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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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Two people just got black death plague in China

Two people in China are being treated for plague, authorities said Tuesday. It’s the second time the disease, the same one that caused the Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, has been detected in the region — in May, a Mongolian couple died from bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, a local ...

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Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing. Justina, an asylum seeker who fled political persecution in ...

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Right ‘doses’ of yoga can reduce depression, anxiety

If applied in right “doses”, yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research. Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder. To reach ...

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Tonga closes schools as measles epidemic spreads

All government primary schools and kindergartens in Tonga have been shut in an effort to limit the spread of measles sweeping through the South Pacific, the government announced Thursday. With the number of confirmed and suspected measles infections in the Pacific kingdom nearing 200, Education Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said schools would be closed until at least November 25. “Children who ...

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How meditation can help you to become less error prone

Researchers have found that meditation could help you to become less error prone. According to the health experts here, meditation also helps in rejuvenating the mind, mental well-being, better concentration power along with improved memory. Practically stress and unwanted tension are some of the major reasons of short term forgetfulness and unfocused behaviour, the experts added. Manish Gupta, senior consultant ...

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Genetics affect the way one tastes food

A specific gene makes certain compounds taste bitter, which may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet, according to a new study. “Your genetics affect the way you taste, and taste is an important factor in food choice,” said study author Jennifer L. Smith from University of Kentucky. According to the researchers, everyone inherits ...

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Maintaining exercise frequency in older adults can prevent heart disease

As people age, they tend to lower the physical activity but they should work out more in order to prevent heart disease and stroke. In a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers found that people who did less moderate as they got older had about 27 per cent increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, while those ...

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Brain implants used to fight drug addiction in US

Patients with severe opioid addiction are being given brain implants to help reduce their cravings, in the first trial of its kind in the US. Gerod Buckhalter, 33, who has struggled with substance abuse for more than a decade with many relapses and overdoses, has already had the surgery. Lead doctor Ali Rezai described the device as a “pacemaker for ...

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