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Conception Season May Affect Fetal Brain Growth

Children conceived during the winter are more likely to have learning disabilities, and a mother’s exposure to sunlight may play a role, a new study suggests. Sunlight triggers the body to produce vitamin D, which is important to brain development, the researchers said. They analyzed data from more than 800,000 children in Scotland. Of those conceived between January and March, just under 9 percent had learning disabilities, compared with 7.6 percent of those conceived between July and September. The first three months of pregnancy are a crucial time for brain…

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Maybe Yes and No

Does using a mobile phone increase the risk of developing brain cancer? As many times as it has been asked, there is seemingly no simple answer to that question, as studies continue to produce conflicting results. But the answer may lie somewhere in the middle between a yes and a no, according to Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, adjunct professor of biochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland. In an article on the Conversation website, Dr Leszczynski poses the intriguing question: What if both views are correct? It could be possible that mobile phone…

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Diabetes & its “unholy” agenda for eyes

Diabetes continues to torment many people and as most of us are aware it leaves no part of the body free. Yes, diabetes causes eye problems as well and may lead to blindness. If you have diabetes, your risk of blindness is higher than someone who does not have the disease but the majority of people with diabetes have nothing more than minor eye disorders. If you have regular checkups and work together with your healthcare team, you can keep minor eye problems minor. Should you develop a major problem…

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Ghana Health News 

FDA warns public over fake tomato powder

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) wishes to bring to the attention of the general public, the production, distribution and sale of a reddish powdered product sold as ‘Tomato powder’ on the Ghanaian market. In a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of FDA, Hudu Mogtari said investigations conducted by the FDA on the so called ‘Tomato powder’ revealed that there is no tomato present in the substance, rather the substance contains ‘Annatto Seed’ (Bixa orellana) and a Cocktail of milled residues of various products such as Corn and…

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Parkinson’s could potentially be detected by an eye test

Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson’s disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease. Parkinson’s affects 1 in 500 people and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. The charity Parkinson’s UK welcomed the research as a “significant step”. The researchers examined rats and found that changes could be seen at the back of their eyes before visible symptoms…

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Viruses ‘more dangerous in the morning’?

Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests. The findings, published in PNAS, showed viruses were 10 times more successful if the infection started in the morning. And the animal studies found that a disrupted body clock – caused by shift-work or jet lag – was always vulnerable to infection. The researchers say the findings could lead to new ways of stopping pandemics. Viruses – unlike bacteria or parasites – are completely dependent on hijacking the machinery inside cells in…

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Smallpox eradication ‘giant’ Donald Henderson dies at 87

US doctor and epidemiologist Donald Henderson, who led a successful campaign to wipe out smallpox worldwide, has died at the age of 87. Hailed as a “giant” in the field of public health for his work in the 1960s and 70s, Henderson died of complications after breaking a hip. One of the world’s deadliest diseases, smallpox killed hundreds of millions of people in the last century alone. Apart from causing great pain, it often caused lesions on the face and body. And it killed about one in three of those…

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How Do You Know If You Have an Ulcer?

Slightly less than 7 percent, or 15.9 million Americans, have been diagnosed with ulcers. Approximately 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.2 Although treatment has improved after physicians acknowledged the primary cause of ulcers, the number of new cases has not declined. Unfortunately, while there are new drugs on the market to reduce the production of acid in an effort to reduce your symptoms, these drugs don’t treat the underlying cause and come with their own set of side effects and problems. The more common types of medications used to…

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Life Style 

Fidget Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Remember all those times you were told to sit still as a kid? Well, a new study questions that advice. Tapping your feet or other types of fidgeting while sitting for long periods of time may reduce your risk of health problems, researchers say. Sitting for extended lengths of time reduces blood flow to the legs, which may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. “Many of us sit for hours at a time, whether it’s binge watching our favorite TV show or working at a computer,” said study lead…

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How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Can feeling gratitude influence your health? According to a number of studies, the answer is yes.  According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an expert in brain and mind health: “If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” While the American once-a-year gratitude ritual of Thanksgiving is better than nothing, if you’re serious about your wellbeing, you’d be wise to increase the frequency at which you feel and express gratitude. People who are thankful for what they…

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