HEALTH NOTES: People with kidney failure 70% more likely to develop dementia, study finds
People with kidney disease are 70% more likely to develop dementia, according to a major study.
Swedish researchers followed 300,000 people over 65 for five years, analyzing the results of a blood test measuring kidney function.
Scientists have discovered a clear relationship between decreased kidney function and cognitive decline.
When the kidneys are unable to remove waste products from the blood, the tiny blood vessels that supply the heart and brain can be affected.
People with kidney disease are 70% more likely to develop dementia, major study finds (file photo)
Experts have previously suggested that this could be the reason behind the link, although it is not yet conclusive.
The study’s authors, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, say: “Our analysis suggests that up to ten percent of dementia cases could be attributed to chronic kidney disease.”
Back ache? Try robo-physio!
People with back pain who cannot see a physiotherapist due to Covid security restrictions can now use a robot alternative.
BackHug, (£ 99 per month, mybackhug.com) looks like a massage chair and is integrated with 28 human-sized fingers that apply pressure to problem areas like a physio does in real life.
When paired with a smartphone app via Bluetooth, patients can choose from 2,000 treatments – composed by a physiotherapist – and adjust strength and pressure. Users report up to 50% pain loss.
BackHug, pictured above (£ 99 per month, mybackhug.com), looks like a massage chair and is integrated with 28 human-sized fingers that put pressure on problem areas
If you have a mild Covid-19 infection, you won’t suffer from the long-term heart problems seen in people in hospital, according to a study by the British Heart Foundation.
Experts have identified lasting damage – caused by a lack of oxygen from failing lungs and inflammation – in the hearts of nearly half of those hospitalized with Covid-19, and people with the disease were feared more benign suffer from it.
But now doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust say there is no evidence of a risk, after studying scans of healthcare workers six months after infection.
No difference in heart muscle size or blood pumping ability was found between those who had had a mild infection and healthy controls.
If you have a mild Covid-19 infection, you won’t suffer from the long-term heart problems seen in people in hospital, British Heart Foundation study finds (file photo)
UK’s most popular fertility apps share users’ intimate data, new analysis says.
Millions of women use smartphone apps to track their monthly cycles, helping them spot when they’re fertile. Many applications ask for personal information.
But, after analyzing the policies of seven of the most used apps, the researchers found that many shared information, often selling data to third-party companies.
Dr Teresa Almeida, co-author of the study from Umea University in Sweden, said: “A more careful approach to how technology is designed and developed is needed.