Lower indoor temperatures linked to higher blood pressure

According to a recent study, one can manage hypertension by turning up the thermostat. Comparing blood pressure readings of people in their own homes with temperature readings, the researchers at University College London found that lower indoor temperatures were linked to higher blood pressure. “Our research has helped to explain the higher rates of hypertension, as well as […]

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Are you on antidepressants? It is linked to higher risk of dementia

While anti-depressants can help mental health patients deal with depression, long-term use of certain anti-depressants could have serious side effects. A large study done by researchers from the University of East Anglia’s School of Health Science have linked use of antidepressants to dementia, though they could not definitively conclude that the drugs were the cause. Previous studies […]

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This method can ensure higher rates of cure for hepatitis C infection

Mass treatment of a population with chronic hepatitis C infection has produced high rates of cure, according to a study. The research, conducted in Punjab, evaluated the feasibility of decentralised care and the provision of free direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) among a population of almost 20,000 individuals. It validated the efficacy and safety of generic […]

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Budget 2018: Higher tax sops & increased investment limit under PMVVY makes senior citizens happy

Senior citizens were looking at the Budget 2018 with a lot of hope and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too reciprocated with announcements that would reduce the stress for senior citizens. The Budget 2018 offered to increase the investment limit under Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana to Rs 15 lakh from extant limit of Rs 7.5 lakh. The Union Budget 2018 also […]

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What ails higher education in India?

Unlike the school sector, where access is almost universal, the gross enrolment ratio (GER) in higher education is 24.5—meaning out of every 100 youths eligible for higher education, less than 25 are pursuing tertiary education. Photo: Hindustan Times In October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rued the state of higher education in India, especially its poor […]

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Lifestyle risks higher in developed states, malnutrition in others

THE FIRST ever “health of the nation” state-level disease burden study has turned on its head the perception that some states, placed higher on the development ladder, are better than others in terms of health. The study shows that UP, MP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Uttarakhand, in the government’s Empowered Action Group (EAG), […]

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