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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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Health experts for building awareness to prevent fistula

Health experts at a seminar have stressed on creating awareness among women to prevent esicovaginal fistula, a devastating injury in which an abnormal opening forms between a woman’s bladder and vagina, resulting in urinary incontinence.   “In Bangladesh, victims of child marriage and pregnant mothers from delivery-related complicacies mostly suffer from obstetric vesicovaginal fistula,” said Additional Director General (Health) of ...

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Low-protein high-carbohydrate diet best for longevity, healthy brain ageing: Aussie study

A low-protein high-carbohydrate diet like those practiced in parts of the Mediterranean and Japan may be the best for longevity and healthy brain ageing, according to a study on mice conducted by the University of Sydney released on Wednesday.   The study showed that mice fed an unrestricted low-protein high-carbohydrate diet displayed improvements in overall health and brain health, as ...

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How NHS 111 can help you

Dr Anika Tanna, GP at both Central Uxbridge Surgery and The Abbotsbury Practice said: “The winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. It’s important for us to drive understanding of the role and capabilities of NHS 111 and to increase the number of people calling 111 when they have an urgent, but non-life-threatening medical ...

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Anti-Ebola efforts in DR Congo suspended amid violence

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have suspended efforts to contain an Ebola virus outbreak in the town of Beni because of worsening rebel attacks. A militia attacked just “a few metres” from an emergency centre, the country’s health ministry said.   Staff of the World Health Organization (WHO) were forced to leave as a shell hit the ...

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Lives at risk as drug prices soar in crisis-hit Zimbabwe

Since starting treatment five years ago, 50-year-old Alice Chenyika kept her blood pressure under control by adhering to doctors’ strict instructions to take two daily doses of nifedipine.   Now Zimbabwe’s worsening economic crisis has pushed prices up, and the medicine is far beyond her reach — one of many signs of the country’s painful transition since the fall of ...

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Surgical menopause increases risk of insomnia, says study

According to a latest study, surgical menopause leads to increased sleep issues in women as opposed to natural menopause.   Results of the findings are published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  Surgical menopause is often accompanied by more psychological and physical difficulties. The increased severity of menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night ...

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175 dead, over 10,000 affected by Nigeria cholera outbreak

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday.   The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe ...

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