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Virus Level could Predict Cervical Cancer Risk

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. If it is caught and treated early, it is curable in most cases.// The Pap smear is the standard screening method for the disease. It is used to detect unusual, precancerous changes in cervical cells. ....Two strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) are associated with an increased chance of getting the cancer, but not all women who tes...

Low testosterone levels lead to eating disorders

The researchers suspect low testosterone levels in men suffering from eating disorders. Men who suffer from eating disorders can be affected more than women with the same problems, researchers say.// ....Eating disorders are associated with a weakening of the bones, which become dangerously thin and brittle. This is linked to severe weight loss and lack of essential nutrients, particularly cal...

Genetics and cholesterol levels

According to a twin study reveals that cholesterol levels are controlled by both genes and dietary factors. People with high blood cholesterol are often advised to go on a low-fat diet - or to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. It's known that reducing fat intake can reduce cholesterol levels. But there is also a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) which leads to high chole...

Decrease in testosterone levels lead to Alzheimer's

Suppression of testosterone levels in men with testicular cancer may inadvertently increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, warn US researchers.....A research team from North Carolina University has found that when circulating testosterone levels go down, a high rise in levels of amyloid – the protein implicated in Alzheimer’s disease – occurs. They suggest that this phenomenon might explain why...

Levels Of Blood Proteins May Help Heart Disease Care

Levels of blood proteins may help decide the course of treatment for people with coronary artery disease (CAD), according to the results of two preliminary studies. CAD occurs when fatty deposits narrow the arteries that supply blood to the heart, and can lead to chest pain and heart attack. ....In the first study, researchers identified interleukin-6 (IL-6)//, an immune system protein that pla...

Breast cancer risk doubles by high sex hormone levels

Postmenopausal women with relatively high serum concentrations of estrogen and testosterone have about twice the risk of developing breast cancer as women// with relatively low serum concentrations of these sex hormones. Associations between serum sex hormone levels and risk of developing breast cancer were not different in women who donated blood closer in time to diagnosis, indicating higher ho...

Elevated Ozone Levels Hurt Sperm Count

According to a new research, done one a huge men population, which evaluated more than 14,000 sperm samples, found that ozone can adversely affect a man's sperm, reducing their numbers as well as their crucial ability to move or "swim,". ...."Our most significant finding was that as the ozone level went up, the sperm concentration went down," said Dr. Rebecca Z. Sokol, a professor of medicine and...

Elevating Manganese Levels hold back HIV

According to researchers at the Hopkins University, working with yeast have made the unexpected discovery the metal manganese can block the replication of HIV inside cells, a finding that could lead to a whole new class of treatments for the virus that causes AIDS.//..A team of researchers at Hopkins University in Baltimore found that, human immunodeficiency virus depends on an enzyme called rev...

High Levels of Protein Linked to Brain Shrinkage

Researchers say that high levels of the amino acid homocysteine may increase the risk of brain atrophy and blood vessel disease, researchers report. It is still too soon to be certain that lowering homocysteine levels will reduce the risk of Alzheimer's// and other types of dementia, but the approach is worth investigating. ....Prior research has shown that elevated levels of homocysteine may inc...

Fitness levels in Men Correale with risk of Cardiovascular disease

Being physically fit can dramatically reduce men's deaths from heart disease - even when their cholesterol rates are high, reports a research study.//The above finding holds good regardless of the cholesterol level in men. Infact, men can cut by half their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease if they are physically fit.....The study which analysed the variuos cause and effect relationship wi...

High iron levels may cause Cardiovascular Disease in women

A new study following the growing percentage of iron levels among people living in heavily industrialized nations and the potential risk of cardiovascular disease among men with high iron levels, has shown that women with high iron levels// could also find themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease. ....The study carried out by researchers from the Emory University involved a total of 3,349 wo...

Testing for blood sugar levels made easier

The foundation of diabetics care is the regular monitoring of blood sugar levels. But doctors say that many patients do not adhere to this routine because of inconvenience or discomfort, as this requires multiple blood samples to be taken by puncturing// their fingers or forearm. However, researchers from University of Texas have discovered a new non-invasive test, using optical coherence tomogra...

Children exposed to smoke show decreased levels of Vitamin C

A recent study has shown that children, who are exposed to smoke, as a reason of having parents who smoke at home, are likely to have impaired vitamin C levels. Earlier studies have however, revealed the same// results in smokers. ....The study, which involved 520 children aged 2 to 12 years, who were exposed to smoke at home were found to have plasma ascorbate concentrations that were lower by a...

