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Insulin patch pump: A new tool for diabetes care

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common type of diabetes in the world. T2D is typically treated with lifestyle changes, such as increased physical activity and improved diet, and the oral drug metformin. While insulin is rarely the first ...

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Cancer Drugs Fund ‘huge waste of money’

The Cancer Drugs Fund in England was a “huge waste of money” and may have caused patients to suffer unnecessarily from the side effects of the drugs, according to UK researchers. The fund ran from 2010 to 2016, costing £1.27bn, ...

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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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Citizens groups demand higher tax on tobacco products

Four citizens groups have urged the government to impose higher duties on tobacco products in the 2015-2016 budget to discourage their use. They proposed withdrawing the tax-slab system on tobacco and impose a higher specific excise tax on all tobacco ...

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India orders Nestle to recall Maggi noodles from shops, say found dangerous levels of lead

Food inspectors have ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from shops across the country, saying the product contained dangerous levels of lead. The Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh said high lead content ...

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Health facilities, staff attacked in 17 countries

Attacks on medical facilities, health workers and patients have occurred in at least 17 countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest since January 2014, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report issued on ...

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WHO sets up $100 million fund to avoid being ‘overwhelmed’ again

The World Health Organisation is setting up a $100 million contingency fund to ensure that the UN agency will not be “overwhelmed” by a major crisis again as it was with Ebola. The WHO and Director-General Margaret Chan have come ...

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