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Vitamin D supplements do not boost bone health: Lancet study

Intake of Vitamin D supplements does not prevent fractures or falls, or improve bone mineral density in adults, especially in women, claimed a new Lancet study.   Vitamin D supplements have long been recommended for older people to treat or prevent osteoporosis — a bone loss condition — with some early evidence suggesting benefits for bone health.  However, the study, ...

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HIV-positive mother donates liver to save daughter’s life

Faced with the only chance to save a child’s life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first — transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative daughter, it was announced Thursday.   The doctors at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg revealed that, one year after the operation, the child may not have caught ...

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Viagra may cause irreversible damage to colour vision

High doses of Viagra — a popular erectile-dysfunction medication — can cause irreverible damage to a person’s colour vision, a first-of-its-kind study suggests.   Researchers from Mount Sinai Health System in the US based their study on a 31-year-old patient who arrived at an urgent care clinic complaining of red-tinted vision in both eyes that had not gone away in ...

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Hand wash with soap can save a million lives: Lancet

Hand washing with soap can save at least a million lives annually by reducing water related diseases including Diarrhoea and pneumonia, said an article of Lancet, a UK based medical journal.   “Hygiene is the practice of keeping oneself and one’s environment clean and free of infection risk. Though many hygiene practices can assist in preventing disease, the one with ...

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Half of all women are at risk of dementia and Parkinson’s disease: study

Nearly half of women and one in three men are at risk of developing stroke or degenerative neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s during their lifetime, according to a study published Monday.   Dutch researchers considered all three conditions “in order to grasp how big the problem of incurable brain diseases in late life really is,” said the study’s ...

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NHS pays out record £20m compensation to brain injury teenager

Eighteen-year-old sustained brain injuries after being starved of oxygen as a baby An 18-year-old woman has been awarded almost £20m in compensation in what is believed to be a record payout by the NHS. The teenager, who cannot be named, sustained catastrophic brain injuries after being starved of oxygen as a baby when doctors failed to properly ventilate her. The ...

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Researchers find link between depression and heart disease

It is a known fact that depression is on the rise, especially amongst the middle age group. Currently, it is one of the leading causes of health perils across the world.   For quite some time now, a link between depression and heart disease has been observed. Like heart disease, depression is becoming increasingly common; therefore, it’s not unusual to ...

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HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases

China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone.   The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the ...

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Oral contraceptives could reduce risk of ovarian cancer: Study

According to a recent study, new types of combined oral contraceptives are associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer.   At least 100 million women worldwide are using hormonal contraception every day. Previous research has shown a reduced risk of ovarian cancer in women who take combined oral contraceptives, but most of the evidence relates to the use of ...

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Placenta complications: ‘Women must know the risks’

Expectant mothers should be told that the risk of placenta complications rises after a caesarean or fertility treatment, according to top doctors. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines said early diagnosis of conditions placenta praevia and placenta accreta was vital.   They added doctors should discuss with women the safest way to give birth.   The conditions can ...

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