Health News 

Nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, even outdoors, the World Health Organisation said. Some 92% of the population live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits, which can contribute to lung cancer, heart disease, and strokes. The south-east Asia and western Pacific regions account for nearly two out of every three such deaths, it said, with poorer countries “getting worse”. Around three million deaths every year are linked to outdoor air pollution. When “indoor” air pollution – which includes pollutants like wood smoke and…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Dilute honey ‘may fight urine infections’

Honey and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, say UK researchers. Patients often have a catheter fitted, either to drain urine stuck in the bladder or to monitor urine output. But these flexible tubes can harbour nasty bugs and cause infection. Scientists at University of Southampton have shown in the lab that diluted honey stops some common bacteria from forming sticky, hard-to-remove layers on surfaces such as plastic. In theory, a honey solution might be useful for flushing urinary catheters to keep them clean…

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Health News 

Teens with spots tend to stay looking younger for longer, new research suggests

If you’re a teenager who has acne, it can feel like the end of the world. But your adult self may thank you for it. New research from King’s College London, based on 1,205 female twins, suggests adolescents with spots tend to stay looking youthful for longer, compared to peers with “perfect skin”. Experts claim it’s because people with acne have a built-in protection against ageing. That means things like wrinkles and thinning skin often appear later. Why? This study has taken a look at white blood cells taken from…

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Health News 

Heavy Drinking Can Harm the Aging Brain

Heavy Drinking Can Harm the Aging Brain Study supports notion that the habit is toxic to brain cells, slows mental abilities As people age, the harmful effects of heavy drinking can take a toll on key brain functions, such as memory, attention and learning, a new study shows.Researchers led by Adam Woods, of the University of Florida’s department of aging and geriatric research, asked 31 men and 35 women to complete a series of comprehensive brain tests. The volunteers were divided into groups based on their level of alcohol intake:…

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Diet 

Why Curry Will Surprise You

As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food. In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while there are more than a billion people who speak around 122 different languages and often have vastly diverse cultural differences, all of them love curry….

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Health News 

Why Do We Laugh?

When you stop and think about it, the sounds people make when something strikes their funny bone are kind of odd; maybe even bizarre. But the whoops and snorts that sometimes constitute a spontaneous explosion of mirth is a science, researchers say. There are reasons for a good belly laugh that psychologists believe involve far more than a simple side effect for amusement. Another question besides why we laugh is, why does laughing until you hurt feel so good? One reason is because it’s inherently physical. Terms like “convulsed” and…

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Health News 

AAP: Stop Giving Codeine to Children

Healthcare providers and parents should stop giving codeine to children, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published online September 19 in Pediatrics. The authors also call for formal restriction of its use in children. Despite a growing body of evidence that codeine can cause a life-threatening or fatal breathing reaction in children, the authors note that the drug is still available in over-the-counter cough formulas in 28 states and the District of Columbia, as well as by prescription in all states. One recent study,…

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Ghana Health News 

KATH with Restore Mission to provide free plastic surgeries?

The Restore Mission, a United States of America (USA) non-profit medical charity acting together with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, will provide free plastic and reconstructive surgeries to needy patients in its 2016 mission to the hospital. It is expected that scores of patients with burns, among other congenital body surface abnormalities would undergo free corrective surgeries during this humanitarian surgical mission which has been thrown open to the general public. Dr Oheneba Owusu-Danso, Consultant and Head of the Plastic, Burns and Reconstructive Surgery Unit of the…

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Ghana Health News 

Doctors worried about increasing number of babies born without anus

Doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti Region say there is increased number of babies born with no visible anal opening. At least three babies undergo surgery to correct the abnormality at the facility every month, Doctors have revealed. Head of Pediatrics Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Michael Amoah, told Luv FM’s Kwasi Debrah that the alarming rate of the babies born with the abnormality calls for intensive antenatal interventions. It is estimated that one in every 5,000 births has the condition, however, Dr…

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Ghana Health News 

National HIV/ AIDS Strategic Plan Policy launched

The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has launched its new five-year National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2016 to 2020, and a “Treat All” Policy to provide guidance for the national HIV and AIDS response. The new Plan is anchored within the overall vision of the national HIV response which is aimed at eliminating HIV and AIDS in Ghana. It also subscribes to the 90-90-90 fast-track targets which ensure that by 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV would know their HIV status, 90 per cent…

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