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Drinking hot tea linked to lowered glaucoma risk

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Reuters


People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, U.S. researchers say. Compared to coffee, soft drink and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74 per cent lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Informal caregiving linked to sleep problems

For people who are in the workforce already, the added burden of unpaid caregiving for a family member or loved one may lead to insomnia and other sleep issues, according to a large study from Sweden. Researchers found that the likelihood of sleep problems rose with the number of hours spent in unpaid caregiving, and when caregiving stopped, sleep disturbances were reduced.

Medical jargon may cloud doctor-patient communication

When patients misunderstand commonly used medical terms, communication and decisionmaking may suffer, UK researchers say. In a survey of London oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic patients, more than a third of participants did not know the meaning of terms like 'benign' or 'lesion' and more than half could not define 'metastasis' or 'lymph node,' the study team reports in the British Dental Journal.

Siemens to gauge interest of state funds in Healthineers IPO: CEO

Siemens will test the appetite of sovereign wealth funds ahead of the planned listing of its healthcare unit Healthineers next year, its chief executive told a German weekly, possibly to secure anchor investors for the flotation. The listing of a minority of the unit, which makes Xray and MRI machines, is set to take place in the first half of 2018 and is expected to value Healthineers as a whole at around 40 billion euros ($48 billion).

Regular carryout meals linked to higher body and blood fats in kids

Children who eat restaurant carryout, or 'takeaway,' meals once a week or more tend to have extra body fat and longterm risk factors for heart disease, suggests a UK study. In the study of 9 and 10-year-olds, the kids who ate carryout most often also consumed more calories but fewer vitamins and minerals compared with kids who rarely or never ate carryout food, the authors report in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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