Disrupted sleeping can up risk of injury at work
People suffering from sleep apnea are twice as likely to get injured at workplace than those without the condition, a Canadian study shows. Researchers from University of British Colombia examined the records of 1,200 sleep clinic patients. When they examined their data on workplace injury they found that 111 patients were injured at the workplace. Sleep apnea is a disorder where due to blockage of the airways the afflicted can’t breathe properly. This affects quality of sleep as the patient wakes up several times at night. The study was published in the journal Thorax. Read more here.
Vitamin C can cut cataract risk
Daily intake of vitamin C can reduce the risk of cataract, a British study suggests. Researchers at King’s College examined the medical records of over 1,000 pairs of female twins. The participants were asked to report their daily intake of vitamin C and other nutrients. Digital imaging was used to measure the progression of cataracts. When their eyes were checked again after 10 years, it was found that those who consumed a vitamin C-rich diet faced 33% reduced risk of developing cataract. Cataract is an eye disorder which clouds the eye lens and leads to poor eyesight. It is common in old age. The study was published in the journal Ophthalmology. Read more here.
Caffeinated drinks can lead to miscarriage
A woman is more likely to miscarry if she or her partner consumes more than two cups of caffeinated beverages a day during the weeks leading up to conception, a US study suggests. Researchers from Ohio State University went through a longitudinal study involving 501 couples. Out of the 344 pregnancies, 98 ended in miscarriage. The researchers found that the incidence of miscarriage was highest in couples who had more than two caffeinated beverages a day. The study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Read more here.
Turmeric can help combat tuberculosis
According to a US study, turmeric contains a substance called curcumin which can help fight tuberculosis. Researchers from University of Nebraska believe curcumin, which is also responsible for the yellow orange colour of turmeric, by stimulating immune cells called macrophages, can successfully kill the bacteria (mycobacterium tuberculosis) which causes tuberculosis. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties and is used for its medicinal properties in several Asian countries. The study was published in the journal Respirology. Read more here.
Football can reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes in old age
Regular participation in football games can reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in senior citizens, a Danish study shows. Researchers from Copenhagen University conducted a 52-week-long recreational football training programme involving adults in the age group of 63 to 75 years. Within four months the participants’ cardiovascular fitness scores improved by 15%, interval work capacity increased by 43% and functional capacity improved by 30%. Playing football also improves muscle mass which is vital for physical activity. The study was published in the international journal PLOS ONE. Read more here.
Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar