BMJ today. The risk of severe and acute CVD events, such as cardiac arrest and heart attack, was particularly high in the … Read more

Urinary tract infection: Causes, symptoms, and prevention

Urinary tract infections are caused by microbes such as bacteria overcoming the body’s defenses in the urinary tract. They can affect the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that run between them. They are one of the most common types of infection and account for around 8.1 million visits to a doctor every year. The urinary … Read more

Is it better to get nutrients from food or supplements?

Researchers have found that nutrients from food may be linked to lower risks of death, while excess intake of certain supplements may have the opposite effect.Research examines the effects of nutrients from food and supplements. Taking supplements leads to an increased level of total nutrient intake. Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and … Read more

Low cholesterol linked to higher risk of bleeding stroke in women

Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke, with an ideal value below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). But can it be too low? A new study finds that women who have levels of LDL cholesterol 70 mg/dL or lower may be more than twice as likely to have a … Read more

Large study ties PTSD, acute stress to cardiovascular disease

A large Swedish population study has found strong links between psychiatric conditions that can follow extremely stressful experiences and the risk of several types of cardiovascular disease.The link between acute stress and cardiovascular symptoms may be bidirectional, suggests new research. In addition, the researchers found that the risk of a heart attack and other sudden … Read more

Rare gut condition is more predictable from individual’s genetic makeup, study finds

Hirschsprung disease – a rare condition where the failure of gut nerves to develop before birth leads to impaired bowel contractions that prevent infants from passing stool – is more predictable from an individual's genetic makeup than previously envisioned. This is the finding of a study published online in the April 11 edition of the … Read more

Can genetic variants predict depression risk in young people?

A new study looks at the genetic makeup of thousands of adults with depression to try to find an accurate way of predicting which children and adolescents may be at risk of developing this mental health problem. Researchers identify a genetic risk score that could help predict depression risk in the young. Many factors determine … Read more

Risk of heavy metal poisoning from eating shellfish from Straits of Malacca: Malaysia scientists

Scientists have warned against consuming too much shellfish from the Straits of Malacca after high concentrations of heavy metals were detected in the waters during a scientific voyage. (Photo: Bernama) KUALA LUMPUR: Seafood lovers living on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia are being warned to reduce their shellfish consumption due to risk of heavy … Read more

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