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Low-carb diets, healthy or not?

January 18, 2019
Low-carb diets, healthy or not?

Low-carb dieting is a new millennial trend where the consumption of carbohydrates is lessened while more protein, natural fats and vegetables are eaten instead. These carbohydrates come in the form of sugary foods, pasta, white rice, and white bread. This dieting habit may result in weight loss and improved health, but claims of it causing [...]

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Keep close watch on volume depletion and here’s why

January 17, 2019
Keep close watch on volume depletion and here’s why

The term “volume depletion” may not ring a bell to most of us.  Sharing a few similar symptoms with dehydration, they seem to be identical, but not quite.  Volume depletion refers to the reduction of the volume of water in the blood vessels of our body, much more likely than dehydration, which is the loss [...]

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Fall proofing the home for older adults

January 17, 2019
Fall proofing the home for older adults

Falls are dangerous to the elderly. Head injuries or complications from bone fractures resulting from falls are not uncommon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that yearly, more than one in four older adults aged 65 and older experience falls. In the US, falls are the top cause of injuries and death [...]

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Ohio company recalls sausage products on possible rubber contamination

January 14, 2019
Ohio company recalls sausage products on possible rubber contamination

J. H. Routh Packing Co, a Sandusky, Ohio establishment, has recalled an estimated 780 kg raw pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported. The raw ground pork bulk and link sausage items were produced from 1-4 January this year. The firm [...]

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Cancer patients may face greater risk of painful skin condition

January 11, 2019
Cancer patients may face greater risk of painful skin condition

Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds. Experts say development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients. The study, of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 to 2015, found that any type of cancer was associated with a [...]

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Possible asbestos in talc powder causes concern

December 20, 2018
Possible asbestos in talc powder causes concern

The Canadian environment ministry has warned against using talcum power on genitals as it can cause ovarian cancer. If inhaled it can also cause respiratory problems like fibrosis. The reports follows a string of lawsuits brought against Johnson & Johnson in the US relating to ovarian cancer since 2016. 22 women were awarded US$4.69 billion [...]

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Height possibly linked to cancer risk

October 25, 2018
Height possibly linked to cancer risk

Taller people are under greater risk of getting cancer because they are bigger and have more cells in their bodies, thus making them more susceptible to dangerous mutations. A number of studies previously found links between height and a cancer risk, with research suggesting that for every 10cm of height within the typical range for [...]

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Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

October 15, 2018
Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Caesarean sections around the world are rising at a rapid rate, according to a report by an international team of doctors and scientists. Since 1990, C-sections have jumped from about 6% to 21%of all births, three studies report in medical journal, The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in [...]

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The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

September 12, 2018
The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

After years of decline, the past three years have seen an uptake in the number of people suffering from world hunger, the UN reports. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one out of nine people, whilenearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have [...]

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Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

September 5, 2018
Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown. Investigators found that in 2016 more than a quarter of the global population – 1.4 billion people – were insufficiently active. As a result, they faced an increased risk of heart and artery [...]

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