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A picture can also be worth a thousand calories.

A picture can say a thousand words, but according to a study presented at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, a picture can also be worth a thousand calories. Researchers have discovered that looking at images of high-calorie foods stimulates the brain’s appetite control center, which leads to an elevated desire for food. Senior study author, Kathleen Page, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, declared: “This stimulation of the brain’s reward areas may contribute to overeating and obesity. We thought this…

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GHS develops strategic plan to address adolescent health problems in Ghana

Ghana Health Service (GHS) has developed a National Strategic Plan for Adolescents and a monitoring tools document to help address the uncharacteristic health needs of young people in the country. The seven-year strategic plan is aimed at helping to facilitate the development of adolescents and young people’s health status through the implementation of realistic measures to bring suitable solutions to their major health problem. The plan would also serve as a platform to provide a multi-sectoral support to every young person in the country with education and information that will…

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Europe to start Gene Therapy?

(BBC)Europe is on the cusp of approving a gene therapy for the first time, in what would be a landmark moment for the field. Gene therapies alter a patient’s DNA to treat inherited diseases passed from parent to child. The European Medicines Agency has recommended a therapy for a rare genetic disease which leaves people unable to properly digest fats. The European Commission will now make the final decision. The idea of gene therapy is simple: if there is a problem with part of a patient’s genetic code then replace…

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Ghanaians to enjoy effective referral system

Mr. Rojo Mettle–Nunoo, Deputy Minister of Health has called on Health institutions to change their attitude towards hospital care delivery and adhere to professional health referral system of their patients. He said the referral chain of health institutions must be managed well by all to keep health delivery safe and urged that measures be put in place to stop the “no bed” syndrome. Mr. Mettle–Nunoo made the call at the launch of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Referral Policy and Guidelines Document on Thursday in Accra. He said the referral…

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Breast cancer surgery women ‘risk more operations’

One in five women with breast cancer who has part of the breast removed, rather than the whole breast, ends up having another operation, a BMJ study suggests. The reoperation rate increases to one in three for women whose early-stage cancer is difficult to detect. In England, 58% of women with breast cancer have breast-conserving surgery. Women should be told of the risk of further operations when choosing surgery, researchers say. The study, led by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and published in the British…

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