Elevated homocysteine levels linked to congestive heart failure risk

Researchers of the long-running Framingham Heart Study have now found a link between elevated homocysteine and heart failure. Elevated levels of homocysteine, an amino acid whose build-up has already been linked with increased risk of heart disease and dementia, increases the risk of developing congestive heart failure in women. The study involved 2,491 adults, average age 72 years, who were stud...

Fitness Level Predicts Stroke

Lack of physical activity is a major public health concern. Poor fitness and low cardiorespiratory levels have been connected to heart disease and hypertension. Now a new study finds low cardiorespiratory fitness is also a risk factor for stroke. ....Cardiorespiratory fitness level is measured by the maximum oxygen consumption during physical activity. Investigators from the Research Institute of...

Elevated LDL levels in Childhood could be Predictors of Heart Disease

Childhood cholesterol levels may predict a person's risk of developing heart disease in adulthood, according to new research.// ..A new study finds childhood levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and body mass index (BMI) predict changes in carotid artery wall thickness in young adults. The carotid artery is located in the front of the neck and it transports blood from the heart to the brain...

Chickens Found To Have High Levels of Arsenic

People in the United States have steadily increased their consumption of chicken from 32 pounds a year per person // in 1966 to 81 pounds per person in 2000. ..A new study shows young chickens have significant higher levels of arsenic than other poultry or meat. Arsenic is an approved animal feed supplement that farmers use to control intestinal parasites in chickens. ..Researchers from the Natio...

Low Protein Levels A Possible Indicator For A Miscarriage

A new study shows low levels of a protein involved in the immune system could be a potential indicator for a miscarriage.// ..Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Currently there are no treatments to prevent a miscarriage and no markers to identify women at high risk for one. ..Macrophage inhibitory cytokine 1 (MIC1) plays an important part in the immune s...

Low Testosterone Levels the Cause Of Depression In Men

Testosterone deficiency, or hypogonadism, is a common problem among men as they age. About 30 percent of // all males over age 50 suffer from the condition to some degree, with symptoms ranging from diminished appetite, fatigue, and decreased libido to irritability, decreased muscle mass and strength, and decreased bone mineral density. Many of these symptoms also play a role in depression, but s...

Weather Found To Play An Important Role In Cholesterol Levels

A new study shows cholesterol levels may be higher in colder months. So if you’re worried about your cholesterol levels, you might want to // go get them checked now rather than wait till the fall or winter. ..Researchers examined the issue in a study involving about 500 otherwise healthy men and women. All the participants had their cholesterol checked on a quarterly basis over the year. Average...

Education Levels Found To Predict Stress

Recent research show individuals in lower socioeconomic groups, as measured by level of education, report fewer stressful days than those with // higher socioeconomic status, but their stress is more severe and has a larger impact on their health. While those with more education have more days of stress, they are not as affected by it. ..For the study, more than 1,000 adults were interviewed dail...

Leveling Lupus Lesions

Each year, more than 16,000 people develop lupus, a disorder of the immune system. Many of them will develop skin lesions on their face.// Now, there is a new use for an old treatment that eliminates the embarrassment of this common condition... ..Beverly Gibson says it's been tough living with lupus, a disease that causes the body's immune system to attack its own cells. "It's changed my life a...

Effective Control Of Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers say about 1 million people in the United States have type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body destroys insulin-producing beta // cells in the pancreas. Intense blood sugar monitoring may help people with type 1 diabetes reduce their risk of nerve damage. Researchers studied more than 1,400 patients with type 1 diabetes. Each participant was assigned to practice either standard or...

Elevated Blood Sugar Levels A Risk Factor Of Heart Disease

High levels of glycosylated hemoglobin, or HA1c, may be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events, such as heart disease // and stroke, according to the new research. Two new studies show a strong link between blood sugar control and the development of heart disease and stroke. ..In a six-year study of more than 10,000 people, investigators found a 21-percent increase in cardiovascular...

Better Control Of Sugar Levels

In order to help combat an increased risk for life-threatening cardiovascular diseases, people with type I and type II diabetes would be well // advised to monitor their blood sugar levels more than the standard twice a day, according to a new study. ..Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 13 previously published observational studies focused on the relationship between blood sugar levels and...

Kids with Congenital Heart Disease Found To Have Low I.Q Levels

Babies born with congenital heart disease are at a higher risk for learning problems later on in childhood, but correctly identifying // these children early on has been difficult say researchers. ..In a study conducted among 135 children with a congenital heart problem called D-transposition of the great arteries , all the children had the condition corrected by surgery. The children were then...

Raising Good Cholesterol Levels Found To Improve Heart Health

People with known coronary heart disease who follow a heart-healthy diet and weight-loss regimen may get more heart benefits by adding // medications that raise HDL (high-density lipoproteins or "good" cholesterol) levels, according to a new study. ..Researchers studied 143 patients younger than 76 with low HDL and known coronary artery disease. All participants in the study followed a heart-heal...

