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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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Viagra may cause irreversible damage to colour vision

High doses of Viagra — a popular erectile-dysfunction medication — can cause irreverible damage to a person’s colour vision, a first-of-its-kind study suggests.   Researchers from Mount Sinai Health System in the US based their study on a 31-year-old patient ...

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Hand wash with soap can save a million lives: Lancet

Hand washing with soap can save at least a million lives annually by reducing water related diseases including Diarrhoea and pneumonia, said an article of Lancet, a UK based medical journal.   “Hygiene is the practice of keeping oneself and ...

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Half of all women are at risk of dementia and Parkinson’s disease: study

Nearly half of women and one in three men are at risk of developing stroke or degenerative neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s during their lifetime, according to a study published Monday.   Dutch researchers considered all three conditions ...

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Researchers find link between depression and heart disease

It is a known fact that depression is on the rise, especially amongst the middle age group. Currently, it is one of the leading causes of health perils across the world.   For quite some time now, a link between ...

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HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases

China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second ...

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Oral contraceptives could reduce risk of ovarian cancer: Study

According to a recent study, new types of combined oral contraceptives are associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer.   At least 100 million women worldwide are using hormonal contraception every day. Previous research has shown a reduced risk ...

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