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Local campaign to improve HIV testing in Tower Hamlets

This year’s HIV testing week,  set to be the largest event ever, is being backed by Amy Whitelock Gibbs, Councillor for Health and Adult Services in Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets Council, which funds the local HIV Prevention projects provided by local charity, Positive East, is supporting National HIV Testing Week 2015, which runs from Saturday, November 21 to Saturday, November ...

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Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

A study of 153 brain scans has linked a particular furrow, near the front of each hemisphere, to hallucinations in schizophrenia. This fold tends to be shorter in those patients who hallucinate, compared with those who do not. It is an area of the brain that appears to have a role in distinguishing real perceptions from imagined ones. Researchers say ...

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Healthy eating and physical activity to reduce diabetic complication

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that occurs due to absolute insulin deficiency (type-1 diabetes) or inadequate insulin secretion or action (type-2 diabetes). Insulin is needed for entry of glucose into the cells after food metabolism which is hampered in diabetes, resulting in increase blood glucose level. Diabetes, especially the type-2 diabetes is a global epidemic. The largest increase in the ...

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Phones need ‘bed mode’ to protect sleep

  Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic “bedtime mode” that stops them disrupting people’s sleep, says a leading doctor. Prof Paul Gringras argued the setting should filter out the blue light that delays the body clock and keeps people awake later into the evening. The doctor, from Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, said every new model was “bluer ...

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Acupuncture & Alexander technique help alleviate chronic neck pain

Both acupuncture and the Alexander technique can improve chronic neck pain, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Over 500 UK patients with nonspecific neck pain of at least 3 months’ duration were randomised to one of three strategies: 12 acupuncture sessions plus usual care, 20 one-to-one Alexander technique lessons plus usual care, or usual care alone. ...

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Weight loss can keep irregular heartbeat in check

Overweight patients treated for a common type of irregular heartbeat are less likely to experience a relapse if they shed those extra pounds, according to a new research. Researchers have found that the recurrence of atrial fibrillation increases in patients who are overweight and decreases when patients are able to lose weight and keep it off, following a cardiac ablation. ...

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Safety first at Barts Health

Patients and visitors at Whipps Cross University Hospital are now able to immediately identify the senior nurse on their ward following the launch of new ‘Nurse in Charge’ badges. As part of Barts Health’s drive to ensure safe and compassionate care, the distinctive red badge will be worn by the senior nurse on every shift at the hospital.Associate Director of ...

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Processed meats do cause cancer: WHO

Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. Meanwhile, it said red meats were “probably carcinogenic” but there was limited evidence. But ...

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China’s life expectancy rises, but health inequalities remain

According to a new research, last two decades have seen a rise in the life expectancy in every province of China, but the large inequalities between provinces remain, suggesting that localisation of policies will be crucial to government health reforms Two new studies reveal for the first time how health in different regions of China has changed in recent decades. ...

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