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Alcohol-related brain damage at 10-year high

The number of people admitted to hospital in Scotland with alcohol-related brain damage has reached a 10-year high.   A total of 661 people required treatment for brain injury after alcohol misuse between 2016-17, the equivalent of nearly two people a day.  Alcohol-related brain damage can lead to problems with memory and learning.   NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had ...

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Researchers find pathways that uncover insight into development of lung cancer

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs; usually in the cells that line the air passages.   One of the leading causes of preventable cancer death, lung cancer is usually considered to result from the effects of smoking and from multiple genetic variants.  One of these genetic components, a chromosome ...

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New study finds link between BMI and blood pressure

Body mass index and blood pressure are positively associated, according to a new study.   In the ongoing study of 1.7 million Chinese men and women being conducted by researchers at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) in China, individuals who were not taking an antihypertensive medication, were observed with an increase of 0.8 to 1.7 mm ...

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Heart health can be monitored by wearable soft electronic mesh

Scientists have developed a soft mesh that can record signals from the heart and muscles, paving the way for a new generation of flexible wearable health monitoring devices. The implantable device provides information on muscle and cardiac dysfunctions, and thus could be implemented for pain relief, rehabilitation and prosthetic motor control. It is the first soft implant that can record ...

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“Three-in-one” pill points to better hypertension treatment: Aussie study

A new medical pill has significantly helped more patients hit blood pressure targets than conventional medication, pointing to better treatment of hypertension worldwide, according to latest Australian-led trials.   The low-dose “three-in-one” pill helped 70 percent of patients to lower their blood pressure compared to just over half receiving normal care, the George Institute for Global Health said in a ...

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Healthy fat cells uncouple obesity from diabetes: Study

Turns out, studying about the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in fat metabolism might help to explore alternative ways to control obesity and type 2 diabetes that may involve the use of therapies.   People with type 2 diabetes cannot effectively use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body turn blood sugar (glucose) into energy.  According ...

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Disabled children waiting too long for NHS wheelchairs

NHS England misses target for delivery of wheelchairs to more than 5,000 children Thousands of disabled children in England who need a wheelchair are waiting more than the four-month target for the equipment to be delivered, analysis has revealed. The NHS standard is for children to receive a wheelchair within 18 weeks from the time of referral, but in 2017-18 ...

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Checking emails after work damages your health, your relationships

Does your boss expects you to be ever-connected on emails and work without boundaries? If so, besides causing harm to your health and well-being, it could also lead to conflict in family relationships, a new study has revealed.   Stress due to employers’ expectations of work during non-working hours brings strain in the family ties as the employee is unable ...

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New blood test could predict kidney cancer 5 years before diagnosis

According to a study, a blood test could predict kidney cancer risk and survival, five years prior to its diagnosis.   Kidney-injury-molecule-1 (KIM-1) can be detected in the urine and blood and is generally present at low levels in healthy individuals. In a new study, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital explored whether a blood test can detect higher concentrations ...

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Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

Beni, Aug 12 : In a new reminder of the dangers in containing an Ebola outbreak in a war zone, suspected rebels killed seven people overnight in northeastern Congo and sent residents fleeing, an official said Saturday. Global health officials have warned that combating this virus outbreak is complicated by multiple armed groups in the mineral-rich region and a restless ...

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