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First aid for stroke: What do you do?

A stroke is a medical emergency. Quick intervention may increase a person’s chance of survival and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or limited. Each year, over 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke – that’s about one every 40 seconds. If someone is having a stroke, quick action is vital. Call 911 immediately or have someone else make the call. Contents of this article: What are the first steps in dealing with stroke? Know the symptoms…

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Squirrels and stroke treatment: What’s the connection?

If you’re frustrated with ground squirrels digging up your plants, you might want to cut them some slack. Researchers reveal how these troublesome, yet lovable rodents could hold the key to treating stroke. Recently published in The FASEB Journal, the study describes a cellular process in the brains of ground squirrels that enables their brain cells to survive a reduction in blood flow during hibernation. This information led the researchers to discover a compound that could trigger this process in humans, bringing us closer to a new drug for ischemic…

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Breast cancer tumours ‘larger’ in overweight women

Cancerous breast lumps are less likely to be detected in overweight or obese women before the tumour becomes large, a Swedish study has found. These women may need more frequent mammograms to help spot early tumours, say researchers, but experts say more evidence is needed. In the UK, women aged 50-70 are invited for screening every three years.   Some women judged to be at higher risk of breast cancer are already offered more frequent screening. This might be a woman with a strong family history of breast cancer, for…

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Psoriasis and stress: What’s the link?

Psoriasis is a long-term, itchy, and uncomfortable skin condition that is linked to stress in several ways. Not only can stress trigger psoriasis flare-ups, but living with psoriasis can have a detrimental effect on a person’s overall mental health. When a person has psoriasis, their immune system causes too many skin cells to be produced. These cells build up in red patches covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation throughout the body. This article explores the relationship between psoriasis and stress and considers how people with psoriasis can…

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Lack of ‘mental health fund’ making more Ghanaians ‘mad’ – Report

Even though, mental health illnesses have been with us since the dawn of time, the issue of funding support in the sector has been the bane for improved mental health services, especially in developing countries, for all these years. In Ghana, for instance, the Mental Health Authority’s main battle-cry has been lack of funds, despite the passage of the Mental Health Act some five years ago. Available statistics from the Ghana Mental Health Authority indicates that about 3 million Ghanaians, out of the population of 28 million, are suffering from…

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12,700 premature births recorded in 2016

The Ashanti Regional Newborn Coordinator at the Ghana Heath Service (GHS), Dr Rita Fosu-Yeboah, has said the region recorded about 12,700 premature births in 2016. She said the region has so far recorded about 11, 000 of such preterm births this year. She made this known at a ceremony to observe the World Prematurity Day which was aimed at creating awareness on issues bothering prematurity. The programme was held in Kumasi on Friday, November 17, 2017 under the theme: “Let them thrive: respectful care for the smallest”. In Ghana, she…

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Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk

Smog might raise a woman’s risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests. Chronic exposure seemed to increase that risk by more than 10 percent, according to researchers who tracked hundreds of pregnancies among couples in Michigan and Texas. “We found that both ozone and particles in the air were related to an increased risk of early pregnancy loss,” said senior researcher Pauline Mendola. She is an investigator with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Mendola and her team reviewed data from a…

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Born before 22 weeks, ‘most premature’ baby is now thriving

Courtney Stensrud and her husband call their fun-loving, spunky daughter a miracle. The now 3-year-old girl was born at just 21 weeks and four days gestation. “She may be the most premature known survivor to date,” according to a case report about her birth published in the journal Pediatrics last week. In the United States, most pediatrics and obstetrics societies agree that 22 weeks of gestation is the lower threshold of viability, and many doctors recommend against assessing for viability or resuscitating babies born younger than 22 weeks due to…

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Lack of financial burden data hinders breast cancer care – Roche

Mr Markus Gemuend, the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Roche, has said that the lack of financial burden data was a major obstacle to developing policies for cancer care in lower middle-income countries. “Limited resources also adversely impact access to care, resulting in sub-optimal management, high morbidity and mortality and this often, places breast cancer patients and their families at risk of financial hardship. This was contained in a press release issued on Friday on the presentation of the study design for the first-ever breast cancer patient journey study in sub-Saharan…

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Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% felt discriminated against at work – and 7% had not even told their employer about their diabetes. Clare (not her real name), 26, says she had to quit her job as a management consultant as a direct result of…

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