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Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry

Congo’s health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country’s northwest.   In a statement the health ministry said four new cases have been confirmed as Ebola. A total of 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the region, including ...

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Depression in male partner may lower pregnancy chances: Study

Among couples being treated for infertility, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances, according to a study. The study showed that couples in which the male partner had major depression were 60 per cent less likely to conceive and give birth than those in which the male partner did not have major depression.   On the ...

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Regulating salt intake key to prevent hypertension: Experts

Regulating salt consumption is key to prevent hypertension, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart failure, say experts.   Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure.   To lower the risk of heart disease, adults should reduce sodium ...

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Eating right and keeping well during Ramadan- an expert guide

Swapping fried food for grilled goodness, ditching samosas, swerving sugar and salt, and spending your nights drinking as much water as possible could help millions of Muslims across the globe tackle the challenges of Ramadan. Students and academics at Birmingham City University have come up with a guide which aims to help people observing the month of Ramadan to make ...

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Vitamin D could help treat diabetes: study

Vitamin D can help treat damaged beta cells in pancreas that produce, store and release the hormone insulin, paving they way for a new approach to treat diabetes, scientists say.   When beta cells become dysfunctional, the body can not make insulin to control blood sugar and levels of glucose can rise to dangerous levels. Researchers from Salk Institute in ...

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Student mental health ‘failing a generation’

British universities say they risk “failing a generation” unless students get better mental health care. A Universities UK report found some students risked “slipping through the gaps” due to a lack of co-ordination between the NHS and universities. The most up-to-date statistics show 146 students killed themselves in 2016. At Bristol, three students have died suddenly in the past month ...

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Walking may boost women’s chances of pregnancy

Walking may help boost women’s chances of conceiving, especially in those who have previously suffered from pregnancy losses, a study has found. The study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US helps better understand modifiable factors such as physical activity that may affect a woman’s ability to conceive a child. “One of our main findings is ...

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Ramadan calling!

Fasting is an essential part of faith in innumerable religions spread across the world. Yet, the fundamental difference between fasting in Islam and other beliefs is that the one prescribed in the sacred book of Islam ensures that although abstinence is there, the permitted period of food consumption guarantees that there is no real chance of malnutrition or inadequate calorie ...

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Gut bacteria linked to causing a heart attack

 The gut microbiome plays an important role in an individual’s risk for atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke, says a study.   Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries.   The researchers believe that the new finding could open the door for new treatment options for those patients with unexplained ...

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