Archive for April 9th, 2013

Month of birth impacts baby’s immune system development

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Newborn babies’ immune system development and levels of vitamin D have been found to vary according to the month in which they were born, according to a new research co-authored by an Indian-origin researcher.

The new research, from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Oxford, provides a potential biological basis as to why a person’s risk of developing the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) is influenced by their month of birth.

In the study, samples of cord blood were taken from 50 babies born in November and 50 born in May between 2009 and 2010 in London.

The blood was analysed to measure levels of vitamin D and levels of autoreactive T-cells. T-cells are white blood cells which play a crucial role in the body’s immune response by identifying and destroying infectious agents, such as viruses.

However, some T-cells are “autoreactive” and capable of attacking the body’s own cells, triggering autoimmune diseases, and should be eliminated by the immune system during its development. This job of processing T-cells is carried out by the thymus, a specialised organ in the immune system located in the upper chest cavity.


Top 10 best diet tips

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

After to speaking to loads of experts, nutritionists and dieters, we’ve put together the top 10 best diet tips for you. Go forth and lose that extra weight!

Still reeling under the festival time damage to your weight? Want to get fit before the Christmas and New Year parties come around? Too smart to go on some silly crash diet? Then you’re at the right place.

There’s no doubt that regular exercise and healthy eating make the best weight-loss tools. And to aid you with your healthy eating plan, we have some nifty little tips that’ll help you stay on track.


Top 10 ways to prevent diabetes

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be prevented. Whether you fall in the high-risk category for diabetes, or are simply concerned for your health, do read the top 10 ways in which you avoid getting this disease.

A healthy diet and exercise can help prevent diabetes

According to the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes, diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the world. This disease is of special relevance in India, as Indians tend to develop diabetes at an earlier age and at lower levels of obesity.


Ayurveda Q&A: Treatment for obesity

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.

This week’s answers:

My wife has been Diagnosed For Ig A Nephropathy on 2006, Her creatinine has been around 3 for the last 5 years,Now Creatinine is has increased to 8mg/dl, Serum Urea 133, Serum Uric Acid is 11.7, Serum Globulin is 3.7, HB 11.4 ,Potassium 5.9. Phosperus 5.7 Her latest USG report for kidney is” Both kidneys are small in size with raised renal cortical echogenicity and loss of corticomedullary differentiation. Two small cortical cysts (8-9 mm) are seen in right kidney. no hydronephrosis,no calculus is present in either kidney. The right kidney is 8.2 cm and left kidney is 8.6 cm. Please inform me are the cysts a case to worry, and how long it will take for her kidney to shrink further before failure, Doctors have advised for fistula operation for dialysis,


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