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New data on breast, ovarian cancer highlight age risks

Researchers unveiled new data Tuesday that they said would help better assess breast or ovarian cancer risks in women, identifying the advantages of early detection and lifelong monitoring. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), involved nearly 10,000 women with the most common mutations — 6,036 with BRCA1 and 3,820…

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Drugs manufacturing: Good practice check list

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs. The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad. The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections…

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This couple claims to be living a ‘food-free’ life

Studies have shown the health benefits of brief periods of intermittent fasting, but one couple has gone one step further and claims they live a ‘food-free’ life, reported The Independent. Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, are ‘Breatharians’ – they eat just three times a week, and only ever a piece of fruit or…

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One third of U.S. adults don’t know e-cigarette vapor may harm kids

ATLANTA: Even though the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded e-cigarette vapor may expose children to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, a new study finds that one in three adults aren’t sure if the devices are dangerous to use around kids. Big U.S. tobacco companies are all developing e-cigarettes, battery-powered gadgets with a heating element that…

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Mother’s obesity boosts risk for major birth defects: study

PARIS: Children of obese women are more likely to be afflicted by major birth defects, including malformations of the heart and genitals, according to a study published. The fatter the mother, the higher the risk, it found. “We found that risks of major congenital malformations in offspring progressively increase with maternal overweight and severity of…

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Tobacco use among US students dropped sharply in 2016: study

WASHINGTON: Tobacco use among American middle and high school students — especially electronic cigarette use — declined sharply in 2016 from the year before following several years of strong growth, according to a study out. The number of students who said they had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days was 3.9 million…

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One in five children in developed world in relative poverty: UN

PARIS: One in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty, according to a UNICEF report published Thursday that put the US and New Zealand among the world’s worst performers for youth well-being. Nearly 13 percent of children in those countries lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food, the report said, with that…

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Aspirin increases bleeding risk in older stroke patients: study

Long-term, daily use of aspirin to prevent blood clots in very elderly patients leads to an increased risk of serious or fatal internal bleeding, researchers said Wednesday. Heartburn medication would allows people 75 years and older to keep the preventative benefits of aspirin while avoiding its dangerous side-effects, they reported in the medical journal The…

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Eat grapes and protect your teeth from decay: Study

ISLAMABAD: Eating grapes can protect your teeth from decaying as a recent study suggests a natural compound found in grapes can strengthen teeth and boost the strength of fillings. Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry said this discovery could stop people from losing teeth as the grape seed extract which…

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Obesity ‘epidemic’ affects one in 10 worldwide

WASHINGTON: More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, fueling a global health crisis that claims millions of lives every year, according to a major new international study released on Monday. Obesity numbers have more than doubled in 73 countries and surged elsewhere around the…

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Flower power: gardening as therapy in Poland

RUSKIE PIASKI: An elderly woman leans over to smell a lush flowerbed of lavender in sprawling gardens surrounding an imposing early 20th-century palace in a pastoral corner of eastern Poland. Slowly a smile lights up her face, erasing her previous stony expression — she suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which often renders her emotionless. The sudden…

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Health benefits of Imli and Aaloo Bukhara drink

ISLAMABAD: “Imli and Aaloo Bukhara” drink is a perfect drink to beat the heat of hot month of Ramzan and a much healthier alternative to carbonated colas. “Imli and Aaloo Bukhara” are consumed in Ramzan for its cooling effect as well as for other nutritional qualities. `Imli’ (Tamarind) contains many volatile phytochemicals such as limonene,…

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Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

GENEVA: Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said. The new cases were registered in the oil-rich province Deir Ezzor, the majority of which is controlled by the Islamic State group and…

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Marriage protects from heart problems: interesting study

It is said if you marry, your drawers gets filled with medicines before long. But, study by a British research institution says the opposite. The study says your better half helps reduce your woes and worries, and provides a spur to your healthy longevity. Watch this.

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WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance

GENEVA: The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary. The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: “Access”, “Watch”…

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Age is just a number for Hong Kong’s harbour swimmers

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is one of the world’s busiest ports, but every morning daring elderly swimmers dive in to its choppy waters against a teeming backdrop of ferries, cargo ships and fishing boats. The city’s older generations fill public spaces as the sun rises, practising sword dancing and tai chi, or playing…

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New app helps Mali skin doctors reach out to distant patients

BAMAKO: In Mali, where skin conditions are widespread and skin doctors are scarce, physicians have turned to technology to treat patients remotely. From his Bamako office, Professor Ousmane Faye, one of a small number of dermatologists in Mali, examines photos of an arm and a torso afflicted by a skin pigmentation disorder. The photos arrived…

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Austria’s fantastical factory of ‘raw art’

MARIA GUGGING: Nestled in the hills of Austria sits Gugging, an artists’ colony with a difference where the worlds of psychiatry and art collide — with spectacular success. Over the past 50 years, mentally ill patients here have churned out an astounding 75,000 recognised artworks, some selling for over 100,000 euros ($110,000). In particular, it…

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Large sum of budget to be earmarked for education: CM Sindh

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah hinted that a large sum of the provincial budget will be earmarked for education, Samaa reported. He made the statement in a meeting of Sindh Cabinet on Monday. He added that employment opportunities will be created in the next fiscal year. Shah further stated that the provincial…

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High-glucose beverages responsible for heart disease, diabetes: study

MELBOURNE: Higher levels of glucose in sweet carbonated beverages in Australia are responsible for high rates of heart disease and diabetes, a study published on Monday has found. The study, published by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, found that some popular sweet drinks in Australia had 22 percent more glucose than those…

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Sushma Swaraj assures medical visa to ailing Pakistani infant

Escalating tension on the Indian-Pakistani border has not hindered Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj from helping a Pakistani father in bringing his two-and-a-half-year-old infant to India for treatment. According to Times of India, Ken Sid, a Pakistani national, reached out to Sushma Swaraj for a medical visa as his son has a heart complication…

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