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Three ways to cut risk of heart disease and stroke among obese people

November 29, 2017
Three ways to cut risk of heart disease and stroke among obese people

Controlling blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood glucose may substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke associated with being overweight or obese, according to a study from a worldwide research consortium led by a team from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Imperial College London, and the University of Sydney. Among the three [...]

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Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

November 17, 2017
Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

Men with prostate cancer who take the smokeless tobacco product snus – used mainly in Sweden but also sold in the US – are more likely to die from the disease and prematurely from any cause, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, which build [...]

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Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

November 3, 2017
Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

Using a molecular method likely to become widely adopted by the field, researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have discovered brain circuitry essential for alertness, or vigilance – and for brain states more generally. Strikingly, the same cell types and circuits are engaged during alertness in zebra fish and mice, species whose evolutionary [...]

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Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

November 1, 2017
Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

The number of deaths in Ecuador from a spate of methanol (industrial alcohol) consumption has risen to 15, with 21 other people under observation, the Ministry of Public Health announced Monday. The first nine deaths occurred on last Thursday in Quito, when health authorities received an alert about suspected intoxications. Since then, the number has [...]

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73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

November 1, 2017
73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

It is estimated that 73 % of the total deaths in Malaysia were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and half of the number were caused by cardiovascular diseases. Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said based on data from the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), it could be assumed that the [...]

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Measles still claims 90, 000 lives annually despite global decline in deaths

October 30, 2017
Measles still claims 90, 000 lives annually despite global decline in deaths

In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published by leading health organizations. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen below 100 000 per year. “Saving an average of 1.3 million lives per [...]

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Children too can get arthritis

October 23, 2017
Children too can get arthritis

Arthritis is not simply an older person’s issue. Expert says more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)/ Unlike age-related arthritis caused by cartilage and bone wear and tear, JIA has more to do with joint inflammation, but it’s not clear what triggers this inflammation, said Dr. Barbara Ostrov, a paediatric and [...]

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Pollution kills 9 million people every year

October 20, 2017
Pollution kills 9 million people every year

A wide scale report published in The Lancet has revealed that pollution claims the lives of 9 million people annually. That is one in six of all deaths around the world. The majority of these deaths are due to non-communicable diseases caused or exacerbated by exposure to pollution, including asthma, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, [...]

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Obesity predisposes people to 13 types of cancer

October 9, 2017
Obesity predisposes people to  13 types of cancer

There’s a link between obesity and 40 % of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States. That doesn’t mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there’s some kind of still-to-be explained association, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, the study findings suggest that being obese or overweight was associated with cancer cases involving more than [...]

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Avoid alcohol if you’re pregnant

October 2, 2017
Avoid alcohol if you’re pregnant

Experts are conflicted on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy, therefore the National Health Service (NHS) has advised pregnant women to stay away from consuming alcohol altogether. What happens when I drink alcohol while pregnant? Alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta and to your baby. A baby’s liver is one of the last [...]

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