Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian Women

Cervical Cancer Proving to be Deadly Especially in Indian WomenAccording to a WHO report, Cervical cancer claims lives of around 300,000 women worldwide every year and around 130,000 new cases are reported in India every year out of which some 8,000 are from West Bengal alone.

"This makes cervical cancer the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in India and represents approximately one-fourth of the world's total cervical cancer cases and mortality," said a paper released by Qiagen, the German global market leader in sample technology and CNCI, a state-run Cancer Research Institute here on Tuesday.

HSPH study: Children born to shorter mothers 70% more likely to die before 5 years

Journal of the American Medical AssociationAccording to the findings of a study by the researchers from HSPH - Harvard School of Public Health -, the height of the mother has a significant bearing on the health of a child. The study said that children born to women shorter than 4'9" are 70 percent more likely to die, mostly before attaining the age of five.

Health Disparities Can Reduce with Insurance

Health Disparities Can Reduce with InsuranceAccording to a study from Harvard, universal healthcare coverage could reduce many health disparities in the general population.

The results are a part of the national debate on revamping healthcare to cover uninsured Americans and they showed that health coverage in the form of Medicare eligibility narrowed the health gaps between Americans of different races, ethnicities, and education levels. Previous studies had shown that the people most likely to lack coverage were black, Hispanic, and those with less education.

New Study Finds Paralysis More Prevalent Than Believed

paralysisAccording to a survey published on Tuesday about 5.6 million people in the U. S. have some form of paralysis and nearly a quarter of them have suffered spinal cord injuries.

The survey by Anthony Cahill of the University of New Mexico and colleagues reported that the largest group of 29 % were paralyzed or partly paralyzed by stroke and spinal cord injuries affected 23 %.

The study was funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which was set up by the actor who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995 and died in
2004 while Dana Reeve died from lung cancer in 2006.

Study says pregnant women who exercise give birth to healthy babies

Study says pregnant women who exercise give birth to healthy babiesAccording to the findings of the researchers of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, mothers-to-be who exercise during their pregnancy term give birth to healthy babies, with their lungs and nervous system strengthened in the womb.

In addition, exercise during pregnancy also helps women reduce the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot deaths. Researchers say that, if pregnant women remain physically active, the babies in their wombs not only have lower heart rates but also show improved breathing.

Racial Discrimination in Treatment of Lung Cancer

Racial Discrimination in Treatment of Lung CancerIn another case of racial discrimination, a study revealed that black patients with lung cancer were less likely than white patients to receive recommended chemotherapy and surgery.

The study said that disparity in lung cancer treatments were as large in 2002 as they were back in the early 1990s, despite efforts to decrease those inequalities in treatment.