Research

Thinning of bones can be avoided in older women

According to a study, older women could be protected from osteoporosis or thinning of bones by having one or two glasses of wine per day.

The study was conducted by the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research and stated that bone strength could be sustained after menopause by regular moderate intake of alcohol.

Experts said, “In comparison, abstaining from alcohol leads to a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.”

For claiming the above about 40 healthy post-menopausal women were looked at for an analysis by US researchers at the University of Oregon.

Leg ulcers can get healed with 'spray-on skin'

Researchers from US and Canada state that healing could be aided by a `spray-on skin' that acts by coating a wound with a layer of skin cells.

About 228 people who had leg ulcers had the spray tested on themselves and these wounds were painful and they can be there for months together.

It was stated that the chances of these wounds getting healed were more with the spray and the healing process was also faster.

Keeping the cost of the spray aside, money can be saved with faster healing, according to experts.

Mothers working in 9th month have babies with lower birth weight

It has been stated by a study conducted by the University of Essex that in later pregnancy, it is not safe to work and it is as bad as smoking during pregnancy.

It was seen that babies are born with a lower birth weight to women who keep working upto their due date. The weight of a baby is half-a-pound lighter if the mother works even in the ninth month as compared to women who gave up working between six and eight months.

Severely obese kids have their hearts in danger

A Dutch study has said that children who are obese severely are already in danger as their hearts are unhealthy already despite these kids being in primary schools.

It is in the middle age when heart diseases take place but it was seen that in kids who were in the age group of two to 12 years were showing warning signs.

About 307 kids were studied and out of them warning sign like a high blood-pressure was seen in about two-thirds of the 307 children.

5kg weight gained by smokers after quitting

Research has stated that once smokers drop the habit they tend to gain about five kilos of weight.

It was seen by researchers from the UK and France that an average of about 4.67kg of weight was put on by former smokers after they dumped the habit in about a year's time.

They also saw that it was during the first three months that most of the weight was put on.

An average of about 2.85kg of weight was put on by smokers in the first three months after leaving smoking and this was seen after analysing the results from 62 studies.

Risk factor for multiple sclerosis highlighted

The reason for a once-promising class of drugs for being unable to help people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis has been found out.

This is due to a genetic variant that has been linked to MS and according to an Oxford University team, due to this the drugs which work for patients with other autoimmune diseases will not work for them.

The team also added that things can become worse with this drug.

The response to treatment is affected by a person's genetic make-up, experts said.

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