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UK best place to die well, India worst

Everyone dies. The goal is to last as long as possible, and to go peacefully and with dignity. For much of the world, dying well is a challenge. A new report from the Economist, dubbed the Quality of Death Index, ranks nations based on the quality of their palliative and hospice care. The United Kingdom tops the list, with the ...

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Australia moves to legalise medical cannabis

Australia is making key moves to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, the government announced. Health Minister Sussan Ley said on Saturday that changes to existing legislation that bans the growing of marijuana will be introduced to parliament, with the aim of providing alternate treatment for people with debilitating illnesses, reports Al Jazeera. “This government is ...

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Drug company defends 5,000% price rise

The head of a US pharmaceutical company has defended his company’s decision to raise the price of a 62-year-old medication used by Aids patients by over 5,000%. Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the rights to Daraprim in August. CEO Martin Shkreli has said that the company will use the money it makes from sales to research new treatments. The drug is used ...

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Smoke Free at the Royal London

Environmental Health Officers are working with Barts Health Trust to ensure that visitors and employees refrain from smoking outside the Royal London Hospital. The council’s Consumer and Business Regulations Service is assisting the health trust in ensuring that patients, visitors and staff smoke or use electronic cigarettes away from the hospital’s estate. The service’s smoke free officers will help patrol ...

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Is aspirin a ‘master pill’ for all ills?

A new study has provided some key insights into aspirin’s disease-fighting abilities. Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), in collaboration with colleagues at Rutgers University and San Raffaele University and Research Institute have found that salicylic acid targets the activities of HMGB1, an inflammatory protein associated with a wide variety of diseases, offering hope that more powerful aspirin-like drugs ...

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10pc BD rural adults unaware of their high blood pressure: Study

More than 10 percent of rural Bangladeshi adults are unaware of their high blood pressure, and this proportion doubles to one in 5 people aged 60 years and older, says a recent icddr,b study. Even among those taking anti-hypertensive medication, more than 50 percent were ‘uncontrolled’ – unable to maintain a normal blood pressure level, shows the study, led by ...

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Egg reduces diabetic, breast cancer risks: experts

Experts today suggested enhanced consumption of eggs saying their studies found it to be a deterrent to diabetics and breast cancer as Bangladesh joins the 20th World Egg Day celebrations seeking to promote the nutrient food. “Risks of type-two diabetics would be reduced by 37 percent if a person consumes 4 eggs a week while possibilities of breast cancer would ...

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Prison smoking ban to begin in 2016

Smoking will be banned in all prisons in Wales and four in south-west England from next year, the government says. This will begin a phased roll-out that will eventually see all jails in England and Wales go smoke-free. And from next month, smoking will be barred in the interior of all “open” prisons in England and Wales. The Prison Governors ...

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Exercise Improves Fertility in Women

Exercise and weight loss improves ovulation in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormone disorder that often causes infertility, a new study says. “The findings confirm what we have long suspected – that exercise and a healthy diet can improve fertility in women who have PCOS,” said one of the study authors, Richard Legro, a professor at ...

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Barts Health goes smoke free

On Thursday 1 October 2015, The Royal London, Mile End and St Bartholomew’s hospitals, along with all Barts Health hospitals, will go smoke free. From this date, all patients, visitors and staff will not be allowed to smoke or use electronic cigarettes anywhere on Trust premises, including doorways and car parks. Tobacco addiction kills many hundreds of patients at Barts ...

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