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Asthma ups risk of COPD in women

According to a study, more than four in 10 women with asthma are more likely to develop the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow from the lungs.  The researchers at American Thoracic Society examined risk factors for developing asthma and COPD overlap syndrome, known as ACOS. Those who develop ACOS ...

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New cure for migraine: First drug to prevent severe headaches approved by EU

The first drug to prevent migraine has been approved by European health officials. According to a report in The Guardian, the drug Erenumab will now be examined by English and Scottish health agencies to determine if it is viable to be used by officials of National Health Service. Manufacturers of Erenumab, Novartis, however, have said that the drug can be ...

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‘More screen time increases risk of obesity’

Parents, please take note: If your child spends more than one to two hours on screen-based devices such as computers, phones, tablets, video games or TV, they may be at a higher risk of developing obesity, warns American Heart Association in an advisory.   The new scientific statement, published in the journal Circulation, says that screen-based devices are associated with ...

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1 in 7 children of Zika-infected mums have problems

One out of every seven babies born to US mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem, according to the first long-term look at those children.   Tuesday’s study focused on the children of women in Puerto Rico and other territories, where most of the US cases were seen when the disease swept across ...

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Highly lethal viruses can hijack cellular defences against cancer: Study

A lethal virus has been discovered, which has the capability of hijacking cellular defence against cancer.   The recently-discovered Henipaviruses, considered to be highly lethal, can hijack cellular defences against cancer. They are among the deadliest viruses known to man and have no effective treatments.  The viruses include Hendra, lethal to humans and horses, and the Nipah virus, a serious ...

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New Ebola outbreak in DRC

The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has put its neighboring countries on alert with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying tackling the epidemic would be “complex.”   On July 24, WHO had declared an official end to the Ebola outbreak in DRC but within a week, the epidemic made a comeback with a fresh ...

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Imbalance in pH levels may cause Alzheimer’s disease: Study

Imbalance in pH value may be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, a study has found.   A study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists have found new evidence in lab-grown mouse brain cells, called astrocytes, that one root of Alzheimer’s disease may be a simple imbalance in acid-alkaline-or pH-chemistry inside endosomes, the nutrient and chemical cargo shuttles in cells.  Astrocytes ...

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Alcohol increase death risk in young TB patients

Increased consumption of alcohol in people with tuberculosis (TB) may accelerate their risk of death, scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher have found.   Chronic alcohol consumption modulates a host of immune defense mechanisms and increases susceptibility to infections with various pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) — the TB-causing bacterium.  In the study, the risk was seen in young ...

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Low levels of air pollution linked to changes in the heart

Regular exposure to even low levels of air pollution may cause changes to the heart similar to those in the early stages of heart failure, experts say. A study of 4,000 people in the UK found those who lived by loud, busy roads had larger hearts on average than those living in less polluted areas.   This was despite the ...

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Laparoscopic kidney transplantation successfully held at Dhaka CMH

 Successful kidney transplantations of two patients in laparoscopic method held at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital for the first time.   India’s Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) Kidney Transplant Surgeon Dr. Pranjal Rohon Lal Modi led the operation, said a press release from Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.  A seven-member Indian specialists’ team, urologist ...

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