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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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30 mln premature, sick newborns globally every year: study

Nearly 30 million babies are born prematurely or become sick every year and of those 2.5 million die, mostly from preventable causes, a global coalition of concerned organizations said in a new report on Thursday.   It finds that among the newborn babies most at risk of death and disability are those with complications from being premature, brain injury during ...

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Pregnant? Here’s another reason why you must eat healthy to stay fit

While it is known that inadequate nutrition during foetal development can cause diabetes and heart disease, a new study warns that it could also lead to early menopause at age younger than 45. Prenatal malnutrition was also associated with a higher risk of premature ovarian failure. Natural menopause is a milestone of ovarian aging that results in the end of ...

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Drinking orange juice reduces dementia risk by almost 50 percent: study

Drinking a glass of orange juice daily could significantly reduce one’s risk of getting dementia, a new study suggested.   The study, published in the journal Neurology, tracked nearly 28,000 U.S. men over their consumption of fruit and vegetables from 1986 to 2002 and subjective cognitive function for nearly three decades. The mean age of men when data were first ...

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Genetic switch may lead to HIV cure, says study

A genetic switch that causes HIV hidden inside the cells to replicate can be manipulated to completely eradicate the virus from the human body, a study has found.   Cells harbouring latent HIV are “invisible” to the natural defences of the immune system, said researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the US.  During infection, the DNA of ...

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Chinese scientists aim for world’s most detailed 3D map of human brain

Why do some brains discover the laws of universe, while others create soul-stirring music or paintings? How is memory and consciousness generated?   We can observe billions of stars and detect ripples in space, but we still barely understand our brains, which can fathom the universe.  Their sophisticated structure and the number of neurons are only estimates.   Now Chinese ...

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Chemicals found in soaps and cosmetics can speed up puberty in girls: study

Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a study published Tuesday.   Researchers from the University of California (UC) Berkeley in the US found that daughters of mothers who had higher levels of diethyl phthalate and triclosan in their bodies during pregnancy experienced puberty ...

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Nose-dwelling bacteria may affect a baby’s first cold

A new research on the types of bacteria living in babies’ noses offered clues as to why some recover quickly from their first cough or cold, while others suffer for longer.   The study, conducted by the researchers at the University Children’s Hospital of Basel, suggested that babies who have a wide variety of different bacteria living in their noses ...

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Study finds link between lung disease and dementia

According to a recent study, lung disease in middle age could be a risk factor for dementia or cognitive impairment later in life.   The findings have been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Lead author Pamela L Lutsey of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, and a group of researchers report that ...

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