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FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack.   Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign.  But people born since then haven’t been vaccinated, and small samples of the ...

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Scientists claim being positive can help tackle cancer

While having a positive attitude in life has it’s owns benefits, a latest research by Israeli scientists claimed that positive emotions can also be helpful in fighting cancer.   A study titled “Modulation of anti-tumor immunity by the brain’s reward system” was published in the Friday’s issue of science journal `Nature’ in which scientist of Israel Institute of Technology claimed ...

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These food items may help reduce migraine

Migraine, or extreme headaches, can steal the peace and tranquility from your life. Although it is a genetic disorder, environment, lifestyle, diet and hormonal imbalance also play a large role in how often you get an attack. Individuals suffering from migraine can feel completely drained at times. The fatigue often manifests into a throbbing ache on one or both sides ...

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NHS operation waiting lists reach 10-year high at 4.3m patients

NHS ability to meet targets will define Matt Hancock’s time as health secretary, say unions The number of patients waiting for an operation on the NHS has reached 4.3 million, the highest total for 10 years, official figures show. Growing numbers are having to wait more than the supposed maximum of 18 weeks for planned non-urgent surgery such as a ...

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Study reveals body odour may help sniff out cancer

Smell receptors in the body could help diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer, a review of over 200 studies has found.   The study, published in the journal Physiological Reviews, shows that olfactory receptors – proteins that bind to odours that aid the sense of smell – perform a wide range of mostly unknown functions outside the nose.  The ...

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UK-first for A&E mental health room opens at The Royal London Hospital

An award-winning new room to support people with mental health conditions in A&E has opened at The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. The mental health room is the first room of its kind in the country to have artwork specially created for its users by its users – a ‘Hope Wall’. With heart-felt messages from people who themselves have struggled with ...

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VR therapy helps ease fear of heights: Study

People who had lived with a fear of heights for decades became less afraid after virtual reality (VR) therapy that saw them riding a flying whale, researchers said Thursday.   A specialised team that included psychologists and IT experts put confirmed acrophobes through their paces in a series of life-like VR simulations, after which all reported “a reduction in fear”, ...

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New study finds e-cigarettes increase risk of heart disease

Did you know! E-cigarettes increase cardiovascular risk as much as cigarettes do.   The usage of e-cigarettes containing nicotine has a significant impact on vascular functions, claims new study.  It revealed that smokers of e-cigarettes experienced the same, if not higher level of cardiovascular elevation for prolonged periods after smoking the e-cigarette.   Researchers found that using e-cigarettes and cigarettes, ...

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New protein discovered linked to breast cancer growth

A sticky protien found outside cells may be the reason behind breast cancer growth.   A new study has uncovered that the protein called fibronectin promotes the activity of estrogen in breast cancer cells. The study “Fibronectin rescues estrogen receptor a from lysosomal degradation in breast cancer cells,” was led by Rocío Sampayo.  Together they show a novel mechanism of ...

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New treatment for chronic kidney disease in the offing

Scientists have devised a method to deliver genetic material to treat damaged kidney cells in mice, an advance that may lead to a gene therapy to cure the potentially fatal chronic kidney disease (CDK) in humans.   Researchers, including those from the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, found that gene therapy could slow down ...

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