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Low-protein high-carbohydrate diet best for longevity, healthy brain ageing: Aussie study

A low-protein high-carbohydrate diet like those practiced in parts of the Mediterranean and Japan may be the best for longevity and healthy brain ageing, according to a study on mice conducted by the University of Sydney released on Wednesday.   The study showed that mice fed an unrestricted low-protein high-carbohydrate diet displayed improvements in overall health and brain health, as ...

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How NHS 111 can help you

Dr Anika Tanna, GP at both Central Uxbridge Surgery and The Abbotsbury Practice said: “The winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. It’s important for us to drive understanding of the role and capabilities of NHS 111 and to increase the number of people calling 111 when they have an urgent, but non-life-threatening medical ...

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Anti-Ebola efforts in DR Congo suspended amid violence

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have suspended efforts to contain an Ebola virus outbreak in the town of Beni because of worsening rebel attacks. A militia attacked just “a few metres” from an emergency centre, the country’s health ministry said.   Staff of the World Health Organization (WHO) were forced to leave as a shell hit the ...

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Lives at risk as drug prices soar in crisis-hit Zimbabwe

Since starting treatment five years ago, 50-year-old Alice Chenyika kept her blood pressure under control by adhering to doctors’ strict instructions to take two daily doses of nifedipine.   Now Zimbabwe’s worsening economic crisis has pushed prices up, and the medicine is far beyond her reach — one of many signs of the country’s painful transition since the fall of ...

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Surgical menopause increases risk of insomnia, says study

According to a latest study, surgical menopause leads to increased sleep issues in women as opposed to natural menopause.   Results of the findings are published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  Surgical menopause is often accompanied by more psychological and physical difficulties. The increased severity of menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night ...

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175 dead, over 10,000 affected by Nigeria cholera outbreak

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday.   The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe ...

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31 cases of Zika virus reported in central India

New Delhi, Nov 11 : As many as 31 persons have reportedly been infected with Zika virus in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh, local media reported Sunday.  Although some media reported that two persons died due to Zika virus, state health department officials stated that the cause of these deaths has yet to be confirmed. State’s leading newspaper “The ...

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Tumour immune cells can aid cancer therapies, says study

Analysts for a recent study, designed a pioneering technique to spot differences between immune cells in tumours that could speed the development of cancer treatments.   Researchers at the University of Edinburgh analysed genes from anonymised medical databases of thousands of tumours to identify genes associated with immune cells. The findings of the study are published in the Journal of ...

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‘Remarkable’ decline in fertility rates

There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.   The researchers said the findings were a “huge surprise”.   And there would be ...

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Aspirin may cut liver cancer risk, says study

Regular use of aspirin — defined as taking two or more standard-dose tablets a week for over five years — may reduce the risk of developing primary liver cancer, scientists claim.   The study led by Harvard Medical School researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US support evidence from previous studies aspirin could help reduce the risk of ...

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