Category Archives: Health

Alphabet spinoff Cityblock raises $20 million to help low-income Americans get health care

Iyah Romm, Cityblock CEO Here’s a story that bucks the idea that the tech industry is selfish and myopic: A technology start-up raised more than $20 million this week to help low-income Americans, including the elderly and the homeless, access basic health services. Cityblock Health, which spun out of Alphabet’s urban innovation unit, Sidewalk Labs, will use its funds to open up Read More

Health staff boycott vaccination drive

Health inspectors take out a protest march at Malappuram on Friday. Three youngsters arrested for attack on nurse while administering vaccine in Malappuram Government doctors, nurses and health inspectors involved in the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the district boycotted the immunisation programme on Friday in protest against the attack on a nurse while administering MR vaccine to children at Read More

Privacy groups outraged over failure to inform Aussies about a new government health record

PRIVACY groups have slammed the Federal Government for their silence over a controversial internet health record forced on every Australian as of next year. More than $1.7 billion of taxpayer’s money has gone into developing a personalised My Health Record for every Australian. It will detail every subsidised medicine used, every doctor and hospital visit, blood test result, X-ray and scan ever Read More

The grim reality of what convinces us to take our health seriously

Moment of truth. (Reuters/Jim Young) In 2014, one of my family members became seriously ill. It changed the way I thought about my body. I became more aware of everything that could go wrong, and the importance of identifying potential problems early. After 10 years of not seeing a doctor, I went for a check-up. My experience was not unusual. Recent research (pdf) by Read More

Diabetes patients often experience mental health issues

New research suggests that diabetes is not just something that affects people physically. A report has highlighted the need for people with diabetes to be provided with better mental health support, according to A survey, conducted by Diabetes UK, suggests that three out of five diabetics suffer from emotional and mental health difficulties, directly linked to their illness. About Read More

Eat more green leafy vegetables & fruits to live longer, reduce risk of heart failure

Here’s another reason to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, as according to scientists, a plant-based diet may help to reduce the risk of a deadly heart failure. According to the study, people who eat more fruits and vegetables are 42% less likely to develop the condition than those who consumed fewer plant-based foods. Another team of researchers also Read More

Want to keep anxiety away? Keep your brain busy with memory games and math puzzles

Researchers have found that boosting activity in the brain’s areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety. Using non-invasive brain imaging, the researchers found that people at risk of anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in a brain region responsible for complex mental operations. “These findings help reinforce a Read More

How over-the-counter antibiotics can threaten your health

With the growth of antibiotic resistance complicating treatments for several diseases in India, we might reach a stage where common infections become incurable. Antibiotic resistance is a global threat to health and is part of a bigger problem called antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR refers to the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as Read More

Breathe easier: A handful of walnuts daily cuts risk of asthma

Numerous studies have emphasised the many health benefits of walnuts. Here’s another reason why you must include these nuts in your daily diet. According to researchers, a type of vitamin E found in these nuts may prevent the risk of asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation. Gamma-tocopherol is a major form of vitamin E, which is abundant in nuts like walnuts and Read More

Are you an asthma patient? Living in tree-lined neighbourhoods may prevent attacks

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to develop asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study has found. Researchers noted that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover in very polluted urban neighbourhoods. The study, published in the journal Environment International, looked at more than 6,50,000 serious asthma Read More