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Facts about Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease (CD), a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestinal tract, is affecting people globally. Experts have long suspected that CD represents a collection of related but slightly different disorders.   In a study published in the journal JCI Insight, researchers at the University of North Carolina reported that they have pinpointed a single molecule – microRNA-31 (miR-31) – the ...

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India Zika virus outbreak cases reach 60

The number of Zika virus cases has touched 60 in India, with more people being diagnosed with the infection, health officials said Monday.   “Some 60 people have so far tested positive for Zika and all are from the western Indian state of Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur. Some of these victims are migrant workers from eastern states like Bihar,” a senior ...

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Dagenham 88 hold  runandtalk on World Mental Health Day

Emdad Rahman: On weds 10th Dagenham88 Runners held a #runandtalk event in honour of World Mental Health Day. A large group turned up for a brisk 2 mile walk and a friendly chat along the way. Headed by the club’s Mental Health Champions, Louise Chapelle, Lynne Northcott and Rosina Salmon, the athletes wanted to promote how running and physical activities ...

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Diabetes linked to deaths from alcohol, accidents, suicide: Study

People with diabetes are more at risk of deaths from alcohol-related factors, accidents or suicide, than non-diabetics, a study has found. “We know that living with diabetes can lead to a mental-health strain. Having to monitor their glucose levels and injecting themselves daily with insulin has a huge impact on daily life; simply eating, moving and sleeping all affect blood ...

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Too fat to fight: Pentagon grapples with obesity epidemic

Forget about the high-tech military challenges from China and Russia, the Pentagon is facing a fast-growing national security threat that could be even trickier to tackle: America’s obesity crisis.   A study released this week has found that nearly one-third of young Americans are now too overweight to join up, a worrying statistic for military officials already facing recruitment challenges.  ...

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253mn people visually impaired, 36mn blind in world

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi speaks at a discussion held in Dhaka on Thursday in observance of the World Sight Day 2018. An approximately 253 million people in the world live with moderate to severe vision impairment — around 36 million of them blind.   Ophthalmologists and eye health experts disclosed the information at a discussion held in ...

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Excessive vitamin A may increase risk of bone fractures

Turns out, consuming too much vitamin A may decrease bone thickness, leading to weak and fracture-prone bones.   A new study, undertaken in mice, found that sustained intake of vitamin A, at levels equivalent to 4.5-13 times the human recommended daily allowance (RDA), caused significant weakening of the bones, and suggests that people should be cautious of over-supplementing vitamin A ...

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Lethal diseases can be treated before birth thanks to gene editing

In a first, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth.   Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the US reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in ...

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100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic

It was the disease to end all others, infecting a third of humanity, killing tens of millions in their beds and prompting panicked talk of the end of days across continents still reeling from war.   One hundred years on from the influenza outbreak known as the Spanish Flu, scientists say that while lessons have been learned from the deadliest ...

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Type-2 diabetes signs ‘detectable years before diagnosis’

The warning signs of type-2 diabetes may be detectable 20 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers say. Elevated fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance were seen in people years before they developed pre-diabetes, often a pre-cursor to type-2, a study found.   The findings suggest interventions to stop the disease in its tracks should begin far earlier in ...

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