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Indian surgeons remove ‘heaviest recorded’ brain tumour

MUMBAI: Indian surgeons who removed a massive brain tumour in a marathon seven-hour procedure said Thursday they believe it could be the heaviest ever recorded. Neurosurgeon Trimurti Nadkarni told AFP the operation took seven hours to complete and the patient required 11 units of blood. Santlal Pal, a 31-year-old shopkeeper, had been carrying around a tumour weighing nearly two kilos …

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Hospitalized older adults less often tested for flu

Even though elderly people have the highest rates of hospitalization and death from influenza, a US study suggests that older patients may be less likely to get tested for flu in the hospital. Researchers examined data on 1,422 adults hospitalized with a respiratory illness or a high fever at four hospitals in Tennessee during the flu seasons from 2006 to …

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Study finds new superbug typhoid strain behind Pakistan outbreak

LONDON: An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant “superbug” strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.Researchers from Britain’s Wellcome Sanger Institute who analysed the genetics of the typhoid strain found it had mutated and acquired an extra piece of DNA to become …

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Women should be given more time to give birth, make choices: WHO

GENEVA: Women in labor should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Among 26 new recommendations, it rejected a traditional benchmark in labor wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s cervix at the rate of 1 centimeter per hour, saying it …

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Women should be given more time to give birth, make choices: WHO

GENEVA: Women in labor should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Among 26 new recommendations, it rejected a traditional benchmark in labor wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s cervix at the rate of 1 centimeter per hour, saying it …

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FDA approves J&J prostate cancer treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved Johnson & Johnson’s Erleada treatment for use with prostate cancer patients whose cancer has not spread but continues to grow despite hormone therapy. The drug is the first FDA-approved treatment for non-metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer, the FDA said in a statement.

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Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer: study

A study has found that smokers and drinkers should avoid drinking hot tea as it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus The study published in the Journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, the cancer which starts in the esophagus was already known …

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Free public transport for older adults tied to less depression

Eliminating cost as a barrier to getting around town may improve the mental health of older adults by reducing loneliness and lack of social engagement, suggests a UK study that followed over 18,000 people for more than a decade. Researchers found that increased eligibility for a free bus pass led to an 8 percent increase in the use of public …

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Even without nicotine, e-cigarettes can still damage lungs

E-cigarette liquids sweetened with flavorings like vanilla and cinnamon may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a US study suggests. Researchers examined what happened to monocytes, a type of white blood cell, upon exposure to flavoring chemicals used in popular e-cigarette liquids. None of the liquids contained nicotine, but the flavoring chemicals still appeared to increase biomarkers …

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Vaping may boost pneumonia risk: study

PARIS: Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping´s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes. But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who …

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