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Fasting for lab tests isn't good for patients with diabetes - Dotemirates

Fasting for lab tests isn't good for patients with diabetes

Fasting before getting your blood drawn for cholesterol tests is common practice, but new research from Michigan State University shows it is a contributing factor of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, in patients who take diabetes medications. The study, published in the International Journal of Endocrinology, shows that people with are more likely to experience FEEHD—fasting-evoked en route in diabetes—than they would if they hadn't fasted. The "en route" comes from who have an episode while driving to a lab for work. Saleh Aldasouqi, an endocrinologist in the College of Human Medicine, explained that eating before a lab test does...


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14/02/2019

Crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 die from toxic hooch in India

New Delhi, India (CNN)Indian police have launched a crackdown on illegal bootleggers after 80 people were killed drinking toxic moonshine in the country's north, police said.India has long grappled with the problem of fake or illegal alcohol, which is affordable and readily available for many impoverished people. Police believe the deaths occurred when victims across two neighboring states drank from the same batch of illegal homemade brew, which was produced by a criminal group operating between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The majority of the deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh, with 36 dying in Saharanpur district and eight in Kushinagar,...
14/02/2019

India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020

New Delhi (CNN)There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care. India's medical tourism industry could grow by 200% by 2020, hitting $9 billion, according to Ministry of Tourism figures. As it tries to expand the industry, the country is trying to make it easier for people to come for medical reasons. It's touting advanced facilities, skilled doctors and low-cost treatment but also traditional practices such as yoga and Ayurveda."India can provide medical and health care of international standards at low costs," Tourism Minister...
14/02/2019

The 'Salt Queen' working to transform the health of a nation

CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals, an ongoing series. Fatick, Senegal — Marie Diouf, 35, is on her cellphone speaking swiftly in Wolof, a lyrical Senegalese language, as salt flies past her. Dressed in a red boubou, a long traditional robe, Diouf cuts a striking figure in an otherwise muted landscape encrusted in white. As the sun sets, casting an orange hue over the salt flats of Fatick, in southwestern Senegal, Diouf stands, hand on hip, surveying a group of sinewy young men chipping away at...

14/02/2019

A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004.The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter.During January, just 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours - well below the 95% threshold.It means nearly 330,000 patients waited longer than they should with hospitals reporting significant problems finding beds for those needing to be kept in. More than 80,000 patients were kept waiting an extra four hours or more to be transferred to a ward after their wait in A&E. These...
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'Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code'

People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code - because it could save their life.These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.Forty health organisations have teamed up to urge more people to go for a routine NHS health check.Doctors should also identify and treat at-risk patients better, they say. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in four deaths in England, the equivalent of someone dying every four minutes, according to Public Health England and NHS England. Poor heart and...

Anaemia may result in heart failure

Chennai: Ramya, a 9-year-old girl, complained of severe heartache combined with drowsiness. When taken to the hospital she was told that her iron deficiency may be the reason for this major heart problem. “I am an anaemic and fall sick often. I don’t know how I developed a heart problem. Doctors say that it might be due to the anaemic condition that I have developed the disease,” says Ramya. Anaemia, or low haemoglobin level in the blood, is often linked to heart disease because the heart has to work harder to pump more blood and oxygen through the body. When...