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Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Scientists create first pill that not only STOPS the condition in its tracks but also helps patients lose weight – and it could be available on the NHS within 3 years

Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed. Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds – it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss. Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2…

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Many College Students Believe Stimulants Can Boost Grades

  More frequent use of alcohol, marijuana also tied to increased likelihood of prescription stimulant use. More than one-quarter of college students report believing that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants (NPS) can improve academic performance, according to a study published in the January 2018 issue of Addictive Behaviors. Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in College Park, and colleagues conducted an online survey among 6,962 demographically diverse students from nine U.S. colleges and universities in the 2015-1016 academic year to document the prevalence of perceived academic benefit…

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First Lady leads fight against Anemia

An initiative to supply iron and folic acid to girls the National Girls Folic Acid Tablet Supplementation (GIFTS) has been launched in Sunyani. The initiative is to supply iron and folic acid supplement to about 360,000 adolescent girls across the country. The launching of the programme which took place at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani attracted, traditional rulers, politicians, directors of education, heads of schools and Municipal and District Chief Executives. The First lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo launching the initiative called for support from all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability…

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Two Ebola Vaccines Spur Lasting Immune Response

Two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are able to trigger an immune response that lasts for at least a year, a new clinical trial has found. Experts said the results give more support to one of the vaccines, in particular. That vaccine, dubbed rVSV-ZEBOV, made headlines last year when it appeared highly effective at preventing Ebola disease in a large clinical trial. That trial was done in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic that swept across several West African nations between 2013 and 2016. The outbreak ultimately killed more…

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Could a Pill Put the Brakes on Aging?

The No. 1 risk factor for all the big diseases — cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s — is aging. But instead of treating the diseases, could a drug treat the aging process itself? That’s the idea behind a growing area of research drawing extensive support from both government and private donors, including millions from Silicon Valley executives like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and venture capitalist Peter Thiel. While federal science agency budgets have struggled in the past decade, funding at the National Institute on Aging has risen more than 50% since…

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A Little Zinc Goes a Long Way

Zinc is an essential trace mineral, probably most widely known for the integral role it plays in your immune system and the prevention and treatment of the common cold. Aside from iron, zinc is the most common mineral found in your body, necessary for the function of every one of your cells. Zinc is used in the production of white blood cells, helping your body to fight infection, and plays a key role in regulating the way your heart muscle uses calcium to trigger the electrical stimulus responsible for your…

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Precision Matters When It Comes to Protein

The low-carb diet made its initial appearance as a weight loss aid some 25 years ago. At the time, most people recommended replacing non-vegetable carbohydrates with high amounts of protein, and these low-carb, high-protein diets (such as Atkins) worked quite well for the purpose of shedding weight. Indeed, eating more protein is still frequently recommended for weight loss as it does help reduce appetite, and may slow down digestion of carbohydrates, thereby preventing harmful blood sugar spikes. The problem with this recommendation is that eating too much protein also has…

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The Benefits of Sulfur — Why You Need Epsom Salt, Broccoli and MSM

Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body, based on percentage of total body weight. While close to half of it can be found in your muscles, skin and bones, sulfur plays important roles in hundreds of physiological processes. Sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain their shape, and these bonds determine the biological activity of the proteins. For example, hair and nails consist of a tough protein called keratin, which is high in sulfur, whereas connective tissue and cartilage contain proteins with flexible sulfur bonds, giving…

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Does Baby Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer?

A spate of multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson is shining a light on a long-simmering scientific question: Can baby powder cause ovarian cancer? A jury in St. Louis last month seemed to think so. It awarded more than $70 million to a California woman who said she used Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades until her ovarian cancer diagnosis. This follows two other jury verdicts in St. Louis this year with similar awards. Currently, there are roughly 1,700 state and federal lawsuits alleging that Johnson &…

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