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Mouth, breast cancers on the rise in Bangladesh

The number of cases of the cancers most common in men and women have shown an upward trend since 1990 while liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Bangladesh, reports UNB.  Breast cancer accounts for the highest number of new cancer cases among women in Bangladesh, and mouth cancer has the highest number of cancer cases for ...

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New test to help early diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Opening up the possibility for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, scientists have identified genetic material that distinguishes its cells from normal cells.   These genetic material includes six mRNA isoforms produced by ovarian cancer cells but not normal cells could be used to diagnose early-stage ovarian cancer.   Ovarian cancer is very difficult to diagnose and treat, making it an ...

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Lung cancer therapy is ‘milestone’

Lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a “milestone” trial shows. Nivolumab stops cancerous cells hiding from the body’s own defences, leaving the cancer vulnerable to attack. The results from 582 people, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, were described as “giving real hope to patients”. Lung cancer is the most deadly type ...

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South Korea shuts 2,000 schools as Mers cases rise

South Korean authorities have ordered nearly 2,000 schools closed nationwide to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), reports Al Jazeera. The Health Ministry on Monday reported 23 new infections, bringing the total to 87. Six people have so far died in the outbreak. Reflecting public concern among parents, 1,869 schools across the country are due to be ...

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Simple injection to cure glaucoma

Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness, can now be treated with a simple injection, eye surgeons have said. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a role in damaging the optic nerve. A new technology developed by a US-based company relieves the pressure in the eye with a minimally invasive method, ...

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Your smoking habit may impoverish your child

Smoking is bad not only for the smokers’ health, it annually pushes thousands of children into poverty in England, a study has revealed. Smoking places a financial burden on low-income families, suggesting that parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities in order to fund their addiction. “Smoking reduces the income available for families to feed, clothe and ...

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Artificial heart lung machine cures swine flu affected child in India

Doctors in India has successfully treated a 12 year old swine flu patient using the artificial heart lung machine. Apollo Children’s Hospitals, Chennai’s leading pediatric hospital and the only hospital in Chennai to house an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine exclusively for children with successful outcomes, has helped a critical H1N1 12 year old Soubhashree survive. The entire treatment regime ...

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Fitness lesson from world’s oldest yoga teacher!

Tao Porchon-Lynch is the world’s oldest yoga teacher. Here, she talks about how she keeps a body of a 30-year-old. “In my head I’m still in my 20s, I don’t feel my age,” says Tao Porchon-Lynch, a French-Indian yogi from the US, who’s a Guinness World Records-certified yoga teacher at 97. She takes classes every day, even after going through ...

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Here’s why contact lenses can be harmful for eye health

  Listen up contact lens lovers! A new study has found that wearing lenses can cause more infections in your eyes as compared to those who don’t wear them. Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center used high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, and found a diverse set of microorganisms in the ...

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Dementia causing protein also leads to memory loss in healthy brains

A new study has examined that a brain protein act as a key component in the progress of dementia that can cause memory loss in healthy brains. The study conducted at University of Sussex observed how insoluble protein Abeta affected healthy brains of pond snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) by observing the effect of administering the protein following a food-reward training task. ...

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