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India Zika virus outbreak cases reach 60

The number of Zika virus cases has touched 60 in India, with more people being diagnosed with the infection, health officials said Monday.   “Some 60 people have so far tested positive for Zika and all are from the western ...

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Diabetes linked to deaths from alcohol, accidents, suicide: Study

People with diabetes are more at risk of deaths from alcohol-related factors, accidents or suicide, than non-diabetics, a study has found. “We know that living with diabetes can lead to a mental-health strain. Having to monitor their glucose levels and ...

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Too fat to fight: Pentagon grapples with obesity epidemic

Forget about the high-tech military challenges from China and Russia, the Pentagon is facing a fast-growing national security threat that could be even trickier to tackle: America’s obesity crisis.   A study released this week has found that nearly one-third ...

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253mn people visually impaired, 36mn blind in world

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi speaks at a discussion held in Dhaka on Thursday in observance of the World Sight Day 2018. An approximately 253 million people in the world live with moderate to severe vision impairment — ...

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Excessive vitamin A may increase risk of bone fractures

Turns out, consuming too much vitamin A may decrease bone thickness, leading to weak and fracture-prone bones.   A new study, undertaken in mice, found that sustained intake of vitamin A, at levels equivalent to 4.5-13 times the human recommended ...

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Lethal diseases can be treated before birth thanks to gene editing

In a first, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth.   Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, researchers from ...

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100 years on, Spanish Flu holds lessons for next pandemic

It was the disease to end all others, infecting a third of humanity, killing tens of millions in their beds and prompting panicked talk of the end of days across continents still reeling from war.   One hundred years on ...

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Type-2 diabetes signs ‘detectable years before diagnosis’

The warning signs of type-2 diabetes may be detectable 20 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers say. Elevated fasting blood sugar levels and insulin resistance were seen in people years before they developed pre-diabetes, often a pre-cursor to type-2, ...

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Vitamin D supplements do not boost bone health: Lancet study

Intake of Vitamin D supplements does not prevent fractures or falls, or improve bone mineral density in adults, especially in women, claimed a new Lancet study.   Vitamin D supplements have long been recommended for older people to treat or ...

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HIV-positive mother donates liver to save daughter’s life

Faced with the only chance to save a child’s life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first — transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative daughter, it was announced Thursday.   The doctors ...

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