Health News 

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new class of the drugs to reach patients was discovered in the 1980s. Nearly all antibiotics were discovered in soil bacteria, but the University of Tubingen research team turned to the human body….

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Ghana Health News 

Cardiovascular risk research centre to be set up at KATH

A cardiovascular risk research centre is to be set up at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the nation’s second referral facility, to support the treatment of heart diseases. The project is a collaboration between the hospital and the Guangdong Cardiovascular Institute in China. Dr. Isaac Owusu, a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at KATH, who broke the news said it would help to identify risk factors of heart or blood vessel diseases in communities and provide timely support and treatment systems. The Institute, together with the hospital’s Cardiothoracic Centre would from…

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How Many Strokes Could Have Been Prevented?

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. “The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally,” said study co-leader Dr. Martin O’Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the…

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Chlamydia vaccine ‘shows promise’

Canadian scientists have developed a promising vaccine prototype against chlamydia, a study in mice suggests. Research, published in the journal Vaccine, shows that mice given the immunisation are more likely to fight off the infection. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK and globally. There is currently no vaccine approved for human use. Experts say condoms are currently the best form of protection. A team of researchers at McMaster University in Ontario gave mice two doses of the prototype vaccine, delivered through the nose….

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Double hand transplant: UK’s first operation ‘tremendous’ success

The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago. The 57-year-old received two new hands from a donor and says he already has some movement in them. Prof Simon Kay led the operation at the UK’s centre for hand transplants. Mr King is the second person to have a hand transplant…

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Weight Loss Myths Uncovered

Thousands of diet plans and exercise programmes and still counting with no end in sight. We are still searching for the magic wand that takes off excess fat and keeps it away. Whenever you have many people trying to lose fat and an alarming number also parading themselves as weight loss experts, then the right environment has been set for half-truths, untruths and myths. Most of us are fixated on myths associated with weight loss and can you blame us? They actually sound convincing and make perfect sense. Now is…

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Eclampsia; Overview, Causes, Risk Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis

What Is Eclampsia? Eclampsia is a rare but serious condition that causes seizures during pregnancy. Eclampsia is a severe complication of preeclampsia. Seizures are periods of disturbed brain activity that can cause episodes of staring, decreased alertness, and violent shaking (convulsions). Eclampsia affects about 1 in every 200 women with preeclampsia. You can develop eclampsia even if you don’t have a history of seizures. What Causes Eclampsia? Eclampsia often follows preeclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy. If your preeclampsia worsens and affects…

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Backyard Chicken Trend Can Be Risky

A growing number of chickens and other live poultry are moving from farms to backyards across the United States — as pets, producers of fresh eggs, and, if you really want to get your hands dirty, as providers of fertilizer (think chicken poop). But their rise in popularity has brought a rise in health risks, particularly from illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria. The CDC says eight ongoing outbreaks of salmonella are linked to backyard chickens. These outbreaks have sickened 611 people, including 195 children under the age of 5, across 45…

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Life Style 

Are your sunglasses safe? An interview with Omar Hassan

  Insights from industryOmar HassanHead of Professional Services for Vision Express NHS Optometry Advisor, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Area Team Are all sunglasses made to an equal standard in terms of blocking all harmful UV rays? All sunglasses that carry the CE mark block all UV rays, particularly if they’re marked with the UV 400 label. People need to be careful that they buy sunglasses from reputable retailers, because sunglasses bought at street markets or on the beach may not carry those CE marks and may not provide the full protection…

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Diet 

Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Nearly two decades ago, scientists unveiled the potential of a nutrient that had been all but forgotten: choline, first discovered in 1862.1 In 1998, the Institute of Medicine revealed that choline is actually essential for optimal health, meaning it can’t be produced by your body but must come from an outside source. Although a small amount of choline is produced by your liver, the rest must come through what you eat. Unfortunately, an estimated 90 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in choline. According to Netherlands-based health information authority…

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