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Dental care in early dementia might prevent problems later

Preventive dental care provided in the early stages of dementia could help limit major tooth problems later, researchers say. “Dementia is associated with a change in health habits, including two major ones – diet and teeth cleaning,” said Robert Emanuel of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in Sussex in the UK, a specialty care dentist who is often consulted to …

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Scientists grow new ears for children born with defected or no organ

Scientists in China have grown new ears for five children born with a defect that impacts the shape and function of the ear, according to CNN. According to the researchers, they have conducted a first-of-its-kind study to cure microtia — in which external ear is small and not formed properly — using cartilage cells from the children’s ears. The new …

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Woman sues Japanese government over forced sterilization as a teen

TOKYO: A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilised as a teenager due to intellectual disabilities sued the government on Tuesday in the first case of its kind, seeking compensation because her basic human rights had been trampled on. Under Japan’s eugenics protection law, in force from 1948 to 1996, about 25,000 people were sterilised due to mental or genetic illnesses, …

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FDA clears radioactive drug for cancer that killed Steve Jobs

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a radioactive drug to treat the ultra-rare type of digestive tract cancer that killed Steve Jobs in 2011. The approval for Advanced Accelerator Applications SA’s Lutathera comes just days after Swiss giant Novartis AG closed its $3.9-billion acquisition of the French company. Lutathera is unusual in that it harnesses the same …

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Anti-aging field ´explodes´ in pursuit of healthy old age

WASHINGTON: Experts on the forefront of anti-aging medicine say the field is booming, with therapies on the horizon to target illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer´s and make for a healthier, older population in the years to come. Such remedies are increasingly important because of the world´s aging population. Growing old, experts say, is a leading risk factor for most human …

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Modern medicine infected by the virus of mistrust

PARIS (AFP) – A rising tide of suspicion amplified by social networks has eroded public trust in modern medicine, leaving scientists and health officials scrambling for ways to shore up its credibility, experts say. Especially in rich nations, faith has waned in vaccines that have saved millions from the ravages of polio, tetanus, small pox, influenza and many other once …

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Heart attack risk high with one cigarette a day: study

PARIS: Just one cigarette a day carries nearly half the risk for heart attack and stroke as smoking a full pack of 20, according to a large-scale study published Thursday. “If someone smokes one cigarette instead of 20 per day, intuitively we´d think that the risk drops to 1/20, or five percent,” said lead author Allan Hackshaw, a professor at …

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Sindh government fails to operationalise German Regional Blood Centres

KARACHI: There has traditionally been a lack of voluntary blood donation culture in Pakistan, where thousands of patients in need of blood transfusions battle between life and death daily. In such a scenario, ten state-of-the-art Centralised Blood Centres funded by the German government across Pakistan are a welcome addition to the health infrastructure in the country. Four of these state-of-the-art …

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Consuming 100 percent fruit juice does not alter blood sugar levels, study suggests

(Online) – A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science suggests that consuming 100% fruit juice does not significantly impact fasting blood insulin, fasting blood glucose, or insulin resistance. The results are consistent with prior studies which have shown that consumption of 100% fruit juice is not linked to increasing risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It also …

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More than 50 peacocks ‘mysteriously’ die in Thar

THARPARKAR: More than 50 peacocks have died in a fresh outbreak of a mysterious disease in three villages of Thar in the last four days. Previously, peacocks have died due to ‘ranikhet’ or other diseases which occur in the summer. However, the circumstances behind the outbreak of the new disease remain mysterious. Locals shared that the infected peacocks had swollen …

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