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Skin cancer: Half of people surviving advanced melanoma

More than half of patients can now survive a deadly skin cancer that was considered untreatable just a decade ago, say UK doctors. Ten years ago only one-in-20 patients would live for five years after being diagnosed with late-stage melanoma. Most would die in months. But drugs to harness the body’s immune system mean 52% now live for at least ...

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Male infertility linked to prostate cancer risk

Men who have fertility treatment have a higher risk of prostate cancer in later life, a study has suggested. The research – in the British Medical Journal – looked at 1.2 million pregnancies in Sweden over 20 years. Men who had ICSI – a treatment specifically for male infertility – had an increased prostate cancer risk.But Prostate Cancer UK said researchers must ...

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Blinatumomab Improves Survival in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Photo: Courtesy Two phase 3 studies evaluating blinatumomab (Blincyto, Amgen) in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) showed positive results for treatment benefit, Amgen reported. According to the press release, the 20120215 study met its primary endpoint of event-free survival for blinatumomab compared with conventional chemotherapy in pediatric patients with high-risk, B-cell ALL at first relapse. Additionally, the Children’s Oncology Group ...

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Cinnamon for diabetes: Simple tips to add the common Indian spice to your diet

Dhaka, Sept 26 : A person is said to be diabetic when their blood sugar is excessively high and the insulin hormone produced in the pancreas — that breaks down the glucose — is neither made by the body nor utilised well. The condition, if not managed well, can severely damage one’s eyes, kidneys and overall health, reports The Indian ...

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Local fruits can fight heart disease & cancer

You don’t have to spend a near fortune to buy superfoods like quinoa, chia seeds, olive oil, and dark chocolate. The highly-touted health benefits of these global superfoods can be accrued from foods found in the kitchens of every Indian home. Foods with high amounts of flavonoids—anti-inflammatory compounds found in plant-based foods blueberries, kale and apples, protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly in ...

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Daily ‘polypill’ reduces heart disease, stroke: study

A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts the risk of major heart failure and stroke by a third, researchers said Friday. In clinical trials, the so-called “polypill” was especially effective among people with no history of cardiovascular disease, reducing the number of severe events by 40 percent, they reported in The Lancet, ...

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Normal birth and Caesarean: Differences in babies’ bacteria

Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a “thermostat” for the immune system. And they may help explain why Caesarean babies are more likely to have some health problems later in life.The researchers ...

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Doctors, pharmacists asked to ensure universal health service

Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today urged the physicians and pharmacists to draw up a comprehensive treatment mechanism to ensure a universal healthcare benefiting the people. “If it is possible to utilize the pharmaceutical sector properly, country’s economy will become stronger . . . I urge doctors and pharmacists to work unitedly to ensure an universal ...

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Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can cause damage to your blood vessels

For every 10 smokers out there, there is at least one “vaper”. Come on, you’ve seen them—standing out from amongst the crowd, sucking on their Juul. Perhaps you are one of them too. Whether you partake in e-cigarettes or are thinking of making the move, here’s a bit of information that will make you reconsider your decision. A new study ...

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Your smartphone might give you cervical spondylosis

Wherever you go I’ll follow you! No, we are not referring to the famous TV ad, rather your our extended body part–our mobile phone! Is this the way you are glued to your cell phone? Well, then say hello to text neck syndrome. Confused? Then keep reading!Our overwhelmed attitude towards our smartphones make us inseparable. We just can’t live without ...

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