Bariatric surgery prior to hip, knee replacement cuts post-operative complications

Bariatric surgery prior to hip, knee replacement cuts post-operative complications

A study reveals bariatric surgery performed on morbidly obese people prior to hip or knee replacement can reduce in-hospital and 90-day post-operative complications.

According to the researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery, this will improve the patient's health, but does not reduce the risk of needing a revision surgery.

The study was presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in New York.

Drug used to prevent preterm births may up risk of diabetes

Drug used to prevent preterm births may up risk of diabetes

Beware would-be-mommies! A drug commonly prescribed to pregnant women with a history of delivering premature babies provides no benefit, in fact, it may increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

The study was published online in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"Premature" is defined as an infant born before or at 35 weeks gestation instead of the average of 40 weeks.

"Our study showed the drug to be ineffective, and it has a side effect," said first study author Dr. David Nelson in UT Southwestern Medical Center in Texas, United States.

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Did you know spiders eat 800 million tonnes of prey every year?

Did you know spiders eat 800 million tonnes of prey every year?

A study shows that global spider population - with a weight of around 25 million tonnes - wipes out an estimated 400-800 million tonnes of prey every year, thus making an essential contribution to maintain the ecological balance of nature.

According to Zoologists at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Lund University in Sweden, more than 90 percent of the prey is insects and springtails (Collembola) and furthermore, large tropical spiders occasionally prey on small vertebrates - frogs, lizards, snakes, fish, birds and bats - or feed on plants.

World's oldest plant fossil discovered in India

World's oldest plant fossil discovered in India

A team of researchers has discovered fossils of 1.6 billion-year-old probable red algae in India, indicating that advanced multicellular life evolved on earth much earlier than previously thought.

The study, appeared in the open access journal PLOS Biology, found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae - first type is thread-like, the other one consists of fleshy colonies - in uniquely well-preserved sedimentary rocks at Chitrakoot in Central India.

Vitamin B an unlikely weapon in war against pollution

Vitamin B an unlikely weapon in war against pollution

In the first study of its kind, a team of international researchers have discovered that something as simple as a daily vitamin B supplement could help mitigate the effects of the most dangerous type of air pollution.

The study, which was published on Monday, says that vitamin B supplement could potentially reduce the impact of the tiny particles on the human body, although they stressed that research was in its early stages and the sample size was small.

Save your heart! Noninvasive imaging can predict future heart attacks

Save your heart! Noninvasive imaging can predict future heart attacks

Now you can protect your family and friends from heart attacks as a study reveals that noninvasive CT angiography and stress tests can help predicting it.

The study appeared online in the journal Radiology.

According to researchers, a combination of invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and stress tests with single photon emission tomography (SPECT) myocardial imaging has been the gold standard for making these determinations, with ICA showing the blockages and SPECT the perfusion, or penetration of the blood into the tissue.

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Did You Know! Physical activity levels may start tailing off at age 7

Did You Know! Physical activity levels may start tailing off at age 7

Dear parents, ask your kids to exercise daily from early childhood, as a study warns that level of physical activity may start tailing off as early as the age of seven, rather than during adolescence, which is widely believed.

The study was published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Attention parents! Kids spending six hours or more on screens at risk of diabetes

Attention parents! Kids spending six hours or more on screens at risk of diabetes

Parents, beware! A study warns, children aged 9-10 years, who consistently spend three or more hours watching TV, using computers and smartphones, are at high risk of developing diabetes.

The findings, published online in the journal of Archives of Disease in Childhood, indicated that one in five (18 percent) said they spent more than three hours on it everyday.

Gene that causes rare disorder Opitz C syndrome identified

Gene that causes rare disorder Opitz C syndrome identified

A team of researchers has identified the gene that causes Opitz C syndrome in the only patient diagnosed with this ultra-rare disorder in Catalonia.

Opitz C syndrome is a genetic disease that causes severe disabilities in patients and has been diagnosed in three people in the Iberian Peninsula, and sixty people in the world.

Gastrointestinal cancer: Walk your way to healthy life during chemo

Gastrointestinal cancer: Walk your way to healthy life during chemo

Walking or jogging helps patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer to cope better with the side effects of chemotherapy, according to a recent study.

The Goethe University Frankfurt study shows that patients with an advanced gastrointestinal tumor can also profit from exercise therapy.

In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine, the participants exercised either three times a week for 50 minutes or five times a week for 30 minutes at a pace which they considered to be "slightly strenuous."

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