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Smoking shortens lifespan of patients with terminal illness

Updated: Sep 22, 2016 13:08 IST      
Smoking shortens lifespan of patients with terminal illness

Washington D.C. [USA], Sept.22 (ANI): A new research suggests that smoking may shorten the lives of those with terminal illness, such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

ALS damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing.

Though no cure for this disease has been found, scientists have identified several risk factors, including genes, gender, age and underlying health issues.

For this study, researchers explored the link between tobacco and development of ALS.

They collected data on the smoking habits of 650 people diagnosed with ALS between 2007 and 2011 in northern Italy. They also looked at chronic lung disease (COPD) among these patients.

Nearly 19 percent of the ALS patients were regular smokers when they were diagnosed.

Researchers noted that 28 percent were ex-smokers and about 53 percent had never smoked.

44 of the ALS patients had COPD; half were former smokers. On average, patients with COPD had shorter lives than those without.

But smoking appeared to shorten patients' lives whether or not they had COPD when their ALS was diagnosed.

On average, smokers with ALS lived 21 months after diagnosis, compared to 27 months for ex-smokers. Those who never smoked lived the longest after diagnosis, 31 months, on average.

Researchers also said smokers were usually younger than others when their ALS was diagnosed.

The study authors, led by Dr. Adriano Chio, although cautioned that no firm conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from their observational study.

The study was published online in The Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. (ANI)

Can your blood group predict heart attack risk?

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 13:12 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): India is presently witnessing nearly two million heart attacks annually. A heart attack (clinically known as myocardial infarction) is the permanent damage or death of the heart muscles due to lack of oxygen-rich blood. According to reports, heart attack kills one person in every 33 seconds in our country.

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Deficits in attention linked to increased alcohol use

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 13:02 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], June 22 (ANI): Finding it hard to multi-task? Your frequency of alcohol use could be a reason.

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Healing garden at your place: Homoeopathy speaks

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 13:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): One always aspires to be fit and healthy without taking any medicine. If there will be no stress, infections or any other disturbances, there will be no chance of getting ill. But the real world is exactly opposite. There is no life without challenges.

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Looking for stone removal procedure?

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 22 (ANI): Kidneys help in detoxifying and filtering impurities from the blood. They help us excrete excess toxins and excess water through urine.

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Lack Vitamin D? Your job could be a reason

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 09:35 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], June 22 (ANI): Stuck behind your office desk for most part of the day? Your nine-to-five job could be a major factor that puts you at high risk of Vitamin D deficiency.

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New Delhi [India], Jun 21 (ANI): In a major breakthrough in kidney transplant, a team of doctors has conducted an ABO incompatible kidney transplant on the youngest child in SAARC region.

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Washington D.C. [USA], June 21 (ANI): The proverb early to bed and early to rise makes man healthy, wealthy and wise, rightly explains a recent study, as it suggests people who sleep after 3 a.m. at night have lower perceived control of obsessive thoughts.

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Exhaustion of immune cells linked to irritable bowel syndrome

Updated: Jun 21, 2017 12:50 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], June 21 (ANI): Australian researchers have recently discovered that exhaustion of the immune system is linked to a specific type of an intestinal disorder causing pain in the stomach, wind, diarrhea and constipation.

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Nerves from foot used to restore vision of 60-year-old

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 19:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 19 (ANI): In a first of its kind surgery, a hospital in Mumbai used nerves from the foot of a partially blind 60-year-old woman to help her restore her vision.

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Now, it's easier to blunt sickle cell disease

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 16:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 19 (ANI): As population of sickle cell poses a formidable challenge, odds have dramatically lessened in its treatment.

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ASSOCHAM highlights shortage of yoga instructors in India

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 13:56 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 19 (ANI): Despite the growing awareness regarding the benefits gained by doing yoga, a paper authored by ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation revealed that India faces a shortage of over three lakh yoga instructors.

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What makes patients go against medical advice?

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 12:19 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): A new study has revealed the certain factors that are linked with a person's decision to leave the hospital against the advice of his or her care provider.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): Getting jabbed with tiny needles in emergency departments is as safe and effective as popping painkillers for some patients, according to a recent study.

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Ebola vaccine comes closer to reality

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 11:34 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): The world may soon get a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.

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Self-medication misuse looming large in Middle East

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 10:37 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): There is a massive problem of self-medication misuse in the Middle East, according to a recent study.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): With many Americans undergoing needless thyroid biopsies, a team of experts has framed new clinical guidelines that would go a long way toward curbing the problem.

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Obesity can boost infection risk post bypass surgery

Updated: Jun 19, 2017 10:04 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 (ANI): Obese patients have much higher odds of developing an infection soon after heart bypass surgery, according to a recent study.

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Washington D.C. [USA], June 18 (ANI): A team of researchers has suggested that acceptance and commitment therapy for eight-weeks can significantly reduced the symptoms of depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients.

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Link between eczema, heart disease questioned

Updated: Jun 18, 2017 14:37 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 18 (ANI): People living with atopic dermatitis, a common form of eczema, can now breathe a sigh of relief as a recent study has cast doubt about the skin condition risking hearts.

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New York [USA], June 18 (ANI): We've all had our occasional binge of chocolate and our 3am scoops of ice cream. This is the classic sign of a food craving, an uncontrollable desire to satisfy our sweet tooth.

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