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‘Motivational interviewing’ can help smokers kick the habit

A team of researchers has demonstrated that motivational interviewing can make smokers see tobacco as something disagreeable, thus helping them to quit the habit. Motivational interviewing is a psychological technique of direct intervention that seeks to produce changes in patient ...

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Statins strongly linked to increased diabetes risk

In a database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, cholesterol-lowering drugs statins have been found to increase the risk of developing diabetes. The study, which included only people who at baseline were free of heart ...

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This common amino acid can fight dental plague, cavities

A new research has suggested that Arginine, a common amino acid found naturally in foods, breaks down dental plaque that can help millions of people avoid cavities and gum disease. University of Michigan’s Alexander Rickard discovered that in the lab ...

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Ebola may persist in survivors’ eyeballs for months

The Ebola virus can persist within the eyeballs for months after a patient recovers from the deadly disease, researchers have found. A report released this week by the US journal New England Journal of Medicine described a case in which ...

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Liberia declared Ebola-free, but outbreak continues over border

Liberia was declared free from Ebola by the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the deadly virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic. However, ...

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Fat or fiction? Dispelling myths

Still struggling to come to grips with the notion that fat is good for you? It’s time to distinguish between good from the bad and take the best pick. Naturopathic nutritionist Amy Morris has gathered some of the most common ...

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Ebola deaths pass 11,000 mark: WHO

The number of deaths from the Ebola epidemic now exceeds 11,000, figures from the World Health Organization showed on Wednesday. In the three countries worst affected — Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — 26,593 people were infected, and 11,005 had ...

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Overweight diabetics live longer than slimmer ones

Being a bit on the heavier side may not be that bad for diabetics as researchers have found that patients with Type-2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese live longer than those who are underweight or normal-weight. Researchers call ...

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Higher visibility of food around house linked to obesity

If you reduce the visibility of food around your house, chances of your family members turning obese may just reduce, suggests a new study. The Ohio State University researchers have identified two seemingly unrelated but strong predictors of obesity: having ...

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Cigar smoking not a safe alternative

If you thought smoking cigars is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, your are wrong. New research associates many of the same fatal conditions as cigarette smoking. Researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carried out a systematic review ...

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