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Placenta complications: ‘Women must know the risks’

Expectant mothers should be told that the risk of placenta complications rises after a caesarean or fertility treatment, according to top doctors. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidelines said early diagnosis of conditions placenta praevia and placenta accreta was vital.   They added doctors should discuss with women the safest way to give birth.   The conditions can ...

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Higher BMI can have negative effect on mental health: study

Higher body mass index (BMI) may negatively impact a person’s mental wellbeing, according to a study.   The research, published in the BMJ, explored the impact of aspects of physical health, such as body weight, heart health and blood pressure, to see whether a wide age range of individuals with poorer physical health went on to be less happy and ...

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Researchers warn prosthetic valve increases risk of death

A new research found that patients who undergo a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) suffer an increased risk of death and heart failure.   Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania stated that the implanted heart valve is too small for the patient which can lead to inadequate blood flow. The team also found that the risk of death and heart ...

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Researchers discover gene that protects against dementia

A previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been uncovered, providing insights into how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented.   The research from the Cohen Lab at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology sheds new light on the protective role of a naturally occurring mitochondrial peptide, ...

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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast kills nearly 100

 The United Nations says at least 97 people have died of cholera in northeastern Nigeria over the past two weeks. As well as the outbreak, the region is grappling with attacks by local militant group Boko Haram. A cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast has killed dozens of people and led to hundreds of new infections, the United Nations said Saturday. ...

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Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.   The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence ...

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Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: study

Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday.   The link remained even after heavy drinking, smoking and other well established risk factors for dementia were ruled out, the researchers reported in medical journal BMJ Open.  Worldwide, about seven percent of people over 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s or some ...

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Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight, study says

Did you know? Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota.   Researchers from across Canada looked at data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort on microbes in infant fecal matter. They used World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts for body mass index (BMI) scores.  Associations with altered gut flora ...

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Poppy Jaman CBE scoops Asian Achievers Award 2018

Top honours for inspirational Asian role models were presented in London on Friday, 14 September British Bengali mental health campaigner Poppy Jaman has received the 2018 Asian Achievers Award for her services to the community during a glittering ceremony held in London. The awards celebrate outstanding British Asian talent across the arts and media, sports, community service, the professions, uniformed ...

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South Africa superbug kills six newborns

An outbreak of the Klebsiella pneumonia superbug that killed six newborns at a government hospital in Johannesburg has forced medics to close the facility’s neo-natal and maternity wards.   The Thelle Mogoerane hospital in the eastern Johannesburg township of Vosloorus has been in the grip of the antibiotic resistant bacteria since July 11.  “We can no longer admit babies here,” ...

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