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21st March, 2017
Avoid weight gain at younger age to stay healthy in your old age

Results of the Chicago Healthy Aging study presented at the recent American Heart Association's (AHA) Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon show that significant weight gain over time as well as obesity and overweight in younger age result in poor physical performance in older age. 

Researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois evaluated 1,325 men and women who were initially examined in 1967-73 and then re-examined in 2007-10 in the Chicago Healthy Aging study. The mean age at baseline was 33 years and at follow-up was 71 years, when muscle strength (hand grip) and performance (4m gait speed and Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB)) were measured.

The short physical performance battery (SPPB) measures static balance, gait speed, and getting in and out of a chair and has been used to monitor function in older people. The scores range from 0 (worst performance) to 12 (best performance).
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Recurrent kidney stones: IMA guidelines
About half of people who develop a kidney stone will find it recurring at least once at some stage.

New Delhi, March 20, 2017:  Lifetime prevalence of kidney stones is approximately 13% in men and 7% in women. Without treatment, approximately 35% to 50% of those with kidney stones will experience recurrence within 5 years from the first stone.

Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) in a joint statement said, "A stone may cause no problems but often it causes pain. Most kidney stones are small and pass out with the urine. Some stones become stuck in a kidney or in the tube draining urine from the kidney (the ureter).
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