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A glass of water contains 10 million bacteria!

A glass of clean drinking water contains 10 million ‘good’ bacteria, which may help purify the water and keep it safe, a new study has claimed. Researchers have found that our drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of “good bacteria” found in water pipes and purification plants. So far, the knowledge about them has been practically ...

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Vaginal birth helps build immunity of babies

Opting for a vaginal birth can make your baby healthier as researchers have found that this practice is beneficial for inter-generational transfer of the microbiome from mother to infant, which is crucial for the newborn to build strong immunity. Perturbation of the microbiome environment in the gut during pregnancy, delivery and early infancy could impact the developing baby’s early microbiome ...

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48-hour junior doctors’ strike called off

The 48-hour junior doctors’ strike due to start next Tuesday in England has been called off by the British Medical Association The decision comes as talks continue this week between the doctors’ union and the government about the disputed junior doctor contract in England. The BMA said the move did not mean a deal had been reached. A planned strike ...

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Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, has signed a $5m (£3.5m) deal for an Ebola vaccine, to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly disease. The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials. It will also submit an application to license the vaccine by the end of 2017, which would the next ...

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Irregular heartbeat ‘riskier for women’

Having an irregular heartbeat poses a greater health risk to women than men, a review of 30 studies, involving more than four million patients, suggests. The women with atrial fibrillation (AF) were almost twice as likely to have fatal heart disease and strokes. Women may respond less well to AF drugs or are being diagnosed later than men. “One possibility ...

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Increased light exposure may make kids overweight

Children who spend too much time on tablets, mobile phone or television are more likely to gain unhealthy weight not just because of physical inactivity but also due to increased exposure to light, says a new study. Timing and intensity of light exposure is critical for metabolic functioning and weight status, the findings showed. “Artificial lighting, including light given off ...

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Junior doctors’ strike: Get back to negotiating table – Hunt

Junior doctors have been urged to return to the negotiating table by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who described their strike as “completely unnecessary”. NHS England said about 10,000 junior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift. Junior doctors in England are staging a 24-hour walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT, in a dispute ...

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Common painkiller with anti-cancer properties identified

Researchers have identified a low-cost and readily accessible painkiller that has significant anti-cancer properties. Diclofenac – a well-known cost-effective painkiller – has the potential to cut down the risk of post-surgical spread of cancer, which may prove to be a huge win in the fight against cancer, explained the authors. Following clinical trials on the use of diclofenac in cancer ...

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Babies learn turn-taking much before talking

Taking turns to respond to each other is a key part of conversation and babies learn the technique at around six months of age, long before infants know much about language, says a new study. The speed of response white taking turns – about 200 milliseconds on average, about the same time as it takes to blink — is astonishing ...

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Asthma may increase risk of painful skin rash

People with asthma may be at increased risk of shingles, a common form of painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, says a new study. “The effect of asthma on the risk of infection or immune dysfunction might very well go beyond the airways,” said lead author Young Juhn, general academic pediatrician and asthma epidemiologist at the Mayo ...

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