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Parasitic worm infection may increase HIV risk

Parasitic worm infection may increase HIV riskLondon, Aug 3 : People infected with a parasitic worm called Wuchereria bancrofti may be more likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with the worm, a new Lancet study says.
W bancrofti is a mosquito borne parasitic worm. Worldwide, it causes 90 per cent of lymphatic filariasis cases, a disease commonly known as elephantiasis, which is a neglected tropical disease as defined by the World Health Organisation.

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Want to live happy, eat more fruits and vegetables

Want to live happy, eat more fruits and vegetables London, July 11 : Apart from reducing the risk of cancer and heart attacks, consuming up to eight portions of more fruit and vegetables a day can substantially increase people's happiness levels in life, finds a new study.
"Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health," said Andrew Oswald, professor at the University of Warwick in London.

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Overweight adolescents at high risk of heart failure

Overweight adolescents at high risk of heart failure London, June 20 : Men who are overweight in their adolescence are at an increased risk of heart failures in their middle age, reveals a new study.

Heart failure, which relatively occurs around the average age of 47, has becomes a major threat to health worldwide, the researchers said.

The findings showed that adolescent males with a body mass index (BMI) between 20 to 22.5 had a 22 per cent increased risk of heart failure as adults.

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Migraine can put women at higher risk of heart diseases

Migraine London, June 15 : Women who suffer from migraine headaches have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease in later life, says a study.

The findings showed that women with migraine have a higher risk of stroke or heart attacks than those without the condition.

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Ditch tampons for menstrual cup to boost your sex life

Ditch tampons for menstrual cup to boost your sex lifeLondon, May 29 - Switching from tampons to a menstrual cup can improve your sex life, according to a recent survey.

Usually made from rubber and shaped like an egg cup or funnel, the cups are inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual fluid and can be used for up to 12 hours before needing to be emptied, the Daily Mail reported.

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Lancet slammed over `low-salt diet risking heart` study

Lancet slammed over `low-salt diet risking hear London, May 21 : The prestigious medical journal The Lancet has garnered strong reaction for publishing an academic paper that claimed eating too little salt can risk hearts.

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Dine with wine for good health

Dine with wine for good health London, May 2 : Wine lovers, science has got your back! A new study shows sipping a glass of your favourite tipple with dinner per day is actually good for you.

Researchers from the universities of Helsinki and Tampere studied the drinking habits of almost 2,600 people between 18 and 69.

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Diet for one year to keep weight off for good

Diet for one year to keep weight off for good London, Apr 18 : You may want to stick to your diet for a year to keep weight off permanently as a recent study suggests so.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have found that the body's own survival mechanism can be overcome after a year of dieting, the Daily Mail reported.

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How gut keeps bacteria from escaping

How gut keeps bacteria from escaping London, March 21 : A team of British researchers has discovered how the immune system stops bacteria in our gut from leaking into the blood stream that may help in treatment and prevention of life threatening infections.

If the bacteria escape from the gut into the bloodstream, they can cause infections elsewhere in the body that become deadly if left untreated.

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New penile implant adds 2 inches to girth, length

New penile implant adds 2 inches to girth, length London, Mar 20 : Having a smaller than average manhood can really take a toll on some men's mental health, but now, a new silicone penis implant is here to give that extra boost below the belt.

A Beverly Hills urologist, Dr. James Elist, developed the revolutionary penile enhancement procedure worth 13,000 dollars that instantly increases the length and girth by approximately two inches.

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Here's what you should actually be counting to lose weight

Here's what you should actually be counting to lose weight London, Mar 20 : The go-to system for shedding extra kilos has long been calorie counting, but most diet plans make eating right seem like a game of numbers.

However, the practice of counting macro-nutrients and not calories that has been used by bodybuilders for years is now sweeping the fitness and wellbeing world, the Daily Mail reported.

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Paracetamol 'not clinically effective' in treating joint pain

Paracetamol 'not clinically effective' in treating joint pain London, March 19 : Paracetamol, a medication widely used to treat pain and fever, does not meet the minimum standard of clinical effectiveness in reducing pain or improving physical function in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis, says a study.

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Lack of stem cells leads to repeat miscarriages: Study

Lack of stem cells leads to repeat miscarriages: Study London: In a development that could lead to new treatment for those who have suffered failed pregnancies, researchers have discovered that a lack of stem cells in the womb lining causes thousands of women to suffer from recurrent miscarriages.

