Rise in Temperature May Double The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Study
Given the consistently high temperatures in Kuwait (average ambient temperature 27.8 degrees Celsius), researchers examined the relationship between temperature and more than 15,000 cardiovascular-related deaths in the country
New research has claimed that when temperatures reach extremes of an average daily temperature of 42.7 degrees Celsius, the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease may double or triple.
Given the consistently high temperatures in Kuwait (average ambient temperature 27.8 degrees Celsius), researchers examined the relationship between temperature and more than 15,000 cardiovascular-related deaths in the country.
The highest temperature on earth in the last 76 years, 53.8 degrees Celsius, was recently recorded in Kuwait.”While cardiologists and other medical doctors have rightly focused on traditional risk factors, such as diet, blood pressure and tobacco use, climate change may exacerbate the burden of cardiovascular mortality, especially in very hot regions of the world,” said Barrak Alahmad, a mission scholar from Kuwait University and a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the US.
According to the researchers, all death certificates in Kuwait from 2010 to 2016 that cited “any cardiovascular cause” for individuals ages 15 and older were reviewed for the study, published in the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Compared to the number of deaths on days with the lowest mortality temperature (average daily temperature of 34.7 degrees Celsius, when the fewest people died), when the 24-hour average temperature was extreme (42.7 degrees Celsius or higher), the researchers found overall, a three-times greater risk of dying from any cardiovascular cause.
Men were more affected by the extreme temperatures — experiencing a 3.5 times higher death rate and the death rate among women was nearly 2.5 higher. The working-age people (ages 15-64 years) had a death rate 3.8 times higher and the death rate was just over two-times higher for people 65 and older.
According to the researchers, when core body temperature increases, the human body tries to cool itself by shifting blood from the organs to underneath the skin. This shift causes the heart to pump more blood, putting it under significantly more stress.
A collaborative group of cardiologists, environmental health specialists and epidemiologists hypothesised that increasing temperatures in hotter regions of the world could lead to increased CVD death due to extreme heat’s effects on the body. (IANS)
The coronavirus pandemic’s life-altering effects are likely to result in lasting physical and mental health consequences for several people, warn researchers.
For the findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team studied low-income women from New Orleans in the US, who were surveyed the year prior to, and at intervals after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
The women reported a range of traumatic experiences during Katrina, many of which are similar to those now occurring during the pandemic, including bereavement, lack of access to medical care and scarcity of medications.
The research showed that at one, four and 12 years after the hurricane, the exposures most strongly associated with post-traumatic stress, psychological distress, general health and physical health symptoms were those most common to the current pandemic.
The pandemic continues to cause widespread death and sickness, as well as job loss and severe economic hardship for many.
“This pandemic is likely to have profound short- and long-term consequences for physical and mental health,” said study researcher Sarah Lowe, Assistant Professor at Yale University in the US.
“These impacts are likely to be even larger than what we have seen in previous disasters like Hurricane Katrina, given the distinctive qualities of the pandemic as a disaster,” Lowe added.
The study did not include other exposures that are taking place during the pandemic, such as financial losses and unemployment, which are also likely to have additional and significant impacts on public health.
The results suggest that, in addition to promoting actions to reduce COVID-19 transmission and addressing longstanding health disparities contributing to COVID-19 morbidity and mortality, public health measures should also prevent and mitigate exposures that will have indirect effects on mental and physical health.
This includes preventing lapses in medical care and medication access. Additionally, another key exposure in the study was fear for one’s own safety and the safety of others.
As such, public health messaging should provide tips for managing anxiety and fear, in addition to promoting efforts to increase safety from COVID-19 transmission.
“Supplemental health services should be provided to those who are bereaved or are experiencing clinically significant fear and anxiety-related the pandemic,” Lowe said.
“This study represents a step toward disentangling the health consequences of disasters, while also recognising more longstanding factors that contribute to health disparities,” she wrote.
Recently, another study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, revealed that people taken ill by coronavirus infections may experience psychiatric problems while hospitalised and potentially after they recover. (IANS)
“Work from Home” during quarantine has changed our lifestyles; keeping a check on nutrition can be tough when our home is our office. A few Diet Tips can be helpful during this time.
Unlike at the office, here we have plenty of packed food in the refrigerator all to ourself and enough time to graze. We could be working long hours without having eaten a thing and then accidentally reaching out for an entire packet of chips.
However, this can not only sabotage immunity but also distort our waistline. While we have plenty of time to focus on our hobbies and going by the trend, for most of us it seems to be cooking, baking and filling our stomach with easy & unhealthy food. However, it is also important to break these habits and switch to something healthier.
