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Vitamin D in pregnancy may not improve bone health in babies

 Bangla Mirror  Desk 5 March, 2016 Consumption of vitamin D during pregnancy may not help in improving bone density of babies, according to a study.   The study showed that there was no significant difference in bone mass between the babies born to women who consumed vitamin D supplements compared to those who did not.   However, the findings suggest ...

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How fast are your lungs ageing? Here’s the lowdown

Mothers who smoke, respiratory infections and the date you were born all contribute to determine how fast your lungs are ageing, says a new study. The research revealed three factors that influence ageing of the lungs: Firstly, having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lungs in a negative way; secondly, if your birth ...

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Autoantibodies may lead to early detection of lung cancer

Researchers have identified autoantibodies – immune proteins found in the blood that fight one’s own proteins – that can potentially detect lung cancer early by distinguishing between smokers with or without lung cancer. Worldwide, lung cancer causes 1.6 million deaths yearly. The overall five-year survival is 17 percent, which is mainly driven by the fact that 57 percent of lung ...

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Oral bacteria linked to higher stroke risk: Study

Oral bacteria may be involved in several kinds of stroke, including brain hemorrhages and strokes that lead to dementia, says a new study. Strokes are characterised as either ischemic strokes, which involve a blockage of one or more blood vessels supplying the brain, or hemorrhagic strokes, in which blood vessels in the brain rupture, causing bleeding. “This study shows that ...

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Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system

The global situation has escalated since then with the Zika virus now being reported from 33 countries mostly in Latin America. The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, ...

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Just 20 minutes acupuncture for nine weeks can reduce chronic pain

Just nine weekly sessions of personalised acupuncture for 20 minutes each may lessen perceived pain intensity in people suffering from chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia, says a study. Fibromyalgia affects one in 20 people globally and is primarily characterised by chronic widespread pain that is associated with fatigue, disordered sleep patterns and/or depression. According to the researchers, tailored acupuncture improves ...

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Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO

The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned. The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. It has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains and some countries ...

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Osborne and Gates pledge cash to beat malaria

Chancellor George Osborne and philanthropist Bill Gates have announced £3bn in funding over the next five years to tackle malaria. Britain will give £500m a year from its overseas aid budget. And The Gates Foundation will give $200m (£140m) this year, with other donations of at least £110m to follow in the next five years. The aim is to eradicate ...

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Next-gen IVF treatment can help older women conceive

Now, a revolutionary technique exists that can help older women desperate to become mothers by rejuvenating their eggs. The scientists said that one of three treatments being developed by Massachusetts-based OvaScience, Augment can effectively make older eggs young again by adding a fresh set of “batteries” transferred from more youthful cells in the ovaries identified by a scientific process pioneered ...

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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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