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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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Higher BMI can have negative effect on mental health: study

Higher body mass index (BMI) may negatively impact a person’s mental wellbeing, according to a study.   The research, published in the BMJ, explored the impact of aspects of physical health, such as body weight, heart health and blood pressure, to see whether a wide age range of individuals with poorer physical health went on to be less happy and ...

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Researchers warn prosthetic valve increases risk of death

A new research found that patients who undergo a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) suffer an increased risk of death and heart failure.   Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania stated that the implanted heart valve is too small for the patient which can lead to inadequate blood flow. The team also found that the risk of death and heart ...

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Researchers discover gene that protects against dementia

A previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been uncovered, providing insights into how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented.   The research from the Cohen Lab at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology sheds new light on the protective role of a naturally occurring mitochondrial peptide, ...

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