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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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The power in your hand!

The chances of having a heart attack, stroke or dying young may be hidden in the palm of the hand, a study suggests. A trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries, published in the Lancet, suggests grip strength is ...

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Drinking milk delays progression of knee osteoarthritis in women

A new study has revealed that drinking fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The research also found that women who ate cheese saw an increase in knee OA progression, while yogurt did not impact ...

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More proof required to deem usefulness of E-cigs

Evidence backing the notion that electronic cigarettes are effective for long-term smoking cessation is lacking, finds a new study. Lead author Riyad al-Lehebi of the University of Toronto said that there were several other smoking cessation aids available that had ...

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Being a single mom before 50 can deteriorate your heath later in life

A new research has revealed that single motherhood between the ages of 16 and 49 is linked to poorer health in later life. The research showed that the risk of ill health for lone mothers is greater in countries like England, the ...

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Premature babies have great abnormalities in brain

Premature birth can alter the wiring in key parts of a baby’s brain, a new study has found. The discovery could help explain why being born too early increases the risk of neurodevelopmental problems -including autism and attention deficit disorders, say researchers. Scientists ...

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How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines. The efforts will help researchers identify ...

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Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ strain of typhoid spreads worldwide

An antibiotic-resistant “superbug” strain of typhoid fever has spread globally, driven by a single family of the bacteria, called H58, according to the findings of a large international study. The research, involving some 74 scientists in almost two dozen countries, ...

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Live on higher ground for lower weight

A good diet, exercise and cutting back on booze all come highly recommended, but a team of researchers has found another possible strategy for preventing obesity: head for the hills. Spanish researchers have found that people who live at high ...

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