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Yoga reduces lower back pain

Yoga and physical therapy(PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, a new study suggests. Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research from Boston University in US, showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or 1-on-1 PT, which suggests ...

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Babies worst affected as Samoa measles deaths rise to 32

The death toll from a measles epidemic in Samoa rose to 32 on Tuesday as infection rates continue to soar out of control in the Pacific island nation, official data showed. According to government figures, 28 of the dead were children aged four or under. The total number of measles cases was 2,437. Samoa has declared a state of emergency ...

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Death toll from Samoa measles epidemic reaches 25

A measles epidemic in Samoa has now claimed 25 lives, with children bearing the brunt of the deadly outbreak, official data in the Pacific island nation showed Monday. The government said they had registered 2,194 cases of the disease — in a population of about 200,000 — with more than half those affected aged under four years old. All of ...

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Call to stop further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance

Medical practitioners and health experts at a discussion here today called for stopping the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance as its consequence is very much hazardous to the public health. They identically mentioned that all sorts of overrated and frequent uses of antibiotic in human body as well as in all other domestic animals like poultry birds, fish ...

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Cancer immunotherapy drug ‘less toxic and prolongs life’

Derek, from Leicestershire, took part in a trial of pembrolizumab An immunotherapy drug that could save some cancer patients from the ordeal of extreme chemotherapy may also help them live longer, researchers say. In a trial, pembrolizumab kept head and neck cancers at bay for an average of two years – five times longer than under chemotherapy. The patients also ...

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JS body for increasing preventive measures against Dengue, Chikungunya

Parliamentary standing committee on Health and Family Welfare Ministry  discussed the overall activities taken to prevent Aedes mosquito from breeding and preventive measures against Dengue and Chikungunya. The committee directed the Local Government Department to collaborate    with the City Corporations to increase the activities regarding prevention of the diseases, said an official release issued on Wednesday. Also, the meeting ...

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E-cigarettes turn many young people into smokers: expert

A number of international cohort studies have confirmed that e-cigarettes are the gateway to many teenagers and young adults developing smoking habits, said Xiao Lin, a researcher at the Tobacco Control Office at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP). As e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a widely recognized cause of lung cancer and a number of other serious diseases, ...

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New Zealand provides further support for Samoan measles outbreak

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced further support to Samoa on Monday as the government of Samoa responded to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Peters said in a statement. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...

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Huntington’s disease: Woman who inherited gene sues NHS

A woman is suing a London NHS trust for not revealing her father had been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease before she had her own child. She only discovered he carried the gene for the degenerative, incurable brain disorder after her daughter was born. The woman then found out she too carried the faulty gene, meaning her daughter has a 50% ...

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Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads. Surgeon Prof Maria Joao Cardoso, said there was no evidence that herbal therapies or creams ...

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