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Precision cancer therapy works in 3/4 of patients: study

NEWS DESK: A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the United States instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown success in three-quarters of patients, researchers said Wednesday, reported AFP. The medicine, called larotrectinib, is made by Loxo Oncology of Stamford, Connecticut and was…

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Having a sibling could make you kinder: study

NEWS DESK: Having a brother or sister could make you kinder and more empathetic, a new study has found, reported The Independent. It’s common for siblings to seesaw from adoring to detesting one another but, aside from personality clashes and competing for everything from toys to attention, growing up with a brother or sister can…

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Chronic heavy drinking linked to increased risk of dementia: study

NEWS DESK: Alcohol abuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia, with drinking disorders associated with a three-times greater risk of all types of the disease, a new study indicates, reported The Independent. Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal shows that the majority of cases of early-onset dementia in people below the…

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Self-esteem key to treat mental health patients: Study

ISLAMABAD: Improving how mental health patients perceive themselves can be critical in treating them, a first of its kind study has claimed. The findings of the study suggest that youths with psychiatric disorders, currently receiving inpatient services, reported lower self-concept, particularly global self-worth, compared to those receiving outpatient services. “This was the first study that…

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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…

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No-sweat exercise may prolong life for the elderly: study

NEWS DESK: A few hours a week of light exercise — walking the dog, puttering about in the garden — lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said Tuesday, reported AFP. Their findings, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, challenge two long-held assumptions about the benefits…

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Exercise boosts brain health in adults

ISLAMABAD: Daily exercise can help youngsters boost their brain performance, found a new study. The new study of 52 young women found that oxygen availability, which is known to positively relate to brain health and function, is higher in adults who exercise regularly. Women who exercised on a regular basis had higher oxygen availability in…

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Environmental chemicals may boost body weight: study

NEWS DESK: Chemicals used in food wrappers, non-stick pan coatings and clothing may boost body weight by interfering with metabolism, especially in women, US researchers said Tuesday, reported AFP. These chemicals — known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — have previously been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol, and obesity. “Now, for the…

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1 in 9 people infected after gut surgery: study

NEWS DESK: More than 12 percent of people who have gastrointestinal surgery become infected within 30 days of going under the knife, researchers said Wednesday in a study covering 66 countries, reported AFP. For low-income nations, the incidence of so-called surgical site infection was double the global average, according to the results, based on data…

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Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer: Study

ISLAMABAD: Smokers and drinkers should avoid hot tea as it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, said a study. According to the study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the cancer, which starts in the esophagus, was already known to be linked to smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition…

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Electric pulses to the brain can improve memory as much as 15 per cent, finds study

NEWS DESK: Sending electric pulses to the brain can improve memory by as much as 15 per cent, scientists have found, reported The Independent. The team used a technique which monitors brain activity to identify when it’s not effectively storing new information, and send a helpful zap which helps commit it to memory. It is…

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Migraines linked to heart disease: study

NEWS DESK: Suffering with migraines could be a sign of underlying heart problems, a 19-year investigation involving more than half a million people has suggested, reported The Independent. Cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rates are all linked to migraine, according to the research published in the British Medical Journal….

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Ibuprofen could harm fertility of unborn baby girls, study finds

NEWS DESK: Pregnant women who take the common over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen could harm the fertility of their unborn baby girls, according to a new study, reported The Independent. Taking the tablets for just two to seven days within the first three months could lead to a shortened period of fertility, early menopause, or infertility in…

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Heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past: study

NEWS DESK: Women who suffer from heavy periods can attest how terrible it feels when their time of the month comes around. Thankfully, heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a pioneering new study into the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding, reported The Independent. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh,…

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Heart attack risk rises 6 times in week post-flu: study

NEWS DESK: People who get the flu may face a six-fold higher risk of heart attack in the week following infection, said a study released on Wednesday, that bolsters the need for widespread vaccinations against the flu, reported AFP. The risk of heart attack — or myocardial infarction — is particularly acute in older adults,…

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Eating gluten-free food isn’t always good for health: study

NEWS DESK: Eating gluten-free food isn’t necessarily beneficial for your health, a new study has claimed, reported The Independent. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, compared the nutrient content and cost of regular and gluten-free food products in the UK. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire…

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Microwaves in EU countries emit as much carbon dioxide as 7 million cars: study

NEWS DESK: Microwaves across the European Union emit as much carbon dioxide as nearly 7 million cars, according to a new study, reported The Independent. Researchers at the University of Manchester carried out the first ever comprehensive research into the environmental impacts of microwaves, considering their whole life cycle, from “cradle to grave”. They found…

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Women who work nights face higher cancer risk: study

NEWS DESK: Women who regularly work the night shift in Europe and North America may face a 19 percent higher risk of cancer than those who work during the day, said a study Monday, reported AFP. These heightened risks were not apparent among female night-shift workers in Australia and Asia, said the meta-analysis in the…

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Consuming certain sugars can impair your cognitive performance: study

NEWS DESK: Consuming certain sugars can drastically diminish your cognitive performance, a study has discovered, reported The Independent. Previous studies have explored the positive impact ingesting glucose can have on your brain, namely improving your memory. However, the consumption of other sugars, such as fructose and sucrose, can have an adverse effect. Researchers from the…

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Gin and tonic drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths

NEWS DESK: If you enjoy a gin and tonic, black coffee or any other bitter tastes then you could be a psychopath, reported Indy100. At least that’s what a group of researchers in Austria have discovered. A study conducted at Innsbruck University discovered that enjoying bitter flavours can be linked to a number of less…

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Do you know sudden heart attack may be caused by low calcium intake?

ISLAMABAD: People with deficiency in calcium in their blood are on a higher risk of experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) than those with optimal levels,  a study said.  According to researchers, calcium plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones and joints, strong teeth and healthy blood vessels. It also helps regulate blood pressure and…

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