Health News 

UK is a nation in pain, according to global survey

A global consumer survey has shown that of 14 European countries, the UK is where the most people report feeling body pain, defined as aches in the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. The survey, called the Global Pain Index, found that almost all people (93%) in the UK experience pain, with two-thirds (67%) saying they suffer with it every week and more than 1 in 10 (12%) saying the pain is constant. The report also showed that despite the nation seeming to be in pain, of all the countries surveyed,…

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Tech and Entertainment 

Apple asks court to reverse FBI iPhone order

Apple has asked a US court to overturn an earlier ruling ordering the company to help the FBI break into a phone used by one of the San Bernardino killers. In court papers Apple says law enforcement authorities are seeking “dangerous powers” and the move violates its constitutional rights. The FBI and White House have said the request is limited to one iPhone. But Apple says the software needed to comply with the FBI’s request “simply does not exist”. Instead Apple says it would have to create a new version…

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Health News 

Zika and Ebola: A taste of things to come?

Ebola. Zika. Both diseases that were unknown to many until recently. But there have been huge outbreaks of both – and each time scientists and global health experts were caught off guard. In this week’s Scrubbing Up, Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance suggests Ebola and Zika may be followed by other public health emergencies fuelled by other lesser-known diseases. First it was Ebola and now Zika; two official World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Emergencies of International Concern within as many years. Both diseases have…

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Health News 

Lab-grown sperm makes healthy offspring

Sperm have been made in the laboratory and used to father healthy baby mice in a pioneering move that could lead to infertility treatments. The Chinese research took a stem cell, converted it into primitive sperm and fertilised an egg to produce healthy pups. The study, in the Journal Cell Stem Cell, showed they were all healthy and grew up to have offspring of their own. Experts said it was a step towards human therapies. It could ultimately help boys whose fertility is damaged by cancer treatment, infections such as…

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Life Style 

Obesity linked to ‘worse memory’

People who are obese have a worse memory than their thinner friends, a small study shows. Tests on 50 people showed being overweight was linked to worse “episodic memory” or the ability to remember past experiences. The study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology argues that a less vivid memory of recent meals may lead to overeating. However, other aspects of memory – such as general knowledge – were unaffected. Tests on rats have previously shown that with burgeoning waistlines come poorer performances in memory tests, but the evidence…

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Drugs and Supplements 

COSMETIC INFORMATION

Cosmetic procedures include a wide variety of surgeries and treatments that are performed not for essential medical reasons but primarily to improve an individual’s appearance. These procedures are performed by a doctor known as a cosmetic surgeon or a plastic surgeon. Because cosmetic surgery is typically not an essential medical procedure, it is often not covered by health insurance. In some cases, however, cosmetic surgery can be used to repair congenital defects or damage from an injury in order to improve a person’s appearance. Types of Cosmetic Surgery Hundreds of…

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Health News 

Anxiety in Women May Mask Heart Disease Symptoms, Researchers Say

Women with an anxiety disorder may have less blood going to their heart when exercising, according to a new study — and researchers suggest doctors may sometimes miss signs of heart disease in these women. In women who had never been diagnosed with heart disease, researchers found that those with anxiety were 75 percent more likely than women without anxiety to have reduced blood flow to the heart during activity. Study author Kim Lavoie says the findings may indicate that anxiety symptoms such as chest discomfort or palpitations — which…

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Life Style 

Nerve Block Technique Might Help Ease Chronic Back Pain

A procedure that uses radio waves to treat chronic low back pain provided long-lasting relief to a small group of patients, researchers report. Called intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB), the procedure uses two water-cooled needles to blast radiofrequency energy at the nerve fibers within and around a spinal disc that’s begun to degenerate but has not ruptured, explained lead researcher Dr. Michael Gofeld. “Basically you’re destroying the nerve fibers, which will lead to the elimination of pain,” he said. Gofeld is a chronic pain management specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital and Women’s…

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Life Style 

Sufficient sleep, exercise may help keep stroke at bay

People who regularly exercise and get a full night’s sleep may have a relatively lower risk of suffering a stroke, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among almost 300,000 U.S. adults, those who routinely slept seven to eight hours a night were 25 percent less likely to have a stroke, compared to people who got either less or more sleep. The highest stroke risk was seen among “long sleepers,” who spent at least eight hours in bed each night. But short sleepers — those who slept less than seven…

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Ghana Health News 

Ebola ‘devastates long-term health’

Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health. Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers had developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after being discharged from an Ebola unit. Other patients were “actively suicidal” or still having hallucinations. More than 17,000 people in West Africa have survived Ebola infection. The evidence, being presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology, is an early glimpse at a much wider…

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