Less meat consumption, exercise may cause mental distress in youngsters

Dec 13, 2017 0

New Delhi: Excess of everything is bad and so can lack of anything be. Lack of essential proteins like meat can put youngsters at risk of mental distress, says a study.  The study suggests that young adults who eat meat less than three times a week and exercise less may be at an increased risk of mental distress. ...

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Air pollution increases risk of birth defects –says Researchers

Dec 13, 2017 0

Washington: A new study adds to growing evidence that exposure to air pollution before conception or even during the first month during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects in children. Although the increased risk is modest, the potential impact on a population basis is noteworthy because all pregnant women have some amount of exposure. ...

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Heat-not-burn tobacco ‘is a health risk’

Dec 13, 2017 0

“Heat-not-burn” tobacco products are harmful to health even though they are safer than regular cigarettes, say UK experts.  The advisory panel to the government said the devices produce “a number of compounds of concern”, including some that can cause cancer.  Manufacturers say their products are aimed at smokers who want the “taste of tobacco with no smoke and less smell”. The panel was concerned that young non-smokers might start using the products. ...

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 Baby born with heart outside body ‘doing well’

Dec 13, 2017 0

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by Caesarean section. She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest. The condition, ectopia cordis, is extremely rare, with only a few cases per million births, of which most are stillborn. ...

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 Kidney disease may up risk of diabetes: Study

Dec 13, 2017 0

The risk may be attributed to the rising level of urea — the nitrogen-containing waste product in blood, which comes from the breakdown of protein in foods.  Kidneys normally remove urea from the blood, but it can build up when kidney function slows down, resulting in greater insulin resistance as well as secretion in the body. ...

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 US: ‘Flushable’ pregnancy test gets FDA’s approval; set for 2018 launch

Dec 13, 2017 0

The US Food and Drug Administration has given its nod of approval to a Philadelphia start-up to sell its flushable pregnancy test on the market. The product has been developed by a start-up called Lia and is the first and only FDA-approved flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test. Made with a special paper that works long enough to take the test and but then degrades in water, the pregnancy test has no glass and requires no batteries. However, it works just like the plastic pregnancy tests – the Lia tests will react to the pregnancy hormone found in urine, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), displaying two lines to indicate pregnancy, one line if not. The company says the product was 99% accurate in advance tests and is expected to hit the markets in mid-2018, the New York Daily reported. Once available on Lia’s website and Amazon, the test could cost anywhere between $9 and $22. ...

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 50 percent individuals aged 40-54 have clogged arteries: Study

Dec 13, 2017 0

You may be middle-aged and pride yourself on being perfectly healthy – normal weight, no diabetes, don’t smoke – but you still may have clogged arteries. Urging stronger measures to lower cholesterol, researchers have warned that a high level of so-called “bad cholesterol,” or LDL-C, is the main reason why apparently healthy individuals suffer heart attacks or strokes in middle age. ...

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 Kenyans to Get Vaccine That Protects Babies from Typhoid

Dec 12, 2017 0

Millions of children in developing countries like Kenya will soon be protected against typhoid fever, following an approval by Gavi to support the introduction of a vaccine. The funds that are up to the tune of Sh8.7 billion ($85 million) agreed by Gavi Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) last week will go towards bulk-buying of new typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs), the alliance said yesterday. “Typhoid has long been eliminated from most industrialised nations, but it is still a serious threat in developing countries where the vast majority of deaths occur,” said Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Gavi board chair. Typhoid shots from five other drug makers, including one developed by privately-held Bharat Biotech, are also under development and expected to be available between 2018 and 2022. Gavi, which is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, Unicef and donor governments, among others, funds bulk-buy vaccination programmes for poorer nations that can’t afford shots at developed-economy prices. ...

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