Body Weight Found To Influence PSA Levels

A new study shows obese men generally have lower prostate specific antigen levels than men of normal weight. // However researchers say this finding suggests the PSA test may not be as good at identifying early prostate cancer in such men. ..Researchers studied about 2,800 men with no evidence of prostate cancer. Results showed PSA levels declined as weight increased. The association held true ac...

Herb Found To Be Effective In Controlling Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers have found a herb used in traditional Indian medicine to treat diabetes seems to lower blood sugar and insulin levels // in a manner similar to prescription drugs. ..The study examined the effectiveness of a herb called salacia oblonga, which is native to regions of India and Sri Lanka. Salacia oblonga binds to intestinal enzymes that break down carbohydrates in the body. These enzyme...

Depression In Men Could Be To Low Testosterone Levels

Researchers studied the association between hypogonadism and depression in men age 45 and older. At a two-year follow-up ,// results showed nearly 22 percent of the men with low testosterone levels had developed depression, compared to about 7 percent of those with normal levels. The finding held true even after results were adjusted to factor in other conditions, such as alcohol abuse and prosta...

Treatment For Sleep Apnea Found To Lower Blood Glucose Levels

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person's breathing stops or becomes irregular during sleep as a result of // a collapsed airway. This can result in a number of serious health effects. Previous research shows people with sleep apnea are nine-times more likely to have diabetes than those without the sleep disorder. ..Based on findings of a recent study researchers say patients w...

Tobacco smoke increases the levels of Cox 2.

According to an article in the journal cancer Research, tobacco smoke have been linked with the rising levels //of the chemical compound called Cox 2. Cox 2 is a cellular protein that had been related to onset and development of cancer. The tobacco smoke had also been related to rise in production of two proteins that start an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) function that can lead to the...

Air travel reduces oxygen level in the blood

In a recent study made by researchers of UK, scientists have found that traveling by air seemed to lower the //oxygen level in the blood of the passengers. ....The study was done to see whether air traveling, which has become so commonplace today, do have any effect on the health of the passengers flying today. The researchers have taken the measurement of peripheral oxygen saturation and pulse r...

More soy benefits on blood glucose levels, and cholesterol

Soy intake can have a healthy effect on your blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and weight gain//.. ....The study that came out in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition points out that soy based food can cause a more healthy weight loss than any other diet programs, although the results may not be as dramatic... ....Health benefits of soy and soy products have been always withheld...

Research shows that death may occur differently depending on the income level

Income inequalities make dying also different by nature. Surprising, but true.// Researchers from University of Michigan had found a link exits between the near death conditions and the financial health of the family. ....Geriatric population over the age of 70 yrs may be 30% less likely than their poorer counterparts in terms of feeling pain in the year before their deaths. They also may experie...

Junk Food Causes High Level Of Insulin Resistance In Children

Research involving 3,189 school children from Denmark, Estonia and Portugal// reported that children from poor families don’t necessarily have worse health compared to children from children’s of rich and better-educated parents. The results of the study were published in British Medical Journal. The results of the study challenge the results of the earlier reported results that adverse social ci...

Education And Income Level May Not Guarantee Health

In a cross sectional study across Europe, researchers have reported// that there seems to be no link between the education of the parents and their socio-economic status with the condition o insulin resistance in children. The research that was carried across the countries of Denmark, Estonia, and Portugal, is published in the recent issue of British Medical Journal (BMJ). ....Across Europe, chil...

Cholesterol in low levels are good

New research shows that cholesterol-lowering drugs is more effective. Researchers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., found patients who were given a higher dose of a synthetic cholesterol-lowering drug not only had significantly lower levels of "bad" cholesterol after treatment than those given a regular dose// of a similar medication, but they also showed a decrease in...

Elevated Insulin Levels To Influence Levels Of Inflammatory Markers

Increase in the levels of insulin can raise the level of inflammatory makers that influence the Alzheimer’s’ Disease. The study is being published by Archives of Neurology. ....Conditions of insulin resistance and hyper-insulinemia are associated with elevated levels //of inflammatory markers and increase the risk for Alzheimer disease (AD). Inflammation has been proposed as a key pathogenic fact...

Artery Stiffness Linked To Increasing Levels Of C-reactive protein

Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that increased levels of C-reactive protein in the blood are associated with the stiffening of the arteries. .. ..This finding could lead to new and improved // public health strategies to prevent heart disease, such as developing drugs that suppress inflammation to improve the health of arteries before full-blown heart disease develops... ..The Mayo Clinic rese...
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