Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Probiotics during pregnancy linked to lower eczema risk for kids

Yogurt is a good probiotic food

Women who take probiotics while they are pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don't, a research review suggests.

Probiotic use during pregnancy and lactation is associated with a 22 per cent lower risk of young children developing eczema, an inflammatory skin disorder, the study found.

This study makes it clearer that maternal probiotics during pregnancy and while breastfeeding seem to protect infants from eczema, whereas probiotics added to an infant's diet directly do not seem to protect infants from developing eczema.


Health benefits of chia seeds

Source: the new paper, 19 Mar, 2018

Revolutionary technique restores the vision of two patients

Blur vision

A revolutionary medical technique that harnesses the power of stem cell therapy has restored the vision of two patients.

A man in his 80s and women in her 60s suffered from age-related macular degeneration - the most common form of blindness - and were unable to read even with glasses.

However, they regained their vision and could read normally after a team of British doctors inserted a patch of stem cells into their retinas.

The groundbreaking trial, conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital, offers hope of a cure for the condition, which strikes 600,000 adults in the UK and less than two million in the US.


Study challenges ‘healthy but obese’ theory

Being overweight or obese does pose a risk of heart disease, despite claims to the contrary, a study of nearly 300,000 British adults suggested.

The World Health Organisation considers someone with a BMI of 25 as overweight, and 30 or higher as obese.

The research team found that the risk for cardiovascular disease increased beyond a BMI of 22.

"Furthermore, the risk also increases steadily the more fat a person carries around their waist," said a press statement summarising the findings.