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Babies’ brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in East Asia and the Pacific. Unicef said breathing particulate air pollution could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development. Its report said there was a link to “verbal and non-verbal IQ and memory, reduced test…

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Is this the formula for reversing type 2 diabetes?

The first-year results of a clinical trial have shown that almost half of people partaking in an intensive weight management program delivered through primary care achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes without medication. A trial has shown that type 2 diabetes is reversible if weight is lost and kept off. The trial, which is called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), builds on earlier work by co-lead investigator Prof. Roy Taylor, director of the Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The earlier work showed that…

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Health experts debunk egg cholesterol myths

The National Egg Campaign, launched last March to promote good nutrition through the adequate consumption of eggs, has received a major boost following the endorsement of the initiative by health and nutrition experts in the country. Speaking on the sidelines of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Annual General Meeting in Kumasi, Dr Anthony K. Enimil, a paediatrician at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, said the restriction on egg dietary cholesterol consumption could not be supported by recent research findings. Some myths busted   Dr Enimil said there were…

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Our Ears Can Indicate Our Health, and These 8 Factors Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Did you know that your ear wax speaks a lot about the state of your health? Cleaning and getting rid of ear wax is a common habit but let me inform you that ear wax protects your ear at a point. Take a Q tip and we’ll tell you what does it speaks about your health. GRAY EAR WAX A gray ear wax is quite normal and does not indicate any unhealthy symptoms. It is just dust and is quite normal in people residing in city areas. Nothing to worry…

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Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

Women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy to help prevent stillbirth. A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester. The study looked into 291 pregnancies that ended in stillbirth and 735 women who had a live birth. Researchers say the position which women fall asleep in is most important – and they should not worry if they are on their back when they wake up. About…

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University of Health and Allied Sciences discovers new cure for glaucoma

University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, has made giant strides in the treatment of Glaucoma, an eye condition that causes irreversible blindness across the world, by introducing a painless and complication-free procedure called the Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS). Since 2014, many Ghanaians got MIGS and escaped from the lifelong everyday eye drops usage. Requiring just 10-minutess to complete the procedure, the MIGS involves the Surgeon creating a tiny channel, to relieve pressure off the eye causing some improved vision which ultimately eliminates the use of eye drops…

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First gene-editing in human body attempt

Gene-editing has been attempted on cells inside a patient, in a world first by doctors in California. Brian Madeux, 44 from Arizona, was given the experimental treatment to try to correct a defect in his DNA that causes Hunter’s syndrome. Mr Madeux says he was prepared to take part in the trial as he is “in pain every second of the day”. It is too soon to know whether or not the gene-editing has worked in Mr Madeux’s case. Hunter’s syndrome is rare. Patients are born without the genetic instructions…

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Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of previous studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause. Too much coffee during pregnancy could be harmful, the review confirmed. Experts said people should not start drinking coffee for health reasons or to prevent disease. The University of Southampton researchers collected data…

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More than just ‘chemo brain’: Cancer impacts memory, too

People undergoing cancer treatment often report experiencing “chemo brain,” or states of confusion and cognitive impairment due to aggressive chemotherapy treatment. But new research suggests that these cognitive problems might start earlier, with the development of cancer tumors. Could ‘chemo brain’ be due to more than just chemotherapy? Researchers investigate. Researchers at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada, conducted a study focusing on the “chemo brain” effect, with the purpose of understanding to what extent these states of cognitive impairment are caused by the treatment. Lead author…

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Wallenberg’s syndrome: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Wallenberg’s syndrome, or lateral medullary syndrome as it is known medically, is a condition affecting the central nervous system. It is often caused by a stroke occurring in the brain stem, specifically in the lateral aspect of the medulla. When oxygen-rich blood cannot reach parts of the brain stem due to a stroke or other condition, many symptoms can occur. Some people may be more at risk for Wallenberg’s syndrome than others, though this is not straightforward. Treatment typically involves reducing or improving symptoms. The long-term outlook for people with…

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