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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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Colorado Town Rethinks Legalized Marijuana

Pueblo, a town of 110,000 people in the prairie of southern Colorado, has had many identities over its 175 years. Frontier trading post. Agricultural hub. Steel manufacturing capital of the West. Marijuana central. Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, the first state to do so, Pueblo County has become home to more than 100 recreational pot businesses, from massive grow operations to stores where anyone over 21 can walk in and buy some weed. The mild climate is good for growing, and the local regulatory climate is friendly for…

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Statin Use Linked to Increased Parkinson’s Risk

New findings from a large national claims database show the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to be associated with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD), contrary to previous research suggesting the drugs have a protective effect for PD. “We identified 20,000 Parkinson’s disease patients and looked at whether using statins was associated with a higher or lower risk, and we found people using statins have a higher risk of the disease, so this is the opposite of what has been hypothesized,” senior author Xuemei Huang, MD, PhD, vice chair…

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Neem Shows Promise in Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. According to the latest statistics, about 181,000 men get diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the U.S. However, while common, it has a survival rate of about 86 percent. Of those diagnosed, about 26,000 die from the disease each year. Unfortunately, conventional diagnostics and treatment options for prostate cancer leave much to be desired. Conventional diagnosis includes PSA testing and biopsy, which are prone to false positives and carry risks of side effects. Treatment typically involves drugs, surgery…

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