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Eat less salt, avoid heart disease

Experts have advised not to take more than five grams of salt a day to avoid high blood pressure and heart diseases, which are major factors of deaths worldwide. Average intake of salt in Bangladesh is 10-12 grams, said Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury of National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends intake of five ...

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Stomach cancer can be treated using tomato extracts: study

Tomato extracts can inhibit the growth and malignant cloning of stomach cancer cells, according to a new study that paves the way for novel therapies to treat the deadly disease.   Researchers analysed whole tomato extracts for their ability to tackle gastric cancer cell lines.   “Their antitumoral effect seem not related to specific components, such as lycopene, but rather ...

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Quit Tobacco for Ramadan and for life

Help is at hand in the run up to Ramadan for Muslims to receive support in quitting tobacco before the holy month begins. Ramadan is one of the most important events of the Islamic calendar as it is a time for fasting, praying, forgiveness and purification. It is seen as a time to start positive habits, making it an ideal ...

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General election: Labour’s ‘£7.4bn a year extra for NHS’

Labour says it will spend an extra £37bn on the NHS in England over the next five years if it wins power. The investment, including £10bn on upgrading IT systems and repairing buildings, would be funded by tax increases and capital borrowing. Jeremy Corbyn blamed the NHS cyber attack on “Tory cuts”, promising a service “fit for the modern day”. ...

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French regulator says up to 4,100 children victims of epilepsy drug

An estimated 2,150 to 4,100 children in France suffered a major malformation in the womb between 1967 and 2016 after their mothers took a treatment against epilepsy and bipolar disorders known as valproate, France’s drug regulator said on Thursday. Valproate, which has been manufactured in France by Sanofi under the brand Depakine in the field of epilepsy and Depakote and ...

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Ebola: WHO declares outbreak in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country’s north-east, the WHO says. The Congolese health ministry had notified the WHO of a “lab-confirmed case” of Ebola, it added on Twitter. More than 11,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West ...

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,Sunscreens may cause Vitamin D deficiency,

While sunscreens are known to protect against skin cancer, they may be inadvertently making you deficient in Vitamin D, causing muscle weakness and bone fractures, researchers warned. According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, nearly one billion people worldwide may be having deficient or insufficient levels of Vitamin D due to inadequate sun exposure ...

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Want to lose weight? Start eating avocados

Want to shed those extra kilos? Try avocados, which may help lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) as well as lead to smaller waist circumference, researchers have found.   The findings, published in the journal Internal Medicine Review, showed that avocado consumers were 33 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese and 32 per cent less likely ...

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110m in US talc cancer case

Pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $110m (£85m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using its talcum powder. Lois Slemp, 62, from Virginia, Missouri said she developed the cancer after four decades of using talc products. Prosecutors argued the company did not adequately warn about ...

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