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Genital talc puts you at increased ovarian cancer risk

Genital talc puts you at increased ovarian cancer risk London, Mar 7 : Women, who regularly powder their genitals with talc, may be at an increased risk of ovarian cancer, according a new study.

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Now, a device to zap off depression

Now, a device to zap off depressionLondon, Mar 5 : What if zapping an electric current into ears could help patients with depression? A new study has revealed a gadget that stimulates the brain when anti-depressants don't work.

The gadget, which can be used at home, works by transmitting mild currents through clips fixed to skin on the ears. This stimulates a nerve connected to an area of the brain that regulates mood, the Daily Mail reported.

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This app can help doctors spot cancer signs!

This app can help doctors spot cancer signs! London: Offering hope to millions of cancer patients around the world, the Scottish government has launched a new app that helps doctors diagnose the disease using information about symptoms, signs and images of what to look out for, a media report said.

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How lack of education affects heart health

How lack of education affects heart healthLondon, Feb 22 - Patients with no schooling benefit least from blood thinning medications - the most effective way of preventing strokes in patients most at risk, show results of a new survey.

The survey involved more than 1,100 patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac rhythm disorder that substantially increases the risk of stroke.

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UK now smacked by 'cannibalism-inducing' Blue drugs

UK now smacked by 'cannibalism-inducing' Blue drugsLondon, Feb 21 - A new high has hit the UK streets in the form of blue pills that can 'turn users into cannibals.'

The drug, called Blue Star, made headlines after Florida user Rudy Eugene chewed off a homeless man's upon consuming it in 2012, the Daily Star reported.

Experts fear the drug, which is a combination of banned mephedrone and unidentified substances, can lead to addicts having violent spells.

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Childhood cancer survivors face eye movement disorder

Childhood cancer survivors face eye movement disorderLondon, Feb 21 Commonly used chemotherapy toxins can impair the childhood cancer survivors' eye motor skills -- the eyes' ability to follow moving objects, new research has found.

"We observed that most of these patients were not able to move their eyes smoothly and steadily, but jerkily and fitfully," said one of the researchers Per-Anders Fransson from Lund University in Sweden.

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How fast are your lungs ageing? Here's the lowdown

How fast are your lungs ageing? Here's the lowdownLondon, Feb 18 - Mothers who smoke, respiratory infections and the date you were born all contribute to determine how fast your lungs are ageing, says a new study.

The research revealed three factors that influence ageing of the lungs: Firstly, having a mother who smoked when she was pregnant with you will affect your lungs in a negative way; secondly, if your birth happened to be during the harsh winter season.

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The more you weigh, the further distances appear

The more you weigh, the further distances appear London, Feb 15 : Asking obese people to go an extra mile seems to be a fruitless effort at times and now, we know why.

According to a new study, the heavier you are, the greater your brain perceives the distances to be, the Mirror reported.

The US researchers found that fat people are far less likely to engage in physical activity because they perceive distances to be twice as long compared to healthy people.

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New `allergy-free` hip implant can help tackle arthritis

New `allergy-free` hip implant can help tackle arthritis London, Feb 8 : An "allergy-free" new hip implant has come to the rescue of the people living with arthritis, who might be allergic to traditional metal versions.

The hip implant is made from the same tough plastic used in high-voltage cable insulation be used in hip resurfacing procedures, where bone damaged by arthritis is capped rather than fully replaced, the Daily Mail reported.

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Emergency WHO meeting to decide on response to Zika virus

Emergency WHO meeting to decide on response to Zika virus London, Feb 1 : The World Health Organisaton is holding an emergency meeting to advise on the global response to the Zika virus as the number of incited people continues to rise.

According to The Guardian, the committee will decide whether to designate the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects, a global emergency meriting immediate coordinated international action, amid criticism that it has been too slow to act.

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Next-gen IVF treatment can help older women conceive

Next-gen IVF treatment can help older women conceiveLondon, Jan 25 - Now, a revolutionary technique exists that can help older women desperate to become mothers by rejuvenating their eggs.

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Breast milk can help take down superbugs

Breast milk can help take down superbugs London, Jan 24 : A new study has revealed that a protein found in breast milk could help destroy the antibiotic- resistant superbugs.

The research, carried out by the National Physical Laboratory and University College London, shows that the component lactoferrin destroys bacteria, fungi and viruses as soon as it touches them, the Independent reported.

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