PM launches 'Fit India Movement', says it will lead India towards healthy future
New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Fit India' Movement' on Thursday, saying the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future. At a colourful ceremony, which included a presentation of India's indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle... read more
Weak systems and funding gaps jeopardize drinking-water and sanitation in the world's poorest countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UN-Water sounded the alarm for an urgent increase in investment in strong drinking-water and sanitation systems.
The call came as the international water sector meets in Stockholm for its annual conference during World Water Week (25-30 August 2019). It is triggered by a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water that reveals that weak government systems and a lack of human resources and funds are ... read more
Childhood cancer survivors face variety of heart risks
Childhood cancer survivors' risks for heart problems may be broader than what was previously recognized, say researchers.
It's been known for years that some treatments for childhood cancer increase the risk of heart failure. But in a new study of more than 43,000 children, Canadian researchers found young cancer survivors had as much as a three-fold increased risk of developing a variety of other cardiovascular problems, too,... read more
An optimistic outlook 'means you live longer'
Optimists are more likely to live longer than those who have a more negative approach to life, a US study has found.
The study used two existing groups of people recruited for different studies - 70,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study and 1,500 men in the Veterans' Health Study. On average, the most optimistic men and women had an 11-15% longer lifespan, and were significantly more likely to live to 85... read more
Guidelines May Speed Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome Diagnosis
Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a serious yet commonly misdiagnosed condition. New recommendations from a panel of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) offer clinical guidance on screening and treatment for the condition, which is likely to become more prevalent as obesity rates rise.
A key issue addressed in the recommendations involves OHS screening, during which most diagnosis ... read more
Modern Tech May Shed Light on Hypoglycemia in Absence of Diabetes
Use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) may detect clinically hypoglycemic blood glucose values that correlate with reported hypoglycemic symptoms in individuals without diabetes, a small pilot study has found.
The study is believed to be the first to use modern CGM technology to address the long-controversial phenomenon of hypoglycemia as a condition unto itself in people without diabetes.... read more