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Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

November 8, 2019

A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept, but prompt treatment is necessary before cancer cells break away from the original tumour and travel through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body and form new, fatal, tumours. While current treatments for lymph node metastases are highly invasive and have severe side effects, scientists […]

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Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

October 18, 2019

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder characterised by symptoms such as tremors and slow movement – experimental treatments for genetic disorders have so far targeted mutated proteins/enzymes, but scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern Medicine) in Chicago, US, have instead amplified healthy enzymes to alleviate symptoms of PD. According […]

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Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

October 11, 2019

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower blood […]

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Losing weight works better with a challenge

September 28, 2019

The weight loss hurdle may be easier in the face of a challenger – participants were observed to partake in more physical activity in step-counting contests than using activity trackers to monitor their own steps, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, US. About 602 overweight and obese adults were […]

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Short-term bursts of exercise may enhance learning

July 29, 2019

Regular exercise is known to be good for overall health and has now been found to particularly improve brain function.Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US found that brief bouts of exercise primes the brain for learning by promoting synaptic connections. Previous research has shown that sustained exercise promotes general brain […]

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Heart fat efficiently reduced through weightlifting

July 12, 2019

Reducing fat around the heart is more likely through resistance training instead of aerobic exercise – researchers have observed that weight lifting reduced a type of heart fat linked to cardiovascular disease, and aerobic exercise (endurance training) likewise reduced another type of heart fat. Dr. Regitse Hojgaard Christensen, a researcher at the Center of Inflammation […]

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Help yourself to a healthy acai bowl

May 27, 2019

Acai berries are a class of superfood rich in antioxidants and fibre. The acai palm is native to South America, producing a small, black-purple fruit which is edible. In an uncontrolled pilot study, overweight adults who took 100g of acai pulp daily for a month reported reductions in fasting glucose and insulin levels, indicating that […]

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Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

April 16, 2019

A daily diet of nut helpings may promise better heart health for diabetics – just one extra serving of nuts a week is associated with a 3% lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and 6% lower risk of dying from heart problems. An American study of diet questionnaires from 16,217 men and women before and […]

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Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

April 3, 2019

A rapidly ageing population and rising healthcare costs have led experts to estimate that healthcare spending will continue growing. However, the US has healthcare programmes that support certain groups of marginalised people, including those with limited income and resources. Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programmes in the US; Medicare accounted for 15% […]

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Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

March 15, 2019

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is likely to develop in ageing, with symptoms such as forgetfulness and a gradual decline in cognitive functions including language, attention span and perceiving objects. Seniors who eat a more generous serving of mushrooms however, may not be as likely to develop MCI. A study was conducted in Singapore on 600 Chinese […]

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