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Study: worldwide calcium intake remains low, especially in Asia

October 20, 2017
Study: worldwide calcium intake remains low, especially in Asia

A new study by researchers at Brown University has found that global calcium intake appears low, especially in Asia, making people vulnerable to bone diseases. The daily calcium intake among adults appears to differ quite widely all around the world in distinct regional patterns. This study was done ahead of World Osteoporosis Day today Friday, Oct. 20. Low calcium intake [...]

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UN Report: newborn mortality likely to rise in near future

October 20, 2017
UN Report: newborn mortality likely to rise in near future

The latest report by UN agencies warned on Thursday that at current trends of child mortality, nearly 60 million children could die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half being newborns, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. The report, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, was jointly released by the UN Children’s Fund [...]

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How to cultivate resilience during midlife

October 19, 2017
How to cultivate resilience during midlife

Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups? While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which [...]

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Study: liver cancer across Asia linked to herbal remedies

October 19, 2017
Study: liver cancer across Asia linked to herbal remedies

Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said on Wednesday (Oct 18). The findings suggest stronger measures are needed to prevent people from consuming chemicals called aristolochic acids (AA), which are derived from the woody vines of the Aristolochia plant family, said [...]

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Scientists genetically modify hens to produce illness-curing protein

October 19, 2017
Scientists genetically modify hens to produce illness-curing protein

Scientists in Japan may have found a way to produce cheaper drugs that could be used to treat a range of diseases from chicken eggs. They have successfully genetically modified hens to produce eggs containing large amounts of interferon beta protein, a protein used to treat various illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and cancer. The protein [...]

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How to focus better

October 16, 2017
How to focus better

In this age of social media, it is hard not to get distracted. Here are some expert tips on how you can get back your focus. 1.    Avoid social media at work If you still feel the urge to check out your Facebook, do it during lunch breaks. 2.    Set aside specific time to reply [...]

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Your nose can reveal your brain health

October 13, 2017
Your nose can reveal your brain health

The better your sense of smell is, the more likely your brain is healthy, recent studies show. A growing body of research suggests that the two are strongly linked, though researchers are just starting to figure out how and why. In a recent study, researchers found that a simple smell test may predict your chance [...]

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Spanish company develops low-fat avocado

October 13, 2017
Spanish company develops low-fat avocado

Avocados are all the rage nowadays. Most of us enjoy it and the news keep getting better: Isla Bonita, a Spanish company, has developed low-fat avocados. The company claims Avocado Light has up to 30% less fat than ordinary fruits. They also say it ripens faster, and oxidises – or goes that weird shade of [...]

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The chewing of betel nut leads to mouth cancer in Papua New Guinea

October 12, 2017
The chewing of betel nut leads to mouth cancer in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is struggling to cope with its soaring number of mouth cancers. The cancer is caused by the chewing of betel nuts, a long tradition in this small country. Once reserved for sacred events, now almost half of Papua New Guineans chew betel nut. It is common for children as young as six [...]

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Cancer scientists decipher the complete genetic map of durian

October 12, 2017
Cancer scientists decipher the complete genetic map of durian

Scientists from the Humphrey Oei Institute of Cancer Research, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore have achieved a world’s first by deciphering the complete genetic map of durian – a prized tropical fruit delicacy known in Asia as the “king of fruits”. The Singapore team’s efforts were driven by both innate [...]

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