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High BP redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure should be treated earlier when it reaches 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90, according to the first comprehensive high BP guidelines in the US in more than a decade. The guidelines are being published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure. ...

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Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for children’s health’

Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health, say researchers. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLOS One journal, suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. The study also found some were smoking in front of their grandchildren and not giving them sufficient exercise. But Maureen Lipman, a grandmother of two, said: “The ...

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9-year-old Meets His Lifesaver for the First Time at DKMS Big Love Gala

  DKMS, a blood cancer charity, hosted its first UK Big Love Gala in London, on Thursday 9 November, and an exclusive meeting between a nine-year-old boy and his lifesaver took place. Ritesh Kukreja,from Bhiwani, India, was diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder, in June 2008. He was receiving blood transfusions twice a month and was told his best chance of ...

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World Mental Health Day 2017: How to create a more supportive workplace

We’ve all had stressful days in the office, but when you’re faced with a toxic work environment and an impossible to-do list on a daily basis, it can have a profoundly negative impact on your mental health. Today marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is all about tackling the issue of mental health in the workplace. The aim ...

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This is the best workout for women

When it comes to exercise, the aerobic kind steals all the glory. All of the fun ways to sweat can help you get the government-recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week, like swimming, volleyball, brisk walking—anything that speeds up your blood flow and breath.   Less appealing is the other, more neglected kind: strength-training. While about half of Americans ...

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Stunted growth still a big impediment to national health

Bangladesh needs a national plan of action on nutrition if the country is to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of reducing stunted growth in children by 2025, a leading researcher has warned. At least one in every three children under the age of five in Bangladesh suffers from stunted growth, and the total figure of 5.5 million stunted ...

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NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

NHS leaders are urging nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers to have a flu vaccination to protect their patients this winter. Vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and older people are also reminded to have their free jab. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director, told the BBC he was worried about how staff would cope with a major ...

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How to keep your heart healthy’

While advancing age increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), living a healthy life from your youth may help prevent the disease, which is touted as the number one killer in both men and women globally as well as in India, experts suggest. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CVDs (coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension) contribute to ...

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Eyeball tattoo damaging Canadian model’s sight

A model from Canada has lost the sight in her right eye after an eye tattoo procedure went horribly wrong.   Catt Gallinger from Ottawa is recovering slowly but steadily over the past month following her decision to get a sclera tattoo, which colors in the whites of the eye.   Calling the decision a ‘massive mistake,’ Gallinger shared the ...

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‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer

Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments. Medulloblastoma affects about 70 to 80 children a year in the UK and requires intensive treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. That can leave children with life-altering injuries.But the breakthrough means targeted treatments could be developed ...

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