India to meet WHO trans fat limit a year in advance

In mid-2016, India halved the trans fat content limit from 10% to 5%, and in December 2020, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) capped it to 3% by April 2021. Come January 1, 2022, India will join a select group of countries limiting industrial trans fat to 2% by mass of the … Continue reading India to meet WHO trans fat limit a year in advance

CCMB develops paper-based device to determine lipid profile

CCMB researchers have fabricated a paper-based microfluidic device for rapid determination of lipid profile. Cholesterol and triglycerides can be detected in less than eight minutes and only 10 microlitre of serum sample is needed. The device has to be validated with more blood samples. A portable, cheap, point-of-care diagnostics for rapid determination of total cholesterol, … Continue reading CCMB develops paper-based device to determine lipid profile

Podcast: How cholesterol helps bacterial toxins kill cells

IISc researchers have found cholesterol present in cell membrane playing a central role in the two-step process of stabilising and binding together the pore-forming toxin Cytolysin A. On binding to cholesterol, the structure of the toxin protein that is bound to the cell membrane undergoes a change and is also stabilised. Cholesterol is also essential in … Continue reading Podcast: How cholesterol helps bacterial toxins kill cells

IISc researchers find cholesterol helps bacterial toxins kill cells

IISc researchers found cholesterol present in cell membrane plays a central role in the two-step process of stabilising and binding the pore-forming toxin Cytolysin A. On binding to cholesterol, the structure of the toxin protein that is bound to the cell membrane undergoes a change and is also stabilised. Cholesterol is also essential in holding together … Continue reading IISc researchers find cholesterol helps bacterial toxins kill cells

BHU researchers use laser to remove blood clots

It is now possible to remove blood clots in a less risky way, thanks to research carried out by scientists at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. A team led by Prof. Debabrata Dash from the Department of Biochemistry  has for the first time used photothermal therapy using near-infrared (NIR) laser and … Continue reading BHU researchers use laser to remove blood clots

Cardiovascular risk factors low but mortality high in India

People living in low-income countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have the lowest risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) compared with those living in high-income countries like Canada, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates. Yet, the rate of deaths from CVD is highest in the low-income countries, not in the high-income countries. The risk … Continue reading Cardiovascular risk factors low but mortality high in India

Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study

Published in The Hind on August 1, 2012 People suffering from even low, subclinical levels of psychological stress are at an increased risk of death from external causes and cardiovascular diseases, says a study published today (August 1) in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The increased risk of death from both external causes and cardiovascular … Continue reading Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study

Will high HDL level lower the risk of heart attack?

Published in The Hindu on May 17, 2012 According to observational studies, increasing the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attack. But is the association really true? But a study published today (May 17) in The Lancet suggests that a high HDL cholesterol level need not necessarily lower … Continue reading Will high HDL level lower the risk of heart attack?

Editorial: The threat of lifestyle diseases

Published in The Hindu on October 16, 2010 No longer can it be said that non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity are seen only among the urban rich in India. In the past, several localised studies undertaken in rural areas found evidence of an epidemiological … Continue reading Editorial: The threat of lifestyle diseases

Cholesterol: low HDL level not a risk?

Published in The Hindu on July 22, 2010 The more the high density lipoprotein (or HDL) cholesterol, or good cholesterol as it is generally called, the less the chances of a person suffering from a cardiovascular event. And the emphasis has always been on increasing HDL cholesterol and reducing the level of low density lipoprotein … Continue reading Cholesterol: low HDL level not a risk?