European women twice as likely to be blonde as men, study says

Apr 17, 2018 0

Women from European descent are twice as likely to be naturally blonde as men, according to new research.  The largest ever genetic study on pigmentation looked at nearly 300,000 people of European descent.  It found 124 new genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour variation.  The report’s authors say they are not sure why there are so many more blonde women than men, calling it an “intriguing mystery”.  The study which is published in Nature Genetics, builds on previous genetic studies that had only identified a dozen or so hair colour genes.  The data was supplied by the UK Biobank, American DNA testing company 23andMe and the International Visible Trait Genetics Consortium and their study partners in the Netherlands, Australia and Italy.  They chose people of European descent because of their variety in hair colours.  They found men were three times as likely as women to have black hair.  ...

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 Brain’s memory area might be associated with anxiety, depression

Apr 16, 2018 0

An area of the brain, commonly linked with memory and dementia, could also yield important clues about a range of mental health illnesses including addiction, anxiety and depression, a study has found. The area, known as hippocampus, is a seahorse-shaped structure located deep inside the brain. As part of the limbic system, it plays an important role in memory processing and spatial cognition, including how mammals learn to understand and navigate their environment. Hippocampus has been long known for its role in memory and dementia, especially in relation to Alzheimer’s disease. In Alzheimer’s patients for instance, ...

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Getting kids to a good weight by 13 may help avoid diabetes

Apr 15, 2018 0

There may be a critical window for overweight kids to get to a healthy level. Those who shed their extra pounds by age 13 had the same risk of developing diabetes in adulthood as others who had never weighed too much, a large study of Danish men found. Diabetes can develop when the body can’t properly use insulin to turn food into energy. Being overweight at any age raises the chances of the most common form, Type 2. But it’s not known whether or how much that risk is reduced if people lose weight, and when. “This study seems to suggest that overweight in adolescence is particularly harmful” and that reversing it by then can do a lot of good, said Dr. Stephen Daniels, pediatrics chief at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. He had no role in the study, which was led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, sponsored by the European Union, and published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. It involved 62,565 men... ...

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Online pharmacy sentenced for illegal imports

Apr 14, 2018 0

The Latest on the sentencing of an online Canadian pharmacy for illegally importing drugs into the U.S. (all times local):A Montana judge has sentenced a Canadian online pharmacy to pay $34 million for importing counterfeit and unapproved drugs into the U.S. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Friday accepted plea agreements with Canada Drugs and its founder, Kris Thorkelson. The company pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, and two subsidiary companies pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit drugs. Thorkelson pleaded guilty to knowing about and concealing a felony crime. Prosecutors say the company has made at least $78 million since 2001 by importing mislabeled and unapproved drugs. That includes two counterfeit cancer drugs that had no active ingredients. Canada Drugs was also sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to stop selling unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit drugs. Thorkelson received five years’ probation with six months’ house arrest. He also must pay a $250,000 fine. A Canadian online pharmacy is expected to be fined $34 million for importing counterfeit cancer drugs... ...

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WOTCLEF Calls for Implementation of Child Labor Laws To Protect Children

Apr 12, 2018 0

Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has called for full implementation of laws protecting children against abuse in the country. The Executive- Director WOTCLEF, Mrs Imabong Ladipo- Sanusi made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday decried the rate at which under-aged children were used in “worst forms of labor”, describing the situation as worrisome. “it is observed that children are often engaged in the worst forms of child labor like quarrying granite and gravel, commercial sexual exploitation, forced begging and armed conflicts”. She noted that people seeking cheap labor have continuously exploited children by engaging them in domestic activities and paying them stipends not commensurate to the services rendered. ...

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 Crocodiles Killed 30 people in Zimbabwe

Apr 11, 2018 0

At least 30 people were killed by crocodiles in separate incidents countrywide since last year, while more than seven others were seriously injured. According to official statistics, of the 30 people, 25 were killed last year, while five lives were claimed since the beginning of the year. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo said on the overall, 58 cases of crocodile attacks were reported countrywide last year. “Last year only, we received a total of 58 cases of crocodile attacks and we attended to 54 of these cases,” he said. “We however managed to eliminate about 28 crocodiles.” Mr Farawo said most of the cases involved crocodiles that had encroached into communities. Last year, he said, 18 cattle, four donkeys and 25 goats were also attacked and killed by crocodiles in separate incidents. ...

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Breast cancer patients fare better if they have muscle: Study

Apr 9, 2018 0

It may be the last thing that anyone struggling with breast cancer is thinking about, but it’s important: Get some muscles.  A new study published in JAMA Oncology finds that women with breast cancer who have more muscle mass have a better chance of survival.  In general, when people aren’t well they can lose a lot of weight, and much of that weight is muscle. Low muscle mass, called sarcopenia in medicine, also often occurs as we age, and it seems to correlate with poorer outcomes in people who are chronically ill, including those who suffer from cancer.  Previous studies on breast cancer and muscle mass have been done on women with more advanced cancer. This new study included younger women with less advanced breast cancer, ...

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Prostate cancer: Four in 10 cases diagnosed late, charity says

Apr 9, 2018 0

Four in 10 prostate cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed late, a study suggests. The report by charity Orchid found a “worrying trend” of late diagnosis with 37% of prostate cancer cases diagnosed at stages three and four. The report found one in four cases of prostate cancer was diagnosed in A&E.  In February figures showed the number of men dying from prostate cancer had overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK. With an aging population, the charity has called for urgent action to prevent a “ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision”.  Orchid chief executive Rebecca Porta said: ...

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