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Lack of sleep can lead to heart problems: Study

While it is very important to sleep, a new study, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has revealed that sleeping less than six hours during the night or even sleeping poorly can lead to heart disease. In order to arrive at the result, accelerometers were attached to the waists of 3,974 healthy men and women by the ...

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Staying fit may reduce risk of heart attack: study

According to a recent study, poor cardio respiratory fitness could increase the risk of a future heart attack, even if there are no symptoms of a lifestyle illness today.   The results of the study have been published in ‘European Heart Journal’.  “We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina ...

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New app gives throat cancer patients their voice back

Vlastimil Gular’s life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice.   But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot, thanks to an innovative app ...

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High cholesterol food causes liver cancer, says study

Turns out, a high cholesterol diet can trigger changes in the immune system that can lead to a serious form of fatty liver disease.   Known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), it eventually progresses to cirrhosis or liver cancer, especially in those with obesity or Type 2 diabetes.  Researchers at Keck School of Medicine found how a toxic combination of dietary ...

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Flu cases double in Georgia, two dead

Flu cases doubled and two cases of death have been reported in Georgia so far this winter, according to the country’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health on Tuesday.   “We now have 221 reported cases per 100,000 citizens,” said Pata Imnadze, scientific director of the center, adding that this number is twice last year’s.  Most flu cases ...

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52 people dead, over 48,000 affected by dengue in Sri Lanka

Fifty-two people have died and over 48,000 affected by the dengue virus in Sri Lanka, so far this year, the government information department said in a report Monday.   Quoting the Epidemiology Unit, the report said that the highest number of dengue cases had been reported from the capital Colombo District with over 9,500 cases.  The second worst affected district ...

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More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

Saddle Brook, Dec 25 : The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Officials say patients who had procedures done at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018 may have been exposed. Surgery center administrator ...

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Exposure to cannabis may alter genetic profile of sperms

Exposure to cannabis can alter the genetic profile of sperms in men, and possibly affect the children too, a recent study suggests.   As legal access to marijuana continues to expand across the U.S., more scientists are studying the effects of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in teens, adults and pregnant women.  Experiments in rats and a study with 24 ...

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Pregnant women at higher risk of flu complications

Mothers-to-be, take note! According to a study, pregnant women are at greater risk of complications from flu. The findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, also stated that even extremely obese people are at high risk of the complications. The guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommend using newer and highly accurate molecular tests that ...

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Global diets lacking vitamins, minerals: Australian scientists

Diets all over the world are lacking vitamins and minerals essential for healthy growth, Australia’s peak scientific body found.   An analysis of global diets, released by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) on Monday, revealed that the worldwide intake of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E and folate is likely to remain inadequate through to 2050.  In poorer ...

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