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‘Sleepless nights’ could pose heart disease risks equivalent to smoking

In a new study, scientist have found that a bad night’s sleep could trigger health risks equivalent to that of smoking. The research shows that people who sleep for less than seven hours were up to four times more likely to suffer a stroke and doubled their risk of a heart attack, reported the Daily Express. Professor Valery Gafarov, of ...

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First penile transplant recipient ‘to become father’

The South African recipient of the world’s first penile transplant is to become a father, a surgeon who performed the operation has told the BBC. His girlfriend has reported that she is about four months pregnant, and this showed that the “transplant worked”, said Andre van der Merwe. The 21-year-old recipient, whose identify is being protected, lost his penis in ...

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`Miracle` drug offers new hope to many skin condition Psoriasis sufferers

A new study has revealed that a new drug can provide hope to thousands of sufferers of the skin condition psoriasis. Trials of a new drug found 40 per cent of participants showed complete clearance of their plaques, while 90 per cent experienced some improvement. The study, conducted at the University of Manchester, tested the effectiveness of the drug ixekizumab. ...

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New treatment for bone loss

At The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Florida, researchers have developed a method to manipulate a protein that could result in the development of new bone-forming cells in people suffering from bone loss.The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, focused on a protein called PPARy (known as the master regulator of fat) and its impact on the fate of stem ...

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London cancer specialists welcome Ride 4 Women

Bike tour from Linz (Austria) to London (UK) raises awareness against female cancer The department of Gynaecological Oncology at Barts Health NHS Trust welcomed the Ride 4 Women team as they crossed the finish line of their 1,800 km long journey on the 27 May 2015 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The group of enthusiastic and motivated cyclists rode for 12 ...

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New blood donors in decline: 40% fewer new blood donors in 2014/5 than 2004/5

Friday 5th June 2015: In advance of National Blood Week (8-14 June 2015), NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for more people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities to start donating blood. The call coincides with the organisation revealing that 40% fewer new blood donors came forward across England and North Wales to give blood last year compared to ...

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5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Brain

We’ve been warned enough about the downside of too much consumption of junk food. There’s no doubt that fast foods and processed foods have increased the burden childhood obesity, heart disease and diabetes and have made these chronic diseases a common lifestyle concern. Recently, the Delhi Government demanded a crackdown on junk food that is sold in schools and within ...

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Mouth, breast cancers on the rise in Bangladesh

The number of cases of the cancers most common in men and women have shown an upward trend since 1990 while liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Bangladesh, reports UNB.  Breast cancer accounts for the highest number of new cancer cases among women in Bangladesh, and mouth cancer has the highest number of cancer cases for ...

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New test to help early diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Opening up the possibility for early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, scientists have identified genetic material that distinguishes its cells from normal cells.   These genetic material includes six mRNA isoforms produced by ovarian cancer cells but not normal cells could be used to diagnose early-stage ovarian cancer.   Ovarian cancer is very difficult to diagnose and treat, making it an ...

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Lung cancer therapy is ‘milestone’

Lung cancer therapy can more than double life expectancy in some patients, a “milestone” trial shows. Nivolumab stops cancerous cells hiding from the body’s own defences, leaving the cancer vulnerable to attack. The results from 582 people, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology, were described as “giving real hope to patients”. Lung cancer is the most deadly type ...

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