Stroke prevention: Five lifestyle tips to reduce your risk

 Many people still have misconceptions about stroke as they think it’s an older person’s disease. Ischemic strokes can also strike young people, including children, and estimates show that about 10 percent of stroke patients are younger than 50. This means, a stroke doesn’ have to be inevitable, regardless of your age or family history – which increase your risk of having a stroke. Read: Warning signs and symptoms of stroke to look for; how to act quickly A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off….

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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Microsoft developing health chatbot platform – Lifespan aims to cut $182 million in costs with GE partnership – Hitachi working to reduce hospital readmissions

The tech giant is developing the platform as a part of its Healthcare NExT program and has partnered with Aurora Health Care to create the Aurora Digital Assistant, a new chatbot service that aims to demonstrate how digital assistants can benefit not only patients but healthcare providers and networks, too. Currently, the platform is being privately previewed to Microsoft’s new partners. Microsoft hopes the service will help make it easier for users to access medical info from their smartphones. Aurora patients can “text” the digital assistant in a conversational manner via an app,…

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We’ve been cooking food the wrong way. Here’s how to reduce heart problems

Thinking of ditching the salad bar in favour of pakoras from your favourite snack vendor? Think again. Preventing coronary heart disease (CHD) is not just about what you eat but is also linked to the cooking style you adopt, according to a team of international researchers who say urbanised South Asian’s susceptibility to the disease is partly due to high-heat cooking methods such as roasting or frying. High-heat food preparation is responsible for the increased risk of CHD in urbanised South Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan populations in…

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