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Lung cells become cancerous when exposed to airborne pollutants

September 15, 2022

A new mechanism has been identified through which very small pollutant particles in the air may trigger lung cancer development in people who have never smoked, according to the ESMO Congress 2022 reports from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). Pollutant particles are typically found in vehicle exhaust and smoke from fossil fuels, and […]

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Unhealthy teen eating influenced by certain ultra-processed foods

September 12, 2022

Candy, pastries and frozen desserts may be “gateway” foods for adolescents that prompts them to eat more ultra-processed food. Ultra-processed foods are high in sugar, salt, unhealthy trans fats and artificial flavours and colours – research by the American Heart Association has suggested that reducing consumption of key gateway foods may impact in overall consumption […]

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Millennials and Gen-Z at risk of heart disease

August 25, 2022

Heart attacks are on the rise among young adults in Malaysia – those in their 20s and 30s, to be exact: experiencing a heart attack at this age is becoming more common. Additionally, a study on coronary artery disease (CAD) among Malaysian youth found that almost 70% of participants aged 15–24 have at least one […]

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Adding salt to foods amplifies risk of premature death

July 12, 2022

Extra sprinkles of salt to your food will increase your chances of dying prematurely – a study of more than half a million people found that those who always added salt to their food had a 28% increased risk of dying prematurely from any cause, compared to those who never or rarely added salt. Researchers […]

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Prenatal exposure to chemicals associated with childhood fatty liver disease

July 11, 2022

Pregnant women exposed to chemicals leeched from common consumer products risk having children who may one day develop severe chronic liver disease and liver cancer. A research team from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai) have discovered a growing incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children due to prenatal exposure […]

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Stress ages the immune system faster

June 15, 2022

Immune aging increases a person’s risk of developing diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as increased susceptibility to infection. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) have showed that stress plays a crucial part in aging of the immune system in same-age adults, and propose a little-known therapeutic intervention. With aging […]

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Scientists identify new prostate cancer tumour type

May 31, 2022

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine have identified two new subtypes of prostate cancer. The tumour subtypes can be resistant to hormone therapy, which reduces the levels of androgens (male hormones) like testosterone that the cancer cells depend on to grow – knowing the exact subtype is nevertheless important for successful cancer treatment. Of the four […]

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Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

April 22, 2022

A study led by Canadian researchers suggest cognitive function could predict a person’s future risk of heart disease. In assessing the relationship between cognitive function and future cardiovascular events in over 8,700 people – who also had type 2 diabetes, the researchers found that people with the lowest level of cognitive function had a higher […]

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Inner ear damage increases risk of falling in Alzheimer’s patients

April 14, 2022

Damage or impairment to the vestibular system in the inner ear – a common cause of dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues – has been found to elevate the risk for falls in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s). According to a research team at Johns Hopkins Medicine University School of Medicine (Johns Hopkins), impairment of the […]

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Plastics found for the first time in human bloodstream

March 25, 2022

Scientists from Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have produced evidence of plastic particles being absorbed into the bloodstream, with a novel method involving the use of mass spectrometry. “We have now proven that our bloodstream, our river of life as it were, has plastic in it,” said VU ecotoxicologist Heather Leslie. Discarded plastic waste […]

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