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Health & Fitness
Scientists in Germany have discovered a bacteria hiding out in peoples’ noses that produces an antibiotic compound that can kill several dangerous pathogens, including the superbug MRSA. The early-stage finding, reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday, could one day lead to a whole new class of antibiotic medicines being developed to fight drug-resistant bacterial...
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(Reuters Health) – People who watch television for five or more hours a day have more than twice the risk of those who watch half as much TV to die of a blood clot in the lung, a large Japanese study suggests. There are more than 200,000 cases of pulmonary embolism, which usually begins as...
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Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current outbreak: How do people become infected with Zika? Zika is transmitted to people...
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over 80
With all the talk about the risks of “polypharmacy” – being prescribed more than five medications – it might be surprising to learn that not receiving enough of the right prescriptions can also significantly increase your risk of being hospitalized or dying. Yet that is exactly what a new study from Belgium finds. “Absence of...
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happiness
The reasons experts usually give for eating more fruit and vegetables tend to be about long-term health benefits, but piling on the produce may also improve wellbeing in the shorter term, researchers say. Based on national surveys in Australia, the study team linked increases in fruit and vegetable servings per day to rising happiness over...
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zika vaccine
French biotech firm Valneva said on Thursday it has produced a possible vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Valneva said its facility in Lyon, central France, had succeeded in generating a “highly purified inactivated vaccine candidate” using the same platform as the company’s Japanese encephalitis vaccine which is marketed in the United States and Europe....
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zika olympics
The U.S. National Institutes of Health said it will fund a study to monitor U.S. athletes, coaches and members of the Olympic Committee staff for exposure to Zika virus while in Brazil, with the hope of gaining better understanding of how it persists in the body and the potential risks it poses. The study, announced...
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superbug
Scientists may have identified a second patient in the United States infected with bacteria carrying the mcr-1 “superbug” gene, which makes bacteria highly resistant to a last-resort class of antibiotics. The gene is believed to have been found in a sample of E. coli bacteria from a patient in New York. The finding follows the...
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quit smoking
Though conventional wisdom says it takes five to seven attempts for most smokers to quit, those estimates may be very low, a recent study suggests. Based on data for more than 1,200 adult smokers in Canada, the real average number of quit attempts before succeeding may be closer to 30. “For so long we’ve been...
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Parkinson
Parkinson disease may have become more common over the past 30 years, at least according to a study in one Minnesota county. “This is the first evidence that shows an increasing trend of Parkinson incidence, confirmation is needed,” said Dr. Honglei Chen of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Triangle Park, North Carolina,...
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whole grain
People who eat lots of whole grains are less likely than others to die of cardiovascular disease or cancer during long periods of follow-up, according to a new analysis of previous studies. The American Heart Association recommends that at least half of the grains we consume be whole grains, like oats or oatmeal, rye, barley,...
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zika
British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on changes in climate. Describing their model as “a major improvement in our understanding of the spread of diseases from animals to people”, the researchers...
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rio olympics
Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant “super bacteria” off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5. The findings from two unpublished academic studies seen by Reuters concern Rio’s most popular spots for tourists and...
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air pollution
Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around $2.6 trillion a year by 2060 unless action is taken, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report released on Thursday. The OECD examined the economic consequences of air pollution and found that...
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hiv mexico
Mexico adopted the UN a political declaration in which, together with the international community, to end the HIV-AIDS threat to public health in the world by 2030. The declaration sets out a number of specific targets for 2020, in order to eradicate the AIDS epidemic in the framework of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals...
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