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Resistant malaria spreading in South East Asia

Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs.Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa. However, experts said the implications may ...

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AI can diagnose breast cancer more quickly

Breast ultrasound elastography is an emerging imaging technique that provides information about a potential breast lesion and researchers have identified the critical role AI can play in making this technique more efficient and accurate. Using more precise information about the characteristics of a cancerous versus non-cancerous breast lesion, this methodology using Artificial Intelligence (AI) has demonstrated more accuracy compared to traditional modes ...

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Wearing hearing aid may protect brain in later life

People who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not, recent findings suggest. The research, conducted by the University of Exeter and King’s College London, was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. The study covered 25,000 people aged 50 or over. The findings provide early evidence ...

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Higher salt intake can cause gastrointestinal bloating, says study

People report more gastrointestinal bloating when they eat a diet high in salt, a study has found. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US re-analysed data from a large clinical trial conducted two decades ago, and found that high sodium intake increased bloating among trial participants.“Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in ...

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Cutting 300 calories a day is great for your heart

When it comes to counting calories, we all just immediately think of weight loss. After all, eliminating certain food groups from your diet and keeping a check on what you eat are the cornerstones of all modern dieting methods. But what if we told you that counting calories can keep your heart in good shape and help you live longer? ...

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Are sugary drinks causing cancer?

Sugary drinks – including fruit juice and fizzy pop – may increase the risk of cancer, French scientists say. The link was suggested by a study, published in the British Medical Journal, that followed more than 100,000 people for five years. The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame.However, ...

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Diabetes meal plan: Healthy food guide for diabetics

According to the World Health Organisation, India has an estimated 8.7 per cent people with diabetes in the age group of 20 to 70 years. A chronic disease, diabetes is caused when the body is unable to use the insulin it produces or is unable to produce enough insulin. It is essential for people with diabetes to eat small meals ...

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Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity, reports the BBC. Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese ...

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Expressive teenagers protected against depression

Teenagers who can put out their negative emotions in precise and nuanced ways are better protected against depression in comparison to their peers, suggests a recent study based on negative emotion differentiation, or NED. “Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’ instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’ are better protected against ...

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Neuromodulation helps stroke patients recover

The current approach used for brain stimulation to rehabilitate patients after a stroke does not look into the diversity of lesions and the individual characteristics of the brains of patients, finds a recent study. The study was published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Neurology’. In recent decades, non-invasive neuromodulation methods such as electric and magnetic stimulation of various parts of the nervous ...

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