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Plant-based diet could help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, suggests study

Doctors have long suggested that a healthy diet along with regular exercise, healthy body weight and keeping away from smoking are some ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Now, a study suggests that consuming a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts as part of one’s daily diet as opposed to refined ...

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Exercise beneficial for heart at any age

Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age, a new study has said, adding that patients who benefited most from cardiac rehabilitation were those who started out with the greatest physical impairment. Ageing is associated with several factors such as increased inflammation or oxidative stress that predispose people to cardiovascular diseases. “As a result, ...

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Low birth weight linked to cardiovascular risk Study

Low birth weight was linked not only to poor health outcomes in the beginning but also to chronic health conditions later in life, researchers have warned. “Low birth babies are either associated with congenital heart disease or on a long term basis, has increased risk of cardiovascular morbidities such as myocardial infarction,” said Prashant Patil, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Kamineni Hospital ...

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Babies in the womb have lizard-like hand muscles

Babies in the womb have extra lizard-like muscles in their hands that most will lose before they are born, medical scans reveal. They are probably one of the oldest, albeit fleeting, remnants of evolution seen in humans yet, biologists say, in the journal Development. They date them as 250 million years old – a relic from when reptiles transitioned to mammals.It ...

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Vaping-linked lung injury kills 18 in US

The number of patients suffering from probable lung injury associated with e-cigarette use has surged to more than a thousand, US health authorities said Thursday, while the death toll from the outbreak now stands at 18. Officials have yet to identify the cause for the outbreak, which dates back to June, and are pursuing multiple lines of investigation. A report ...

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Bacteria-infected Brazilian mosquitoes pack a punch in dengue fight

Dengue-resistant mosquitoes breed in a Rio de Janeiro laboratory, producing offspring infected with bacteria packing a punch in the fight against the deadly virus, which is exploding across Brazil this year. Scientists are using Wolbachia, a bacteria common among insects except the dengue-transmitting Aedes aegypti mosquito, to dent the spread of the debilitating virus and other illnesses including Zika and ...

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‘Revolutionary’ drug for prostate cancer

Olaparib could become a revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer – the first genetically targeted drug for fighting the disease, say experts. The precision medicine is already used by the NHS for ovarian cancer and has been called a game-changer by cancer doctors. A cancer conference heard how, in trials, it slowed tumour growth in men with advanced prostate cancer.This could improve survival ...

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Cancer patients growing, but treatment facilities scanty in Bangladesh

Though the number of cancer patients is growing alarmingly in the country, treatment facilities and specialist doctors are very scanty here for lack of a comprehensive oncology education programme, said experts. As a result, they said, nearly 50 percent cancer patients have to go abroad spending huge money for the treatment of the deadly diseases while many others either stop ...

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Inequalities in heart attack care ‘costing women’s lives’

Women who suffer heart attacks are dying needlessly because they fail to recognise their symptoms and receive poorer care than men, says a British Heart Foundation report. Over 10 years, more than 8,000 women in England and Wales died unnecessarily after a heart attack, it found. Experts say there are inequalities in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. “Unconscious biases are limiting ...

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Ranitidine tablets banned

The government has banned the production and marketing of Ranitidine tablets, mostly used to treat ulcers of the stomach. The drug authority in Bangladesh banded the product on Sunday after GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals’ voluntary recall of Ranitidine tablets produced in India following an alleged detection of genotoxic nitrosamine NDMA by global and Indian regulatory authorities. The import of raw material for ...

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