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Overweight teens at risk of cardiomyopathy

If you were overweight as a teen you may develop cardiomyopathy as an adult, recent finding suggest. A study of Swedish men found that those who were even mildly overweight around age 18 were more likely to develop cardiomyopathy in adulthood — an uncommon heart muscle condition that can cause heart failure. The study examined data on height, weight and ...

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UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

Photo: People coming from Congo have their temperature measured to screen for symptoms of Ebola, at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo, in western Uganda Friday, June 14, 2019. Geneva, Jun 15 : The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo — which spilled into Uganda this week — is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern ...

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At least 57 children have died due to Encephalitis: Bihar Health Minister

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Friday said that as many as 57 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. “In the last 20-22 days, 57 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES),” Pandey told media here.Out of the total number, 47 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) while ...

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New Ebola outbreak in DRC is ‘truly frightening’: Medical research charity

Congo, June 13 : The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”. Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of ...

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Dietary supplements could harm your health

Researchers have found that consumption of dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, and energy leads to death, disability and hospitalization in kids and young adults, compared to vitamins. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that these types of supplements were linked to nearly three times as many severe medical outcomes in young people.“The FDA has ...

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Junk food consumption ups allergy risk

Researchers have found that high consumption of junk food such as microwaved foods and barbequed meats may be responsible for food allergies in children. The study, presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, shows that high levels of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are associated with food allergies in kids. AGEs are present in ...

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Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO

The world is entering “a new phase” where large outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization warns. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of people. But the Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with the second ever largest outbreak, just three years after the world’s largest outbreak ended.The WHO said countries and ...

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Smartphone app may help manage migraine

Migraine sufferers who used a smartphone-based relaxation technique at least twice a week experienced fewer headache days per month, a study has found. The RELAXaHEAD app, developed by researchers from the New York University in the US, guides patients through progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR. In this form of behavioural therapy, patients alternately relax and tense different muscle groups to reduce stress. ...

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Urgent call for BAME organ donors

300 adults from the BAME community in east London are waiting for a kidney transplant. Someone from the BAME community will wait twice as long as a white person for an organ donation. Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Kidney Research UK and Barts Health NHS Trust are joining forces to raise awareness of the great need for people from ...

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Burn-out is a medical condition

The World Health Organization has for the first time recognised burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers. The decision, reached during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, which wraps up on Tuesday, could help put to rest decades of debate among experts over how to define burn-out, and ...

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