MIDLANDS: According to British Medical Journal 27 contact lenses were removed from an eye of a 67-year-old woman here.
Sources privy to NewsPakistan.tv have informed that the lady had been using disposable lenses for three and a half decade: “She had poorer vision in the right eye and deep-set eyes, which might have contributed to the unusually large number of retained foreign bodies”.
It is pertinent to mention here that despite so many lenses sticking to her eye she did not feel any irritation.
It was only when she came to Solihull Hospital for a routine cataract surgery that doctors discovered those lenses.
Three coffees a day linked to a range of health benefits!
KARACHI: Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed drinks worldwide. But recently it has been found out that people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits, experiencing lower risks of premature death and heart disease than those who abstain.
Savants (collected evidence from more than 200 previous studies) note that coffee consumption was linked to lower risks of diabetes, liver disease, dementia and some cancers.
Scientists said that three or four cups a day provide the highest benefit (excluding pregnant women who have higher fracture risks).
Robin Poole, a public health specialist at Britain’s University of Southampton, led a research team of 201 studies based on observational research and 17 studies based on clinical trials across all countries and all settings.
Umbrella reviews unify previous pooled analyses to give a clearer summary of diverse research on a particular topic.
Pool’s team concluded in their research, published in the BMJ British medical journal that Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption.
Drinking coffee was consistently linked with a lower risk of death from all causes and from heart disease. The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers and was not linked to harm.
Coffee was also associated with a lower risk of several cancers, including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer, as well as type-2 diabetes, gallstones and gout, the researchers said. The greatest benefit was seen for liver conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver.
In a linked editorial, Professor Eliseo Guallar from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health in Maryland wrote that “coffee is safe, but hold the cake”.
He argued that the latest study showed that “coffee consumption seems generally safe”, but added: “Coffee is often consumed with products rich in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, and these may independently contribute to adverse health outcomes …
“Does coffee prevent chronic disease and reduce mortality? We simply do not know. Should doctors recommend drinking coffee to prevent disease? Should people start drinking coffee for health reasons? The answer to both questions is ‘no’.”
Poole’s team noted that their review included mainly observational data, no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect. But their findings support other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake.