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Poor environmental quality may up cancer rates: study

Exposure to harmful environmental factors such as poor air, water and land quality may increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer, a new study warns.   Researchers from University of Illinois in the US investigated the effects of overall environmental quality across multiple domains – including air, water, and land quality, sociodemographic environment and built environment. They linked Environmental ...

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Air pollution may cause year-round runny noses: study

Air pollution in cities like New Delhi or Beijing may cause people to have year-round runny noses and chronic sinus problems, warn scientists including one of Indian origin. Although human population studies have linked air pollution to chronic inflammation of nasal and sinus tissues, direct biological and molecular evidence for cause and effect has been scant. Researchers found that mice ...

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World’s ‘heaviest’ woman Eman Ahmed lost 242kg in 2 months

Eman Ahmed, the Egyptian woman who came to India in February for treatment, has lost 242 kg, said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, the doctor heading the team of surgeons treating her at Saifee Hospital. A little over a month after she was put on a special diet, which was followed by a surgery on March 7, the 36-year-old now weighs 262kg ...

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Smoking pot at 15 or earlier may lead to memory loss

A team of Canadian researchers has found that teenagers, who begin smoking pot as early as 15 or younger, may suffer long-term cognitive impairment, memory loss, physical illnesses and respiratory diseases. The findings, published in the journal Health, shows that young users, who smoked pot, reported the most impact to their physical and mental health and those who did not ...

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Gluten-free diets linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

Avoidance of gluten has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to many celebrities and healthy eating advocates warning of its supposed dangers. We’ve been told we’ll all feel healthier and look slimmer if we go gluten-free, and so many people with no real intolerance at all have shunned gluten, which is found in various grains including wheat, rye, barley ...

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Everything you need to know about vitamin B12 deficiency

It’s essential for a healthy immune system and regulates mood. A growing number of UK clinics market vitamin injections to healthy people but do you really need them?   Why do we need vitamin B12? B12 is involved in producing red blood cells, maintaining a healthy nervous system, and converting food to energy. It also helps to regulate the immune ...

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Antibiotics could replace surgery as appendicitis treatment

Researchers have revealed that it is possible to treat appendicitis in both adults and children with antibiotics in lieu of traditional surgery. The use of antibiotics to cure the inflammation has succeeded in many adult patients. The condition, which causes the appendix — a small organ attached to the large intestine — to become inflamed due to a blockage or ...

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Eat less to live more, finds study

Finally, an answer to the question ‘How to live a long life?’ has been found. At least, that’s what it seems from a recent research. There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of ageing, but moisturizers only go skin deep. Ageing occurs deeper, at a cellular level, and scientists have found that eating less can slow this ...

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This ‘miracle’ pill can cure high blood pressure

Combining four blood pressure drugs into a single pill could be twice as effective as existing treatments, researchers have found. The results of the small pilot trial, published in the Lancet medical journal, could offer a new approach for the hundreds of thousands in the UK who take daily tablets for their blood pressure. In a breakthrough trial, every patient ...

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World Cancer Day being observed

World Cancer Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe with three-year theme (2016-18). The theme is “We can, I can” to raise the awareness about fact that early detection and treatment could lead to cure. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever ...

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