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Exercise can overcome the ‘Obesity Gene’

Even if obesity is “in your genes,” regular exercise can help keep extra pounds at bay, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people carried a particular gene variant that raises obesity risk, regular exercise seemed to reduce the effects of their DNA — by about one-third.   The gene in question is known as FTO. Studies show that ...

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Delhi Apollo Hospitals ready to share bone marrow transplant experience with Bangladesh

The Apollo Hospitals in Delhi is ready to share its expertise and experience of carrying out bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedures with the first-ever Bangladesh Centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. “We built from scratches…so we can share our experience and contribute in Bangladesh Centre,” Dr Jyoti Shanker Raychaudhuri, head of the BMT Department of the hospital said in an ...

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An apple a day keeps diabetes away

You may want to add fresh fruits to your diet as according to a recent study, the greater the consumption, the lower is the incidence of diabetes, as well as occurrence of complications in diabetics. Although the health benefits of diets including fresh fruit and vegetables are well established, the sugar content of fruits has led to uncertainty about associated ...

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Medics use video to help parents of neo-natal babies

Medics treating infants at a Scottish hospital are using video technology in a new scheme helping parents keep in touch with their babies. Staff are able to send short films of their patients to parents when they are away from the hospital. The initiative is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK and it is being ...

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Toronto doctors complete first-in- Canada : heart procedure without surgery

Doctors in Toronto has performed first-in- Canada percutaneous coronary intervention to unblock arteries of a patient. The non-surgical procedure carried out on 55-year- old Robert Barton with the help of ‘something’ called TandemHeart at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. “Barton's life recently took a 180-degree turn. He has a lot more energy, and he's able to do simple activities again like ...

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UK funding increased to fight neglected tropical diseases

The UK government is investing an extra £200m in programmes to fight neglected tropical diseases, which affect more than a billion people in the world's poorest countries. Without treatment, river blindness, guinea-worm and trachoma can disable children and stop adults working. The funding will go towards the distribution of tablets to treat diseases and research into new drugs. Ministers said ...

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More than 20 million Britons ‘physically inactive’

    More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. The charity warns that inactivity increases the risk of heart disease and costs the NHS around £1.2bn each year. Harriet Mulvaney experienced a heart attack at 44 and decided to make changes to her lifestyle. “Looking back on ...

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Nursing gains popularity in country

    Once nursing was a neglected profession in the country. But over the times, world’s most female dominated profession is gaining popularity in Bangladesh for its bright prospect at both home and abroad. Female students are choosing to build their career in nursing profession as it has been recognized officially and socially as dignified profession for serving the people. In order to cope with ...

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Smoking pot at 15 or earlier may lead to memory loss

    A team of Canadian researchers has found that teenagers, who begin smoking pot as early as 15 or younger, may suffer long-term cognitive impairment, memory loss, physical illnesses and respiratory diseases.   The findings, published in the journal Health, shows that young users, who smoked pot, reported the most impact to their physical and mental health and those ...

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Yoga could replace antidepressants

    If you are diagnosed with depression, just take a deep breath and join yoga classes to experience significant reduction in symptoms without the side effects associated with antidepressants, new research suggests. “This study supports the use of a yoga and coherent breathing intervention in major depressive disorder in people who are not on antidepressants and in those who ...

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