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“Eyes carry important clues signalling heart diseases“

People with retinopathy are twice as likely to die of heart diseases unlike those without it, says a joint study conducted by the University of Sydney, the National University of Singapore and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Diabetic retinopathy, is a disease involving the retina that renders patients more vulnerable to cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, and also increases the risk of death due to these diseases, noted the study.

“The eyes carry important clues signalling heart diseases long before symptoms start to show. Regular screening of patients with diabetes is important as symptoms of diabetic retinopathy appear mostly at the last stage, making it too late for effective treatment,” states the study. It goes on to advise that people with changes in the eyes and early symptoms should work towards lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol to prevent damage to the arteries.

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India was declared polio free in May with no case being reported in the past three years. However, doctors caution that this in no way means that India does not face a threat of re-infiltration of poliovirus in the near future.

Heart Care Foundation of India chief K.K. Aggarwal said: “Pakistan is one of the three countries where polio is still an endemic viral infection. Unless the disease is eradicated from Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, India remains at a risk of cross border transmission of the disease.”

“Both the Indian Medical Association and the Union Health Ministry should offer immediate help to their Pakistani counterparts to help eradicate polio in the country, for until there exists even one country where the virus still manifests, we all remain at risk.”

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The Union Health Ministry has launched a powerful new anti-tobacco campaign, called Sunita, on the devastating effects of smokeless tobacco.

The 30-second advertisement has been translated into 17 languages and will run for five weeks on all TV and radio channels. The anti-tobacco ad will also be screened in cinemas and theatres under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act Film Rule.


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