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Ultra-processed foods increases people’s risk of getting cancer

February 19, 2018
Ultra-processed foods increases people’s risk of getting cancer

French researchers have found the link between highly-processed foods and cancer. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, but experts said [...]

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Short kids may risk having stroke later on in life

February 19, 2018
Short kids may risk having stroke later on in life

Children who measure a few inches shorter than their peers are more likely to suffer a stroke in adulthood, a large Danish study suggests. Adult women who were unusually short girls at age 7 years were 11 % more likely to have what’s known as an ischemic stroke, the most common kind, which occurs when [...]

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Spouses have huge influence on someone’s s drinking habit

February 19, 2018
Spouses have huge influence on someone’s s drinking habit

People whose spouses have uncontrolled drinking problems may be influenced to abuse alcohol themselves, according to a long-term study in Sweden which looked at the alcohol-consumption habits of married couples. After a husband was first diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD), his wife’s risk of a similar diagnosis immediately rose 14-fold compared to women whose [...]

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Women should be given more time to give birth and make choices – WHO

February 19, 2018
Women should be given more time to give birth and make choices – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that women in labour should be given more time to give birth, be given less medical interventions and more opportunity to participate in decision-making. Among 26 new recommendations, it rejected a traditional benchmark in labor wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s cervix at the rate of [...]

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A certain form of industrial chemicals has been linked to greater weight gain, especially among women

February 15, 2018
A certain form of industrial chemicals has been linked to greater weight gain, especially among women

A class of chemicals used in many industrial and consumer products has been linked with greater weight gain after dieting, particularly among women. The study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that the chemicals—perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol, and obesity. The study also found that higher blood levels of [...]

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Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

February 15, 2018
Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Whether by handing cash bonuses or tax incentives, Thailand has almost tried it all to encourage its citizens to have more children. This Valentine’s Day, the country is trying out a new approach: handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 [...]

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This butcher from Cairo opened his apartment for children with cancer

February 15, 2018
This butcher from Cairo opened his apartment for children with cancer

Three years ago, Zaza Ogaz, a butcher from Egypt felt moved to help families bringing their children to a nearby cancer hospital. He took an empty apartment in his building, fixed it up with beds and furniture and offered it free to families who would otherwise have to rent rooms in the neighbourhood while their [...]

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Survivors of heart disease in childhood might develop dementia later on in life

February 14, 2018
Survivors of heart disease in childhood might develop dementia later on in life

People who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests. “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects . . . may be at higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood, such as epilepsy and autism, but this is, to our knowledge, the [...]

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Even older women risk having breast cancer if mother or sister had the disease

February 14, 2018
Even older women risk having breast cancer if mother or sister had the disease

The risk of getting breast cancer among older women does not diminish with age, a U.S. study states, adding that they women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease. Family history has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women, who are [...]

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Doctors concerned as boxing fever grips Thailand

February 14, 2018
Doctors concerned as boxing fever grips Thailand

As two boys exchange punches at a boxing ring in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram, loud cheers erupt in the crowd. After dominating five rounds, the winner is declared; 11-year-old Nanthawat Promsod, who is better known by his boxing name – “Super Big Saksandee”. He earned 3,000 baht (US$94.34) for winning the fight, and earns [...]

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