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Geospatial Analysis on the Distributions of Tobacco Smoking and Alcohol Drinking in India

The World Health Organization has identified tobacco smoking and binge alcohol drinking as two of the leading risk factors for premature mortality worldwide [1], [2]. In India, 14% per cent of the population above age 15 smoke tobacco (24% for men and 3% for women) [3]. Smoking is already responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths for men and 1 in 20 deaths for women at ages 30–69.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – An Indian Scenario

COPD is a disabling disease for the patient and for those who care for the patients. It still has not received enough attention from the public or authorities. There are a lot of government bodies and NGOs to help cancer and renal patients, but COPD patients receive no attention, and… 

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Check for PAD in patients with risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, CAD

The CADI Research Foundation reports that the incidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) is considerably lower in Indians than in European populations.(http://www.cadiresearch.org/?page_id=284) Despite this disparity, however, it is important for Indian physicians to be aware of PAD and its risk factors. Dr. Azizul Haque is consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at… 

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Study sparks controversy about benefits of smoking cessation at age 60 years or older

A recently published systematic review and meta-analysis found that being a smoker, whether former or current, is associated with all-cause mortality in people who are aged 60 years and older. However, at least one expert in global health says that the study may overestimate the hazards of past smoking and… 

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Adherence to 7 cardiovascular health metrics lowers risk of premature death

Meeting 7 recommendations for improving cardiovascular health could prevent premature deaths. Key Point: Adherence to a series of healthy behaviors can protect against premature overall and cardiovascular mortality. Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 3 time periods (1988-1994, 1999-2004, 2005-2010) to assess… 

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Proton-pump inhibitors linked to hip fractures in women, especially smokers

Regular use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) can increase the risk for hip fracture in postmenopausal women, especially those with a history of smoking, according to a study published recently in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Key Point: Postmenopausal women who are regular users of PPIs have an increased risk of… 

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