UK spends £1.1 billion annually on asthma care, says study

A University of Edinburgh study has said that the health service in the United Kingdom spends at least 1.1 billion pounds annually on asthma-related care.

The researchers found that at least three people die each day from asthma-related attacks. Experts say that the majority of asthma deaths are preventable and called for a greater focus on basic care to cut down on the rates of severe attacks.

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Explanation found for Alzheimer's risk genes

Washington D.C., Aug. 18 : A recent study has identified a connection between ApoE4 gene and protein build-up associated with Alzheimer's that provides a possible biochemical explanation for how extra ApoE4 causes the disease.

For the uninitiated, for decades, scientists have known that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) are much more likely to have Alzheimer's disease at age 65 than the rest of the population.

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Mayo Clinic, collaborators strategise to use drugs to treat age-linked diseases and disabilities

Washington, Aug.17 : Rochester-based Mayo Clinic and members of the Geroscience Network have published six manuscripts that map strategies for taking new drugs that hold promise for treating multiple age-related diseases and disabilities.

According to Dr. James Kirkland, Director of the Mayo Clinic's Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, aging is the largest risk factor for most chronic diseases, including stroke, heart disease, cancer, dementias, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, blindness and frailty.

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Novel protein linked to diabetes identified

Researchers have identified a protein, the lack of which can contribute to development of Type-2 diabetes.

Absence of the PTRF (Cavin-1) protein in model organisms and humans results in a nearly complete loss of fat cells, a condition called lipodystrophy.

This lack of fat cells causes fat to be mis-targeted to other tissues where it causes them to become insulin resistant and eventually Type-2 diabetes develops, said lead author Libin Liu of the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

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Halal meat subsidized in China

Beijing, Aug 11 : Several provincial and local governments throughout China have subsidized Muslims' purchases of halal meat this year.

According to the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the policy has sparked controversy over whether the State should subsidize religious observance, the Global Times reported on Thursday.

Halal meat subsidies were first instituted in Wuhan, Hubei province in 2012 as meat prices rose, and several cities in China subsequently adopted this policy over the past four years.

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Possible link between the Zika virus- joint deformities in babies found

Washington D.C., Aug .10 : There might be a possible link between the Zika virus and rare, but severe, joint deformities in babies, said a study by scientists in Brazil.

It has led the experts to warn that the virus could be linked to a host of other problems in babies, some of which might only become apparent as they get older.

Microcephaly (a rare birth defect where a baby is born with an abnormally small head) and other severe fetal brain defects are the main features of congenital Zika virus syndrome.

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Diet designed to lower BP cuts risk of kidney disease too

New York, Aug 10 : A diet high in nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages and sodium may not only lower blood pressure but also reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, says a study.

This diet, known as DASH for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was designed primarily to reduce blood pressure.

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Why Zika infection may lead to severe joint condition at birth

London, Aug 10 : Brain cells that control the contraction or relaxation of muscles may be involved in Zika virus infection in the womb leading to a condition known as arthrogryposis, which causes joint deformities at birth, particularly in the arms and legs.

Microcephaly -- a rare birth defect where a baby is born with an abnormally small head -- and other severe foetal brain defects are the main features of congenital Zika virus syndrome. However, little is still known about other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause.

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Here`s how insurance status affects cancer survival

Washington D. C, Aug 8 : Men with testicular cancer, who were uninsured or on Medicaid, had a higher risk of death from what is normally a curable disease than insured patients, suggests two new studies.

Many studies have revealed barriers to cancer care associated with health insurance status. Using population-based data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute, these latest studies look at two cancers in particular: testicular germ cell tumors and glioblastoma.

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Here`s how insurance status affects cancer survival

Washington D.C, Aug 8 : Men with testicular cancer, who were uninsured or on Medicaid, had a higher risk of death from what is normally a curable disease than insured patients, suggests two new studies.

Many studies have revealed barriers to cancer care associated with health insurance status. Using population-based data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute, these latest studies look at two cancers in particular: testicular germ cell tumors and glioblastoma.

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