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More the Vitamin D, lesser the breast cancer risk

You may want to start consuming vitamin D-rich diet, as according to a recent study, doing so can cut your breast cancer risk.   Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggested that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer.  The scientists pooled data from two randomized clinical trials with 3,325 ...

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Successful transplantation of hepatitis-C organs reported in Canada

A long-running shortage in donor organs has pushed doctors to find ways to use those with hepatitis C, an infection that is increasingly common in the United States due to the opioid crisis, and can be cured with medicine.   Some US hospitals, particularly in Boston, have already transplanted infected donor organs into people without hepatitis C. These patients are ...

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Can sleeping more affect your heart?

If you thought that only less hours of sleep would affect your health, then you are wrong. Sleeping more than 10 hours per day is also associated with metabolic syndrome, raising the risk for heart diseases, according to a new study. Those who slept for over 10 hours daily were at risk of elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels — ...

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Avatar-based app helps recognise heart attack symptoms

Scientists have developed an app that uses a simulated digital nurse to teach patients how to recognise symptoms of heart attack and call emergency. Patients using the SAVE app are more likely to call an ambulance when they had symptoms and had fewer hospital admissions, researchers said.   “Most deaths from heart attacks occur within the first few hours of ...

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Crucial test of Ebola vaccine raises hopes, doubts in Congo

Irene Mboyo Mola spent 11 days caring for her husband as he died of Ebola in a hospital where she said nurses were too scared to get close. She helped him to the bathroom, picked up his feverish body when he lost his balance, and reinserted an IV that fell out of his bleeding arm.   “He told me all ...

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NHS patient deaths to be investigated by medical examiners

Health secretary makes announcement after BMA feared doctors were being criminalised for errors Medical examiners will investigate patient deaths in the NHS as part of changes to improve patient safety and protect medical staff from being criminalised for their mistakes. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, announced on Monday he was rolling out the appointment of the examiners across the service. ...

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New HIV vaccine could soon be on the horizon

Researchers have found a type of regulatory lymphocyte might protect babies in the womb from getting infected with the virus.   Researchers have found that Treg cells, a type of regulatory lymphocyte, might be protect babies in the womb from getting infected with the HIV virus when the mother is infected.  “Finding out what protects the majority of babies is ...

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Thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy linked to diabetes risk

Thyroid dysfunction during the first half of pregnancy may indicate an increased risk for gestational diabetes — a form of diabetes that is typically diagnosed during the second trimester. High thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy is also tied to increased the risk of premature delivery. The researchers also warned that after birth, it may also cause the baby to develop ...

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Vitamin D rich diet may lower cholesterol level in kids

Having vitamin D rich diet may help reduce the cholesterol levels in children and have beneficial impact on other risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, suggests new research. Children with vitamin D level of more than 80 nmol/l (nanomoles per litre) had lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol levels than those whose vitamin levels were below 50 nmol/l, which ...

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Teen girls more vulnerable to sleep changes in adolescence

Teenage girls are more vulnerable to the negative impact of sleep changes during adolescence, a new study says.   The study showed that teenage girls reported more difficulties staying awake during class in the morning, afternoon and homework hours than boys.  The girls also reported feeling too tired to do activities with their friends, missing school because of being too ...

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