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The power in your hand!

The chances of having a heart attack, stroke or dying young may be hidden in the palm of the hand, a study suggests. A trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries, published in the Lancet, suggests grip strength is better than blood pressure at predicting risk. The international research team said it would be a “simple, inexpensive” tool for ...

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WHO sets up $100 million fund to avoid being ‘overwhelmed’ again

The World Health Organisation is setting up a $100 million contingency fund to ensure that the UN agency will not be “overwhelmed” by a major crisis again as it was with Ebola. The WHO and Director-General Margaret Chan have come under fire for their slow response to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, which began in Guinea in December 2013 but was ...

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Drinking milk delays progression of knee osteoarthritis in women

A new study has revealed that drinking fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The research also found that women who ate cheese saw an increase in knee OA progression, while yogurt did not impact OA progression in men or women. Lead author of the study, Bing Lu, said that milk consumption plays ...

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More proof required to deem usefulness of E-cigs

Evidence backing the notion that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation is lacking, finds a new study. Lead author Riyad al-Lehebi of the University of Toronto said that there were several other smoking cessation aids available that had more robust evidence base supporting their efficacy and safety, than e-cigarettes. The meta-analysis included four studies of the efficacy and ...

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Being a single mom before 50 can deteriorate your heath later in life

A new research has revealed that single motherhood between the ages of 16 and 49 is linked to poorer health in later life. The research showed that the risk of ill health for lone mothers is greater in countries like England, the US, Denmark and Sweden as in the survey they asked a set of questions about childbearing and marital ...

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This common amino acid can fight dental plague, cavities

A new research has suggested that Arginine, a common amino acid found naturally in foods, breaks down dental plaque that can help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease. University of Michigan’s Alexander Rickard discovered that in the lab L-arginine, found in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products, and is already used in dental products for tooth sensitivity, ...

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Statins strongly linked to increased diabetes risk

In a database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, cholesterol-lowering drugs statins have been found to increase the risk of developing diabetes. The study, which included only people who at baseline were free of heart disease, diabetes and other severe chronic disease, is among the first to show the connection in a relatively healthy group ...

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‘Motivational interviewing’ can help smokers kick the habit

A team of researchers has demonstrated that motivational interviewing can make smokers see tobacco as something disagreeable, thus helping them to quit the habit. Motivational interviewing is a psychological technique of direct intervention that seeks to produce changes in patient behaviour. The researchers, from the universities of Granada in Spain and San Buenaventura in Bogota, Colombia, evaluated the effects upon ...

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Live on higher ground for lower weight

A good diet, exercise and cutting back on booze all come highly recommended, but a team of researchers has found another possible strategy for preventing obesity: head for the hills. Spanish researchers have found that people who live at high altitudes are 13 per cent less likely to become overweight or obese, the Independent reported. Experts believe the phenomenon may ...

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‘Kitchen wipes’ can cut risk of food poisoning by 99 pc

Using disinfectant wipes in the kitchen can cut the risk food poisoning by a whopping 99.2 percent, says a new research. Dr Gerardo Lopez and his colleagues at the University of Arizona in the USA used antibacterial wipes on typical counter top materials – granite, laminate, and ceramic tile – to see if they reduce the risk of the cook ...

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