Let’s see how a small switch can bring us back on track? Here are some tips shared by By Kimaye Health- INI Farms to keep your nutrition and overall health goals spot on.
Ditch the noodles
Did you skip breakfast again to spend hours on a project? Well, in that case, the onset of laziness will make you reach for a pack of instant noodles. But considering health as a priority, homemade oatmeal porridge seems to be a better option. Top it with a dollop of peanut butter and banana slices and voila! A great meal to start your day with!
Workout while you WFH
Making time to workout while you WFH? This new work trend may keep you glued to your screen and your couch. Taking breaks at regular intervals to ease off some stress while keeping yourself off the couch — walk around the house, do 50 skips or squats and you are good to go.
Plan your meals
Plan your meals throughout the day just like you plan your day at work. Set aside some time towards the end of the day to plan for the next day. This will not just boost your productivity but will keep you from being a hungry mess at 5 in the evening and draw lines of discipline.
Are you reaching out for a cup of tea or coffee during odd hours? Here’s a wakeup call — start your day with a fresh pomegranate juice or fresh fruit. This will ensure a healthy sleep pattern and will keep your skin glowing.
Binge-watching and couch potato go hand in hand. With screen times shooting up for as long as 10 hours, it is essential to give yourself a break from excessive screen time. Begin with a minimum of 30 minutes, it’s time to focus on your inner-self and cut out the external noises. (IANS)
The decision to choose IVF can be a difficult one for many couples. After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby, many couples may feel saddened by the number of negative results on pregnancy tests.
First off, it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit downtrodden when you may see that negative sign over and over again. But you shouldn’t feel defeated, as there are plenty of other options out there to have a baby (or babies!).
One of those options is IVF, which stands for “in vitro fertilization” is a process of medicines and a procedure that implants a fertilized egg in your uterus. Many clinics have high success rates of helping couples.
If you’re thinking about IVF, what are some ways that you can increase your chances and have the best outcome possible? Below are five things you can start doing today.
Increasing Your Chances For IVF Pregnancy
Do Your Research
For starters, you want to become as much of an expert on IVF as possible. Research all the medicine, procedure options, steps, and more so you have a full idea of what is happening. This will not only help you while looking for clinics, but it will also help you understand what the medical professionals are talking about during your appointments.
Look at all the statistics, like success rate, challenges, policies, and doctors in your area. It’s important to find a clinic where you feel comfortable. This is a big procedure for you and your partner, so make sure you both find a place where you can give four thumbs up to.
Mind Your Health
Just like naturally conceiving, there are plenty of steps you can be taking outside of the doctor’s office to best prepare you for conceiving.
That means quitting smoking and heavy drinking (a glass of wine every now and then doesn’t hurt) and eating healthy. Take out the chips and start looking for healthy snacks, exercise regularly, and make sure you’re sleeping enough. Some people even turn to alternative treatments like acupuncture to boost pregnancy chances through IVF.
This is so much easier said than done, but it’s important to maintain your stress levels during this time. A stressful mind and body aren’t optimal for conception and could hurt your chances.
Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D is brought to you by our closest star: the sun. The sun is roughly 50% of our source of vitamin D, with the other 50% being brought by a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fish and vegetables
Studies have shown that women with a low vitamin D count are much less likely to conceive than those who have a high count. You can either supplement your lack of vitamin D through vitamins or injections. You may already be used to needles, so why not throw a few more in the mix?
Continuing with more supplements, DHEA (which stands for dehydroepiandrosterone) are often administered by clinics around the globe and have found to greatly assist those trying to conceive through IVF.
At the moment, doctors do not know exactly why these supplements can help women conceive but they know that they present no long-term risk to either the mother or the baby. Speak with your clinic to see if this is an option for you.
Speak With a Male Fertility Specialist
Even though the majority of these tips have to do with the woman in this case, the man in the relationship can also be taking measures in order to give you your best chance at conceiving.
There are plenty of ways to improve sperm count and health, such as exercise, diet, no smoking, no heavy drinking and more. From time to time, following these guidelines can help the chances of conception. In addition, a specialist can help look at any abnormalities or low sperm amounts and recommend other changes or treatments.
The last thing you probably want to hear is “it will all work out… just be patient,” after being on a multi-year attempt of trying to conceive with no success. But the truth of the matter is that, that’s what you have to do… you have to be patient with the process.
Even though IVF often is successful, it may not work the first or even the second time you try. That means that you and your partner must exercise patience and try to maintain a positive attitude throughout the whole process.
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