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´The man with three faces´ has second transplant

PARIS: Jerome Hamon is getting used to his new soubriquet “the man with three faces”. He remains in a Paris hospital, three months after undergoing his second face transplant, but has quickly accepted his new “identity”. His new face remains smooth and motionless, with his skull, skin and features yet to be fully aligned, a gradual process reliant on immunosuppressant …

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Exercise, not vitamins, urged to prevent falls in seniors

TAMPA: Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death among people over age 65, and seniors who want to avoid falls should exercise, not rely on supplements like vitamin D, US guidelines said Tuesday. The new recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force update those last issued in 2012, when the independent medical advisory group was favorable to taking …

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Israel’s Together signs deal to grow cannabis in foreign country

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Together said on Tuesday it plans to grow up to 25 acres (10 hectares) of medical cannabis in a foreign country in a deal that could bring annual sales of $75-$300 million, depending on the size of each harvest. Together did not name the country or the local company with whom its subsidiary, Globus Pharma, signed the deal. …

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Decoding of hair colour genes could aid cancer research

Scientists on Monday said they have uncovered more than 100 new genes linked to hair colour, a discovery which could advance knowledge on skin cancer and other diseases. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, could also help forensic scientists use DNA samples to identify the natural hair colour of unidentified criminals. In the largest ever genetic study on pigmentation, which …

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Immunotherapy vaccine to treat food allergens Showing Promise among mice.

Immunotherapy vaccine to treat food allergens Showing Promise among mice. DETROIT: Researchers have come up with an immunotherapy vaccine that happens to treat food allergens, at least among mice. The think tank at the University of Michigan’s Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, reached to a conclusion that immunizing peanut allergic mice can redirect how immune cells responded to peanuts …

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Pak to export 150,000 M/Tons white rice to Indonesia

JAKARTA (Web Desk) – Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Senior Vice Chairman Rafique Suleman, who is visiting Indonesia said that another tender of 150,000 M/Tons of 5% and 15% of Pakistani White Rice has been awarded to eight Pakistani Rice Exporters. In a statemnet issued on Friday, Rafique Suleman said that the exporters were awarded the contract include Garibsons …

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Study terms overuse of smartphone substance abuse

A new study says that overuse of smartphones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The findings published in the journal NeuroRegulation also showed that those who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. “The behavioural addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar …

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Good cholesterol may up gastro pneumonia risk

Good cholesterol levels may lead to infectious diseases such as gastroenteritis or pneumonia, a new study said. According to researchers individuals with very low high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol had a 75 per cent higher risk of infectious disease, whereas the risk was 43 per cent higher in those with very high HDL cholesterol, reported private news channel. “We found that …

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Over 4,000 families refuse polio vaccine in Punjab over ‘viral video’

Children being administered polio vaccine in Lahore. Photo: AFP/File LAHORE: More than 4,000 families refused to administer their children with polio drops during an ongoing immunisation drive in Punjab. Health department officials said that the refusals, originating from five districts of the province, stem from an anti-vaccine video being propagated on social media. They added that more than 4,000 refusal …

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Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in: study

PARIS: People who stay up late and have to drag themselves out of bed are likelier to die younger than those who rise and set with the Sun, researchers said Thursday. A survey of more than 430,000 people in Britain found that night owls had a 10-percent higher risk of dying in the 6.5-year study period than “larks”. “This is …

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