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Barts Health goes smoke free

On Thursday 1 October 2015, The Royal London, Mile End and St Bartholomew’s hospitals, along with all Barts Health hospitals, will go smoke free. From this date, all patients, visitors and staff will not be allowed to smoke or use electronic cigarettes anywhere on Trust premises, including doorways and car parks. Tobacco addiction kills many hundreds of patients at Barts ...

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Depression gene has `silver lining`

As per a recent study, people with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences. The findings challenge traditional thinking about depression, showing what might be considered a risk gene for depression in one context, may actually be beneficial in another. Researchers at the University of Melbourne were interested in why some, but not all ...

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Stop smoking when your kids are around!

A new study has revealed that early exposure to smoke is associated with a risk of behavioural disorders in children. According to researchers from Inserm and Pierre and Marie Curie University, the association was stronger when exposure took place both during pregnancy and after birth. Lead researcher Isabella Annesi-Maesano said that exposure to of (environmental tobacco smoke) ETS in the ...

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Fruits and vegetables for weight management: which ones are best?

Eating more fruits and non-starchy vegetables such as artichoke, avocado, asparagus and cucumber leads to weight loss, according to a massive new study analyzing the effect of each one. “The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults and children should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight,” writes study author ...

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Yummy weight loss recipes

Have you ever thought why losing weight is so difficult for most of us? It is because we generally have to give up most of the good things we love. If you are a foodie, it is even more painful. But what if we can eat delicious food and still lose those irritating inches? Yes, it can be done! Try ...

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Shrimp has less cholesterol than egg: Study

Medical practitioners and dieticians have for long recommended that adults keep off shrimp as it is considered high in cholesterol. Now, a study, to the delight of non-vegetarians, shiws that the traditional wisdom may be flawed. A study by Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture says healthy individuals can have a moderate quantity of shrimps as part of their daily diet ...

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Is roti healthier than bread?

While we know that roti is nothing but another form of bread, we have always been told that it is a far healthier option to consume. In the days when bread was white, there was a pretty sound argument on behalf of roti. But today when bread is available with all sorts of multi grains, and roti is still primarily ...

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Target of four-week cancer diagnosis

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300m a year until then. The target – recommended by the Independent Cancer Taskforce – will ...

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High BMI can reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis in men

A new study has claimed that men with high BMI (Body Mass Index) have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. In the study, scientists in Sweden analysed data from 383 patients, taken from two population based health surveys with a total of 50,705 participants, to discover that there was a strong association between a high BMI in men and a ...

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Flu jab worked in one in three cases

Last winter’s flu jab worked in 34% of cases, according to a final report by Public Health England. At one stage early in the season, it was estimated that the vaccine was stopping only three out of every 100 immunised people developing symptoms. But the report said there had been a “shift” in the dominant circulating strains during the rest ...

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