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American researchers introduce healthy salt blend

April 16, 2019

The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has noted that the consumption of salt is much more than necessary in typical American diets – the maximum recommendation per day should be less than 2,300 mg. The average American adult female consumes 2,980 mg per day, while males average a whopping 4,000 mg per […]

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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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Horrific discovery of live bees in woman’s eye

April 11, 2019

He, a 29 year-old Taiwanese woman, was tending to a family member’s grave on tomb-sweeping day when she felt something enter her eye. Suspecting soil, she washed it out with water, but by night felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid, which had begun to water profusely and swell. A subsequent check at Fooyin […]

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Interval training for weight loss better than jogging

April 10, 2019

Regular workouts comprising of various intense exercises with brief recovery periods in between have been observed to be more beneficial to weight loss compared to monotonous jogging or walking. Researchers have noted in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that a total of 1,115 participants lost weight and body fat with both interval training and […]

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Polluted city air poses lung, heart disease risks to Asians

April 2, 2019

The WHO has estimated that most Asian city dwellers breathe polluted air. Air pollution kills about 7 million people prematurely each year, with 1.5 million of those deaths in South and Southeast Asia. The health impact of air pollution is now equal to the effects of smoking tobacco, including lung cancer and heart disease. Vital […]

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Increased oesophagus cancer risk with hot tea or coffee

April 1, 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency For Research has classified drinking “very hot” beverages – above 65 ° C, such as hot tea or coffee – as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. A recent study has suggested that hot tea drinkers risk oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma compared to those who drank cooler and less tea […]

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New bat-borne virus discovered in China

March 29, 2019

Bats are particularly well-known carriers of viruses which can be fatal to humans – the recent discovery of an Ebola-like virus by Chinese and Singaporean scientists in the liver of fruit bats in Yunnan Province, China, is therefore potentially dangerous. Named after Mengla County, the ‘Mengla’ virus belongs to the small but deadly family of […]

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Women in Malaysia more prone to kidney disease

March 27, 2019

Kidney or renal function is typically measured by the glomerular filtration rate, with kidney failure and chronic kidney disease (CKD) staged accordingly: stages 1-3 do not show any symptoms; stages 4-5 requires maintenance of remaining kidney function; and patients at late stage 5 normally cannot survive without dialysis. The latest data from World Health Organisation […]

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UK researchers test male contraceptive pill

March 27, 2019

In fertile men, new sperm cells are constantly made in the testicles, but a birth control pill to temporarily stop sperm production has been recently designed. The latest male pill is currently under testing by researchers led by Professor Christina Wang and colleagues from the University of Washington School of Medicine, UK. Opinion polls have […]

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Knee surgery is best for ailing knees, regardless of age

March 25, 2019

Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is an operation for the treatment of degenerative knee conditions– increasing TKRs are performed annually, after which most patients are relieved of their chronic pain and enjoy an improved quality of life. A Malaysian consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Gandhi Nathan Solayar, does not believe age should be adeterrent. Dr. Solayar […]

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