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First US Zika Death Reported in Puerto Rico

| 04/30/2016

The first known death in the US to the Zika virus has been recorded in Puerto Rico, say health officials.¬†A 70-year-old man infected with the mosquito-borne virus died in February, Puerto Rico’s health secretary said. The US territory has recorded more than 600 Zika cases, with 73 of those involving pregnant women. Zika has been […]

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China: Obesity ‘Explosion’ In Rural Youth, Study Warns

| 04/27/2016

Obesity has rapidly increased in young rural Chinese, a study has warned, because of socioeconomic changes.¬†Researchers found 17% of boys and 9% of girls under the age of 19 were obese in 2014, up from 1% for each in 1985. The 29-year study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, involved nearly 28,000 students […]

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How Your Diet Affects Your Risk Of Colon Polyps

| 04/26/2016

Eating foods known to promote inflammation may increase a person’s risk of developing polyps in the large intestine, or colon, a new study finds. These polyps are a common precursor to colon cancer. Compared with people whose diets contained the lowest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods, people whose diets contained the highest amounts of pro-inflammatory foods […]

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Fear Over Eating Disorder Care in Japan

| 04/25/2016

Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders claims the health system is failing hundreds of thousands of sufferers. It also says the pressure on girls, in particular, to be thin has “gone too far”. The government says […]

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Spring Allergies? Don’t Assume It’s Only Pollen

| 04/24/2016

Spring allergy season is here, so if you know your triggers you can start reducing your symptoms, experts say. You may believe pollen is the culprit. But, other substances such as mold may be involved in your allergies as well, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The college says more than […]

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Common Medicines Tied To Changes in The Brain

| 04/21/2016

Commonly used drugs for problems like colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease have long been linked to cognitive impairment and dementia. Now researchers have some fresh evidence that may help explain the connection. The drugs, known as anticholinergics, stop a chemical called acetylcholine from working properly in the nervous system. By doing […]

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Uganda’s Only Cancer Treatment Machine Breaks, Patients Left Waiting

| 04/20/2016

Thousands of cancer patients in Uganda will be left untreated for months after the nation’s only radiotherapy machine broke down, triggering public criticism about underfunding in the health system weeks after the president’s re-election. The device, bought in 1995 and sited at the main Mulago referral hospital, stopped working early in April, Christine Namulindwa, the […]

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Vaccine Switched in ‘Milestone’ Towards Ending Polio

| 04/19/2016

More than 150 countries have begun switching to a different polio vaccine – an important milestone towards polio eradication, health campaigners say. The new vaccine will target the two remaining strains of the virus under a switchover 18 months in the planning. There were just 74 cases of the paralysing disease in 2015 and there […]

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