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Unique drug made for a girl with deadly Batten disease

A girl with a deadly brain disease has been given a unique drug that was invented from scratch just for her and in a fraction of the normal time. Mila Makovec, now aged eight, was diagnosed with fatal and untreatable Batten disease. In less than a year, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in the US created the tailor-made drug to ...

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Effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy found

In a new advancement in science, researchers have found that an automated artificial intelligence (AI) screening system is capable of accurately discovering diabetic retinopathy 95.5% of the times. Moreover, the system doesn’t require inputs from an expert ophthalmologist and it can provide a reading in just 60 seconds. Researchers presented these findings at AAO 2019, the 123rd Annual Meeting of ...

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School lunches keep Japanese children topping nutrition lists

Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children — high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. A landmark report by the UN’s children agency UNICEF released Tuesday shows Japan topping the charts for childhood health indicators, with low rates of infant mortality and few underweight ...

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Who says you can’t eat red meat?

So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn’t enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat, seemingly contradicting advice from prominent health experts and groups including the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. But ...

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Acne can be caused by poor dietary, increased stress

Poor dietary habits, increased stress and harsh skincare routines were among the most significant factors associated with acne, according to a study. The research presented at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Madrid evaluated the exposure to different worsening factors on acne on more than 6,700 participants across six countries. “For the first time, this study ...

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Regular egg intake stressed for maintaining sound health

Experts at a post-rally discussion mentioned regular egg intake is very much important for maintaining sound health as it’s a balanced food to all irrespective of age, male, female and season. Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and Bangladesh Livestock Society (BLS) jointly organised the programme titled “Everyday Egg Intaking for Healthy and Nutritious Nation” at the conference hall of Rajshahi ...

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Plant-based diet could help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, suggests study

Doctors have long suggested that a healthy diet along with regular exercise, healthy body weight and keeping away from smoking are some ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Now, a study suggests that consuming a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts as part of one’s daily diet as opposed to refined ...

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Exercise beneficial for heart at any age

Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age, a new study has said, adding that patients who benefited most from cardiac rehabilitation were those who started out with the greatest physical impairment. Ageing is associated with several factors such as increased inflammation or oxidative stress that predispose people to cardiovascular diseases. “As a result, ...

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Low birth weight linked to cardiovascular risk Study

Low birth weight was linked not only to poor health outcomes in the beginning but also to chronic health conditions later in life, researchers have warned. “Low birth babies are either associated with congenital heart disease or on a long term basis, has increased risk of cardiovascular morbidities such as myocardial infarction,” said Prashant Patil, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Kamineni Hospital ...

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Babies in the womb have lizard-like hand muscles

Babies in the womb have extra lizard-like muscles in their hands that most will lose before they are born, medical scans reveal. They are probably one of the oldest, albeit fleeting, remnants of evolution seen in humans yet, biologists say, in the journal Development. They date them as 250 million years old – a relic from when reptiles transitioned to mammals.It ...

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