doctor advice Diabetes mellitus, one of the greatest health threats, affect over 250 million people worldwide and article abut the bacteria in human life

By Live Dr - Thu Feb 05, 11:22 am

Combined treatment

protects kidneys

Joint control of blood pressure and blood glucose can cut down serious kidney complications by a third among patients with type 2 diabetes, says the findings of new research based on a study of 11,140 patients who were treated and followed for five years.
Diabetes mellitus, one of the greatest health threats, affect over 250 million people worldwide – a number estimated to rise to around 400 million by 2025.
Chief investigator John Chalmers of the George Institute for International Health, Australia, said: “The combination of routine blood pressure (BP) lowering and tighter glucose control confers very substantial benefits with reductions of one third for serious kidney disease, one quarter for cardiovascular death and close to one fifth for death from any cause.”
Previous findings showed that tight control of blood glucose with a regimen based on modified release of gliclazide, an oral anti-diabetic drug, reduced kidney complications.
Routine lowering of BP with the fixed combination of two drugs (perindopril and indapamide) cut down risk of death, as well as the risks of heart and kidney disease.
“These results provide powerful incentives for the millions of people living with type 2 diabetes,” Chalmers added.
The results were presented Monday at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) conference in Rome.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service

Good bacteria has

eczema on the run

A probiotic supplement, applied to the affected part, significantly halted eczema in infants under two, according to a study.
Researchers from Universities of Otago and Auckland investigated the use of two probiotic supplements in 446 mothers and babies.
Currently, there is no way to prevent eczema and treatment relies on skin moisturising and corticosteroid (anti-inflammatory) creams.
Probiotics are microbes found in infant gut which are beneficial to humans, but their dwindling numbers may explain the increasing incidence of eczema.
“Our study has found when you give probiotic supplement L. rhamnosus during the last five weeks of pregnancy, and for six months after birth while mothers are breast feeding, and then you give their infants the same probiotic up to two years of age, there is a 50 percent reduction in eczema,” said Julian Crane of Otago University, Wellington.
“This is an exciting and interesting result because we have compared the effect of two different probiotics in the same study and shown that one has an effect while the other is no different from a placebo.”
The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. It found there was no similar preventive effect for eczema with the second probiotic, Bifidobacterium lactis.
Eczema affects 30 percent infants in New Zealand by the age of two. Severity varies from a small patch of scaly dry skin to large weeping areas covering much of a child’s body.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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