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UK-first for A&E mental health room opens at The Royal London Hospital

An award-winning new room to support people with mental health conditions in A&E has opened at The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. The mental health room is the first room of its kind in the country to have artwork specially created for its users by its users – a ‘Hope Wall’. With heart-felt messages from people who themselves have struggled with ...

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VR therapy helps ease fear of heights: Study

People who had lived with a fear of heights for decades became less afraid after virtual reality (VR) therapy that saw them riding a flying whale, researchers said Thursday.   A specialised team that included psychologists and IT experts put confirmed acrophobes through their paces in a series of life-like VR simulations, after which all reported “a reduction in fear”, ...

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New study finds e-cigarettes increase risk of heart disease

Did you know! E-cigarettes increase cardiovascular risk as much as cigarettes do.   The usage of e-cigarettes containing nicotine has a significant impact on vascular functions, claims new study.  It revealed that smokers of e-cigarettes experienced the same, if not higher level of cardiovascular elevation for prolonged periods after smoking the e-cigarette.   Researchers found that using e-cigarettes and cigarettes, ...

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New protein discovered linked to breast cancer growth

A sticky protien found outside cells may be the reason behind breast cancer growth.   A new study has uncovered that the protein called fibronectin promotes the activity of estrogen in breast cancer cells. The study “Fibronectin rescues estrogen receptor a from lysosomal degradation in breast cancer cells,” was led by Rocío Sampayo.  Together they show a novel mechanism of ...

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New treatment for chronic kidney disease in the offing

Scientists have devised a method to deliver genetic material to treat damaged kidney cells in mice, an advance that may lead to a gene therapy to cure the potentially fatal chronic kidney disease (CDK) in humans.   Researchers, including those from the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, found that gene therapy could slow down ...

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Nasim for reducing drugs prices

Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Saturday urged the pharmaceutical companies to reduce the prices of drugs so that common people of the country can afford it.   “I am requesting to the owners of the pharmaceutical companies to cut down the prices of medicines so people of middle income can afford the cost of drugs easily,” he ...

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Innovating virtual surgeon wins NHS70 Parliamentary Award

Professor Shafi Ahmed from The Royal London Hospital and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, has won a prestigious award to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday. Nominated by Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Professor Ahmed was announced as the countrywide winner of the NHS England Future NHS category in ...

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Zika virus may cause miscarriages, stillbirths without any symptoms

Pregnancy loss due to Zika infections that do not show any symptoms may be a common but unrecognised cause of miscarriages and stillbirths, raising concerns that the complications could be more common than currently thought, researchers say. The findings showed that 26 per cent of non-human primates infected with Zika during early stages of pregnancy experienced miscarriage or stillbirth even ...

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Too much salt in diet linked to increased mortality risk: Study

Consuming a diet high in sodium may lead to heart diseases, and increase the risk of early death, a study warns. The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, was carried on nearly 3,000 individuals with pre-hypertension or high blood pressure. It confirms a linear relationship between eating food high in salt and mortality risk.   “Sodium is notoriously ...

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May’s extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog

NAO’s Sir Amyas Morse warns more is needed to meet needs of a changing population The NHS will require far greater financial support than the latest cash boost announced by Theresa May if it is to meet the needs of a changing population, the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned. In the week of the NHS’s 70th birthday, Sir ...

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