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Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the United Nations health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned that there were still far too many people indulging in the unsafe habit. "Tobacco doesn't just cause cancer". But many tobacco users in China and India are unaware of their increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke, making it urgent to step up awareness campaigns, it said. Read More »

Study reveals chewing gum while walking burns more calories

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They monitored the heart rate, and it showed that a natural pace and chewing gum would increase the heart rate. As a result, the team found that the mean heart rate was significantly increased after the gum trial. In men over 40, it also boosted the distance walked, number of steps taken, and energy exerted. In 1999, a study claimed that people used 19% more energy while sitting when they chewed zero-calorie gym. Read More »

Is coackroach milk the next big superfood?

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In fact, cockroach "milk" is made up of nutrient-rich crystals reported to have three times the energy of the equivalent mass of normal dairy milk. The "milk", a "post-natal fluid" secreted by a mother cockroach to nourish her 50-something strong army of baby cockroaches, has been touted as an excellent source of nutrition and amino acids by researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India. Read More »

Most popular vitamin, mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

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A vast spectrum of the nutritional supplements was covered in the review, which comprised calcium , zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 ( niacin ), B6, B9 ( folic acid ), C, D, E and mineral supplements β-carotene. New research shows the vast majority of vitamins don't have any measurable benefit. More information on the study can be found in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology . Read More »

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin, study shows

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Chewing gum . Whether you munch on it because you're bored or restless, because you simply enjoy the taste, or as a quick fix after a very umami meal, you've probably had a fair share of it in your life. It turned out that both men and women who'd chewed two pellets of real gum during the walk had significantly increased heart rates when compared with their powdered-gum counterparts. Read More »

Another Indian state reports Nipah virus death, fanning fears of spread

The 27-year-old soldier's medical condition, after his return, prompted the authorities to admit him to Command Hospital on May 20, the defence spokesperson said, adding that Prasad passed away five days later. Mohandas said, as officials continue to try to track the root of the outbreak. Meanwhile, fruit sellers in Kerala were badly hit as the news of Spreading of Virus Linked to Fruits got viral. Read More »

Virginia Senate passes budget with Medicaid expansion

Democrats have pushed unsuccessfully for years to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Wednesday's voting marked the end of a more than four-year battle over whether Virginia should expand the publicly funded health care program for the poor. Health care advocacy groups praised the move and said low income Virginians who can not afford health care coverage will finally receive access to care without jeopardizing their financial future. Read More »

On this World No Tobacco Day Choose Life over Heart Disease

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The day is meant to advocate effective policies which can help in reducing tobacco consumption among the masses. Given that CVDs constitute the number one cause of death in the world, the World Heart Federation (WHF) applauds this initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read More »

AI is now better at detecting skin cancer than expert dermatologists

A team of Germany , United States, and France conducted a research in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology was asked to distinguish skin lesions (cancerous cells) from benign (normal) ones among 100,000 images. At level I, humans could accurately detect melanomas 86.6% of the time and correctly identified benign lesions with an average score of 71.3%. "Before doing so, 100 of the most hard lesions were selected to test real dermatologists in comparison to the results of the CNN ... Read More »

Artificial intelligence algorithms appear to be better at detecting skin cancer

In level I, the dermatologists accurately detected an average of 86.6% of melanomas , and correctly identified an average of 71.3% of lesions that were not malignant. Scientists got the computer - known as a deep learning convolutional neural network ( CNN ) - to check pictures from 100 patients. Although the CNN algorithm will not replace human doctors, the researchers believe that it can be used to aid doctors to diagnose skin cancer faster and better. Read More »

RECALL ALERT: TAYTULLA birth control packaging error

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Allergan notes that it won't be obvious that the pill are not in the correct sequential order. The physician sample pack should have 24 pink capsules with hormones followed by four maroon capsules without hormones, Allergan said. "The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order", the FDA said. Read More »

OxyContin Maker Kept a Dark Secret: Confidential Report

Apparently it didn't stop the drugmaker from continuing to aggressively market the drug. Purdue Pharma , the company behind OxyContin, has insisted it had no idea that the opioid painkiller was being abused by addicts until it was too late. Read More »

Most popular vitamin and mineral supplements provide no health benefit, study finds

Of the four most commonly used supplements - multivitamins, vitamin D , calcium, and vitamin C - none had a significant effect in regards heart health , either in preventing heart attacks or strokes, or in preventing death. Mom was right: There's no substitute for healthy eating. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data (1999 to 2012) on about 38,000 adults showed that in 2012, up to 52% of the population was taking supplements, including 31% taking multivitamins. Read More »

