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Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries – China, India, the US and Russia. Despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number of smokers, ...

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Children with asthma may be at higher obesity risk: Study

Is your kid suffering from asthma? If yes, he or she may be more likely to become obese later in childhood or in adolescence, researchers have warned. The findings showed that young children with asthma were 51 per cent more ...

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Cannabis still harmful to health: report

Medicinal cannabis effectively treats chronic pain and significantly helps those with multiple sclerosis (MS), a major US report on the health effects of marijuana has found. But recreational cannabis smoking is likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and may ...

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Browned toast and potatoes are ‘potential cancer risk’, say food scientists

Bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning. Acrylamide is produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried ...

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Almost 20% of breast cancer patients fail to complete prescribed endocrine therapy

Around 20% of breast cancer patients do not complete prescribed endocrine therapy, researchers reported at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore. The study in over 5,500 women found that younger patients and those who had taken hormone replacement therapy ...

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‘Tooth repair drug’ may replace fillings

Teeth can be encouraged to repair themselves in a way that could see an end to fillings, say scientists. The team at King’s College London showed that a chemical could encourage cells in the dental pulp to heal small holes ...

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NHS not in ‘humanitarian crisis’, says Theresa May

Theresa May has rejected claims from the Red Cross that there is a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS. The prime minister acknowledged there were “huge pressures” on the health service and said No 10 had provided the funding requested. Mrs May ...

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Healthcare spending for US kids up 56pc in 20 yrs

The cost of keeping American kids physically and mentally healthy increased 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, a new study finds. Healthcare expenditures jumped from nearly $150 billion in 1996 to more than $233 billion in 2013 for those 19 ...

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Children’s online junk food ads banned by industry

Online ads for food and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar aimed at children are to be banned under new rules from advertisers. The Committee on Advertising Practice (CAP) said its restrictions would also apply to all other media ...

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Bloomberg Philanthropies commits $360 million in new grant to reduce tobacco use

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a new grant of $360 million to global anti-tobacco efforts. The grant supports evidence-based policies to curb tobacco use and works to increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco in low and middle-income countries, it said ...

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