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The new ‘One You’ health campaign asks South Asians ‘How Are You?’

‘One You’, a ground-breaking new campaign to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern day life reaches out to South Asian communities across England. One You’s aim is to encourage adults from these communities, in particular those in their middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and later in life. ...

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Sunscreen may act as male contraceptive: Study

Do you lather yourself with sunscreen to keep out that tanning? Beware! According to a new study, sunscreens are likely to impair sperm cell function, acting as a male contraceptive and lower a man’s chances of parenthood. The findings of the study showed that many ultra-violet (UV) filtering chemicals commonly used in sunscreens interfere with the function of human sperm ...

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Attention not enough for information retention

Ever wondered why we remember certain scenes from films or books without much effort, while forgetting others despite paying attention? New research suggests that people tend to remember only those things better that they expect to have future relevance. Much of what a person can remember is based on their expectation of the information they will need to recall, the ...

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New technique for quick blood test results could help emergency patients

In a boon for trauma and emergency transplant patients, a new revolutionary technique promises to give results of complex blood tests in just 10 minutes – helping save precious lives, and also unwanted blood transfusion. The technique, developed by a German research firm, is currently being used in several European and Asian nations, including in neighbouring Sri Lanka. The technique, ...

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Teeth whitening: Call for action on ‘rogue’ beauticians

“Rogue” beauticians who offer teeth whitening and people who sell illegal kits should face tougher penalties, councils in England and Wales say. Some kits contain 300 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, the Local Government Association said. This would be like “brushing with bleach” and could cause blistering, burns and other damage, the LGA added. The government said it ...

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Junior doctors’ row: Government hit with second legal challenge over contracts

A second legal challenge has been made over the government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England. NHS staff campaign group Just Health started proceedings after raising £100,000 in four days online. The move follows separate legal action made by the British Medical Association last week seeking a judicial review. The Department of Health said it ...

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43% ‘resume smoking after giving birth’

Nearly half of women who quit smoking during pregnancy take it up again soon after they give birth, according to research in the journal Addiction. The analysis of several studies suggests 13% of women who enrol on smoking cessation programmes quit during pregnancy. But 43% of these restart within six months of giving birth. Public Health England says more action ...

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Bangladesh finds Zika virus in old blood sample

The mosquito-borne Zika virus exists in Bangladesh as the government has tested an old sample ‘positive’ for the virus. It has caused global concern for its link with microcephaly in which a baby is born with a small head. A government source confirmed to bdnews24.com the recent test result, saying that Health Minister Mohammed Nasim will announce this ‘in a ...

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Snoring can worsen cancer

In addition to keeping your family up all night, loud snoring may have more worrying consequences, a recent study has revealed. Subjecting mice with kidney cancer to reduced oxygen, US and Spanish scientists found evidence that starving the body of oxygen can trigger the development of tumours by promoting the growth of blood vessels that feed them, the Mirror reported. ...

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43% ‘resume smoking after giving birth’

  16 March 2016 Nearly half of women who quit smoking during pregnancy take it up again soon after they give birth, according to research in the journal Addiction. The analysis of several studies suggests 13% of women who enrol on smoking cessation programmes quit during pregnancy. But 43% of these restart within six months of giving birth. Public Health ...

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