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Diabetes cases to double

The number of diabetes cases is estimated to almost double in the next 25 years, suggests a new US study.

The study led by researchers from University of Chicago has revealed that the number of Americans living with diabetes is likely to increase from 23.7 million in 2009 to 44.1 million in 2034.

Moreover, the money spend on diabetes will almost triple, rising from 113 billion dollars to 336 billion dollars in the same period.

“If we don’t change our diet and exercise habits or find new, more effective and less expensive ways to prevent and treat diabetes, we will find ourselves in a lot of trouble as a population,” said the study’s lead author Dr Elbert Huang, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

“Without significant changes in public or private strategies,” the authors wrote, “this population and cost growth are expected to add a significant strain to an overburdened health care system,” Huang added.

Sick patients being misdiagnosed

A new UK study has found that almost 9 out of 10 sick patients calling up the swine flu hotline have been diagnosed wrongly.

Merely three out of 30 patients said later tests had actually found them positive for the H1N1 virus, while five people were suffering from other life-threatening illnesses - one person had Malaria, three had Meningitis and another had a serious heart problem - which had been missed.

The study conducted by Royal Liverpool University Hospital revealed that almost half the people had taken anti-viral drug Tamiflu after contacting the National Pandemic Flu Service.

Researchers called for better training to the call handlers. They also stressed on the improvement of the computer program used to diagnose swine flu.

Avocados and eggs good for health

Avocados raise good cholesterol levels that boost heart health, say experts.
What's more, there is no harm in including eggs in a heart patient's diet, the experts added.

Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith said that avocados can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

And CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr Jennifer Ashton agreed with the fact. “Avocados are a good source of fat/cholesterol. They have the unsaturated fats, which are good for us. So therefore they can raise the HDL, the Harry or healthy cholesterol and lower the LDL- the lousy cholesterol,” CBS News quoted Ashton as saying.

She also said that people who think that eggs should not be allowed on a heart healthy diet are probably wrong. “This is a big myth. Because people think of they eggs and they think of the omelet with bacon and cheese. Actually, eggs, while high in cholesterol, have about 215 milligrams, well below the 300 milligram limit per day.”  explained Ashton.

Red wine ‘prevents tooth decay’

Drinking red wine in moderate amount helps to rinse teeth clean of bacteria during and after meals, says a new study.

Earlier studies have linked moderate red wine intake with everything from improved longevity to diminished risk of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.And because the new study was conducted with non-alcoholic red wine, even teetotallers can enjoy dental benefits, reports ABC Science.

Co-author Professor Gabriella Gazzani, of Pavia University in Italy, said that alcohol’s cavity-preventing benefits are already well known and that’s why they investigated “de-alcoholised red wine to verify if substances different from ethanol with anti-strep properties occur in this beverage.”

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