Children Threatened By Ebola Outbreak In DRC

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Many of them follow religious and traditional practices, especially during funerals, which are not necessarily aligned with health recommendations. She said it the country is in the same category, named priority 2, with other countries such as Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Southern Sudan and Zambia. Read More »

South African firm sells 'insect milk' as next superfood

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Like humans, the young are directly nourished inside the womb by the mother before they are born. It was back in 2016 that a research team at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India said the "milk" from a type of cockroach on Pacific Islands like Hawaii, which give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, was found to have great nutritional value to humans. Read More »

'Cockroach milk' is latest superfood trend

Scientists only have a few days to work with, as mother cockroaches only begin lactating for their young at around 40 days old. However, the consumption of cockroach milk is not entirely new and there are several celebrities who include critters in their diet. Read More »

Haryana Minister Anil Vij compares Rahul Gandhi to Nipah virus

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To create awareness among the public on the possible spread of the virus in border districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Director of the Public Health department recently conducted a meeting in Coimbatore, he said. Betodkar said that the results of the blood samples, which have been sent to Kerala, would be available by Tuesday evening. His remarks on Congress chief have come at a time when the deadly Nipah virus has claimed at least 14 lives in Kerala alone. Read More »

Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo tomorrow

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Jasarevic said in addition the Ministry of Health and WHO had reviewed all the cases considered likely and after investigations, it turned out that some were not cases of Ebola . Representatives of the World Health Organization and UNICEF accompanied the health minister. Complicating factors include its spread to a major city, the fact that health workers have been infected and the existence of three or four "separate epicenters" that make finding and monitoring contacts of infected ... Read More »

Sleeping In On Weekends Might Help You Live Longer

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults aged 18-60 get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Torbjörn Åkerstedt , a clinical neuroscience professor at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and one of the authors of the paper, said the findings are similar with previous research into sleep duration and the connection to mortality. Read More »

State to provide hepatitis A vaccine to affected counties

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Public health officials in Nashville confirm that a Hepatitis A outbreak has hit the city with a total of 14 known cases of the disease. Persons who are uninsured or underinsured, working in food service or who are in the high-risk group are eligible for the vaccine at no cost in Kanawha or Putnam Counties. Read More »

Kim Miller: Words matter when it comes to mental health

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In the 2017 America's Health Rankings' report, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis, Washington ranked 13for mental health services and providers available statewide. The first step to getting the right treatment is to see a health care professional and review one's symptoms and life circumstances. Teaching people how to cope with stress can avoid it leading to additional issues such as depression and anxiety. Read More »

Don't want Lyme disease? Time for a new tick-resistant outfit

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Nice warm winters mean more of them survive", she explained. "So, if you were bitten in an area where the tick is prevalent and you continue to have symptoms of Lyme disease , it is often worth a second trip to see your physician if you did not have detectable titers immediately". Read More »

Catholic priest 'infected with Ebola' in DR Congo

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Two Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola patients who fled hospital in the city of Mbandaka on Monday attended a prayer meeting with 50 people hours before they died, Jean-Clement Cabrol, an emergency medical coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), said today. Read More »

Cops in Nebraska seize enough fentanyl to kill 26 MILLION people

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The drugs, seized last month, could kill over 26 million people , according to estimates by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). "Because of the unsafe nature of the substance, troopers do not perform field testing on suspected fentanyl", according to the statement, so the powder was sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab for confirmation. Read More »

Pfizer to pay $23.85 million to settle kickback allegations

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Justice Department said in a May 24 settlement statement . As part of a settlement with the Department of Justice, Pfizer will pay the government almost $24 million to resolve kickback allegations; both blue and red states worry association health plans could become targets for scam artists; a prototype of a swallowable sensor that can send results to a smartphone app will provide a peek into the digestive system. Read More »

Study Says Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

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People who stayed on the pills for two or three years were most likely of all to pile on the pounds, says the report from King's College London . They also looked at other factors like age, diseases, and smoking habits. The study doesn't prove that the drugs caused weight gain, according to its lead author, only that there's a link that may help explain the rise in obesity . Read More »

Obesity is linked to 12 different cancers

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In a Norwegian study that tracked 137,205 women between 30 and 70 years old, researchers also found that those who gained more than 22 pounds over a period of five to eight years were almost twice as likely as those who maintained a stable weight to develop pancreatic cancer. Read More »

Daily egg consumption may reduce cardiovascular disease

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Raised blood pressure, carrying too much weight or obesity, and elevated blood sugar all contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is triggered by unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking and harmful use of alcohol. Daily egg consumers - defined as those who consumed slightly less than one egg per day on average - had a 26 percent lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a 28 percent lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke death, and an 18 percent lower risk of heart-disease related death ... Read More »